Fall in Vancouver: 10 Must do Activities in and around the City (2023)

There are so many things to do in Vancouver in the fall as the leaves change colors and the cool temperatures return. This post covers a range of Vancouver fall activities, from where to see fall colors, to seasonal events. Whether you are a Vancouver local or are planning to visit, you will have no shortage of things to do in fall in Vancouver

10 Fun Things Celebrating Fall in Vancouver

Visit the Cranberry Bog

The Riverside Bog is just outside of Fort Langley and is the perfect September activity in the Fraser Valley. It has a short season as tours start in late September as the cranberry fields are harvested for Thanksgiving in early October. This is the only place in Metro Vancouver where you can wade into a local cranberry bog!

The farm tour includes a stroll around the farm watching the harvester machine working, a self guided audio tour, the cranberry plunge, antique cranberry cleaning machine and a shopping opportunity at the farm boutique.

The Riverside Bog is located at 26885 88th Ave Langley

Tours can be booked for 2022 dates: Sept 23, 24, 30 Oct 1, 7, 8, 10 on their website here. 2023 dates are coming soon.

Langley - Cranberry Bog Fraser Valley

Explore Metro Vancouver Autumn Pumpkin Patches

Fall in Vancouver means that the pumpkin patches around Metro Vancouver are open for the season. Check out these lists of Pumpkin Patches by city: Pumpkin patches in Vancouver, Pumpkin Patches in Langley, Pumpkin Patches in Surrey, Pumpkin Patches in Abbotsford. They usually release their schedules in early September.

Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver is home to one of North America’s biggest film festivals. In 2023, the VIFF runs from Sept 28th to Oct 8th

Dates: Sept 28th to Oct 8th 2023

More Info: https://viff.org/festival/viff-2023/

See Fall Colors in Vancouver

Vancouver’s autumn colors come alive all over. Some of the most popular places to see fall colors in Vancouver are: Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Botanical Gardens, UBC. Keep an eye on the forecast for October weather in Vancouver!

Scream your pants off at Maan Farms

Maan Farms has some of the best things to do in the Fraser Valley in October! It boasts the scariest corn maze in Canada, and for good reason. We cannot wait to hear what they have in store for 2023!

Seasonal treats at Maan Farms include wine-filled ‘blood’ bags at the Blood Bar, Naan Tacos, Mad Jack Pumpkin Spice wine, and Creepy Cloud Cocktail along with signature favourites, such as the Double Pumpkin SpiceCream, field-to-plate pumpkin pie, Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts, and Mama Maan’s legendary butter chicken bowls, samosas, and chai tea.

Location: 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford

TICKETS: buy online here

DATES: Sept 24th to October 31st 2022

Maan Farms Haunted Events Abbotsford in October
Where else can you enjoy wine in a blood bag? Maan Farms brings out all of the fall festive fun! Photo Courtesy: Maan Farms

Fall Vancouver Walking Tours

As Halloween draws near, follow the lamplight of your guide into Vancouver’s earliest and most gruesome history. You’ll step inside a world of murder, revenge, and true grit in a dramatic retelling of Victorian Gastown’s earliest stories. Tales of deadly fire and smallpox emerge from the shadows as you venture through cobblestone streets to the shocking finale in this unique performance-theatre experience.

Information: Get tickets online here

Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct 31st 2023.

Book a Fall Photoshoot in Vancouver

Did you know you can book a local photographer this autumn in Vancouver? It is easy! Just look up and book a photo shoot online! If you use the code LINDSAY you will get $25 off your booking as well! Click here to search and book a photographer that fits your fall schedule!

Vancouver’s Fright Nights 2023

One of the most popular fall activities in Vancouver is Vancouver’s favorite haunted amusement park! This October, prepare to SCREAM YOUR FACE OFF, because Playland once again will transform into a terrifying Halloween-themed experience with seven haunted houses, thrill rides, creepy décor, roaming monsters and live performances. New this year: an opening “scaremony”, new haunted house props, an early admission pass, and the new SKYBENDER ride with dynamic flying action and incredible G-forces…

Dates: October 2023 TBD

Location: Playland / PNE 2901 Hastings East Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1

More Info: https://frightnights.ca/

You can read more about other Metro Vancouver haunted houses!

Grave Tales Fort Langley

An annual fall Fraser Valley event put on by Parks Canada and the Fort Langley National Historic Site, join expert storytellers for a two- or three-hour program of spine-chilling stories, as you walk through the Fort Langley village at night. There are tales for all ages Youth Edition: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays) Two-hour Adult Edition: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) Extended Three-hour Adult Edition: 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Dates: coming soon for 2023

Tickets: Tickets must be purchased in advance, prices include tax. Ticket registration begins Wednesday, September 7 at 8 a.m. In order to register, please email FTLtickets-billetsFTL@pc.gc.ca and include which date and time you are interested in, your name, number of people in your party, and phone number. You will receive a call within three business days to confirm your spot and make your payment.

Take a Hike and find Fall Colors in Vancouver

Rain or shine, Vancouverites love to hike. In the fall it is often wet and can be cold. Grab a rain jacket, a good sturdy pair of shoes or boots and hit up one of the popular local hikes! The summer crowds are gone and the fall foliage is stunning all over Metro Vancouver. Check out these easy hikes in Metro Vancouver to get yourself started!

Catch up on Sports

Fall is in the air in Vancouver and professional sports teams are back in action. Catch a BC Lions game at BC Place or watch the Vancouver Canucks face off at Rogers Arena.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Presents Canyon Frights

Decorated with festive pumpkins and spooky displays, the Park is the place to be to celebrate the autumn season and revel in the frightful fun of Halloween. Kids of all ages can join in Halloween-themed games or complete the Canyon Frights Scavenger Hunt to win prizes! Explore the Park, take Instagram-worthy photos and visit the beautiful birds of Raptors Ridge, who are at the Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. 

Dates: 10am – 8pm Oct 14th to 31st

Location: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver

More info: Costumes should be child-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive or violent. Costume masks will not be permitted. Costumes should not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another guest. Costumes should not contain any weapons which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

North Vancouver in Fall - Capilano Suspension bridge
copyright Capilano Bridge / @jeremykoreski

What to Pack for Vancouver in Fall

Vancouver’s fall weather can be confusing. Early in the season can feel like summer and the next day it can feel like winter! Layers are the best thing to be packing if you are visiting Vancouver for the autumn season. You will want a light waterproof jacket if you get a rainy day, but light layers should get you by most of the time. Bring closed-toed shoes and some type of waterproof footwear.

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