The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve is a spectacular park in North Vancouver with bike and hiking trails, fishing, and canoe and kayak opportunities.
LSCR Conservation Reserve
The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve includes 5,668-hectares of parkland. It’s home to amazing mountain bike and hiking trails, and excellent fishing at picturesque Rice Lake and in the river. The area is also where you’ll find exciting canoe and kayak opportunities for groups on the Seymour River.
The park is open every day of the year from dawn until dusk.
Key Lower Seymour Attractions
In addition to all its hiking and mountain biking trails, the prime two attractions at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve are Rice Lake and the Seymour Valley Trailway (which is also known as the Seymour Demonstration Forest).
Rice Lake is a beautiful lake for fishing and walking around. See Rice Lake for more information (and a video) about this wonderful North Shore oasis in the forest.
The Seymour Valley Trailway is 10 km (or 6+ miles) of paved pathway through the forest. Click on the Seymour Demonstration Forest to learn more about this top place for cycling with the family.
For hiking routes and information on dog-permitted areas, click LSCR Brochure. For trails and the park location, click Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Map.
Canoeing and Kayaking at LSCR
The Seymour River at the conservation reserve is great for both beginners and experts, with everything from Class 1 to 5 waters. Canoeing and kayaking in the area, however, is restricted.
You can’t just show up and go boating on the river, which is unusual in the Lower Mainland. Group leaders need to be members of a recognized paddling organization and have an up-to-date LSCR permit, and there is a security gate that boaters need to pass through.
Anybody can go hiking in the park, anyone with a fishing license can catch trout in Rice Lake and the river, but not everyone can go canoeing and kayaking.
To learn more about the park see the Metro Vancouver website.
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