Created by Lynn May Gosselin.
Situated on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver sparkles in the Pacific Northwest.
The City of Glass surrounded by mountains and water is rich with adventure and great ways to explore this coastal region. Come play in fall, when the weather is still warm enough to enjoy some great out door experiences. There are many wonderful walks and hiking opportunities to enjoy while you spend time in Vancouver. In addition to an abundance of outdoor activities, Vancouver offers a lively food scene and great coffee cultural. The fall is a wonderful time to be outdoors in Vancouver, where you can take in the lush fall foliage changing colors all over the city. Pack your walking shoes, grab your bag and pick the adventure that best suits your skill or energy level.
Vancouver is a walkers delight. The city is perhaps best explored on foot. City planners have made strolling the City of Glass easy to enjoy by designing walkways and pedestrian areas all around and in the downtown core. Therefore, tie on your walking shoes and head out to any of the ocean side paths in the city. Of particular interest in fall is the seawall section around Stanley Park. Leaving from either the harbor side of the city or English Bay, the seawall weaves it way all around the park, jutting out from the city. Fall foliage is abundant and alive with color at this time of year in Stanley Park so be sure to take your camera to capture the golden oranges and crimson leaves on the trees and beneath your feet.
Climbing is a Grind
A cult favorite for fit Vancouverties is a weekly climb up to the top of Grouse Mountain. Aptly named the Grind, this very steep, straight up “walk” is not for the faint of heart. Imagine climbing stairs solidly for over an hour, that’s the Grouse Grind. Departing from a trailhead just above the parking lot at the base on Grouse Mountain on the North Shore of Vancouver, if you can manage the climb, the view is the payoff. Once you’ve sweated your way to the top, the majestic vista below is yours to enjoy. The grass on the ski runs are turning a dozen shades of golden at this time of year and the view of the city below sparkles. On a clear day you can catch views of the coastal islands. It’s spectacular at the top of Grouse Mountain. The best part of the climb, a tram ride on the way down. For those desiring the view but a little skeptical about the climb, hitch a ride on the tram both ways.
Also located on the North Shore, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is an ideal fall nature excursion. One of the most beautiful tourist attractions on offer in the Vancouver area, this is a great spot to wander and explore the forest surroundings of this area. A few options to discover starting with the original attraction, the suspensions bridge originally built in 1889. With modern upgrades, the bridge is 450 feet across and sits 230 feet above the Capilano River below. The lush green forest, speckled with autumn leaves greets you at each end. The park has recently added Cliffwalk, a cantilevered walkway hanging high about the river, perched on the edge of Capilano Canyon. And if that is not adventure enough for you, then try Treetops Adventure and hop between seven different suspension bridges hanging 100 feet above the forest floor. It’s all about being a part of nature and letting your adventurous side come to play here.