Where is the time going? We are already midway through September and the warm days are just about lingering on with us and the nights are cooler which is a welcome relief from some of the heat we have experienced over the past few months.
This is a great time to check out the parks and gardens that Vancouver has to offer before the Winter properly sets in, we have such an amazing variety of trees to wander around as the leaves start to change colour before they fall from the trees – it is not just out East that gets to witness this spectacular change in the colours of the leaves. We will guide you to the very best places to check out the colours of Fall.
Located a couple of blocks north of the hotel following Thurlow Street you will come across the cute Nelson Park, here the Linden trees always put on a stunning display blanketing the floor with Stunning Orange and yellow leaves, this is a cute little oasis in the heart of the westend.
On the weekends until mid October you should check out the weekly Farmers markets that runs from 9am to 2pm. http://eatlocal.org/markets/west-end/
This is the place to be during Fall, the park opened in 1888, Stanley Park is known as the ‘crown jewel’ of Vancouver. Situated in the Westend, Stanley Park is the largest city-owned park in Canada and boasts an estimated eight million visitors each year. It is 405 hectares big, and is surrounded by an 8.8 kilometer seawall, which is used by cyclists, inline skaters, and pedestrians every day. Stanley Park contains over 200 km of trails and roads throughout its largely forested landscape. There are numerous attractions and monuments in the park, accessible by foot, bicycle, and automobile. A two-lane roadway has been carved into the majority of the perimeter, allowing for a counter-clockwise scene drive of the park.
Here you will be dazzled with the fall colours and our suggestion will be to walk some of the way around the park and the seawall, then, turn back through the middle of the Park towards the Lost Lagoon lake where the colours and the Vancouver city skyline creates a wonderful photogenic opportunity. As you cut through the park you will be in the thickest area of the forest, it really is very enchanting and magical.
VanDusen Botanical Gardens
VanDusen Botanical Garden, an inspiring 55 acre outdoor oasis with over 7,500 plant species and varieties. Spot and photograph local wildlife, enjoy the hedge maze with the kids and relax in a serene setting located in the heart of Vancouver.