Lynn Canyon Park & Suspension Bridge
I really loved this park. I only went around to see the waterfall and walk on the suspension bridge, but what I did see was really amazing. There is more to explore in this park – so get ready to walk. You are in a place that is more like a rain forest, than a regular park. I would suggest getting a map of some sort until you get a hang of the path – if you plan on doing many walks through it. You are looking at going to North Vancouver for the park. It is well worth going for it. Depending on how much time you have a day trip or planning to walk through it in the morning or afternoon. This is a great place for those who love walking in forests, waterfalls, hiking
Website and Socials:
Lynn Canyon Park is open daily all year. During the winter months dusk falls very early. Use extreme caution and allow plenty of time to return to the park entrance before dark.
Please check with the Ecology Centre at http://dnv.org/ecology for Park Hours
The Ecology Centre is open Weekdays 10 am to 5 pm and open Weekends and Holidays.
June to September: 10 am to 5 pm
October to May: 12pm to 4 pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
About the Park:
Lynn Canyon Park – 617 Acres of Forest
Lynn Canyon Park officially opened to the public in 1912 and has been a popular destination among tourists and local residents ever since. Lynn Canyon Park is a great location for a family picnic, a leisurely hike, or a refreshing swim in one of the many popular swimming holes.
Lynn Canyon Park has grown from 12 acres in its early years to 617 acres today. Lynn Canyon Park contains second growth forest with most of the trees aged approximately 80 to 100 years old.
Lynn Canyon Park features a suspension bridge that sways 50 meters above the canyon. It was built privately in 1912 when the park opened. Lynn Canyon also offers a selection of walking and hiking trails that connect to other parks in the region such as Lynn Headwaters, Rice Lake, and Inter River Park.
Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
The ecology center in Lynn Valley has been a part of Lynn Canyon Park for many years and showcases some historical information about the park. Be sure to make a visit to the ecology center for some great souvenirs, and to catch one of the popular puppet shows in the theatre.
Join a Historical Story Walk in Lynn Canyon
New to this year’s program is a walk in the old forest in Lynn Canyon Park. Here mountaineering enthusiasts Max and Molly will entertain with tales of daring adventure and rescue in the early days of North Shore mountaineering. Named after Royal British Engineer and North Vancouver resident John Linn, Lynn Canyon Park has welcomed and wowed visitors for over a hundred years. On this walk the audience will be introduced to some of the North Shore’s most adventurous residents – mountaineers, rescue team members, skiers and climbers.
Visit the British Columbia Historical Federation website for more information on story walks
Lynn Canyon Park is Home to Several Beautiful Hiking Trails
Lynn Canyon Park is the home of several beautiful hiking trails that are suitable for any hiking level. If you are looking for a leisurely stroll through the forest or a brisk climb up hill, Lynn Canyon has lots to choose from.
Lynn Canyon Park Map
Maps are available at the Ecology Centre and can be downloaded from their website here: http://www.lynncanyonecologycentre.ca/park_trails.html
Some of the more popular regions of Lynn Canyon and the surrounding area are listed below.
Baden Powell Trail
Hike across North Vancouver
This trail crosses the entire North Shore region and passes through Lynn Canyon Park. It is well marked and provides a variety of rugged and smooth sections for novice to advanced hikers.
It takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to hike the section of the Baden Powell Trail that passes through Lynn Canyon Park.
30 Foot Pool & Beyond
Beautiful Swimming Hole
On the North side of the suspension bridge the trail to the left leads you North West through the park. A short walk will take you to the popular 30-Foot pool. The 30-foot pool is one of the most popular locations among tourists and locals. It is a very large area with great spots for a picnic and it features a beautiful swimming hole. In the summer months you will find several visitors taking a quick refreshing swim to cool off. Take extra caution as the water is extremely cold, even in the summer months.
After the 30-Foot pool there is a very large stairway. This will take you to the Pipe Bridge, which crosses the canyon and leads to the North entrance of the park at the top of Lynn Valley Road. The stairs also lead you to the Northern region of the park, the Seymour Demonstration Forest and Rice Lake park entrance. If you do not wish to venture into these areas, the trail loops back towards the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge.
Twin Falls Trail & Beyond
Twin Falls is East of the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge and can be accessed from either side of the bridge. If you do not cross the bridge from the main entrance, proceed east past the Lynn Canyon Café and follow the trail down towards the river. A short walk will take you to the Twin Falls Bridge which offers a beautiful view of a waterfall and large pool below.
If you cross the suspension bridge and would like to get to Twin Falls, follow the boardwalk towards the right after the bridge and then follow the trail East to Twin Falls. There is a sign that will point you in the right direction.
Twin Falls is less accessible than the 30-Foot pool and not as popular among visitors. If you are looking for a quiet place to sit by the river, this is the spot. After the Twin Falls Bridge you can reach the river by climbing down a steep bank. If you cross the river there is a long riverbank with lots of sitting room. The sun will stay most of the day until it drops behind the trees. There are also other short trails further down that will take you to the riverbank.
Lynn Headwaters & Rice Lake
Hike Up The River
If you are looking for another hike along the river, Lynn Headwaters is nearby and is a nice leisurely walk.
There are several great spots to stop along the water for a picnic. It is possible to swim, but is not recommended when the river reaches high levels.
Also nearby is Rice Lake which is accessible by Lynn Canyon Park and Lynn Headwaters. There is lots of parking and its a great place to spend a few hours. A trail circles around the lake and has several different viewpoints of the lake. You will often find that fishing is popular here as the lake is stocked with trout each year. Unfortunately swimming is no longer permitted in Rice Lake.