Culinary delights, first-rate experiences and outdoor adventures might just have you heading to the west coast this autumn.

There are plenty of reasons to head out west, and we’re not just talking about the fall colours. Here are some fall destinations worth a look, including links for any precautions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Fall adds a splash of colour to the many attractions of this historic city, including the many garden and woodland sites. Voted one of the Ten Best Public Gardens in Canada by Canadian Geographic Travel, Milner Gardens and Woodland is alight with colour this time of year. Many of the gardens are still in bloom, and the forest displays much of its fall splendour. There are also numerous parks and trails that “show off” their colours during the September and October months. For instance, fall is reputedly one of the best seasons to experience Beacon Hill Park.


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Hatley Castle is also afire with colour this time of year and a great setting for some romantic fall photos. If you enjoy historic architecture, both Hatley Castle and Craigdarroch Castle offer self-guided tours.


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There’s a little of something for everyone in this Olympic host city. If the mountain vistas, coastlines and the city’s famous Stanley Park aren’t enough to tempt autumn visitors, the harvest season is an ideal time to treat your palate. The region is famous not only for its local brews but also its ciders and wines as well. Visit some of the local breweries and cideries and keep your eyes open for seasonal brews like pumpkin beer.

And if you’re feeling daring, take a stroll across the Capilano Suspension Bridge spanning 450 feet across the river at a height of 230 feet. The park’s popular attraction, appropriately named Treetops Adventure, is a network of bridges among the treetops of this coastal rainforest.

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In the fall, the Whistler area has much to offer travellers looking for some rest and relaxation — including some great off-season deals. The pedestrian-only village, nestled between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, is a great place to start. Stroll around to visit the 200 stores or 90 restaurants, and the Farmers’ Market has seasonal fare along with local arts and crafts. There are also several art galleries with free admission, and other museums and sites to visit.

Pamper yourself a little while you’re at it. There are dozens of spas in the area that cater to male and female clientele, with some studios offering drop-in yoga classes.

For some physical activity, the area has a number of golf courses worth a visit (and a few rounds are often included in many fall hotel packages). The Valley Trail affords some Instagram-worthy photo opportunities or for some time on the water, hop in a kayak at Wayside Park. For more activities or to find out any precautions put in place due to the pandemic, visit the tourism bureau’s website. British Columbia’s tasty festivals continue into late fall with Whistler’s Cornucopia.


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Okanagan Valley

Autumn is all about the wine in the picturesque Okanagan Valley where some of Canada’s best wines are produced. Imagine plump grapes ripening on their vines against a backdrop of the mountains and Okanagan Lake.

The area also hosts one of the few North American wine festivals held during the thick of the harvest. The Okanagan Fall Wine Festival features winery tours, tastings and awards. The area is also popular for its scenic golf courses.

For fantastic photo ops, you’ll want to head to one of the Thompson Okanagan’s parks where you’ll find the highest point in the Canadian Rockies, towering waterfalls, glaciers and valleys. A little research can help you find the right scenery and the right level of hiking for your abilities. (See Hello BC for details.)