The 10 best places in Vancouver to watch the leaves turn colour this fall

Sep 13 2021, 1:54 pm

After a long, hot, and sweaty summer, fall in Vancouver is nearly here, and the leaves are already turning.

September 22 marks the first official day of fall, and one of the most wonderful parts of the season is watching the trees change colour from the various shades of green, to seemingly millions of shades of golden yellow, orange, red and brown, as chlorophyll production slows down.

Vancouver might just be one of the most beautiful places in the world to experience the fall season, and we’ve put together a list of the best places to experience that fall magic.

Queen Elizabeth Park

There are numerous reasons to visit Queen Elizabeth Park.

Disc golf, pitch-and-putt, quaint little ponds filled with ducks, and the Bloedel Conservatory.

But, the entire park is filled and surrounded by all sorts of trees, that are on the precipice of turning into a feast for your eyes. The surrounding residential neighbourhoods are also perfect for strolls while tree-watching.

Fun fact: QE Park is actually Vancouver’s highest point.

Address: 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Most Vancouver neighbourhoods

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When it comes to nature, Vancouver is truly blessed.

While this list is filled with parks, gardens, and lakes, you really just need to step outside your door to be surrounded by nature.

Basically every residential street in Vancouver is lined with gorgeous trees, that are about to turn into a mosaic of colour.

Kitsilano

 

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Although it’s true that most neighbourhoods can become a visual feast during autumn, Kitsilano is particularly special in the fall.

Along with having access to areas like Kits Beach, and West 4th, most residential streets in Kitsilano make for perfect pleasure walks in autumn.

Just bring an umbrella.

Trout Lake

 

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Trout Lake in the fall is practically an autumn wonderland.

Surrounded by trees, you’ll be treated to an assortment of colours everywhere you look.

Address: 3300 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Located in the Chinatown area, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Botanical Gardens is not only a great place for some mental relaxation, but it’s also a great spot to watch the leaves change. Don’t forget to capture some photos of nature’s beauty.

Address: 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Fraser River Park

 

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This hidden gem could be described as South Vancouver’s secret seawall.

Tucked away behind Marine Drive, Fraser River Park is a glorious walking and cycling trail that overlooks the Fraser River.

Not overpopulated by tourists, it also serves as another great spot for photos of leaves turning colour in Vancouver.

Address: 8705 Angus Drive, Vancouver

VanDusen Botanical Garden

While VanDusen is a host for a plethora of plant and flower species, they’re also home to a wide variety of trees.

The fall bloom at VanDusen is a sight to behold.

Address: 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

UBC Campus

With the return-to-campus in full swing, there’s good news if you’re an autumn lover and a UBC student.

You’ll have a glorious view of fall colours, right from campus.

There’s also the UBC Botanical Garden, which is another great place to ring in the season.

Memorial Park

 

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Another South Vancouver gem in the autumn season, Memorial Park turns into an ocean of fallen leaves ranging in shades and colours.

It’s also the perfect spot for physical activity in Vancouver’s brisk autumn air if you’re into that sort of thing.

Address: 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver

Grouse Mountain

 

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Evergreen trees make for most of the tree population at Grouse Mountain.

However, once you get to the top, you get a view of the city and surrounding areas that can’t be rivalled. It is a worthy spot to have an unforgettable autumn experience.

Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way

Disclaimer: Stanley Park is typically a gorgeous place to watch the leaves change colour, but due to ongoing coyote attacks, BC Conservation Officers suggest staying out of the park.

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