It’s been ages since I’ve been to Vancouver with the kids and I’m definitely ready to go back. It’s such a kid-friendly city and there are so many things to do as a family, especially in the fall. Take a look at eight reasons to explore Vancouver right now.
1. Fall Colors from the Skyride. Head to nearby Grouse Mountain Resort and take the Skyride one mile up to the top of the mountain for majestic views and beautiful fall colors. Enjoy a meal at The Observatory once you reach the top or head back down and take on the mountain ziplines.
2. Crossing Suspension Bridges in the Crisp Air. For those who can handle heights, it’s a must to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Cross the 450-foot suspension bridge (that’s 230 feet above the Capilano River). Or, try out the Treetops Adventure, which involves seven suspension bridges high up in the trees.
3. Behind-the-Scenes Tours at Maplewood Farm. Offered in the fall, it’s a must to sign the kids up for a behind-the-scenes tour of Maplewood Farm. Children will love collecting eggs, grooming the animals and exploring the special “staff only” areas of the farm. Kids can even get hoof print autographs.
4. Spectacular Botanical Gardens. While in Vancouver, visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden, which is considered by many to be one of the top-ten public gardens in North America. Look for beautiful autumn colors, and be sure to enjoy the Korean Pavilion, a meditation garden and a fun hedge maze.
5. Late-Night Stargazing. Get out and enjoy the beautiful Canadian sky on a clear night this fall by taking a drive over to Porteau Cove Provincial Park. An hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver, you’ll find a dark sky and lots of stars. Bring a constellation map to help identify what you see in the sky.
6. Family Hikes. There are a variety of hiking trails in and around the Vancouver area that are ideal for families. Try the Maplewood Flats or Rice Lake hikes, both of which can be done in around an hour and offer fantastic opportunities to explore and interact with nature in the fall.
7. Biking Along the Stanley Park Seawall. Rent a bike and cycle the bike trail along the Stanley Park Seawall. It’s an easy bike ride for families and you should enjoy some fantastic views of the water and nearby mountains. As a bonus, there are fewer crowds in the fall, so less bike congestion.
8. Scenic Train Rides. I love taking in the views from a train and so will your kids on the Whistler Sea to Sky Climb. The 3.5 hour train journey between North Vancouver and Whistler offers spectacular views you won’t soon forget. You can also add on an overnight stay in Whistler.
Before you go, check out this virtual tour of Vancouver courtesy of FlipKey. Have fun!
Photo Credit: Chris