10 outdoor events to check out in Vancouver in November

Oct 31 2019, 8:00 am

Enjoy the great outdoors with these 10 events happening around Vancouver in November. Check out Bear Creek Park Lights, Peak of Christmas, and more.

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

Bear Creek Park Lights

What: Explore illuminated trees and light displays throughout the water park and playground at Bear Creek Park. On opening and closing night, guests will be treated to family-friendly activities at a kids zone, food trucks, and roving performers. Visitors on November 9 will also enjoy music, performers, and food presented by RED FM.

When: November 2 to November 15, 2019 (closed November 11)
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Bear Creek Park – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

The Nature of Crows

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What: Head to Burnaby Lake Regional Park to see crows fly to their evening roost, and learn about the intelligent and interesting birds. Ages 13+.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Admission: $8.50 per adult, $4.50 per youth/adult 65+. Registration required, barcode 7845; 604-432-6359

Let the Egg-citement Begin!

What: ​Learn about the salmon life cycle at Kanaka Creek Regional Park’s fish fence, and then visit the ​​Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre for their Open House. Check out displays and presentations while you explore the indoor and outdoor learning spaces.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park — 11450 256th St, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Wild, Edible, Medicinal Plant Walk with Lori Snyder

What: Metis herbalist, educator, mother, and storyteller Lori Snyder leads a wild, edible, medicinal plant walk at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

When: November 10, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden — 5251 Oak St, Vancouver
Register: Online

Piper Spit Bird Count

What: Get to know the birds in your backyard and keep an eye out for rare ones at Piper Spit Bird Count. Bring binoculars and join a park interpreter to see seasonal changes in birds at Burnaby Lake. Ages 15+ only.

When: November 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 11 pm
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Wednesday Wanderings: Winter Waterfowl

What: Learn why ​some birds make our region their winter destination at Wednesday Wanderings.

When: November 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Minnekhada Regional Park
Register: Required, barcode 7852. 604-432-6359 $3 per person, per session

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series

What: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) Fall Series presents films celebrating skiing, climbing, and mountain biking. Check out Ski Show 1 with Cody Townsend (November 14), Reel Rock 14 (November 15, 17, and 19), Mountain Bike Adventures (November 16), and Ski Show 2 presented by Arc’teryx (November 18).

When: November 14 to November 19, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Centennial Theatre and Rio Theatre
Tickets: Online

Run Wild Vancouver presents: Survive Outside

What: Run Wild Vancouver hosts an AdventureSmart Survive Outside classroom program, where attendees will listen and learn from seasoned trail runners.

When: November 20, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Runners Den — 239 Newport Dr, Port Moody
Tickets: Online, minimum $5 donation

Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas 2019

What: Visitors can take a spin on Grouse Mountain’s 8,000-sq-ft outdoor ice skating pond or zip down the multi-lane snow sliding zone. You can also take a sleigh ride through the mountain’s Winter Wonderland, meet magic reindeer, watch family Christmas movies, and write a letter to Santa. At Santa’s Workshop, believers young and old can share their special Christmas wishes and take a photo. Photos are pay by donation to BC Children’s Hospital. And if you really want to get to know St. Nick, join him for breakfast from Saturday, December 1 to Sunday, December 23, and be sure to get on his good list.

Access to the Peak of Christmas is included with your Annual Local’s Pass, Y2Play or Winter Season Pass, as well as regular Alpine Experience tickets.

When: November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Time: For more information and a detailed daily schedule for all Peak of Christmas activities, go here.
Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Admission: Peak of Christmas activities are complimentary with Mountain Admission Ticket, Annual Membership, Winter Season Pass, or Lift Ticket.

Nature Work Parties

What: Help remove invasive plants at Hazelnut Meadows Community Park. Tools, training, and light refreshments will be provided. No experience is required. Drop-in, rain or shine, though events may be cancelled in high winds or extreme weather conditions. Wear appropriate clothing for outdoor winter activities.

When: November 23, 2019, January 11, 2020, February 8, 2020
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Hazelnut Meadows Community Park – 14069 68 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free