While some mourne the ending of summer others jump in to the crisp air of fall in September in Vancouver. While the traffic jams of the back to school commute gets us all a bit frustrated in Septmeber there are plenty of great things to do in Vancouver now that fall is approaching. Below you will finda list of 10 great things to do in Vancouver in October and hope this helps you get out in about in Metro Vancouver for the last little bit of summer and the beginning of fall!
Things to do in Vancouver in September
Take a Hike
While many September days are still warm and sunny (amidst cool breezes), when you get a dry day, 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!
Take a Wine Tour
One weekends in September, 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 September
Book Online: here
Staycation in the City
September is a great time of year for a Vancouver Staycation. Hotel deals are abundant at this time of year and crowds are minimal in the city as most locals are back to the fall routine of work and school and extracurricular activities. Check out some of the best Vancouver hotels with pools to enjoy that last little bit of summer!
Go Whale Watching in September
Whale Watching season continues into the early fall. Prince of Whales offers whale watching on a covered vessel it is one of the best whale watching tours in Vancouver. Their office is located in Granville Island and their vessel departs from the same area. When you book with Price of Whales, experience whale watching in true comfort and style along the waters off Vancouver. You have the opportunity to see several types of whales (depending on the time of year) with orcas generally being the main attraction, as well as an assortment of sea lions, sea birds, and other marine species. Marvel at the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Howe Sound on this 3-6 hour adventure. Price of Whales operates with a 62-foot covered vessel built for whale watching, and designed to minimize its ecological footprint. You can choose to be inside or outside and can choose from 3 viewing areas on 2 levels.
September Vancouver Food Tours
The Legendary Gastown Food tour takes you through the cobbled stone streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood. Enjoy local craft beer, Japanese Kar-age style chicken, freshly made Sicilian Tortellini with local wine, battered fish with hand-cut fries, tasty Carolina-style pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, organic smooth soft ice cream, creamy awarding winning cheesecake, and delicious hand-made chocolates!
On this 2.5 hour walking food tour, professional improv comedy actors full of passion for the city and its food will share fascinating and funny little-known stories about Vancouver and its “Wild West” history that dates back 150 years. This is one of the most popular things to do in Gastown and you will learn about Gassy Jack, Gastown’s notorious founder and the stories that him famous and put Vancouver on the map.
Tickets: Buy your tickets online here
Granville Island Food Tour
Take a Granville Island Food tour and embrace one of the best places to visit in Vancouver.
Explore the Granville Island Public Market, a top Vancouver attraction, with an off-duty chef on this 2-hour food walking tour. With your in-the-know guide, make your way through the vibrant stalls and sample homemade culinary delights, such as maple-cured salmon, ciabatta bread, artisanal chocolates, Canadian cheeses and just-made doughnuts. Sip a delicious chai tea latte and get to know Granville Island’s craft beer scene, art galleries and specialty restaurants. Bring your appetite!
Get your tickets: here
Take a Brewery Tour
Craft beer is all over Metro Vancouver. Why not find out more about this bubbling industry with a behind the scenes brewery tour!
Enjoy a taste of Vancouver’s hip craft brewery scene at three highly rated breweries. You’ll sample a nice variety of locally crafted brews while someone else does all the driving. Meet downtown at the Waterfront Station for a small group tour that includes VIP tours at each of the breweries, plus priority seating to get you to the beer quicker!
Book Online: here
Fly Over Canada’s Howl over Canada
The award winning Fly Over Canada has a seasonal spectacular in starting on the 29th of Septmeber in Vancouver. Named HowlOver Canada, ioin Biker Mama the Witch on an unforgettable Halloween flight ride for all ages. HowlOver Canada lets you soar through the skies with a band of spooky sidekicks on your way to a music festival that’s out of this world. There’s still broom—but get your tickets today. HowlOver Canada is available Sept 29th to Nov 1st 2022. It is suggested to buy tickets online in advance.
Tickets: Book your tickets online in advance here for the lowest price and to ensure availability.
Dates: Sept 29th – Oct 31st 2022
Location: 201 – 999 Canada Place Vancouver, BC
Important Notes: The queue is partially exposed to the elements. Ensure you wear proper attire. It is recommended to buy tickets online in advance.
Maan Farms Haunted (Fall)
Outside of Vancouver, Maan Farms Haunts, the creators of the Scariest Corn Maze in Canada, are back at it,bringing four dedicated experiences for 2022: Homestead, The Way Down, Slaughterhouse, and Midway.
Seasonal treats 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 at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 17th buy online here
DATES: Sept 24th to October 31st 2022
Metro Vancouver Pumpkin Patches
September in Vancouver means that the pumpkin patches around Metro Vancouver are starting to open. Check out these lists of Pumpkin Patches to see opening dates for the 2022 pumpkin patch season: Pumpkin patches in Vancouver, Pumpkin Patches in Langley, Pumpkin Patches in Surrey, Pumpkin Patches in Abbotsford. If you want some more ideas, check out these things to do in the Fraser Valley in September!
Vancouver in September: What to Pack
September can have summer sun and fall wind. Layers are the best thing to be packing if you are visiting Vancouver at the end of summer! 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.
Weather in Vancouver in September
Vancouver has a moderate climate for most of the year. But plan for rain.
Is September a good time to Visit Vancouver
September is the end of high season in Vancouver. The summer months are peak season to visit Vancouver, so if you want to visit without crowds, September will see less visitors but it is still a great time to enjoy the city! You will experience the fall foilage all over Metro Vancouver and could luck out with a stretch of multiple sunny days, especially in the early parts of the month.
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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!