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The Best Fall Day Trips 3 Hours From Vancouver Or Less

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During the crisp fall months, much of the province transforms into a colourful wonderland with leaves of yellow, orange and red.

The same goes for these must-visit spots just a couple hours outside of the city that are arguably even more breathtaking in the autumn.

RELATED: 5 Fall Hikes Near Vancouver That Will Take You Through A Colourful Wonderland

Fall Day Trips near Vancouver

Victoria

Hop on a ferry and head to the capital to enjoy a short but sweet stay eating comfort foods (hello, BeaverTails) and exploring all the city has to offer. Go for a scenic stroll along the harbour, check out the city’s bustling Chinatown neighbourhood, indulge in high tea at The Fairmont Empress or just soak up all the fall foliage at the enchanting Butchart Gardens.

Distance: 3 hours from Vancouver

Whistler

Many flock to Whistler in the summer and winter months to take part in various outdoor activities. But the fall is the ideal time to go as it won’t be nearly as crowded as it is during the peak seasons. It’s also one of the best spots in the province to take in the beautiful scenery as the fall colours set in. Go for a leisurely walk around the village or just spend the day at the Scandinave Spa.

Distance: 1.5 hours from Vancouver

Harrison Hot Springs

Take a short road trip out to Harrison Hot Springs for the lakeside views, bustling cafes and shops and a plethora of outdoor activities. Fall is peak eagle watching season in the region and visitors can take a boat tour with Harrison Eco Tours to see literally hundreds of them. Plus, it’s also one of the closest destinations to Vancouver that has natural hot springs to soak in.

Distance: 1.5 hours from Vancouver

Othello Tunnels (Currently Closed)


Find this magical gem near Hope. The popular attraction features a series of tunnels dating back to 1914, which were used as part of the Kettle Valley Railway that connected the Kootenay region and B.C.’s coast. Adventurers can wander through the tunnels and take advantage of a lush network of hiking trails in the area. It’s also one of the most picturesque spots in the province, especially in the fall.

Distance: 2 hours from Vancouver

Bowen Island

 

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Nothing beats a quick island getaway to unwind. And Bowen Island is only a 15 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. The vibrant community is filled with local artisans selling handcrafted goods and mom-and-pop style eateries serving up comfort food dishes that will make visitors feel right at home. There’s also several areas to enjoy a stroll along the beach or a nature walk.

Distance: 1 hour from Vancouver

 

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