There’s no shortage of fun to be had for all ages when exploring Vancouver in the fall, and Fairmont Waterfront is perfectly situated to be your jumping point for any adventures you take. We’ve rounded up of some of the best family friendly fall activities in Vancouver for you and your family to enjoy as the weather cools down!
Walk on the wild side
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city as you enter the sprawling old growth forests of Stanley Park, a public park in the heart of downtown Vancouver with more than 27km of forest trails. Ride a vintage railway train or horse-drawn carriage, try your hand at the Pitch & Putt, or visit one of the four children’s playgrounds. Enjoy the autumn colours and rent complimentary guest bicycles from Fairmont Waterfront and ride around the iconic Seawall.
Local tip: A Talking Trees tour with Talaysay Tours is an amazing way to learn all about the cultural significance of the Pacific Northwest plants and trees from a local Indigenous guide.
The science of fun
Expand your senses and challenge your mind at Science World, where you’ll learn, laugh, and make lifelong memories; you may even foster a love of science in a budding inventor! From puzzles and illusions to art displays and interactive experiments, there’s no shortage of fun for the young (and the young-at-heart).
Local tip: The newest exhibit, T-Rex: The Ultimate Predator, is will transport you back 66 million years to Cretaceous Period.
Island of adventure
Home to a public market as well as a variety of shops, galleries, and theatres, Granville Island is a unique and artistic peninsula. Little ones will be wide-eyed with wonder as they discover the many treasures of the Kids Market, home to the Adventure Zone indoor play area, Circuit Circus Arcade, VR Funtastic World virtual reality activities, and Let Go bumper cars.
Local tip: Make the journey as much fun as the destination by riding the Aquabus Ferry across False Creek to reach Granville Island.
Take in nature from up high
Nestled among acres of rainforest, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park invites you to experience the natural world from thrilling new perspectives. On the suspension bridge, gaze out at the North Shore mountains in the distance and take in the rushing Capilano River at the foot of the canyon. Follow a narrow boardwalk along a granite precipice on Cliffwalk. Breathe in the cedar-scented air under a canopy of towering evergreens on the elevated walkway of Treetops Adventure.
Local tip: Join one of the complimentary talks on history, culture or nature, offered seasonally within the Park by dedicated, knowledgeable guides.
Located just across the water in North Vancouver, Lonsdale Quay is easily accessible via a short Seabus ride. Grab a coffee and a snack from the marketplace and stroll the waterfront boardwalk and pier for some of the best Vancouver skyline views around. Local art is everywhere, from exhibitions at the Polygon Gallery to the quirky street art of Fun Alley.
Local tip: The Shipyard Commons hosts a number of seasonal events that guarantee fun for all ages!
See what’s under the sea
Over 65,000 animals, 120 world-class exhibits and 1 unforgettable experience can be found at the Vancouver Aquarium. From the wonders of the Amazon gallery to the fish, jellyfish and Octopus in the Canadian waters area, your family will be delighted to observe various animals. As Canada’s largest aquarium, this spot is a must visit, if only for the opportunity to appreciate the adorable otters, harbour seals or sea lions.
Local tip: Be sure to enjoy the 15-minute 4D theatre experience during your visit, and be transported into the action through the special effects of sound, smell, touch, lights and weather effects!
Ready to plan your next family getaway to Vancouver? Book your next stay at Fairmont Waterfront with our Family Offer, and receive 50% off on your second room, parking for one day, and more!