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5 Fall Foliage Hot Spots to Explore in Vancouver

Autumn colored maple leaf Vancouver

Reconnecting with nature is especially satisfying in the fall when the foliage transforms the landscape with brilliant red, orange, and yellow hues. Abundant opportunities to wander gorgeous fall scenes make Vancouver a superb destination at this time of year. Cruises from Victoria, BC, offer a relaxing way to visit the metropolitan area and unwind for a day.

1. Stanley Park

At 405 hectares, this public park is right by downtown and boasts a splendid urban forest bordered by English Bay and Vancouver Harbour. A stroll along the seawall will renew you with fresh sea air and stunning displays of mature hardwoods in their autumn glory.

2. Queen Elizabeth Park

Tourists travelling on our cruises have an opportunity to visit Queen Elizabeth Park in central Vancouver. At 152 metres above sea level, it is the highest point in the city and provides breathtaking views. Plantings of native and exotic species promise a memorable experience. Deciduous and evergreen trees in the arboretum mix the jewel tones of fall with deep green.

3. Van Dusen Botanical Gardens

Gingko trees, known as champions of fall gold colour, are part of the collection at the botanical gardens. Autumn crocuses and blooming hydrangeas add to the splendour of this 22-hectare treasure where more than 7,500 plants thrive and amaze the public. The gardens deserve a top spot on the sightseeing list of people traveling the Victoria to Vancouver ferry. The place even has an Elizabethan hedge maze.

4. Pacific Spirit Park

This park hugs the shores of the Georgia Straight. Visitors have access to easy trails on hundreds of forested hectares where towering evergreens and open beaches define this landscape. The intermingling of deciduous trees in the forest canopy produces a beautiful farewell to summer in this provincial nature preserve.

5. Deer Lake Park

In Burnaby, fall foliage enthusiasts encounter a soothing environment at this park in the heart of a residential area. Comfortable walking trails encircle Deer Lake and the park has a viewing tower for taking in the fall colours. The location also includes the Burnaby Art Gallery and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

V2V Vacations provides people with leisurely access to the beautiful landscape of coastal British Columbia. Contact us to learn about current ferry times for Victoria to Vancouver or plan a trip to the island with a ferry ride from Vancouver to Victoria.