Where to See the Fall Foliage in Vancouver
Vancouver is known for its towering Douglas Firs, but its patchwork of autumn colours and gorgeous fall foliage are also a sight for eyes big and small to behold. Here are a few places in the Lower Mainland to take your child to experience the magic of nature at this golden time of year, and learn about photosynthesis up close and personal.
All arrows point to Stanley Park /when it comes to nature in Vancouver, but fall is truly a special time here. Oak and maple trees line parts of the seawall, and you can hike or bike in to Beaver Lake to get away from the bustle of the park. While the seawall is a 10 km loop, there are places to park and walk throughout the park, but note pay parking is in effect. And the playground, located just off the seawall near the water park and the miniature train, is a good diversion.
Queen Elizabeth Park
If you like your colours with a view, head to Queen Elizabeth Park. Located in the heart of Vancouver, the park boasts stunning vantage points of the city and mountains, as well as a host of deciduous trees and shrubs. If it rains on your parade, head inside the Bloedel Floral Conservatory to experience exotic colours of tropical plants.
UBC Botanical Gardens
It's not all blue on Thunderbird campus. UBC is home to Canada's oldest operating botanical garden, so check out the vibrant golden reds of the Japanese Maples—gold and brown are also on display. The nearby Pacific Spirit Park is also worth a gander (or short hike) while you're there.
Dr. Sun Yat-See Classical Chinese Garden
Get away from it all at Dr. Sun Yat-See Classical Chinese Garden. Built in the heart of Chinatown in downtown Vancouver, this oasis of calm is alive with colour in autumn, and is hosting a Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Friday, October 6 from 5:30–10 pm. The evening will kick-off with storytelling, and feature a smorgasbord of family entertainment with musicians, calligraphers and more.