Vancouver’s mild climate, with its combination of coastal and mountainous landscapes, creates the perfect conditions for vibrant autumn foliage.
Fall weather in Vancouver typically begins in September and extends into November. The timing and intensity of the colors can vary each year, but mid-October is often considered the peak of the fall foliage season.
On a sunny day, as the leaves start to change, you cannot beat it. Here are 5 great places to see fall colors in Vancouver:
Stanley Park is one of the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver at any time of year, but on a dry day in the fall, there is nowhere else that beats it! There are lots of great spots to see the leaves change, but the seawall near the rowing club is a definite hot spot.
The Sylvia Hotel on Beach Avenue in the West End is a Vancouver icon thanks to its Virginia creeper-covered exterior. In autumn, the leaves turn from green to amber, gold, and crimson. It is one of the best places to enjoy s day in October in Vancouver and take some great photos!
Location: 1154 Gilford Hotel, Vancouver
Coal Harbour Seawall
The Coal Harbour Seawall is a great place for a stroll, with excellent views of Stanley Park. In the fall, the trees along the pathway light up as they change colors. While you are there, pop into Yasma (on 550 Denman) for a meal!
Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park provides a double dose of fall foliage. Walk the paths to enjoy the changing leaves, then head up to the viewpoint for one of the nicest views in Vancouver.
Location: 4600 Cambie St
With several different types of deciduous trees including maples, weeping willow, oak, birch, and cherry, Trout Lake offers an explosion of different autumn colours.
Location: 2120 E 19th Ave, Vancouver
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
These popular gardens provide a moment of tranquility in bustling Chinatown. The carefully manicured trees are beautiful in their fall colors.
Location: 578 Carrall, Vancouver
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Each autumn the trees at VanDusen Botanical Garden put on a show as they change color. The ginkgo trees are particularly spectacular.
Honorable Mention: Deer Lake
Burnaby’s Deer Lake is a symphony of colours each fall and one of the best places to see fall colors in Metro Vancouver. Walk the flat trails around the lake to enjoy the enchanting reflections when the water is calm.
Location: 5435 Sperling Ave, Burnaby
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