10 outdoor events to check out in Vancouver in September

Aug 30 2019, 5:00 am

Make the most of the rest of summer by enjoying these 10 outdoor events happening around Vancouver in September. RBC Granfondo Whistler, Terry Fox Run, and more.

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

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Country Celebration at Campbell Valley Regional Park

What: Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Country Celebration and Campbell Valley Regional Park. Explore nature, heritage and agriculture with live music and animals, a marketplace, food trucks, homesteading demos, and a nature quest in the giant straw maze. Bring your mug and bags.

Date: September 7 and September 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park – 710 204th St, Langley
Admission: $3 per adult, $1 per child and adult over 65

RBC GranFondo Whistler 2019

What: RBC GranFondo Whistler is North America’s largest amateur cycling event covering three different distances: 55 km, Medio; 122 km, Gran Fondo; and 152 km, Forte. This year, GranFondo Whistler celebrates its 10th anniversary on September 7 and it’s a UCI Gran Fondo World Series event.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: All day
Where: Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler
Admission: Complimentary with a Grouse Mountain membership or admission ticket.

Piper Spit Bird Count

What: ​Bring your binoculars and join a park interpreter to watch the seasonal changes of birds at Burnaby Lake. Ages 15 and up.

When: September 10, 2019
Time: 9 to 11 am
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Mountains 101: Bear Necessities

What: Learn about charms and challenges of the wilderness during a drop-in session by naturalists and backcountry experts.

When: September 14, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park – Meet at BC Mills House
Admission: Free

Terry Fox Run

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What: The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive event where people get together as individuals, families, and groups to raise money for cancer research in Terry’s name. Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of age, athletic ability, or socio-economic standing. While the Run does not have an entry fee or minimum donation, all participants are asked to fundraise or make a donation.

When: September 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Registration: Online

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2019

What: Stroll through more than five acres of sunflowers in bloom. On-leash pets will also be welcome, with a dedicated drinking area and complimentary pick-up bags on-site. Attractions include 20-acres filled with giant sunflowers, a one-acre show garden with 15 varieties of sunflowers, photo-ops with swing sets, lawn games, local food trucks and more.

When: Now until September 15, 2019
Time: Hours of operation vary based on date
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: Online

RiverFest 2019

What: The 17th annual RiverFest is inspired by the Fraser River, and is in celebration of BC and World Rivers Day. There will be events throughout the week, with a main festival on September 21 with a family fun zone, live entertainment, an artisans marketplace, parade and more.

When: September 16 to 21, 2019, with the main festival on September 21, 2019
Time: Various times. Main festival happening from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Fraser River Discovery Centre – 788 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Fishy Finale

What: Watch the pink salmon migrating up the Fraser River. Learn about their life cycle and the animals that eat them, then try your hand at casting or tying flies (Bring your tidal fishing license). All ages.

When: September 21, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Glen Valley Regional Park – Meet at Two-bit Bar, 9117 272 St, Langley
Admission: Free

2019 Vancouver AIDS WALK

What: The annual AIDS WALK celebrates people living with HIV, memorializes those who have passed, and raises funds to support low income people living with HIV in BC via the Community Health Fund.

When: September 22, 2019
Time: 10:30 to 1:30 pm
Where: Sunset Beach Seawall
Register: Online

Bowen Island Sea Kayaking

Bowen Island Sea Kayaking

What: Bowen Island Sea Kayaking offers rentals and guided tours from two hours to multi-day, allowing you to explore beautiful Bowen Island and Howe Sound on the water. They also offer kayaking and paddleboard lessons as well as Paddle Canada certifications. You can also join their popular sunset and full moon tours. Have kids that are interested in kayaking? Check out their Kids Camp and Junior Skills summer programs.

When: April to October
Time: Hours vary. Check website or call.
Where: Bowen Island is a natural wonderland, and is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay.
More Info: Book online here