October 21, 2016

Vancouver Does Autumn Right

Words + Photos : Erica Simas

If you want to know what time of year to visit Vancouver, it’s an easy answer. Nothing compares to the colors of Vancouver in the Fall. As greens turn to orange and reds, the city transforms. A yellow jeep parked down the street is framed by newly yellowed leaves. A woman strolling by in her red jacket suddenly blends in with the tall oak behind her.

That’s why we chose Vancouver as the city to highlight during our “Color Your World” fall contest. Here are three must-visit spots in Vancouver. We hope they inspire your contest entries. Remember to tag #MakeYourWorldBigger and submit all entries by this Saturday night (10/23)!

If you want to know what time of year to visit Vancouver, it’s any easy answer. Nothing compares to the colors of Vancouver in the Fall. As greens turn to orange and reds, the city transforms. A yellow jeep parked down the street is framed by newly yellowed leaves. A woman strolling by in her red jacket suddenly blends in with the tall oak behind her.

That’s why we chose Vancouver as the city to highlight during our “Color Your World” fall contest. Here are three must-visit spots in Vancouver. We hope they inspire your contest entries. Remember to tag #MakeYourWorldBigger and submit all entries by this Saturday night (10/23)!




Chinatown

During our photo-walk, we spent most of our time exploring the streets of Chinatown which were incredibly colorful. This part of Vancouver instantly appealed to us because the pagodas, banners, and kanji fill the area with vibrant yellows and reds. I was also drawn to the people here, who all seemed to be perfect photo subjects. We had originally planned to walk about a mile to neighboring districts, but since there was so much to see, we hardly made it out of Chinatown at all.







Gastown

Vancouver has a lot of modern buildings scraping the sky, but there is also a ton of history. One area that truly makes you time-travel is Gastown. Here, the cobblestone roads and the orange glow of street lamps will take you back. There are lights strung between trees that are left up year round. As Vancouver’s first downtown area, the city does an incredible job keeping the aesthetic consistent with how you would’ve experienced them 70 years ago. The colors of Gastown are warm and inviting plus a perfect backdrop for Autumn.




Downtown

Take a few minutes to drive towards the water, and you are instantly greeted by a jungle of highrises. Even so, Downtown Vancouver does a miraculous job at keeping that sense of history and wonder within their newly developed areas. Small parks abound, and red brick buildings are tucked away between the metal giants.








If you are considering planning a trip to Vancouver, B.C., I highly suggest waiting until the months of October if you can. The wondrous beauty that exists in the city and its bordering mountains will give any traveler more than enough reason to come back. It’s definitely one of the most colorful Autumns you’ll ever experience.

#makeyourworldbigger


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