Forest and Valley Trailway
The Seymour Valley Trailway in North Vancouver’s Seymour Demonstration Forest is one of Metro Vancouver’s best places to bring the family for a bike ride. Located in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, the Seymour Valley Trailway is ideal for both joggers and cyclists, and there are also lots of great hiking trails in the area.
The Seymour Valley Trailway is one of Metro Vancouver’s best places to bring the family for a bike ride because it is paved (so no need for special mountain bike tires) and beautiful, as the trail winds through the forest. It’s even great for young children, although it isn’t actually flat. The trail tends to slope downhill, meaning that it’s uphill on the way back.
The Seymour Demonstration Forest is a great destination to combine with a trip to Rice Lake, which is just minutes off the bicycle path, or the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge at Lynn Canyon Park, which is a hike away, but still in the area.
Best Times to Visit
The Seymour Demonstration Forest is a perfect place to visit almost any time of the year. Because the path goes through the trees, it doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, which means that although it’s beautiful on a sunny day, the weather doesn’t affect the experience as much as most other places in the Lower Mainland. It’s not fun on a rainy day, but it can actually be very nice on a hot one, when other “best places to cycle” are more exposed to the open sun.
Demonstration Forest Directions
The area is best accessed by car up Lillooet Road, up the hill past Capilano University. Just drive to the top of the road to the parking lot. Note – there is no public transit if you go this way.
Another way to get to the Seymour Demonstration Forest is via Lynn Canyon. Drive (or take transit) to the top of Lynn Valley Road and park by the End of the Line General Store coffee shop (located at 4913 Lynn Valley Road). From there, walk down the hill, across the bridge and up the trail, about 10 or so minutes, until you reach the same parking lot that you would have reached driving up Lillooet Road. From the parking lot you can walk to Rice Lake, or ride your bicycle or jog along the Demonstration Forest’s paved path/roadway.
TIP #1: Especially in the fall, if hiking in a more remote part of the park (i.e., away from noisy people), wear a bell or talk lots to scare away the bears.
TIP #2: Take a snack and drinks as there are no stores in the area, although there is a coffee shop at the top of Lynn Valley Road.
Click Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Map for a map of the area.