Fall festivities: the best seasonal activities to do by transit

Fall festivities: the best seasonal activities to do by transit

Autumn is finally upon us after a long, hot and dry summer. We’ll definitely miss all the quintessentially summer activities like going for a swim at White Pine Beach or playing volleyball in the sand at Kitsilano Beach. But, it isn’t all bad. With the change in seasons comes a bounty of fall pastimes that we can’t wait to dig into. Here’s our list of some of the best things to do and places to visit this fall, all accessible by transit.

Fall photoshoot locations

Is it really autumn if you don’t post a gallery for the ‘gram?

Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Park is a beautiful park in Burnaby with walking trails, playgrounds, and a picturesque beach. It’s very accessible with the 144 (Metrotown Station/SFU) and 110 (Lougheed Station/Metrotown Station) passing close by. If you’re looking for an autumn photo-op, this is your place. There’s plenty of coniferous trees to drop leaves and lots of diverse scenery.

Sylvia Hotel

The Sylvia Hotel is home to one of the most striking visual scenes in Metro Vancouver. An eight-story brick building completely covered in ivy that changes colours with the seasons. You won’t forget about your visit here. Located in downtown Vancouver’s West End, you can get to the Sylvia Hotel easily on the 5 (Robson/Downtown).

The tree-lined streets of Vancouver

Vancouver is home to countless tree-lined streets that make for excellent scenic walks. When the colours start to change and the leaves begin to fall, these streets can become the most aesthetically pleasing place to be in the city. If you’re in need of a specific location, head to Shaughnessy on any route that heads south on Granville Street like the 10 (Granville/Downtown) and explore this beautiful and historic neighbourhood.

Visit the local farmers markets

Supporting local farmers and producers is never out of season. When planning your next fall feast, head to one of these farmers markets for the freshest and most delicious local ingredients.

Kitsilano Sunday Market

Kitsilano may be the first place you think of when it comes to summer activities, but the beautiful scenery and rich character of the community continues throughout the year. The Kitsilano Farmers Market is operating until October 31st, with over 50 farms, producers, and food trucks. Based at Connaught Park, just off Broadway, it’s easily accessible via the 99 B-Line.

Trout Lake Saturday Market

Trout Lake’s Saturday Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until October 30th. Located in the North Parking lot, the market is a 20-minute walk from both Commercial–Broadway Station and Renfrew Station. It’s also serviced by bus routes 7 (Nanaimo Station/Dunbar), 9 (UBC/Boundary), and 20 (Victoria/Downtown).

Port Moody Winter Market

Port Moody’s Winter Farmers Market runs every Sunday at the Port Moody Recreation Complex from November until May. Until then, the summer schedule is in effect meaning you can visit them on Wednesday afternoons and evenings. The complex is a 15-minute walk from Inlet Centre Station on the Millennium Line.

Get some pumpkin spice lattes

Nothing screams fall quite like a pumpkin spice latte. Though they can be polarizing, a warm and cozy coffee shop with the smell of nutmeg and cinnamon in the air isn’t something to pass up.

Breka Bakery and Cafe

Breka has six locations across Vancouver, including four in idowntown Vancouver. Aside from the classic PSL — pumpkin spice latte — be sure to try other seasonal options like the pumpkin cheesecake or salted pecan maple donut.

Blenz Coffee

A Canadian chain that got its start right here in Vancouver, Blenz is quite proud of their array of pumpkin-spiced treats. Try your PSL hot or over ice, or try a pumpkin scone at one of their many locations across Metro Vancouver.

Second Cup

Second Cup has four locations across Metro Vancouver, one each in Surrey, West Vancouver, downtown Vancouver, and Vancouver proper. Go in and order a PSL or bring home a bag of flavoured beans for the ultimate home brew.

What are your go-to fall activities?