Where to See Fall Foliage in Vancouver

Reds, Golds, Oranges Cover British Columbia in Autumn

Despite British Columbia's general reputation for being "evergreen," Vancouver does indeed have fall foliage, trees with leaves that turn brilliant colors in the fall. There are many local spots to take in the fall foliage, including Stanley Park and the gorgeous VanDusen Botanical Garden, as well as great options for driving trips to nearby leafy destinations. Check out this list to find the best spots for taking in the changing colors of fall in​​ Vancouver.

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Stanley Park

Red autumn leaf in wire mesh fence, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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Some of the most dramatic fall foliage in Vancouver can be found at Stanley Park. Leaves of rich red, purple, bronze, and gold line the Stanley Park Seawall, making it easy to bike, rollerblade or walk the fall foliage and grab a thousand incredible photo opportunities, too.

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VanDusen Botanical Garden

Fall foliage at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, BC
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Though there is a cost of admission for VanDusen Botanical Garden, just 15 minutes by car south of downtown Vancouver, the entrance fees are always worth it. This inside-the-city oasis is a fairy tale land of perfectly groomed gardens, winding pathways, and idyllic, lily pad-covered ponds. For fall foliage in Vancouver, it is a must-see. Heather, angelica tree, autumn crocus, asters, and hydrangeas bloom in the fall, and leaves on the trees turn every shade of brilliant red, gold, and orange.

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Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park - Vancouver, Canada.
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Located in the center of Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park is also the highest point in the city. Not only does the top of the park offer stunning views of the downtown skyline and mountains, it also lets you look down on the splendor of the park's gardens and forests. It is definitely one of the top local spots for fall foliage in Vancouver, and it's all free. Take in the foliage then stay to warm up inside the tropical Bloedel Floral Conservatory or take in the splendor of the park, along with a glass of wine, at the Seasons in the Park restaurant.

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Vancouver and the Okanagan Valley

Wild orange fruit in the Okanagan Valley.
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Another free and easy way to see fall foliage in Vancouver is to simply take to the streets on your bike or in your car. Among many possibilities, you'll find crimson-leafed Persian ironwoods on the 500 block of Eighth Avenue, while golden-leafed Cercidiphyllum japonicum are at 6100 Brightwood Place, near the Fraserview Golf Club. 

If you can take the time for a day trip or fall foliage weekend getaway, British Columbia's Okanagan Valley is famous for its incredible golden fall foliage. You can drive from Merritt to Ashcroft for spectacular scenic views or combine fall foliage with an Okanagan winery tour.

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University of British Columbia

Autumn Colours in Vancouver
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The Univerisity of British Columbia's Vancouver campus on the western tip of the Point Grey peninsula is a half hour's drive from downtown. Trees surround this gorgeous campus on three sides, and its scenic location with views of mountains and ocean is even more special in the fall when the trees around the campus and in its Nitobe Memorial Garden turn to ​gold, orange, and red.

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