6 Reasons to Love Fall in Vancouver

Foliage, Film, Halloween Fun Mark Season

The Vancouver skyline with the North Shore mountains beyond, December 2009. Vancouver British Columbia Canada.
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If you're planning on a trip to the Vancouver area during the fall months, there are lots of reasons to be excited. What's waiting for you in this lively and beautiful Canadian city: outdoor adventures; two holidays, Thanksgiving and Halloween (Halloween is a big deal in Vancouver); film festivals, including the celebrated Vancouver International Film Festival; and gorgeous fall foliage. Here's a guide to some of the best events and activities in September, October, and November in Vancouver.

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    Fall Foilage at Stanley Park, Vancouver
    Fall Foilage at Stanley Park, Vancouver. Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/ Clayton PerryTourism Vancouver/ Clayton Perry

    Although Vancouver's forests are dominated by evergreen trees, there are still plenty of incredible spots to take in the changing colors of fall foliage in Vancouver. Two of the best places to see fall's stunning colors are VanDusen Botanical Garden and Stanley Park.

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    Grouse Mountain Zip Line
    Grouse Mountain Zip Line. Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/ Coast Mountain Photography

    Fall in Vancouver is one of the best times for outdoor adventures. September is especially fine, with its still relatively warm weather. But October and November still offer plenty of days that are comfortable for being outdoors. Go kayaking or for zip-lining for some adventure, or take a hike, go biking, or on a motorcycle ride through beautiful fall scenery.

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    Sign for Vancouver International Film Festival.
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    Fall in Vancouver is the season for cinephiles (or anyone who even casually loves movies) because it's jam-packed with film festivals. The biggest and best film festival is, of course, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), which grows more acclaimed every year. VIFF screens more than 300 films from more than 60 countries and attracts industry insiders and celebrities as well as movie-lovers from across British Columbia. In 2017, VIFF runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 13. If you're really into the movies, check out  Vancouver's other film festivals.

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    Thanksgiving Dinner in Vancouver
    Thanksgiving Dinner in Vancouver. Robert Benson / Getty Images

    Canadian Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday in October, and that means it lands at the very heart of fall in Vancouver. While there aren't a lot of huge Thanksgiving events in the city, though there are often great meal deals for dining out on the big day, it's still a special time to get together with friends and family.

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    The Haunted Mansion at Fright Nights at the PNE
    The Haunted Mansion at Fright Nights at the PNE. Image Courtesy of PNE / Playland

    The biggest event of the fall season in Vancouver has to be Halloween, celebrated on Oct. 31. Halloween is second only to Christmas in the sheer number of events and activities happening around the city to celebrate this most spooky and fun holiday. Leading up to the big night throughout October, there are parties and haunted houses, attractions like Fright Nights at the PNE and the Stanley Park Ghost Train, among many others. 

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    Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival in Vancouver, BC
    September's annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival in Vancouver. Courtesy of Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

    Every month in Vancouver holds the promise of special events, festivals, and cultural happenings, and fall in Vancouver is no exception. Some highlights of the fall season are the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, opening night of the Vancouver Symphony, several night markets, Taste of Yaletown, the UBC Apple Festival, Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown, and the Vancouver Christmas Market. Check out these links for more details: