Last Updated on February 1, 2023
Fall is in the air and that means the leaves will start changing color soon. If you’re looking for some fun things to do near Vancouver this fall season, we’ve got you covered! From pumpkin patches to corn mazes, there’s plenty of Fall fun to be had in the Lower Mainland.
Grab your friends and family and get ready for an Autumn adventure!
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As the leaves start to change color and the days grow shorter, many people begin to feel the excitement of Fall in the air. One of the best ways to celebrate the season is by visiting a pumpkin patch. Pumpkin patches offer a festive atmosphere, with rows upon rows of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. Many also offer hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, and other Autumn-themed activities. Whether you’re looking for the perfect jack-o-lantern or just want to enjoy some time outdoors before winter sets in, a visit to a pumpkin patch is sure to get you into the spirit of fall.
Aldor Acres and Laity Pumpkin Patch are a couple of the best pumpkin patches near Vancouver.
These family-friendly farms both have a huge pumpkin patch where you can pick your own perfect pumpkin.
Visiting the pumpkin patch is a fun family tradition that everyone can enjoy!
Aldor Acres: $70 for a family day pass, or $15 general admission for all individuals walking age and up.
Laity Pumpkin Patch: $9 per person on weekdays, $12 per person on weekends.
Tickets required for 3+
Stanley Park provides a much-needed oasis of green in the midst of Vancouver’s urban landscape.
Take a wander in Stanley Park and along the seawall as the colors change. It is a great way to spend a gorgeous Fall day.
Stanley Park is lovely and a must-visit at any time of year, but it becomes even more beautiful during the Fall. There are several fantastic locations to see the leaves change, but the seawall by the rowing club is a must-see.
Chilliwack Corn Maze
Greendale Acres, home of the Chilliwack Corn Maze, was established in 1999 as the first corn maze in all of Canada. It is located in Chilliwack, BC.
Greendale Acres features a corn maze, as well as: seasonal flowers, a pumpkin patch, a jumping pillow, rope obstacle course, bubble bar, pedal kart track, a hay bale maze, Corn sandbox, farm animal displays, farm carousel garden, Sandbox/kids playground area, antique farm machinery, and much more!
In 2022, Greendale Acres has partnered with Science World to launch the 24th Chilliwack Corn Maze. To correspond with T.rex, the Ultimate Predator is currently on exhibit at the geodesic dome (until February 2023), this year’s 12-acre corn maze is designed in the shape of a giant T.rex.
Weekday general admission is $16, and Weekend general admission is $18.
Admission is free for those 2 and under, or 75+.
Exploring the corn maze is a great way to get outside and have some fun with friends or family. Add some extra fun by setting a timer. See if you can find your way out of the maze before time runs out!
Other smaller corn mazes in the area include: Taves Family Farm and Maan Farms
The Sylvia Hotel’s Virginia creeper-covered exterior has made it a Vancouver icon, especially in autumn when the leaves turn shades of amber, gold, and crimson.
The hotel’s Virginia creeper is a distinctive feature and a well-known attraction in the city. Mrs. Kenvyn, one of Sylvia Court’s first tenants, began the plant after World War II.
Take a few minutes to stop and enjoy this iconic sight!
Playland Fright Nights
Prepare to scream your face off this October, because Playland Fright Nights will once again become a terrifying Halloween experience, with seven frightening houses, 15+ rides, spooky décor, roaming monsters, and live shows.
This year a new attraction, “scaremony”, opens. Check out the new props, early admission access, and more. There are plenty of food options too – perfect for anyone looking to get into the spooky season spirit!
After this Halloween season, the Hollywood Horrors haunted house will be retired, so don’t miss out!
*This activity is not recommended for children under the age of 12, seniors over 65, or people with conditions that may be irritated by strobe lighting or fog machines. They do not allow any guests to wear costumes or have their faces painted.
Admission includes Haunted House & Ride Pass: $54 online in advance ($56 day of/onsite ticket booths). Rapid Pass (Admission + Express Entry for Haunted Houses & 5 rides): $110 Online ($114 day off/onsite ticket booths). Early Entry (5pm admission with access to 3 houses): $15 add-on
Fly Over Canada’s Howl Over Canada
Bring the entire family along for a spirited Halloween ride with Biker Mama the witch. From coast to coast, you’ll travel with a group of spooky sidekicks on your way to an out-of-this-world music event in Howl Over Canada.
Tickets range from $25-$35, depending on the day of the visit.
Loft Country Fall Festival
Loft Country is the best and most affordable Fall festival with plenty of unique options for an afternoon of family-friendly fun.
Their petting zoo is adorable, with their goats eating through the heads of fun characters painted along the fence. Also, enjoy a wild west shootout, a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, a jumping pillow, panning for gems at the LC Mining Co, horse-drawn carriage rides, pony rides, and more.
General Admission (Ages 3 and up) – $13.50
Family Admission (2 parents and their children) – $54
Get your tickets for Loft Country here!
Apple picking is a great and tasty way to celebrate the beauty of the Fall season.
Willow View Farms is a great little farm in Abbotsford, BC without all the extra bells and whistles. However, that also means that you get a charming farm set against wide-open spaces, without the massive crowds.
Willow View is a classic spot for apple picking near Vancouver — they also don’t charge you to enter the field, or parking, just for the apples you pick. It’s the only affordable apple-picking experience near Vancouver now, that we know of.
If you’re looking for a charming little farm to take the family without a huge price tag and crowds, Willow View Farms is a fantastic spot to spend an afternoon.
There are also several picnic tables; so bring lunch with you! And, grab some delicious fresh apple cider!
Another farm to go apple picking at is Taves Family Farm. However, they charge a $12 admission to enter the fields if you just want to go apple picking and are not paying their full-priced festival admission rate. The admission (September 23 – October 31) will make your apple picking trip beyond expensive. They also charge a $5 parking fee during October.
Take in the Fall foliage on a horseback riding adventure! There are plenty of trails to explore near Vancouver, and horseback riding is a great way to see the autumn leaves up close.
One great option for horseback riding near Vancouver is the Leghorn Ranch. They offer a variety of rides to suit all levels, from beginner to experienced riders. Come explore beautiful, wide-open trails just minutes away from Vancouver.
A horseback ride is a great way to enjoy the beauty of fall in BC. Prices start at $120 per person for a one-hour ride, plus a lesson before hitting the trails.
Ghostly Walking Tours
The Grave Tales tour of Fort Langley is a spooky excursion through the town, complete with intrigue and tales.
More than ten years ago, Parks Canada conducted research to identify any ghost stories that were hidden in the town’s history. They went house-to-house, expecting to hear a dozen stories, but they received thousands of responses from going door-to-door. The most common local tales were used to create their walking tour.
If you’re looking for a tour of dark secrets or lost souls in Vancouver, Forbidden Walking Tours is a company that offers guided walking tours through Gastown, downtown Vancouver, the West End, and Stanley Park.
Visiting a cranberry farm is a great way to learn about BC’s cranberry industry and enjoy the fall colors in a unique setting.
The Vancouver Cranberry Festival is held every October, but you can visit a bog any time during the cranberry season (September to October).
Take a stroll around the edge of the field to witness the beater machine in action or to see the berries being pumped off, depending on what part of the harvest is happening. Don’t forget to scan the QR codes on the informational displays to learn interesting facts about cranberry farming.
If you’re looking for something different to do this Fall, consider visiting a cranberry bog! It’s a great way to learn about BC’s agricultural industry and see the fall colors in a unique setting.
At the Riverside Cranberry Bog, you can even put on a pair of farm waders and snap a photo in a field of floating cranberries.
Admission for a self-tour of Riverside Cranberry Bog
Family Pass (2 Adults & up to 4 Children) – $43.45
Adult Admission – $14.28
Child Admission (3-12 yrs) – $9.50
Youth Admission (13-17 yrs) – $11.62
Cranberry Plunge Add-On – $14.28 per person
Take A Hike
With the cooling weather, Fall is the perfect time to lace up those hiking boots and go on a hike. There are plenty of great trails to explore near Vancouver.
Take a look at our Ultimate Guide To Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Vancouver for a massive amount of trails to choose from!
Arts Nursery Scarecrow Stroll
Are you looking for a fun, family-friendly activity this fall? Look no further than Arts Nursery’s Fall festival! Not only can you browse the nursery and see all of the beautiful plants on display, but you’ll also have the chance to witness over 60 unique and creative scarecrows. In previous years, there have been some well-known character scarecrows, including Disney favorites. And be sure to stop by the pop-up pumpkin patch for some picture-perfect photo opportunities. Plus, there’s even a scavenger hunt to add an extra element of excitement for both kids and adults. So come on down to Arts Nursery for a festive and enjoyable autumn day.
Best of all, the Scarecrow Stroll is completely free to attend. Additionally, you can purchase all the pumpkins and gardening supplies your heart desires!
What are your favorite things to do near Vancouver in Autumn? Let us know in the comments below!
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