It’s been a fantastic Fall so far in Vancouver – so bundle up, grab some friends,grab a coffee or hot chocolate and get outside to enjoy the changing colours as the trees get ready for winter! Here are some suggestions for places to see some of that stunning fall foliage around Metro Vancouver, courtesy of the staff at the British Columbia Visitor Centre @ Peach Arch:
Easily accessible in the central Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park is 130 acres of gardens with both deciduous and evergreen trees. This is the time of year when the colours start changing and the green makes room for the reds, oranges and yellows of fall in the outdoor arboretum. You can also visit the Bloedel Conservatory in the park if you need to warm up!
A stroll through VanDusen Botanical Gardens in the autumn is a Vancouver must-do! Guided tours are available, or you can walk through the various themed gardens on your own to see the change in weather affects numerous different species of trees and plants. Take the time to visit the ponds to see the lily pads on the water.
Located in South Langley, Campbell Valley Park features numerous trails to explore, as well as ponds, bridges, marshes and meadow areas where you can encounter various wildlife. Make sure that you leave time to visit Lochiel Schoolhouse while you’re here. It was built in 1924 and was used as a one room school until 1975, and was moved to the park in 1988 as a historical site.
Explore nature’s beauty at this second growth forest in Surrey, known as the birthplace of reforestation in BC. Sporting a forest, meadow, wetlands and lake, Green Timbers Urban Forest is home to a huge variety of wildlife and is an ideal place to wander the trails and unwind. The lake is stocked twice a year with rainbow trout for those who want to try their hand at fishing!
Autumn in Surrey’s Green Timbers Urban Forest. Photo: Waferboard via Flickr
Surrey’s Tynehead Park provides a beautiful setting where you can enjoy a leisurely walk through 260 hectares of rolling meadows, forests and waterways. There is plenty of wildlife to discover in the park and the Serpentine River Headwaters are among the best spawning and rearing habitats for trout and salmon. Trails vary in length from a short 10 minute walk to 2 kms. There is also a wheelchair accessible trail so everyone can enjoy the park!
Parks in Vancouver, BC
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