Although I am always a little sad to see summer go, there is so much to get excited about when I look outside and see the trees changing colour and smell that pumpkin spice in the air! It had me thinking about the things I want to enjoy with my family over the next month to enjoy the autumn season. So here is my list of the five best ways to soak up the fall season around Vancouver.
GO FOR A HIKE TO SEE THE FALL COLOURS
I think the absolute best part of fall is getting to see the colours changing. While a lot of our forests around Vancouver are full of evergreens, there are still tons of gorgeous spots to go for a family stroll and enjoy the fall colours. Some of my favourites are Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Van Dusen Gardens, UBC Botanical Gardens , Trout Lake and Deer Lake Park.
CHECK OUT A FALL FESTIVAL
Before we get into all of the Halloween activities and events later in October, there are some really beautiful harvest themed festivals that you don’t want to miss out on. UBC’s Botanical Gardens will be holding its annual Apple Festival on October 15 and 16. Taste dozens of varieties of different apples, plus enjoy an array of entertainment and food choices. Van Dusen Gardens is also running Harvest Days over the weekends throughout October. The veggie garden and maze area will be transformed for fall with fun photo areas, activities and entertainment, tasty treats and more.
VISIT THE SALMON RUN
Autumn is when the lakes get restocked with fish and the salmon begin their treks up rivers to spawn. Most streams see peak salmon returns in October, but you can see salmon in September and November too. The Capilano River Hatchery in North Vancouver is a great place to see the salmon up close and there are some beautiful trails around there to enjoy a fall hike too. Some other great spots to check out the salmon run include: Hoy Creek Hatchery in Coquitlam, Little Campbell River Hatchery in Surrey and Bell Irving Hatchery in Maple Ridge.
HEAD TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH
If there is one thing my family does every year, it’s visit at least one pumpkin patch. We are super lucky in the Lower Mainland, as we have so so many to choose from! It is hard for me to pick a favourite, so the last few years we have tried to mix it up and try different ones. I have an entire blog post dedicated to all the great pumpkin patch options, and you can read all about them HERE.
TRY AND FIND YOUR WAY THROUGH THE MOST AMAZING CORN MAZE
Greendale Acres aka The Chilliwack Corn Maze is truely an awesome place to visit at this time of year. Every year they amaze with a new corn maze design and this year, the design of the 12 acre corn maze is a giant T.rex. There is so much to do at Greendale Acres that you will want to plan to spend the day. Jump on the giant jumping pillows, visit the animals, do the ropes course, enjoy a tractor ride, race around the pedal cart track and eat lots of farm food treats!