It’s that time of year when rainy days intersperse with glorious fall colours. And while the sunny yellows and candy apple reds of local trees inspire some leisurely outdoor time, there’s also a full menu of things to keep you busy in Richmond throughout the autumn months.

From birding and galleries to dining experiences and Halloween happenings, read on for 8 cool things you need to check out this autumn in Richmond. And if you snap some great photos while you’re out and about—including those scenic autumnal leaves—feel free to share your images with us on social media using our #RichmondMoments hashtag or by tagging @VisitRichmondBC on Instagram and Twitter.

The Haunted Sea: Halloween at the Cannery  

On daily until October 31 (10:00am to 5:00pm).
Admission $10.20 - $11.90.

The Haunted Sea returns to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, transforming the Herring Reduction Plant inside Steveston’s historic cannery into a colourful undersea world. Look closely and find what truly haunts our oceans - the space is decorated entirely with upcycled plastics, saving waste from entering our landfills and waters. This event is suitable for all ages, with ambient ocean sounds and progressively darker spaces as visitors proceed deeper into each layer of the ocean.

upcycled plastics hang like jellyfish in the Haunted Sea Halloween experience at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Upcycled plastics on display at the Cannery | Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

Richmond Country Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 5 and October 31, from 10:00am to 4:30pm daily, including weekends and holidays. 
Admission $12 to $18.

Head to Richmond Country Farms for this beloved, family-friendly annual tradition. You’ll find live music, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and costumed characters Polly Pumpkin and Strawberry Shortcake—plus a bucolic site accented with autumnal decorations and some resident farm animals. Ticket holders receive one free small pumpkin. The site also houses its own charming winery. Country Vines Winery has a friendly, rustic-look tasting room that stocks dozens of well-priced wines made from the farm’s own grapes. Check out their popular Shameless Rosé and mouthwatering Beso Dulce Whitey.

A covered wagon ride at Richmond Country Farms features a man holding a guitar entertaining families seated along the sides of the wagon
Tractor-drawn wagon rides are a popular attraction at the Pumpkin Patch. | Photo: Richmond Country Farms​

Whale Watching 

Select days throughout October (weather dependent).
Tickets $85 - $155.

The tail-end of the year’s whale watching season brings your last chance to head to the waterfront and hop aboard a boat operated by Vancouver Whale Watch or Steveston Seabreeze Adventures. Whichever company you choose, you’ll be scanning the ocean for views of local and transient orcas as well as curious seals and birdlife on your three-to-five-hour jaunt. Your friendly guides will tell you all you need to know about the wildlife and, if you’re not staying in Richmond, they can also bring you in for your tour from downtown Vancouver via their shuttle buses.

Moon and Back Gallery Has Returned

Open now.
Admission $38.99.

Moon and Back Gallery have returned with Season 3 at their brand new location! Blowing you away with their new immersive Transforming Tunnel made of over 2000 LED panels! Featuring 12 more new immersive, interactive installations (16 in total)! Over the years, it has become known for a space full of optical illusions and artistic displays. It allows visitors to become a part of the digital art, and lose themselves while being surrounded by light and augmented virtual reality.

A man walks into a tunnel-like installation of blue and white lights at Moon and Back Gallery in Richmond, BC
One of the amazing installations at Moon and Back Gallery. | Photo: staysinspired (In)

Pacific. Authentic. Experiences.

Each experience has its own availability and pricing.

Discover The Real Richmond through a collection of new immersive experiences. Locals and visitors will be able to learn about Richmond’s wildlife, history and culture through our seven new Pacific. Authentic. Experiences. Below are the experiences that are bookable now: 

A group is led along a wooden walkway into a building marked "Britannia Shipyard". A tagline on the photo says "A Pacific. Authentic. Experience." Voyage of the Gikumi, one of seven Pacific. Authentic. Experiences. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

Culture Days in Richmond

On now until October 24.
Free or “pay what you may.

Culture Days, a popular Canada-wide initiative, returns on September 24, 2021 for an entire month! Join in on the celebration of culture and arts featuring Richmond-based artists, groups, and organizations. This year, Culture Days runs from Friday, September 24 to Sunday, October 24, and activities are happening indoors, outdoors, and online. Many of the events are free, or “pay what you may” to help support the artists and groups participating in Culture Days. All the activities, locations, and scheduled times for Richmond-specific events are listed here

A family of four looks at a sign outside the Britannia Shipyards in Richmond, British Columbia
Don't miss the Heritage Highlights Tour part of Culture Days. | Photo: ​Gulf of Georgia Cannery

BIRD WATCHING

Mid-October to Mid-March.

Over 100 species of resident and migratory birds can be spotted across Richmond throughout the year. That’s because Richmond is located along the Pacific Flyway, a major migratory route for many species, like the Lesser Snow Geese. They fly here all the way from Wrangel Island, Russia. From mid-October to mid-March, thousands of them flock to Garry Point Park and Terra Nova Rural Park—an amazing (and loud) spectacle! Interested in doing some birding in Richmond? Check out the birding map below—which includes a list of birds with corresponding photos—or click here to download a copy of the map. 

 

 

Fall Foliage 

Burnished copper, golden yellow, pumpkin orange, candy apple red: the infinite colours of autumn make fall a favourite time of year for many locals and visitors in Richmond. From Garry Point Park and Terra Nova Rural Park to the Richmond Nature Park and Iona Beach Regional Park, there are dozens of delightful leaf-peeping hotspots here where you can pause, look up, and snap lovely fall-season photos. We’d love to see what you find. Share your favourite fall photos from the city on social media—using the hashtag #RichmondMoments—so we can all enjoy your colourful autumnal discoveries!

A tree-lined street in Richmond BC with leaves of red and yellow with red leaves laying on the street in the foreground - Credit: annhfhung
Richmond dressed in fall foliage. | Photo: annhfhung (In)