Stanley Park is one of the most beautiful and popular places in Vancouver. It’s also one of the best spots to find fall colours and autumn leaves.
In this article you’ll find a video showcasing the park at the peak of its fall colours. You’ll also find tips on where to go and what to see.
Autumn Colours at Stanley Park
Stanley Park is the largest urban park in Vancouver, and it is a beautiful place to be at any time of the year. On clear days the views from the Stanley Park Seawall are gorgeous, and on cloudy days there is still so much to see and do within the park. In autumn, the scenery is especially spectacular!
The following video will give you an idea of what to expect when visiting Stanley Park in the fall. Take note of all the bright leaves and awesome fall colours. Also, if you are already familiar with the park, see how many landmarks you recognize.
Stanley Park Video Description
The above video was filmed at the beginning of November in 2020. It begins on the Stanley Park Seawall near the Vancouver Rowing Club. The building and its surrounding boats is typically one of the first sights cyclists and pedestrians see as they enter the park.
Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours are featured next in the video, followed shortly after by the gateway to the First Nations totem pole collection. The Indigenous art is one of the most popular attractions within the park.
Next in the video is Prospect Point which features an impressive view of the Lions Gate Bridge. The video then showcases Third Beach and Second Beach. Second Beach has more amenities than Third Beach, including a playground for example, but the two places are close to each other and both get quite busy when the weather is good.
The video concludes by highlighting the vibrant colours of Lost Lagoon’s trail, the gardens in front of the Stanley Park Pavilion, fall colours by the Japanese-Canadian war memorial, and Canada geese in the park not far from Lumberman’s Arch.
For videos of the park at other times of the year see our articles about the Stanley Park Seawall and Vancouver’s Stanley Park. In the first you’ll find a video showcasing the seawall in early spring. In the second you’ll see what it looks like to drive around the park, also in the spring.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and extra information to help you make the most out of your autumn experience in the park.
TIP #1: If you want to see autumn colours, Stanley Park is one of the Lower Mainland’s best places to visit. The colours are exceptional, and there are so many different places to see them. If you can go there in fall, do it! You won’t regret it!
TIP #2: The best time for fall colours is usually between mid-October and the first couple of weeks of November. By the second half of November most of the leaves have already fallen off the trees, although each year is slightly different.
TIP #3: Stanley Park can be explored by car, by bike or on foot. Cycling or walking around the Stanley Park Seawall is a world-class experience, especially on sunny days. It’s easy to just drive around too, following the route we took in the above video. You can drive around the park in a loop and stop at the various landmarks along the way.
TIP #4: You have to pay to park your car at Stanley Park. After you’ve paid to stay in one parking lot though you can drive somewhere else and not have to pay for parking again within the park until your time expires. Expect to stay and drive around for at least 2 hours if you want to see most of the main areas.
TIP #5: If you like walking and history, then we highly recommend the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver. The tours usually run from the spring until late November. They are an exceptional way to see the park and learn about the history of Vancouver.
TIP #6: A couple of other top places to see fall colours in Vancouver include VanDusen Garden and the UBC Botanical Garden. You have to pay to get into both of these places, although admission to the garden at the University of British Columbia is usually by donation in the winter season which begins around the middle of November (although not in 2020).
TIP #7: For a list of other great places to find fall colours, see our article about Vancouver Parks & Nature. Great free places to find autumn leaves in our list there include Bear Creek Park in Surrey, Trout Lake and Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, Deer Lake in Burnaby and Ambleside in West Vancouver, among other places.
To read more about what the park has to offer in general, see our article about Stanley Park.
Other articles that may be of interest include:
- Stanley Park Seawall
- Parks and Nature in Vancouver
- Best Vancouver Autumn Places
- Fall Activities in Vancouver
- Vancouver Events in September, October and November