October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Norvan Falls

Norvan Falls in North Vancouver

Norvan Falls in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver. Photo credit: Taryn Eyton, happiestoutdoors.ca

The hike to Norvan Falls in North Vancouver is a great choice for October. The entire trail is in the Lynn Creek Valley, making it an ideal trip for cloudy days. Your objective is 30-metre-tall Norvan Falls, which is often gushing at this time of year thanks to fall rains. While this hike is not short, it’s fairly flat so it is only moderately difficult.

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October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Norvan Falls

5 Rainy Day Hikes in Vancouver

rainy day hikes in vancouver

Vancouverites definitely aren’t afraid of the rain. Living in a city where it rains ~60% of the year means you’ve got to have at least one or two Gortex jackets hanging in your closet. In fact, it’s a good idea to always have a raincoat in your backpack (plus a pair of sun glasses, a bike helmet, and some sunscreen).

While we had a great run of sunshine a few weeks ago, the clouds have been hanging around for the past few days. But you can’t let a little cloud cover ruin your plans for getting out into nature! Luckily, Vancouver offers a nice variety of hiking opportunities that have enough tree coverage to act like huge, natural umbrellas to protect you from the elements!

So if you’re looking to get outside but the weather hasn’t been cooperating, check out some of these hikes to quell your craving for nature! Continue reading:
5 Rainy Day Hikes in Vancouver

Great (under-the-radar) Vancouver Hikes: Norvan Falls

NorvanFalls-26Nature 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