With the leaves changing shades as quickly as someone’s personal Facebook status, we asked the thousands of friends of Vancouver a simple question: What do you love about Vancouver in autumn? The responses on Twitter and Facebook were as overwhelming as Stanley Park’s fall colours. Here are a few of our favourites:
“Crisp and clear mornings…when you breathe the cool air into your lungs, you feel alive! Walking through Stanley Park with the different coloured leaves falling from the trees is a beautiful sight.” -Donna Conner-Marsh
“Watching children play in the pile of leaves. It makes a great photo with the different colours.” -Ann Holman
There are numerous places to take in fall’s vibrant oranges, yellows and reds that peak in September and October. Check out eight places to view the best colours in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia.
“The light, being able to wear a sweater, the sound of leaves fluttering along a dry sidewalk...” -Linda Francis
“@MyVancouver the weather!!” -andihurtado
“I love the heat on in the house in the morning! It is a toasty warmth! Got to turn the heat on for a little bit today...just to take the chill away. Nice! -Jane G Ince
Vancouver’s weather is pretty fantastic when September, October and November roll around. The mercury can still break 15 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) on most days, creating mild weather that’s ripe for exploring British Columbia’s natural beauty.
“Hockey season is starting.” -Tyler Van Berkom
“HOCKEY SEASON!!!! GO CANUCKS GO!!!” -Jake Hamilton
The Vancouver Canucks start their latest quest for the Stanley Cup in early October. That means it’s time to start planning your trip to Rogers Arena.
The Autumn Blooms
“Crisp mornings and weird & wonderful mushrooms springing up everywhere.” -Rachel Moffat
“The fall crocuses!” -Elizabeth Volpé Bligh
Hopping over to Vancouver Island for a few hours of mushroom hunting makes for a great day or overnight trip. The island is home to more than 2,000 species of wild mushrooms, and there are a variety of tours offered that’ll help novices identify the deliciously edible ones. Take a tour of the VanDusen Botanical Garden to view the beautiful fall crocuses, a bulb that only blooms in autumn.
“Pumpkin everything! Pie, muffins, jack o’ lanterns...you name it! RT @MyVancouver: best things about Vancouver in the fall ... #vantips” -MarinaHawk
“Attn. beer drinkers: It’s fall, and that means it’s time for Pumpkin Ale http://bit.ly/ctyZkG” -MyVancouver
Pumpkin-flavoured treats are only the beginning of the seasonal food offerings in Vancouver. Oysters and other treats from the sea are in season, too.
“The best season to train for marathon. Nice cool breeze, I love it!” -Arleen Asi
The BMO Bank of Montreal Vancouver Marathon is in May, which means those who are running it should take advantage of the cooler temperatures to kick-start their training programs. Vancouver also hosts a number of annual races this time of year, including the Ocktoberfest Brewski-Daddle Fun Run (Oct. 2, 2010), Granville Island Turkey Trot (Oct. 11, 2010), James Cunningham Seawall Race (Oct. 31, 2010), and Fall Classic Run (Nov. 21, 2010).
A Few Other Things
“I’m in England where we don’t really have ‘seasons.’ It’s miserable here all year round. Please someone from Vancouver rescue me!” -Si Vogt
“The first time we see the snow on the N. Shore mountains while the mornings are crisp and clear.” -Glenn Ronald Bowles
“Everything!” -Steve Gallo