What makes Vancouver’s autumns so perfect for adventure?

03 March 2020

Boasting a magnificent oceanfront setting and a spectacular mountain backdrop, Vancouver is a city like no other. Seamlessly combining the excitement and energy of a cosmopolitan city with the invigorating appeal of the great outdoors, Vancouver’s eclectic array of restaurants, parks and cultural experiences provide all the ingredients needed for the perfect autumn getaway.

Unique autumn experiences

Celebrate the historical homecoming of salmon spawning with locals in coastal streams and inland rivers where you’ll deepen your understanding of its significance to Indigenous cultures. Admire a vast array of captivating wildlife that includes the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles. Revel in the harvest season by participating in nearby wine festivals or indulge in local cuisine and admire local music at the Eat Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival.  

Explore diverse neighbourhoods, enjoy decadent dining, get involved with exhilarating outdoor pursuits and visit multicultural attractions – in Vancouver you won’t have to choose between city and nature. Whilst Vancouver is great to visit at any time of the year, autumn, or fall as it is known in Canada, is particularly special.

Beautifully diverse landscape

Known for its incredible outdoor spaces, the vibrant metropolis of Vancouver is placed amongst a range of verdant gardens, majestic mountains and enchanting forests, treating locals and visitors to a unique variety of urban and outdoor adventures. Visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden and Stanley park for a mesmeric display of the falling autumn foliage, kayak at False Creek or go zip-lining at Grout Mountain. For awe-inspiring hiking venture to Grouse Grind, Lynn Caynon Park or the Diez Vista trails where you’ll enjoy the region’s sensational views and ideal hiking weather. Those wanting a more relaxed experience of Vancouver’s beautiful surroundings will appreciate driving over the renowned Sea to Sky highway.  

Visit the highest point of the city in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park where you’ll enjoy marvellous views of the city’s vibrant greenery, or venture to Cypress Mountain where you’ll enjoy superb snow conditions and a variety of ski slopes that cater to all ages and abilities.

No visit to Vancouver would be complete without visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Featuring seven suspended footbridges that offer incredible views high above the forest floor, this award-winning park takes you high into the treetops for some seriously action-packed adventures.

"Think glamorous city chic meets the outdoor adventure enthusiast and you might have an idea of how active, yet uber-cool, the city is. With activities including paddle boarding and kayaking, to taking a trip up Grouse Mountain for a spot of skiing, or even spending the afternoon cycling around Stanley Park, there is so much to do.”

Joanne, Travel Counsellor

Unmissable events

Taste of Yaletown

Indulge in a variety of cuisine and cocktails at the Taste of Yaletown. This incredible 2-week festival treats visitors to specially discounted featured menus, special tastings and innovative seasonal combinations.

Vancouver International Film Festival

Film fanatics will be in their element at the Vancouver international Film Festival. Celebrating world cinema, this 16-day festival shows 380 movies from over 70 different countries to more than 140,000 film fans and is one of the biggest film festivals in North America. Now featuring virtual reality and augmented reality experiences as well as live quartets performing live scores, this incredible event is truly unmissable.

Harrison Beer Festival

Savour delectable beer and sumptuous cuisine at the Harrison Beer Festival. Celebrating the globally adored Oktoberfest, this unforgettable festival is comprised of three events: Cask Night, Beer festival and the Oktoberfest dance, each of which hosts a phenomenal buffet that showcases traditional seasonal dishes.

Transport yourself to this autumn haven by contacting your Travel Counsellor today. You’ll enjoy a range of benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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