When the weather turns windy, and the rain starts to fall, Vancouverites are the last ones to hide inside. Completely used to the occasional – or not so occasional – rainy day, we’re conditioned to persevere and get out there anyway. For the most part, we’re good to go, rain or shine, indoors or outdoors, and we have fun regardless.
With kids back to school, and our weekdays full of chaos, weekends offer us time to enjoy our friends and family in this incredible west coast city. This year, why not get into the spirit of the season by exploring some fresh, new options for your weekend outings? Try a few of these 10 creative adventures to get your family feeling a little more festive this fall.
Visit a farm or market
1. Maplewood Farm
Enjoy a fall-themed family day while you visit, feed and play with the animals at Maplewood Farm. Enjoy a live cow milking, frolic with the goats and have lunch together in the picnic area. Visit maplewoodfarm.bc.ca for more information.
2. Krause Berry Farm
Located in picturesque Langley, BC, this farm features a family-friendly winery, bakery, play area, market and more. Visit krauseberryfarms.com for details about special events including the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In on October 5th. Free for visitors, this event offers everything wonderful fall has to offer – pumpkins, face painting, delicious food, live performances and even a visit from Cinderella.
3. Vancouver Farmers Markets
All the wonderful tastes of the farm and no longer just a summer experience, the Riley Park farmers market takes place all year long. Enjoy fresh farm produce, trinkets, local artisanal goodies and more from over 30 farms and producers. Open every Saturday from 10 am-2 pm. Visit eatlocal.org for info.
4. VanDusen Gardens
Surround yourself with the beauty of fall in this tranquil outdoor setting. Full of autumn foliage and treasures, VanDusen offers a day of outdoor decadence and beauty for all ages. Visit vancouver.ca for hours and admission prices.
Take in some fall entertainment
5. Vancouver Art Gallery
Rain or shine, the Vancouver Art Gallery will not let you down. Full of creative exhibits and inspiring art forms, it’s a great place for families to learn more about the exciting world of art and its history. A creative way to spend a weekend afternoon, you can enjoy lunch in the café or pack your own and eat outside. Visit vanartgallery.bc.ca for pricing and exhibits.
6. Canucks Hockey or BC Lions Football
Nothing screams Vancouver or fall louder than a Canucks hockey or BC Lions football game. Treat your family to a weekend outing this fall, and enjoy the enthusiastic vibes of a game. Visit tickets.canucks.com and bclions.com/tickets for ticket prices and availability.
Indulge in some fall flavours and colours
7. Go on a Pumpkin Food-Eating Tour
A taste synonymous with fall, the mighty pumpkin demands attention this time of year. Available in multiple foods and tasty treats, stop for a meal or a snack and eat up the season. Visit eateries and coffee shops around the city where you can indulge in a pumpkin scone or some pie; a latte or tea; some ravioli or soup. A family meal together is a beautiful thing.
8. Host a Fall-Themed Get-Together
Invite a few friends over, and celebrate the season. A chance to relax and unwind, this gorgeous season deserves it! Cook up a meal full of fall colours and flavours, have fun with a few decorations, provide some fall-themed crafts for the kids and take some time to slow down.
9. Hike, Bike, or Kayak
There’s no beauty like Vancouver beauty, so take advantage of this colourful season and get outside for some fresh fall air. Hike one of the hundreds of beautiful trails and take in the west coast smell of Hemlock, Cedar or Fir trees; bike the Stanley Park seawall or kayak around Deep Cove. Water, land or mountain – the seasonal sights will not disappoint.
10. Collect Leaves and Other Treasures Along a Trail, or as You Walk the Seawall
Kids love a good treasure hunt, and what better way to find treasures than on a beautiful Vancouver walk. With so many options, it won’t take you long to find the perfect route. Enjoy the fall colours, gather leaves for arts and crafts, and then take in the beauty along with a few deep breaths. Perfection!
Whether you choose an indoor or outdoor activity, Vancouver is bursting with creative weekend options for fall. Celebrate the season and spend time with your family in a new, creative way that inspires connection and builds warm, cozy memories. Whether you choose a farm, some new entertainment or a simple meal or stroll, soak up all the beauty that surrounds you this season and indulge in some special family fun.