Fill Up Your Fall Bucket List

September 21, 2021 |

Summer is over, leaves are turning and it’s the best time to enjoy Mother Nature’s greatest pleasures. From relishing in the fall colours to finding the best drink to warm you up, now is the best time to start planning your perfect fall trip.


1. Take a Hike

Two women hiking through a North Shore Forest in Fall

Immerse yourself in nature to see the fall colours up close on a hike. Vancouver’s North Shore is known for its evergreen forests but there are plenty of places where you can experience the reds, oranges and yellows of the season while taking a walk…or something more challenging. For an easy-going stroll try the North Shore Spirit Trail and Waterfront Park, or take a new challenge under the canopy of the trees above on the Grouse Grind


2. Salmon Season

At this time of year, salmon are returning to rivers all over British Columbia to spawn. Fall is prime time to see the salmon spawning in the Capilano River. Salmon are traditionally integral to the lives of the Coast Salish First Nations peoples, including the Tsleil Waututh and Squamish First Nations who reside on the North Shore and you can find them represented in a lot of regions public art by indigenous artists. Going to see the fish jumping upriver isn’t the only way to celebrate this important part of our ecosystem though! From eating to fishing, get inspired by salmon on the Salmon Trail.



The Museum of North Vancouver is now known as MONOVA! They will be opening their new 16,000 sq. ft. facility in The Shipyards District in late October 2021. Exhibits will share the powerful history of North Vancouver featuring the people, culture, and industry that have made our area what it is today! 

4. Explore the North Shore Ale Trail

Group of friends drinking craft beer at Streetcar Brewing

There is no better way to take a break from the crisp fall air while exploring the North Shore than to stop into one of our many Craft Breweries for a warm welcome and a cold beer. Many of our breweries are within walking distance, making for a great day out to try a flight at each. Check out the North Shore Ale Trail for the full brewery listings.

5. Get Inspired at an Art Gallery

Woman walking around art gallery

This season brings beautiful colours, but also a lot more rain to our beautiful West Coast rainforest. If you need to head indoors for a few hours to wait out the showers an art gallery is the perfect place to do it. The Polygon offers up modern media-based art, the CityScape Community ArtSpace shows works from local up-and-coming and established artists, and the new Inuit Gallery of Vancouver and the Aboriginal-owned Spirit Gallery focuses on showing work from Indigenous artists. 


6. Meet Friends at Maplewood Farm

Fall is a great time to spend at the farm! Maplewood Farm is a fun and educational place to visit for the whole family. The heritage farm offers a truly rural experience, rain or shine, with a chance to make friends with over 200 different animals and birds. 

7. Feel the Thrill of the Eagle Coaster

The Eagle Coaster on Cypress Mountain is the North Shore’s newest outdoor attraction! Experience the thrill of this winding track at 40km per hour and travel over 1700 metres with 279 meters of vertical drop while controlling your own speed with your cart break. 


8. Grouse Mountain

Man on treetops adventure on Grouse Mountain

The Peak of Vancouver on Grouse Mountain is a fun-filled place to visit at any time of the year. Your family can take your pick from the World Famous Lumberjack Show, meeting Grinder and Coola at the Grizzly Habitat, climbing through the treetops at the Mountain Ropes Adventure, and so much more!

9. Get on Your Bike

The North Shore is known worldwide for its mountain biking and this season is one of the best times to do it. You’ll find thinner crowds, good temperatures, and just enough daylight to get your fill before winter comes in. 


10. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Another place that comes into its own in fall is Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Again with the prime vacation time of summer has passed by you will find more room to explore and take that special selfie. Also, in the cooler mornings, you can cross the bridge in magnificent mist as fog rolls into the canyon. 


Extend your stay with special deals and unique accommodation packages from North Shore hotels. 



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