Fall Festivals and Events in British Columbia

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Fall is upon us, ushering in a number of seasonal festivals and events worth travelling for around the province. Celebrate the harvest with food and drink indulgences, wonder at BC’s spectacular wildlife, explore our cultural landscape, and more.

Okanagan Valley | Kari Medig

Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

October 3-13, 2019

Experience BC’s largest wine region during the autumn harvest season at the 39th annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. Partake in a few of the 80 wine-filled events, including tastings, live music, food pairings and sommelier battles. Book early to avoid disappointment; these events often sell out.

 

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Manning Park | Jon Ross

Manning Park Dark Sky Astronomy Weekend

October 18-20 | 25-27, 2019

Embrace your inner Carl Sagan at Manning Park Resort‘s second annual Dark Sky Astronomy Weekend.

With limited light pollution, BC’s Cascade Mountains provide the ideal setting for events ranging from astrophotography workshops and Apollo landing moon talks to yoga under the stars.

Try out telescopes at designated locations around the vast mountainous terrain, learn skills, gather with like-minded people, and stargaze in the dark skies of the new moon phase.

 

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Gibsons | Robyn Hanson

Sunshine Coast Art Crawl

October 18-20, 2019

Discover the artistic spirit of the Sunshine Coast during the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl. From Langdale to Earls Cove, more than 400 artists open their studios, galleries, and homes to the public.

Pick up a map and keep your eye out for the purple banners as you explore these almost-secret venues strewn through these rainforest communities. Nature is also a part of the spectacle on the Sunshine Coast in October, with fall colours and salmon-bearing streams.

 

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Barkerville | Rob Lloyd

Barkerville's Ghostly Hallowe'en

October 26-27, 2019

Experience Barkerville in its most fitting season during Ghostly Hallowe’en. BC’s largest historic site (a real Cariboo gold rush town circa 1862) lends itself quite easily to the Hallowe’en spirit, especially after the summer crowds have disappeared along its dusty streets and the 125 heritage buildings become eerily quiet.

Test your fate with a walk through Barkerville’s haunted house, go trick-or-treating up Front Street at some of the local merchants, and warm up around the Hallowe’en bonfire. See Barkerville at a time of year few have experienced.

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Headbanger Festival, Radium Hot Springs | Robert Crowe

Radium Hot Springs Headbanger Festival

November 1-3, 2019

No, this isn’t a metal festival, though it may be just as intense! The annual Headbanger Festival in Radium Hot Springs proudly celebrates the dramatic rutting season of the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep⁠—wildlife that inhabit BC’s Rocky Mountains, whose daily presence in Radium have been delighting locals and visitors alike for decades.

Participate in interactive and educational workshops, unique presentations, and a whole lot of fun.

 

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Cowichan Lake | Tourism Cowichan

Eat. Stay. Play.

November 1-30, 2019

Make Cowichan your cozy fall getaway this November for Eat. Stay. Play. and discover the culinary richness of a Vancouver Island region that James Beard once deemed “Canada’s Provence”.

Embrace Cowichan’s harvest with long table dinners, winemaker brunches, chef’s tasting menus and exclusive hotel packages. Autumn is the perfect time to explore this fertile landscape dotted with farms, cideries, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and small seaside towns.

 

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Whistler | Blake Jorgensen

Cornucopia

November 7-17, 2019

Whistler throws one of the largest celebrations of food and drink in Western Canada every fall. Cornucopia is an 11-day marathon of libations, dining, and celebrating in the mountains come early November.

Mountain culture meets unique culinary experiences with signature events like House Party: Best of BC, where top BC food, wine, spirits, and beer are up for grabs. The festival’s flagship event, Crush Grand Tasting, brings together wines from BC and afar for an event sure to impress any wine aficionado.

 

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Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival | Kelly Kitsch

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

November 16-17, 2019

Celebrate the beauty and biodiversity of the Fraser Valley at the 24th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.  Discover the rich ecosystem of the Harrison River estuary, a tributary of the Fraser and salmon stronghold that becomes the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world every fall.

Go on an eagle-viewing boat tour or a self-guided nature walk, discover local heritage at Kilby Historic Site, and mingle with fellow birding enthusiasts.

 

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Header image: Trout Lake Farmers Market, Vancouver | Nelson Mouellic

POSTED BY: Robyn Hanson

Robyn was raised along the Fraser River near the historic fishing village of Steveston. Surrounded by BC’s fishing heritage, rich ecosystems, and diverse Indigenous and settler cultures, it was here on Canada’s west coast where Robyn developed her love of nature, history, culture, and a deep sense of place.

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