‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice lattes, hot yoga, and blanket scarves.  The leaves are changing, school is back in session, and a crisp chill fills the air. Hello cozy flannel shirts and bonfires!

 Photo by Laurie Morphet. 

Photo by Laurie Morphet. 

 

Our Top Five Things to Do in the Fall: 

1)    See Salmon Jump at Stamp Falls

Come be awestruck by the stunning scene of salmon thrusting themselves against the rugged rock faces and rushing waters of Stamp Falls. The provincial park is also one of the best places to see our massive maple leaves.

 Photo by Kat Slepian. 

Photo by Kat Slepian. 

 

2)    Ride a Hay Wagon and Harvest a Pumpkin

You’re invited to experience a rustic Halloween themed ride at Arrowvale Campground & Collins’ Farm to their scenic pumpkin patch where you can choose your own pumpkin, fresh from the field. 

 

3)    Bring your Jack O’Lantern to Cathedral Grove

The day after Halloween means leaving your Jack O’Lantern at the edge of the highway through Cathedral Grove. For the next several weeks, you'll see the ghoulish grins guarding the forest.

 Photo by Brenda Widdess. 

Photo by Brenda Widdess. 

 

4)    Hike to Hole in the Wall

Reflect on our unique past at the jaw-dropping Hole in the Wall, which served as a water supply shortcut between the twin cities of Port Alberni and Alberni, which amalgamated in 1967. It’s a short, fairly easy walk definitely worth checking out. 

 

5)    View Bears from the Boardwalk

At Victoria Quay, you can safely view black bears across the Somass River as they fatten up on salmon and fruit to prepare for the cold winter ahead. The more remote Seaton Park and Nitnat River are also a great places to view wildlife in their natural habitats. 

 Photo from Victoria Quay by Brenda Widdess

Photo from Victoria Quay by Brenda Widdess

 Photo at Seaton Park by Brenda Widdess. 

Photo at Seaton Park by Brenda Widdess. 

 

And a bonus #6: TOY RUN!

 This annual charity event combines biker attitude with a community fundraiser to support local organizations. Vroom vroom! 

 

What are YOUR Top Five things to do in the Alberni Valley?