There is usually a lot to do on the Thanksgiving Long Weekend in Vancouver most years. There’s so much to be thankful for, and so many places to explore. 2020 is not a usual year, however, because of COVID-19. There are still things to do on the October long weekend, but not as much as in typical years.
Best things to do this holiday season include hanging out with close family and, weather permitting, spending time in area parks and nature outdoors. Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes are also popular places to visit. Halloween is also just around the corner.
Halloween-related events happening on the Thanksgiving weekend include HowlOver Canada shows at FlyOver Canada, autumn activities at Maan Farms, Lost Souls of Gastown walking tours with Forbidden Vancouver, outdoor adventures with Vancouver Mysteries, and PNE rides and Halloween fun at Slayland.
The Thanksgiving Long Weekend provides a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family enjoying traditional autumn activities, like exploring the outdoors and admiring the fall colours. Great places to do this include the following:
• Vancouver Parks: best places to admire the fall colours this time of year include Stanley Park and Bear Creek Park. For more ideas on where to see the fall colours, check out Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn.
• Fort Langley Cranberry Festival – a family-oriented event at Fort Langley on the Saturday of the October long weekend (but not in 2020 due to COVID-19).
• Farmers Markets: It’s harvest time and close to the end of the season for farmers markets that haven’t closed down already:
o Saturday Farmers Markets to still check out include those in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Lonsdale Quay, Maple Ridge, Squamish, Trout Lake and the West End.
o Sunday Farmers Markets still open include those at Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano and White Rock. Also, final markets of the season are at Mt. Pleasant and Whistler.
o It’s not a farmers market, but the Thanksgiving weekend is also usually the last chance of the season to visit the Richmond Night Market most years (although not in 2020). Not a lot of autumn leaves to see there, but nice places to visit in that part of the Lower Mainland include Richmond’s Minoru Park and the Steveston Village area along the waterfront.
• Lower Mainland Pumpkin Patches: popular places for pumpkin-themed fun include Maan Farms in Abbotsford, the Bose Corn Maze in Surrey, the Chilliwack Corn Maze and Petey’s Pumpkin Patch in the Fraser Valley, and multiple other venues.
• Fishing and Salmon Viewing: the lakes are getting stocked this time of year throughout the Lower Mainland and there is usually great salmon viewing at the Capilano River Hatchery in North Vancouver.
• Granville Island Turkey Trot – a 10 km Thanksgiving run, walk or stroll on Granville Island. (This run is happening as a virtual event this year.)
• Surrey Turkey Trot – a 5 km run and 400 metre kids’ dash at Bear Creek Park on the holiday Monday. (As of late September, this event doesn’t appear to be happening this year. Check the official website though for the most up-to-date details.)
• Forbidden Vancouver – Lost Souls of Gastown and other walking tours take place daily each year in downtown Vancouver. (This event IS HAPPENING in 2020.)
• Mystery Nights – a detective crime-solving game for groups of 2-6 players happens every evening in October 2020. It’s kind of like an escape room game, except it takes place in the Streets of Gastown. (This event IS HAPPENING in 2020.)
• Halloween at FlyOver Canada – a family-friendly multi-dimensional film shows at Canada Place in October each year. Normally it’s on for just the last couple of weeks or so of the month. It runs every day in October this year though. This year’s show is also slightly different from previous years.
• Fright Nights – haunted houses and Halloween fun for older folk take place most years at the PNE (but not in 2020). Although no haunted houses are running at the PNE this year, Slayland is happening in 2020. With this new event people can dress up in costume, admire the Halloween decor and have fun on 20 different amusement rides. There just aren’t any haunted houses. First weekend of the event in 2020 is October 9th to 11th.
• Halloween at Maan Farms – the farm in Abbotsford hosts its Haunted Corn Maze again in 2020. It’s a scary outdoor attraction that’s popular with fright seekers. The farm hosts other activities that are suitable for younger children too. They include the farm’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze.
• Vancouver Halloween Parade – a parade featuring people dressed as superheroes, Japanese anime characters, zombies and other fun things in downtown Vancouver. It took place last year on Sunday, October 13th, starting at 11 am. (This event has been cancelled for 2020.)
• Vancouver Halloween Expo – vendor stalls, entertainment and Halloween-themed activities at Robson Square on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday most years. (This event has been cancelled for 2020.)
• Halloween Pumpkin Express – child-friendly miniature train rides at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. (To be confirmed for 2020.)
• Potter’s House of Horrors – a couple of haunted houses 12530 72nd Avenue in Surrey. (Not happening in 2020.)
• Reapers – a haunted attraction that was open on the Thanksgiving Weekend last year at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. (To be confirmed for 2020.)
• Haunt of Edgemont – a professional-quality haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. (This attraction is NOT happening in 2020 due to COVID-19, although the outside of the house will still be decorated.)
Even though weekends are so advantageous for real estate agents and property managers to work, you may spot our team on the listed above locations celebrating holiday with their friends and family.