Nature lovers in the city know that Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver is beautiful … but crowded. On weekends, visitors queue up for a chance to cross the iconic suspension bridge and busy trails feel more like city sidewalks.
But just a few kilometres north at the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is an entirely different experience: fewer people, more trails and scenery that’s no less gorgeous.
I checked out the area over the weekend on a hike to Norvan Falls. At 12 kilometres roundtrip (about four-five hours of moderate-paced walking), the trail is a bit long but pays off with incredible river views and a pristine waterfall at the end.
Getting to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park requires following Lynn Valley Road all the way to the end of the line, where it turns Rice Lake Road, a narrow, winding lane that traces the course of the river. After parking, I crossed a broad wooden bridge over Lynn Creek and reached the trailhead, where a large map shows the route to Norvan Falls and other destinations.
The first part of the trail immediately plunges into thick cedar forest. Continue reading:
Great (under-the-radar) Vancouver Hikes: Norvan Falls