Fall Basics: Best Spots to get a Pumpkin Spice Latte in Vancouver

The leaves have changed colour, Halloween is just around the corner and the rain has set in; fall has arrived in Vancouver! It’s the season for sweaters, cute scarves and everyone’s favorite seasonal drink: Pumpkin Spice Lattes. If you’re getting tired of Starbucks or you want to try a PSL with a twist, check out any of the below locations for an amazing variation of this fall staple.


Grounds for Coffee

2565 Alma Street (Broadway & Alma)

Conveniently located only 10 minutes away from the University of British Columbia, Grounds for Coffee serves up a cozy Pumpkin Pie Latte. This café also serves up arguably the best cinnamon buns in the city – pair it with your Pumpkin Pie Latte for a match made in fall heaven.


Second Cup

595 Burrard Street (Bentall Centre)
4500 Oak Street (Oak & W29th)

Second Cup’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes are made with real white chocolate, espresso forte and pumpkin pie syrup. They are also garnished with pumpkin pie spice – perfect for those fall Instagram shots. You can find them in the Bentall Centre downtown or on Oak Street, just a block away from the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens.


The Buzz Café and Espresso Bar

901 Homer Street (Homer & Smithe)

The Buzz Café and Espresso Bar serves up an array of fall themed drinks – including a traditional Pumpkin Spice Latte and a Canadian twist on the classic, a Maple Pumpkin Latte. And if pumpkin is not your thing, try their Ginger Banana Bread Latte, it will surely warm you up and get you in the fall spirit. This café is located in central downtown in Vancouver’s oldest retail art gallery, Harrison Galleries.


Blenz Coffee

Multiple Locations

The Canadian answer to Starbucks offer up their own spin on a PSL, a Pumpkin Pie Caramel Macchiato – topped with caramel and graham crackers for that extra seasonal goodness. This time of year you can also find the Toffee Nut Latte on their menu if you wish to veer off the pumpkin path.


Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House

Multiple Locations

If you want pumpkin, just not in your coffee, head over to Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House. Trees are known for their amazing cheesecakes, and this fall they’re serving up slices of pumpkin spice cheesecake. Of course, they also serve up PSLs if you want to pair your pumpkin cheesecake with a pumpkin drink.  Downtown, you can find them in Gastown, Yaletown, and just two blocks over from the Lookout at Granville and West Hastings.

Fright Nights at Playland

It is that time of year once again! Fright Night takes over Playland from October 7th to October 31st offering a chilling experience. Open select nights, it features 7 haunted houses, 15 rides and 2 thrilling live shows.

Photo By: Playland

Photo By: Playland

Being Western Canada’s largest Halloween exhibit Fright Nights never disappointments, leaving kids, and adults alike terrified and wishing they never came in the first place. Classics such as Keepers Doll Factory, Haunted Mansion, and Car-N-Evil will be back once again for another year, while attractions such as The Beast, and Hellavator will be giving chills down your spine.

Want to skip the lines? You can purchase a Rapid Pass ensuring you get to the front of the line for all haunted houses as well as once for The Beast, Wooden Roller Coaster, Music Express, Atmosfear and Hellevator. Guests will be able to buy their tickets at participating 7-Eleven locations or online and save $3! Do not wait too long because these tickets are limited and sell out fast every year! For more information on tickets, and dates click here.

To get you ready here’s a look at one of the more popular haunted houses offered.

Canucks Season Opener

If you are visiting our wonderful city of Vancouver during September – October you’re in luck. Our 2016/17 hockey season kicks off with four pre-season matches at Rogers Arena to warm the teams up for the fierce, competitive season ahead.

The Canucks will play host to Edmonton (September 28th), San Jose (October 2nd), Arizona (October 3rd) and Calgary (October 6th), before officially kicking off their season with two back to back home opener games on October 15th and 16th.

Photo By: Hello Vancity

Photo By: Hello Vancity

If you’re visiting after the season kicks off you still have a chance to catch a game!

With the 2016/17 season marking the fourth year of a league-wide four division format, we will see every team visit Rogers Arena at least once, giving everyone the perfect opportunity to see their favourite teams from across the country and USA, fight it out to finish on top of the leader board.

For more information regarding the Vancouver Canucks 2016/17 season dates and tickets visit their website.

October 15th Season/home opener vs Calgary Flames 
December 3rd vs Toronto Maple Leafs
March 7th vs Montreal Canadians
March 11th vs 2016 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins
April 8th Regular season home finale vs Edmonton Oilers
April 9th Regular season finale at Edmonton Oilers

Harvest Haus Oktoberfest

Photo by: Harvest Haus

Photo by: Harvest Haus

With autumn just around the corner, do you find yourself wishing that you were in Munich indulging in too much beer and heaps of hearty food? If the answer is yes, then the Harvest Haus Oktoberfest is for you!

Returning for its third year, Harvest Haus is bringing an authentic European-style Volksfest right to downtown Vancouver from September 29th to October 9th. As the largest Germanic-inspired cultural festival on the West Coast, this two-week long event is an immersive experience that seeks to share the tradition of the harvest while celebrating camaraderie and good cheer. There are 9 different sittings to choose from, each with distinct themes and special events such as the Lippensynchron Battle on October 8th or the traditional Sunday brunch on October 9th. Being held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, the Harvest Haus Halle can seat up to 1,000 merrymakers for a guaranteed joyous occasion. Easily accessible by Vancouver’s Skytrain, it is just a quick 5 to 10 minute walk from the Stadium-Chinatown station or Granville station.

Photo by: Inside Vancouver Blog

Photo by: Inside Vancouver Blog

With a full range of European beer, wine, cider, and spirits there will certainly be a perfect fit for all. Food choices from far and wide­­– sample the pork hock rotisserie, sauerkraut, or bratwurst. Then head to the Artisan Bake Shop to pick up a salted pretzel or even an apfelstrudel to satisfy your sweet tooth. After stuffing your belly full, burn those calories on the dance floor or by taking a stroll through the open marketplace and the many stalls it has to offer.

This event allows many to experience the thrills of an Oktoberfest without the airfare, but also provides an opportunity for the creation of new friendships and offers a meaningful glimpse into the Bavarian tradition and culture.

To secure your spot at the festival visit Harvest Haus to purchase your tickets.

Date: September 29th – October 9th, 2016
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Cost: $25­­ – $ 95, group/corporate packages available
Restrictions: Ages 19+ only

Top 5 Things To Do This October In Vancouver

The beginning of October in Vancouver brings with it the start of cooler weather, earlier nights and thoughts of Halloween. Summer has officially ended, but that doesn’t mean that Vancouver’s activities have ended with it. If you are looking to have a little fun this October, consider the following events!


Hit the Screen

Take a seat and watch some locally produced as well as internationally produced films at the Vancouver International Film Festival. This annual event is one of the biggest film festivals in North America. Check online for the show times and movie screenings, this is one event you won’t want to miss.


Photo by VIFF

Vancouver International Film Festival
September 29 – October 14, 2016
Buy your tickets here


Take a Night Tour

Hear the mysterious and gruesome tales of murders and haunted places in Vancouver in an expertly guided tour. With stops in Stanley Park, the Mountain View cemetery and the Vancouver Police Museum, you’ll be entertained and have some interesting stories to tell your friends!

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour


October 14 – October 31st 2016 (Excluding Sundays and Mondays)
*Tours will operate on Sunday October 30th and Monday October 31st
Find out how to book your tickets here


Get Spooked

For the biggest collection of haunted houses and rides in BC, take a trip to Fright Nights at the PNE for a thrilling night!


Photo by Fright Nights

Fright Nights at the PNE
October 7 – October 31
Buy your passes here


Ride a Miniature Train

A family favourite, the Stanley Park Ghost Train returns this with a new twist! Gather your family and friends in remembrance of our loved ones with the “Day of the Dead” themed ride. Be entertained by live entertainers, stunning lights, and music. Matinee trains run from Friday to Sunday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Stanley Park Ghost Train
October 8 to October 31, 2016
Buy your tickets today and find out more here


Laugh Out Loud

Described as “Pixar meets Waiting for Godot” this unique blend of visually stunning imagery and physical comedy and wit will have you laughing all night.

James & Jamesy in the Dark
October 5 – October 16, 2016
Buy your tickets today and find out more here

Vancouver Craft Brewery Tour

Are you an expert of all crafts beers? Or are you new to the craft beer scene and want to learn more? No matter what your beer expertise level, Vancouver Craft Brewery has the tour for you! Vancouver has been growing as a dominant presence in the craft brewery world, whether it is among locals or visitors. The craft beers created in Vancouver has put the city on the map as a premier tourist destination for craft breweries. Vancouver Brewery Tours is the perfect way to experience some of the best fresh, locally made, hand-crafted beer that Vancouver has to offer!

Photo By: Inside Vancouver

Photo By: Inside Vancouver

Public Tours
Public tours are offered every day, year round. There are three different types of public tours:

  • Walking Brewery Tours
  • Vancouver Brewery Tours (transportation provided)
  • Beer and Food Brewery Tours (transportation provided, meal included)

All public tours include:

  • Pick up, drop off and transportation to and from the breweries (excluding the Walking Brewery Tours)
  • 3 brewery visits in 3 or 4 hours
  • VIP seating and entrance
  • Enthusiastic and informative tour guides
  • Behind the scenes brewery tours
  • From grain to glass: an introduction to the brewing process
  • A Vancouver Brewery Tour souvenir beer glass
  • And of course, PLENTY of craft beer samples at each stop

Private Group Tours
Private tours are for groups who are interested in renting out an entire van for private functions. There are also private walking tours available. There tours are great for bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, work events, and more! Vancouver Craft Brewery specializes in every private tour by customizing them however you’d like in order to provide the most fun and memorable experience for all occasions. There are up 42 seats available within 3 brewery tour vans as well as the option for Walking Brewery Tours. Private tours are available by request for any day and time of the week.

Book your tours today and have a Beer Geek show you why the Vancouver craft beer scene is one of the best!

Photo By: The Hoppy Ending

Photo By: The Hoppy Ending

Interested in planning your own craft brewery tour? Check out this helpful map of some of the best craft breweries in Vancouver.

Vancouver Love Locks

Calling all you lovers out there, our city’s new art installation is for you!

A sculpture dedicated to eternal love opened in Queen Elizabeth Park recently. Couples can attach locks to the structure, located near the park’s Bloedel Conservatory. Designed by local artist Bruce Voyce, it features a set of four sculptures huddled together under umbrellas.

“This art project celebrates the shelter that love brings and the union that it forms,” reads the Park Board’s description. “Love has no boundaries and therefore the human forms in the sculpture have been left both ageless and genderless, locked together in an everlasting embrace.”

Photo by: CBC

Photo by: CBC

Voyce’s project differs from other love lock installations around the world. In many cities, couples are known to hang locks on popular bridges; most notably the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris, as well as the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. This however, comes with some public safety concerns. Recently, officials in Paris had to remove hundreds of locks from a portion of the bridge that was collapsing. In Brooklyn, officials had to remove many locks over safety concerns for the vehicles below. Voyce’s installation also features a drop box for the keys, instead of throwing them into the trash. These keys will be collected and used for future art projects in the city.

Photo by: CBC

Photo by: CBC

The ‘Love in the Rain’ Sculpture is located in Queen Elizabeth Park (4600 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC).

Vancouver Street Food Festival

Head straight to the outskirts of Downtown Vancouver for a marvelous display of Vancouver’s vibrant and diverse food truck scene. Vancouver Street Food Festival features 30 food trucks in its lineup, an artisan market and live music.

When: Sunday, September 11th
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Concord Pacific parking lot, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver.

Here are some must-eats that will be present at the festival this year:



photo by @qingyili

Tacofino is a Vancouver must-eat, featuring tacos and burritos with an East Asian twist to their seasoning. In addition to their mobile food truck, Tacofino also has two restaurant locations in Vancouver. If a sit-down meal is not for you, find them at the corner of Dunsmuir and Burrard from 11:30am to 2:45pm, Monday to Friday.

Restaurant locations: Tacofino at  2327 E Hastings Street and 1025 Mainland Street, Vancouver.
Lunch: Monday-Sunday, 11:30am-3:00pm
Dinner: Monday-Thursday, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday, 5:00pm-12:00am

Vij’s Railway Express


photo by @VijsRailway

Vij’s Railway Express usually parks on the corner of West Georgia and Thurlow. Drop by for some Paneer Butter Masala, Seared Cod or some Chicken Kalonji and enjoy this amazing display of Indian cuisine. If you can’t make it to Sunday’s Food Truck Festival, do not worry. You can always head to Vij’s restaurant location, open from 5:30pm onwards.

Restaurant location: Vij’s at 3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver.

The Reef Runner


photo by thereefrestaurant.com

The Reef Runner offers Caribbean cuisine at its best according to the West Ender and Georgia Straight. This gem of a food truck can be found at the corner of West Cordova and Thurlow from 11:00am to 2:30pm. Their Jamaican patties are a must-have if you enjoy savoury treats.

Restaurant locations: The Reef at 1018 Commercial Drive and 4172 Main Street, Vancouver. Both open from 10:00am to 11:00pm.

Rocky Point Ice Cream


photo by rockypointicecream.com

There is nothing better than ice cream to top off a meal, which makes the Rocky Point Ice Cream Truck a mandatory last stop after munching on savoury food all day. If ice cream is not your cup of tea then you can choose from their varied popsicles, candies, real fruit smoothies and milkshakes. They have a little something for everyone. Rocky Point Ice Cream’s store is in Port Moody, so don’t miss this opportunity to have a taste of their ice cream at the Street Food Festival this Sunday.

Restaurant location: 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody. Open from 9:00am to 10:00pm

Visit Vancouver Street Food Festival to find out more about this event.

Also, if one day is not enough for you, don’t forget to check out the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival happening in Fort Langley on September 10th.

Vancouver Fringe Festival

Hosting over 800 performances of over 80 shows over just 11 days this September, The Vancouver Fringe Festival is sure to have the perfect show for you. This annual celebration of theater has been happening since 1985 and will be returning this year in Vancouver from September 8th-18th. The festival will take place on Granville Island and kick off its opening night on September 6th at 6:00pm at Performance Works. Opening night will feature showcases, entertainment, delicious food and drinks along with both live and silent auctions.

The Fringe Festival prides itself on being part theater and part party. The Big Rock Brewery on Granville Island is transformed into the Fringe Bar and heart of the nightly action with live music every night. The festival keeps up with the party theme in using an “everyone welcome” selection technique. The mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artist an equal chance at performing on it.

Regular admission tickets cost $14 and the performing artist keeps 100% of the base ticket price. There will also be several half-price shows put on over the festival. However, a Fringe membership must be displayed in order to gain entrance to any venues with no exceptions. The membership card costs $5 and helps to ensure that there will be a festival next year. If you are unable to present a membership card you will be required to purchase an additional non-refundable card. With so many performances in such a short amount of time, all performances will start on time and latecomers will unfortunately be denied entry.

Tickets can be purchased at their box office on 1398 Cartwright Street or online on their website. To see a full list of performances and entertainment, check out their program guide.

September Events

Photo by: Draft Tournament

September is quickly approaching, which means the kids are getting ready to head back to school. Even though the summer season is ending, the fun doesn’t have to! If you’re looking for something to do in the Greater Vancouver area, keep reading below to see what we’ve compiled!

Festivals and Arts

Broadway Across Canada Presents: The Book of Mormon

Photo by: Vancouver Broadway

Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon is an award-winning musical about two Mormon missionaries that visit a remote Ugandan village. Throughout the show, the main characters face several challenges while attempting to share their scriptures and religion with the other villagers. The Book of Mormon is still playing on Broadway in the Big Apple, but luckily, Broadway Across Canada will be putting on shows until September 4th! Don’t miss your chance to catch this spectacular masterpiece!

Date: August 23 – September 4
Time: Times may vary, click here for more information!
Location: 650 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir Street (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)

Vancouver International Film Festival

Photo by: Vancouver Real Estate

Got a thing for film? Check out the Vancouver International Film Festival to view works from some of the best in the industry! This month-long film festival is celebrating its 35th running year, and will be providing a great set of films alongside talks and events. Their complete line-up will be posted on September 8th, so don’t forget to visit their website to stay updated!

Date: September 29 – October 14
Time: Times may vary, click here for more information!
Location: 1181 Seymour Street (Vancouver International Film Centre)

TaiwanFest 2016

Photo by: TaiwanFest

The Taiwanese Cultural Festival will be held all throughout Labour Day Weekend this year. With several locations in the downtown area, including The Centre, Granville Street, the QE Theatre Plaza, and the Vancouver Playhouse. Make sure to try the authentic Taiwanese cuisine offered at the food vendors on Granville Street!

Date: Labour Day Weekend, September 3 – September 5
Time: 12:00pm – 10:30pm (Saturday), 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Sunday), 12:00pm – 6:00pm (Monday)
Location: Various venues in Downtown Vancouver, click here for more information


Americas Masters Games

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With a minimum age of 30 years old to participate, the Americas Masters Games is a 9 day competition that happens throughout the Greater Vancouver area. The Masters Games is hosting 52 competing nations this year, with 5000 athletes from around the world competing for the gold! Check out the various dates and times below.

Date: August 26 – September 4
Time: Various times
Location: Various locations

Click here for the schedule and more information!

Family Fun


Photo by: Daily Xtra

Playland will remain open for another 2 weeks in September for all of you that aren’t quite ready to let go of summer. Take on Playland’s newest ride, The Beast, for a thrilling adventure, or try you luck at the different games around the park!

Date: Last day is September 16
Time: 11:00am – Late
Location: 2901 East Hastings Street