Tourists typically come out to Vancouver during the summer months because the weather is pretty much guaranteed to be beautiful. Days at the beach or in the mountains/parks followed by some shopping and dining in one of Vancouver’s many lively districts is pretty typical. Many people may not think to come to Vancouver in fall, though. Vancouver is truly beautiful in fall, and the weather stays pleasant in to mid-October. Cooler temperatures and fewer crowds are just a few reasons why I think more visitors should come to Vancouver during fall.
1. Deep Cove— This village within a city (in North Vancouver) is great to visit year-round. In fact, even December in Deep Cove is beautiful and lively. There are many restaurants, cafés, coffee shops and little shops to stop in. The main attraction is the marina, the view of the mountains and the inlet. During the warmer months you can catch water babies taking kayaking or SUP (stand up paddle boarding) lessons or out sailing. There are shows at the local theatre, art displays and live music events throughout the year.
2. Lighthouse Park–Located in West Vancouver, Lighthouse Park has a fantastical old growth forest world to explore along several trails. The view from the rocks out to the Burrard Inlet, and across to Vancouver is spectacular. During the summer months, it gets very crowded here, so take advantage of the quietness you’ll experience here this fall.
3. Queen Elizabeth Park–With views of the North Shore mountains, lovely garden paths and the Bloedel Conservatory, the Vancouver park is an easy choice for how to best spend a fall.
4. The University of British Columbia—This massive campus has three museums, including my favourite: The Museum of Anthropology, a botanical garden, and lovely mountain/water views.
5. Gastown and False Creek—Looking at sailboats, enjoying delicious food and walking around local shops is just the beginning. With several theatres, it’s easy to catch a play or performance and then have dinner at one of the many restaurants.
With so many places to visit in Vancouver this fall, there’s no reason to stay inside and get started on cabin fever too early.