Fall in Vancouver is spectacular as pumpkin patches open, botanical gardens transition to autumn colours, and trees all over the city light up in hundreds of shades of yellow, orange, and red. If you want to capture the magic, head to one of these incredibly Instagrammable fall locations around Vancouver.
Van Dusen Botanical Garden
A Vancouver institution since 1975, the trees at Van Dusen Botanical Garden put on a show every fall. (FYI: Book tickets in advance if you want to visit the garden.)
Stanley Park Seawall
Fall is a great time for a photo walk around the seawall. Enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot and the explosion of colours overhead.
Don't forget your camera if you're heading to Gastown in autumn. With the orange and red leaves and brick buildings, you might mistake it for the East Coast!
The streets of leafy Kitsilano explode with colour each fall. Go exploring to see how many different types of trees (and shades of orange) you can find.
If you want a fall Insta photo, the Sylvia Hotel on Beach Avenue is THE place to do it. The exterior is covered in Virginia creeper that forms an ombre of red, gold, and green each autumn.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Escape to Asia with a visit to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown. The foliage is gorgeous in fall, especially the Japanese maples. To visit the garden, book your tickets in advance.
East Vancouver's Trout Lake is an incredible fall photo destination. Try to visit on a calm day to capture the reflections of the trees in the lake.
English Bay turns amber and crimson each autumn as the trees along the beach change colour. Time your visit for the early evening to take advantage of the golden hour light.
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Hidden behind a stone wall at UBC you'll find a secret garden straight out of Japan: Nitobe Memorial Garden. It is designed to highlight the passing seasons, so it's no surprise that fall is spectacular here. To visit the garden, buy tickets in advance.
Vancouver Farmer's Markets
Fall colours aren't just on trees - you can find them on fruits and veggies too. Head to your local Vancouver Farmer's Market to appreciate the bounty of this year's harvest.
UBC Botanical Garden
With 44 hectares of space, the UBC Botanical Garden offers tons of fall photo opportunities. For the best Instagrammable fall locations, head to the Carolinian forest, the arbour, or the Asian garden.
David Lam Park
With lots of leafy trees, David Lam Park in Yaletown is a great autumn photo op location. With several different species on site, so you are guaranteed to spot many colours of leaves.
With its stone buildings and broad tree-lined streets changing from green to gold, the University of British Columbia campus has an east coast feel. Take a walk down Main Mall for the best fall colours.
Deer Lake Park
Burnaby's Deer Lake Park is a symphony of colours each fall as the leaves change colour. Visit on a calm day to appreciate the reflections.
Maan Farms Pumpkin Patch
Get that classic pumpkin patch shot at Maan Farms in Surrey. If you're serious about the 'gram, they even have a special photoshoot package. Buy tickets in advance online.
For extra moody fall pics, head to Burnaby Mountain Park. The mist drifting through the bright red leaves is sure to make your shot stand out.
Taves Family Farms
For a pumpkins on pumpkins on pumpkins pic, head to Taves Family Farms in Abbotsford. This year their pumpkin patch features a pumpkin path, complete with a super-cute pumpkin house.
Go For a Hike
Lace-up your hiking boots and hit the trails to experience some wilderness autumn colours. Use our lists of the best Vancouver-area hikes for fall colours (2020 list, 2019 list) to plan your adventure.
Go For a Bike Ride
Listen to the crunch of leaves under your wheels as you enjoy the fall colours by bike. We've got lots of flat and easy autumn appreciation bike routes to recommend.
Explore Your Neighbourhood
If you go for a walk in your neighbourhood, you might just discover some incredible fall leaves that are off the beaten path. If you don't want to wander aimlessly, here's a pro tip: Use Google Earth to find the best colours by toggling the historical imagery slider to fall months in previous years.