7 Things To Do in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve

Mountain view on the Seymour Valley Trailway in North Vancouver

View from the Mid Valley Picnic Area. Photo: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve

North Vancouver’s Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve protects the forest and streams of the lower Seymour River Valley, one of Vancouver’s drinking water sources. Explore over 65 kilometres of trails through the rainforest and beside the river or head to easily accessible Rice Lake, a favourite with families. Use this guide to help you plan your trip to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.

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7 Things To Do in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve

Best Kid-Friendly Bike Rides Around Vancouver

Cyclists on the Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver

Cyclists on the Stanley Park Seawall. Photo: Destination BC/Heath Moffatt

Vancouver has lots of flat, car-free cycling paths that are perfect for a family outing. Ride next to the ocean, cruise through the forest, or bike through the heart of the city. Our guide to the best kid-friendly bike rides around Vancouver also includes pitstops along the way that little cyclists will love. (Think playgrounds, picnic areas, and places to get treats.)

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Best Kid-Friendly Bike Rides Around Vancouver

Cycling Around Vancouver During the Pandemic

Cycling the West Dyke Trail in Richmond near Vancouver, BC

Cycling the West Dyke Trail in Richmond. Photo credit: Tourism Richmond

Biking is having a moment during COVID-19. There are more cyclists on the roads and bike sales are off the charts. Here are some COVID-safe tips for cycling around Vancouver during the pandemic, including our picks for physically distant bike routes.

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Cycling Around Vancouver During the Pandemic

Easy Bike Rides Around Vancouver

A group of cyclists on the seawall in Vancouver's Stanley Park.

Cycling on the Seawall in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Coast Mountain Photography

One of the best ways to see Vancouver is from the seat of a bike. Vancouver is a very bike-friendly city with kilometers of dedicated cycling paths and lanes. As a long-time Vancouver resident and cyclist, here are some of my favourite local bike routes. You can ride beside the ocean, through the forest or explore one of Vancouver’s unique neighbourhoods.

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Easy Bike Rides Around Vancouver

Vancouver Hidden Gem Alert: Seymour Demonstration Forest

Photo credit: Skip the Filler | Flickr

Photo credit: Skip the Filler | Flickr

It’s hard to believe that minutes from the noise and chaos of downtown Vancouver is an alternate, carbon-free civilization inhabited only by cyclists, rollerbladers and pedestrians.  But it’s no dream: It’s North Vancouver’s Seymour Demonstration Forest.

This 5,668-hectare park, formally known as the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, is actually a bit difficult to find, which may explain why it’s stayed relatively off-the-radar all these years.  Google Maps isn’t much help (though searching “Rice Lake” will get you close).  Directions online sound a bit like an old treasure hunt:  “Head toward Capilano College and drive straight past the main gate to the campus. Keep right on driving, past the riding stables and cemetery.”

But it’s worth hunting down.  You’ll know you’re on the right path when you start hitting speed bumps every 50 metres.  The road makes its way through thick forest and past a mysterious-looking building called the LSCR Waste Stream Diversion Facility before dead-ending at a gravel parking lot.  Here, you’ll notice every single car has a bike rack mounted on it.

This is because the main draw of the park is the Seymour Valley Trailway: a 10-kilometre-long paved path that threads its way through one of the most gorgeous – and bike-friendly – stretches of forest in the area.  Over the weekend, I hopped on my bike and explored the trail for the first time. Continue reading:
Vancouver Hidden Gem Alert: Seymour Demonstration Forest