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10 outdoor events to check out in Vancouver this October

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Daniel Chai Oct 03, 2017 8:42 am 3,183

October is in full swing and Vancouver is full of refreshing outdoor events to check out. From Apple Festivals to Salmon Celebrations and more, here are ten outdoor events to invigorate your fall.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Stanley Park Water Supply Tunnel Community Open House

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  • What: ​Metro Vancouver is planning to tunnel deep under Stanley Park to build the Stanley Park Water Supply Tunnel. Drop by the Community Open House to learn more about the project and share your comments with the project team.
  • When: Thursday, October 5
  • Time: 4 to 8 pm.
  • Where: The big tent in Chilco Plaza (near Chilco Street and Alberni Street) next to the Stanley Park Nature House.
  • Price: Free

Salamander Searchers

  • What: ​Learn about the intriquing amphibians that hide by day and hunt by night. Ages 6 to 9
  • When: Saturday, October 7
  • Time: 10 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Belcarra Regional Park
  • Admission: $4.25 per child, registration required.  Barcode 7062

Bowen Island Applefest

  • What: ​A community celebration of all things apple.  Taste crunchy heritage apples, buy a homemade pie and tour the museum.
  • When: Sunday October 8
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where:  Crippen Regional Park – Meet at Davies Orchard, a 100 m walk from ferry terminal.
  • Admission: Free

Fraser River Geology Walk

  • What: ​​Learn about the Ice Age glaciation on the south coast, the geologic history of the Fraser River, and the peatlands in Derby Reach Regional Park. Hear about a disastrous landslide in Haney in 1880 that produced a tsunami on the Fraser River. Led by John Clague, professor of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University, author of Vancouver, City on the Edge, and an expert on earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and floods.
  • When: Saturday October 14
  • Time: 10 am to noon
  • Where: Derby Reach Regional Park
  • Price: Free

Apple Festival at UBC Botanical Garden

UBC Botanical Garden

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  • What: The Apple Festival features approximately 34,000 lbs of organic and conventionally grown apples available for sale to thousands of apple fans. Taste up to 60 varieties of new and heritage BC-grown apples for just $5. There will also be a children’s area and live entertainment.
  • When: Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: UBC Botanical Garden – 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Admission is $5 cash for adults; children 12 and under are free. Festival admission includes entry to UBC Botanical Garden.

Flashlight Mysteries

  • What: ​​Be wily like a coyote or wise as an owl to solve a nocturnal mystery on lantern lit-trails.  Activities, performers and storytelling will reveal local night animals. Bring a flashlight and allow 1.5 hours to complete.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where:  Surrey Bend Regional Park. Park at Pacific Academy in Surrey at 10238-10300 168 St and take free shuttle bus to day use area. Please leave pets at home. Buses start at 5:30 pm and will transport participants to Surrey Bend Regional Park until 8 pm. The last bus leaves Surrey Bend at 9:30 pm. Limited parking at the day use area.
  • Price: Free

Coho Commotion

  • What: ​Follow the journey of salmon from hatching grounds to ocean.  Watch salmon leaping, get up close and personal with real specimens and hear about their extraordinary lives.  Please leave pets at home.
  • When: ​Saturday, October 21
  • Time: 11 am to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Capilano Fish Hatchery, end of Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Return of the Salmon

  • What: A 10 km return hike with mines researcher Lloyd Knutsen in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Along the way, Lloyd will share his knowledge of the prospectors and history of mining in the area, look at historical artefacts and minerals, and tell stories using old maps and photographs. Presented by the BC Mills House volunteer hosts.
  • When: Sunday October 22
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where:  Kanaka Creek Regional Park – Meet at fish fence on 240 Street, north of Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
  • Price: Free

Halloween in the Forest

  • What: Learn facts about owls, bats, spiders and raccoons, enjoy Halloween treats and meet the Forest Fairy. Attend in costume for the costume prize draw too.
  • When: Saturday, October 28
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Surrey Nature Centre at Green Timbers – 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey
  • Price: Free

Curious by Nature: Super Salmon

  • What: ​Want to know more about nature in regional parks? Drop by the pop-up displays to chat with a park interpreter.  Witness the journey of salmon returning to their home to spawn.
  • When: Saturday, October 28
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where:  Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Cariboo Dam
  • Price: Free

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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