If you are looking for things to do in the Fraser Valley in October then you are in the right place! The leaves are crunching and fall events are in full swing. Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Langley, Surrey and Chilliwack have plenty of things to do.
Things to do in the Fraser Valley in October 2023
Maan Farms Haunted
Outside of Vancouver, Maan Farms Haunts, the creators of the Scariest Corn Maze in Canada, are back at it, bringing four dedicated experiences for 2023 under the theme of Agatha’s Witching Hour. They include Homestead, The Way Down, Slaughterhouse, and Midway.
They also have goat yoga available in 2023. Fall dates are: Sept 21st 6:30pm and Sept 30th 2pm Oct 5th 6:30pm and Oct 11th 6:30pm
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.
TICKETS: Available online here
DATES: Now until Oct 31st 2023
You can find more details on Vancouver haunted house events!
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
The pumpkin patches are in full swing in the Fraser Valley in October! We have them listed by city in these posts: Pumpkin Patches in Vancouver, Pumpkin Patches in Langley, Pumpkin Patches in Surrey, Pumpkin Patches in Abbotsford. If you are reading this post a bit early, a lot of them are open in September as well!
Check the Vancouver October weather forecast before you hit the patch! Even if it is sunny, you will want to bring boots if it has recently rained!
Visit the Cranberry Bog
The Riverside Bog is just outside of Fort Langley and is the perfect October activity in the Fraser Valley. It has a short season as tours start in late September as the cranberry fields are harvested for Thanksgiving. This is the only place in Metro Vancouver where you can wade into a local cranberry bog on a self guided tour!
The farm tour includes a stroll around the farm watching the harvester machine working, a self-guided audio tour, the cranberry plunge, an antique cranberry cleaning machine, and a shopping opportunity at the farm boutique.
LOCATION: The Riverside Bog is located at 26885 88th Ave Langley
DATES: on their website here 2023 dates TBD
Take a Wine Tour
On weekends in October, grab a date or a friend and take a wine tour in the Fraser Valley The Tour picks up from Vancouver and takes you into the Fraser Valley (about 45-60 minute drive). Then, get to know the Fraser Valley, just outside Vancouver, on this 5.5-hour tour that hits three area wineries. With a small group of 15 passengers or fewer, take in views of British Columbia’s largest agricultural area and taste several wines. A light lunch is included. Enjoy a light lunch of cheese and charcuterie platter at a local winery.
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in October
Book Online: here
Fort Langley Village Farmer’s Market
The Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market is an authentic B.C. Farmers’ Market and features Local Organic Farms and Certified Safe BC Prepared Food Vendors. It is one of the popular things to do in Langley! Vendors offer fresh local produce, field greens, vegetables, fruits, fresh baked bread & pastries, fruit pies, fresh baked cookies, organic honey, local craft beers, varietal BC wines & Spirits, tasty prepared sauces & salad dressings, BC Fruit jams and pickles, all made with BC grown produce from our local Fort Langley & Langley Township, Fraser Valley, Similkameen, Okanagan & Creston Valley Farms. The 2023 season is April 15th to Dec 2nd. After you fill your bags, stick around in Fort Langley and enjoy one of thes popular Fort Langley restaurants.
Dates: Saturdays 9:00 – 3:00
Location: 9025 Glover Road Fort Langley B.C. (site of St. Andrew’s Historic Chapel)
Surrey Urban Farmers Market (Until October 8th)
The Surrey Urban Farmers market is located at Royal Kwantlen Park. The 2022 season is Saturdays 10am to 3pm, June 11 to October 8. The Surrey Urban Farmer’s Market is a vibrant, multi-cultural non-profit Farmers Market, promoting local farmers big and small, food producers, artisans, community groups and entertainers for the benefit of our diverse community. They host live entertainment, community workshops and kids activities while providing a shopping experience that is unique and memorable, allowing guests to meet face to face with farmers, producers, artisans and entertainers.
Location: Royal Kwantlen Park 104th Ave & Old Yale Surrey
Dates: Saturdays 10am – 3pm
More Info: https://surreymarket.org/
Take a Hike
Rain or shine, Vancouverites love to hike. In October it can be cold and wet, so 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!
Grave Tales Fort Langley
Parks Canada and the Fort Langley National Historic Site put on this annual event. 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: October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, and November 4, 5, 6.
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.
Go Ice Skating
Several arenas in the Fraser Valley offer public skating as well as ice rentals for private events and parties! While quite a few rinks remove their ice for summer programs, they are back in in the fall! Check out the rinks for ice skating in Langley, ice skating in Surrey and ice skating in Abbotsford.
Fraser Valley Ale Trail
Explore the Fraser Valley Ale Trail to enjoy great beer (and food). Follow the ale trail to these local businesses in the Fraser Valley:
- Angry Otter Liquor at 248th
- The Barley Merchant
- Brookswood Brewing
- Camp Beer Co.
- Dead Frog Brewery
- Five Roads Brewing
- Locality Brewing
- Smugglers Trail Cask Works
- Trading Post Brewery
- Trading Post Eatery
MORE INFO: here
Photo Credits: Header Image courtesy Maan Farms.
Lindsay Nieminen is the creator of UncoveringBC.com. She grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Vancouver with her family. She aims to inspire inform, and educate others about traveling in her home province of British Columbia. She is also the creator of carpediemourway.com which aims to show parents how to seek out adventure at home or abroad, with their children in tow!