Whether you prefer outdoor adventures, homemade fun, heritage and cultural visits, fairs, Fraser Valley events or a combination of them all, we’ve got your hook up.
1. Visit the famous Corn Maze in Chilliwack. There is something for everyone on a pleasant fall day with the 20 acre farm, 10 acre maze, hay rides, an indoor hay bale maze and even a petting zoo.
2. This year, make it a Fraser Valley Thanksgiving. Everything from your turkey to your sides (Chilliwack corn, anyone?) to the fillings for your pumpkin and apple pies. Family excursions to local farms can be both fun and educational. Try JD Farms for turkey and just down the road you’ll find delectable pies at Krause Berry Farms.
3. Celebrate Applefest at the Applebarn in Abbotsford. Few people aren’t enchanted with the Apple n’ Corn Gun and the Pumpkin Cannon (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like) but you can also pick your own apples and pumpkins, jump an enormous trampoline pillow, slide on the zip line, visit the petting barn and experience a hayride.
4. Swap out your clothes and household items at a local Swap Meet. It’s a great opportunity to sell the clothes your kids have outgrown, freshen up your closets and meet friendly people. Two of the biggest in the Fraser Valley are the North Langley Community Church on October 2 and the Cloverdale swap meet on October 23.
5. This Saturday (September 25) check out Fresh! Fraser Valley at the Ramada Plaza in Abbotsford. A showcase of the incredible locally owned businesses from the FV, it’s an excellent spot to support old favourites or find new ones. Giveaways, music, workshops, contests, baby boutique, Halloween costumes, custom furniture, artisan jewellery, men’s and women’s clothing boutiques, talented photographers… even a pumpkin patch!
6. Have a canning party. With all of the fresh produce in the Fraser Valley, many hands make work light. Gather a few friends and can everything from tomatoes to peaches. You’ll be feeling mighty smart in the winter months.
7. The campgrounds empty out in the fall since most of the kids are back to school. There are still a few bright days left and you may even find a few deals. Just make sure you bring along an umbrella.
8. If you’re looking forward to Halloween, bring your lantern and join the Fort Langley Grave Tales tour, the first four weekends in October (Fridays and Saturdays at 7PM and 9PM, Sundays at 7PM). Tales of love, mysterious burials and old school creepiness but it’s mainly for an older audience.
9. Fall is a good time to curl up with a cup of coffee but swap out the major chain for OneBean. Brew a cup and change the world because they are an ethical, fair trade and local company that also supports local non-profits. And they make a fine cuppa coffee.
10. Visit local favourite Aldor Acres. One of the best farms for kids, they feature hayrides, a fall pumpkin festival, apples and even Christmas trees.
11. One of our yearly favourites is the Fort Langley Cranberry Festival. Excellent marketplace with local vendors, a kidzone and a to-die-for pancake breakfast. Buy your fresh cranberries for Thanksgiving as well. October 9, 2010. FVP will be on site – come and say hello!
12. The Great Big Boo! is the ultimate family friendly Halloween event held in Fort Langley. Music, dancing and fun characters (instead of scary ones) pair with trick-or-treat fun. October 28-30 at 4:30, 6:00, 7:30PM.
13. If it’s pouring rain (and let’s be honest, it’s likely) and your kids need to run off some steam, try Go Bananas! Indoor Playcentre with locations in Langley, Surrey and Chilliwack.
14. Hike a kid-friendly trail and take photos of the changing foliage.
15. Gather the women in your life and head to the one of the largest women’s events around: the West Coast Women’s Show at the Abbotsford TradeEx. Steven & Chris from CBC daytime as well as cast members of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Tara-Jean and Vincent, are among many high profile guests. October 22-24, 2010. P.S. Mother Daughter Day is on the Sunday. FVP is proud to sponsor the 2010 WCWS and will be onsite.
16. Visit your local library for story time.
17. Take your family or some friends bowling at Galaxy Bowl in Abbotsford. We did, it was fun!
18. The Historic Stewart Farm in Surrey is hopping this fall with activities for everyone. Apple Day is on September 25 but there is a day to make your own kaleidoscope, a haunted farm, some witchy fun and even an agricultural bus tour. Don’t feel like it has to be a special day though – they’re open for tours of the farmhouse, the pole barn, heritage gardens and grounds that interpret 1890-1920 Canadian life.
19. Pick up your fall produce at the Surrey Urban Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 1-6PM at the North Surrey Rec Centre (near the Surrey Central Skytrain station) right through September.
20. Abbotsford Farm and Country Market takes place every Saturday from 9AM – 1PM in downtown Abbotsford next to the United Church on George Ferguson and Montrose right through October.
21. Watch the sunset on the ocean. Bring a warm blanket and have the whole family huddle underneath. Crescent Beach would be a perfect location.
22. Take a cooking class. There are several locations throughout the FV that offer all kinds of cooking and baking classes. Check out South Surrey’s Kitchen Therapy, Langley’s Well Seasoned and Lepp Farm Market in Abbotsford.
23. Visit Campbell’s Gold Honey and Meadery for Art in the Barn on November 6 and 7 to see pottery, jewellery, painting, photography, wood crafters and other artisans display their work. Even if you can’t attend Art in the Barn, Campbell’s is an excellent spot for an interesting and education stop with very hospitable people. And if you haven’t ever tried Mead (honey wine), you are in for a treat!
24. Book a family photo session with a local photographer. Fall light is fantastic for outdoor photos.
25. Visit Kilby Historic Site to experience the early days of BC at the general store, hotel, post office and farm.
26. Check out the first Vintage Fall Fair at Bakerview EcoDairy in Abbotsford on October 16, 2010 from 1-4PM for food, music and games. The first demonstration farm of its kind, offering a unique, first-hand farm adventure, your family can also check out cows and other animals (goats on the roof!), learn about farming, and experience natural, healthy, sustainable farming.
27. Visit the Greater Vancouver Zoo.
28. Visit Langley Museum of Flight to check out over 25 aircraft both static and flying. The aircraft range from a WWII Handley Page Hampden to a T-33 Silverstar, and includes the only displayed Handley-Page Hampden in the world.
29. Go see a play. Abbotsford’s Gallery 7 Theatre has released their 2010/11 run and it includes Peter Pan, Tuesdays with Morrie and Panic Squad. Many other local theatres are also featuring local talent over the fall.
30. Take your family on a photo walk to take photos.
31. Start a nature table. Collect fallen items from outside like red and orange leaves, pine cones, dropped branches or interesting rocks to celebrate the change of seasons indoors.
32. Go on a geo-caching expedition. There are hundreds of exciting hides throughout the Fraser Valley.
33. Start a collection that is child friendly and economical like buttons or rocks. Kids love to collect.
34. Do a few family fall crafts together especially as decorations for Thanksgiving.
35. Do some fall baking using ingredients like apples, cinnamon, pumpkin or zucchini. There is something about the smell of warm baking on a cool evening, isn’t there?
36. Curl up under a quilt and have movie night with old Disney classics like Swiss Family Robinson.
37. Make a list of the books you want to read this fall and request them from your local library.
38. Take the kids or have a girl’s day out painting ceramics at Color Groove Ceramics in White Rock or Vikki’s Clay Art Studio in Langley.
39. Rock climbing is fun for people of all ages and fitness levels. They have family-friendly climb times, as well as ladies night out and advanced classes. Check out The Rock Wall in Maple Ridge or Project Climbing Centre in Abbotsford
40. The Great Escape in Langley is a sure-fire way to burn off some rainy day steam
But this couldn’t possibly encompass everything that there is to do in the FV this fall so please share your favourite spots or activities or events in the comment section. We will add to this list as new suggestions come in.