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Hiking in Lynn Canyon

Vancouver, Canada is known for its stunning natural surroundings; there are the imposing Coast Mountains to the north, the meandering Fraser River to the east and the grand waters of English Bay to the west. The best way to enjoy this wilderness is to cross the Burrard Inlet and head into the mountains. Lynn Canyon has always been my personal favourite or hiking; the trails are well worn and easy to navigate, and very quickly you can find incredible views of the canyon, the creek or the mountains. You quickly forget you are less than an hour from downtown.

The lower canyon is the most popular and also draws the most tourists. It is also a chance to see the impressive Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, waterfalls, and an impressive canyon without going too far. The further away you walk into the mountains, the more remote you can get. Many different trails wind their way through the trees, with different difficulty levels and distances to experience. The natural surroundings are spectacular, and shouldn’t be missed.

We usually hike in the upper canyon (part of Lynn Headwaters Park), or between the two main trail-heads. The lower canyon is a lot steeper and can be a pretty good workout if you keep a steady pace. The upper canyon has a nice loop trail which is half difficult, and easy on the way back down. We’ve done the easy walk around Rice Lake and many combinations of those listed above.

There are many hikes that go much further into the valley north or connect to the east-west Baden Powell trail, which goes from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay. About a 1-2-hour hike from the Upper Lynn Canyon trailhead there is a waterfall called Norvan Falls, which I have always had on my bucket list, and missed out on doing because of the smoke in Vancouver this year. The next time we are in Vancouver we will definitely be attempting some of the deeper 6-hour hikes that go to and further past these falls.

In the lower canyon, many people go cliff jumping into the pools created by the lower falls. There are more super dangerous places than there are safe places to jump, as hidden obstacles and wicked under-toe claim the lives of many jumpers annually. That being said, there are some pretty cool (and very safe) places you can enjoy Lynn Canyon, with some nice rocky beaches above and below the suspension bridge. Ask a local beforehand, or don’t jump.

Lynn Canyon is very close to downtown and there are several different hikes and trails to explore the wonderful North Shore Mountains. For tourists, it’s also a chance to see an impressive suspension bridge without having to pay for Capilano (or if you’re a fan of suspension bridges, do both!) and have many more options to roam along the wilderness trails.

There is so much beautiful nature to experience for the amateur and the experienced hiker depending on your needs. Without a doubt, it is one of my favourite places around Vancouver.

Lynn Canyon Hiking Trails:


Off-road staircase. 2018.


Lynn Creek. 2018.

Photo 2017-09-19, 2 33 46 PM

Hiking buddies. 2017.


Canyon Walls. 2017.


Lynn Creek. 2018.

Photo 2017-09-19, 2 33 57 PM

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. 2017.


BC Trees. 2018.


Creek. 2018.


A hike in the woods. 2018.


Really Tall Trees. 2018.


Lynn Creek. 2017.


Lynn Canyon. 2017.


Lynn Creek. 2017.


Leftover from the days of logging being taken over by nature. 2018.

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  1. I looove hiking in Lynn Canyon too. It is so quiet and relaxing (I mean, apart from near the suspension bridge! That area is always really busy!)

    Did you take a look at the trail to Coliseum Mountain from there? It is soooo hard, but the views are spectacular!!

      • Yay! Well, give me a shout if you get stuck for ideas!

        I think the best easy-ish (but epic) hike is the trail to Goat Mountain from Grouse Mountain. The views are spectacular, but it’s not much effort…and you’ll be looking down into Lynn Valley from above. 😀

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