The best places to see fall leaves in and around Vancouver

Sep 21 2020, 10:16 pm

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While this fall is certainly a little different than in past years, there are some things that we here in Metro Vancouver can count on this time of year – namely the gorgeous fall colours that this season brings.

We’ve created this handy reference guide for where to see some particularly pleasing fall leaves in the region, so you won’t be stuck on where to go when the clear skies return.

Here are 10 of the best places to enjoy fall leaves in and around Vancouver.

Stanley Park Seawall

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The quintessential Vancouver walk around our spectacular urban forest. In fall, Stanley Park’s seawall alongside its network of trails, light up with fantastic reds and oranges.

Queen Elizabeth Park

 

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Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point in Vancouver, and a great spot to gaze over our green city turning gold this fall. The Quarry Garden is also filled with red this time of year.

Van Dusen Botanical Gardens

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Fall is absolutely stunning at the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, where Gingko trees, Autumn Crocuses, and Hydrangeas bloom into a riot of colours.

Kitsilano

 

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Leafy Kitsilano is one of the best neighbourhoods in Vancouver for fall watching, as the tree-lined streets turn yellow then red, before filling with horse chestnuts.

UBC

 

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One of the many perks of attending school in Vancouver is the sweeping University Endowment Lands, its 993 acres of greenery turning gold and ochre in fall.

Pacific Spirit Park

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The changing colours in the treetop canopy aren’t the only fall treats you can enjoy at Pacific Spirit Park, you can also go hunting for mushrooms too, just don’t eat them!

Trout Lake

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Trout Lake Park in East Vancouver during the fall. (Ann Hung / Flickr)

This lake in the heart of East Vancouver is a great spot for a fall picnic. It’s also dog-friendly, so you can wander around, admiring the fall colours, with your furry friend.

Burnaby

Burnaby Mountain

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UBC students may have the Endowment Lands, but SFU students have an entire mountain to enjoy. Get a view of the city surrounded by autumn leaves shimmering in the sunlight.

Deer Lake Park

 

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The walk around Deer Lake is an easy stroll for an autumn day, passing by a beach, a viewing tower, and a pier, with beautiful fall scenery all around you.

Surrey

Green Timbers Urban Forest

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Once fall hits the Green Timbers Urban Forest, you’ll be floating on a carpet of golden leaves as you stroll the second-growth forest trails, or wander around the picturesque lake.

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