It’s no secret that Vancouver’s fall weather is unpredictable, but we savvy west coast moms don’t fret the wet. Instead, we head to our favourite forests for fresh air, exercise, and natural shelter. Top of our list this weekend is the UBC Botanical Garden, with its amazing Canopy Walkway, famous Apple Festival, and nearby UBC Farm.
This natural garden is not a well-manicured field of blooms—it’s an amazing collection of indigenous plants and trees, spanning 110 acres of forested trails for exploring. There are lots of benches along the way to enjoy a snack, and if the weather is nice, there’s a large grassy field along the north side of the garden for a picnic.
For a great activity with kids four years and up, try the Canopy Walkway, an amazing suspension bridge experience which takes you on a circle tour 308 metres in length and at times, over 17.5 metres above the ground, providing a bird’s-eye view of the garden’s tallest coniferous trees and a unique perspective of the forest floor below. At each tree, there are viewing platforms (don’t look down if you’re afraid of heights).