10 outdoor events to check out in Vancouver this October

Sep 23 2018, 1:16 am

Get outside this Autumn with our list of 10 Vancouver outdoor events happening in October. Enjoy Granville Island Turkey Trot, Return of the Salmon, and more.

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

Wonderful Wetlands Tour

  • What: Enjoy a guided walk through West Creek Wetlands, an ecological reserve normally off limits to the public and home to an incredible variety of plants and wildlife. Ages 14+
  • When: Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Glen Valley Regional Park
  • Admission: Free, registration required. Barcode 7457

Bowen Island Applefest

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  • What: Taste crunchy heritage apples, buy a homemade apple pie and learn all about seeds and how they travel. It all takes place at Davies Orchard, a 100 m walk from the ferry terminal. Presented by Bowen Heritage.
  • When: Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Crippen Regional Park, Davies Orchard – Bowen Island
  • Admission: Free

Granville Island Turkey Trot

  • What: The Granville Island Turkey Trot is a hallmark event for Granville Island and the local Vancouver running community. The Trot occurs annually over Thanksgiving weekend, with Sunday featuring a Kids Run and Expo, and Monday a seawall 10KM race followed by food, prizes, music and awards.
  • When: Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Granville Island
  • Register: Online

Manning Park Dark Sky – Astronomy Weekend

  • What: Manning Park’s first astronomy weekend features workshops, speakers and star-gazing. Bring your telescope and your astronomy questions for our star experts who will guide you on a tour of the night skies in the pristine alpine environment of Manning Park. Good for beginners and experts.
  • When: Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Manning Park
  • Register: Online

Gordon’s Brook Restoration Celebration

  • What: An exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at a wetland restoration project located in a special conservation area of Aldergrove Regional Park. Talk with project experts, take a biologist-guided wetland tour (rubber boots recommended), enjoy festival-style booths and family-friendly activities, and more.
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Aldergrove Regional Park – Special Entrance at 202-272nd Street
  • Admission: Free

Focus on Forests

  • What: Explore fall forest colours, patterns and symmetries through a cell phone or camera lens using basic photography techniques. Retrain your eyes to see new wonders while discovering why forests are important. Ages 14+.
  • When: Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am.
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
  • Admission: Free, registration required. Barcode 7458

Return of the Salmon

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  • What:  Cheer on the salmon returning home to spawn in Kanaka Creek.  Engage with displays, games and fisheries experts from the Bell-Irving Hatchery and other community organizations. All ages. Presented with Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society.
  • When: Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where:  Kanaka Creek Regional Park – meet at fish fence on 240th Street, north of Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: Free

Hands-On Scientist: Be Aware – Bears!

  • What: Delve into the secret lives of park plants and animals as scientists share presentations and research techniques then guide a walk in the park. Explore the real world of bears and their behaviour with biologist Ellie Archer and search for signs of bear activity. Ages 8+.
  • When: Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
  • Admission: $8.50 per adult, $4.50 per child/youth/adult 65+. Registration required. Barcode 7472.

Coho Commotion

  • What: Each fall, coho salmon return to their birthplace, transform physically and create the next generation. Watch salmon leaping, learn the difference between males and females, and hear about their extraordinary lives.
  • When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Capilano River Regional Park – Capilano Fish Hatchery
  • Admission: Free

Demystifying Mushrooms

  • What: Learn to identify common mushrooms without harvesting them. Investigate fungi’s role as the underground interconnected ‘world wood web’. A 30-minute indoor slideshow is followed by a slow trail walk. Edible mushrooms are not the focus of this walk. Ages 15+.
  • When: Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Time: 9 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
  • Admission: $8.50 per adult, $4.50 per youth/adult 65+. Registration required.  Barcode 7460
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