Lynn Canyon Park is a beautiful place in North Vancouver. It has walking trails, waterfalls, an ecology centre, a suspension bridge and tons of nature.
If you are looking for somewhere to experience the great outdoors, then this is one of Vancouver’s absolute best places to visit. Dogs are welcome, but only when on a leash.
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Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver
The suspension bridge at Lynn Canyon is a good one – not as long as the one at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, but it’s free and the views from it are equally spectacular.
If you plan to spend more than just a few short minutes at the park, then take your hiking shoes and plan to spend an hour or two exploring. 20-minute hikes are also enjoyable.
Lynn Canyon Trails
There are lots of trails going up and down the slopes, many with wooden boardwalks and stairs. If you want nature and the chance to get some exercise, then this is a wonderful place and highly recommended.
After you cross the suspension bridge you’ll find trails heading to the right and to the left. South is right and north is left.
Trails to the South
If you head south after crossing the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge you’ll go along a series of boardwalks, steps and staircases. In less than 20 minutes you’ll descend down to a bridge crossing Twin Falls and then up a large flight of stairs back up the canyon on the other side (and just a short walk back to where you started).
Twin Falls is a nice spot. The falls aren’t large or high; rather, they’re just a section of rapids that drop a bit just under the bridge.
Video of Trail from Twin Falls to 30-Foot Pool
The following video is of the trail if you head south from the parking lot near the suspension bridge. As you’ll see in the video, this route begins with lots of stairs. They lead you down to the bridge by Twin Falls. The trail then goes up the canyon on the other side.
In the video you’ll see lots of stairs, boardwalks and trails through the forest. You’ll also see Lynn Creek and the giant rock not far from the 30-Foot Pool.
Trails to the North
If you follow the trails north from the far end of the suspension bridge you’ll come to the 30 foot pool which is a popular swimming area in the summer (and a safe place to swim compared to some of the river’s other sections).
Heading north along the trail there are a fair number of stairs along the way, but not too many. Up one big flight of stairs, beginning at the 30 foot pool, you end up at the start of the trail heading to Rice Lake which is about a further 20-minute walk away.
Northwest Trails Video
The following video is of the trails at Lynn Canyon Park between the top of Lynn Valley Road and just north of the suspension bridge. The entire route is on the western side of Lynn Creek.
At the northern end of Lynn Valley Road there is the End of the Line General Store. In the area there isn’t a parking lot. There is just street parking. Across the street from the store are some steps going down. That’s where this video starts.
(Note: Instead of going down the stairs, if you just kept going north along the road, you’d come to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. There is also another road leading to a bridge and then a path that goes to the Lower Seymour Conservation Area and Rice Lake.)
The video below begins at the steps that lead down to Lynn Creek from the northern end of Lynn Valley Road. As you’ll see, the route includes lots of stairs. There are also boardwalks and dirt paths through the forest and along the side of the creek. The video goes until just before the suspension bridge (which doesn’t appear in the video) and then heads back.
Lynn Valley Ecology Centre
Not far from the main parking lot at Lynn Canyon Park is the Ecology Centre. Admission is by donation (with the recommended amount being $2, or $5 for a family). The price is about right – it’s interesting and worth dropping in to see if you are at the park anyway, but not a destination in and of itself.
How to get to Lynn Canyon Park
Lynn Canyon is located in Lynn Valley in North Vancouver. If driving, go up Lynn Valley Road and turn right on Peter’s Road. Lynn Canyon Park is 1 km from the turn off.
From Vancouver and the Iron Workers’ Memorial Bridge, head up the “Cut” – the long steep stretch of highway not far past the bridge – and turn off to the right about halfway up, at exit #19, which will bring you to Lynn Valley Road.
Buses leave Lonsdale Quay about once every 15 minutes on weekdays (or 30 minutes on weekends and holidays). The ride on bus #228 from Lonsdale Quay takes just over half an hour.
Parking at Lynn Canyon
At the entrance to Lynn Canyon there is a small gravel parking lot. If there’s a spot, it’s a good place to park. If there’s no space available there though, continue driving.
Further down, past the Ecology Centre on the left and the large concession building on the right, there is fair bit of parking.
On exceptionally busy days they also open up a long dirt road for additional parking. You might have to hike back up to the suspension bridge from there, and a fair ways on busy days, but that’s fine as most visitors are there to hike anyways.
On weekends and sunny days, especially in the summer, Lynn Canyon is very popular and parking can be a challenge. Chances are good though that you’ll find a place.
A nice thing about Lynn Canyon in the past was that parking was free. That changed though as of the spring of 2021. Starting this year, between March 1st and October 31st, there is an hourly charge to park. The charge during these months is $3 per hour up to a maximum of 3 hours. It’s still free to park though between November and February.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your visit to Lynn Canyon.
TIP #1: Be careful swimming in the river and its natural pools. It can be a popular place for jumping off rocks and into the water, but it can also be extremely dangerous. It seems that every year or so someone drowns due to the undercurrents. Observe the warning signs and don’t jump off the cliffs!
TIP #2: If you want to see a suspension bridge but don’t want to pay for the one at Capilano Suspension Bridge, then this is the place to go. It’s less commercial, and some people actually prefer it.
TIP #3: Don’t bring anyone that doesn’t like stairs, and if you bring a stroller be prepared to carry it a LOT of the way – actually, better not to bring a stroller at all.
On an hour-long hike you can expect to either climb up or down over 700 steps if you want (or far fewer on the above two routes). Unless you have bad knees, you’ll enjoy the exercise as well as the scenery.
TIP #4: Travelling to Banff or Yoho National Park anytime soon? The next time you’re anywhere near Golden, BC, be sure to check out Golden Skybridge. It’s a new attraction, as of the summer of 2021, and it’s where you’ll find the highest suspension bridge in Canada!
Close to Lynn Canyon Park is Rice Lake, which is another beautiful location for walking around (and fishing too), as well as Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Also passing through Lynn Canyon Park is the world famous Baden Powell Trail, with its over 40 km of hiking trails stretching from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove.
For a list of other parks in the Lower Mainland, click Parks & Nature.
For information about Vancouver’s most famous suspension bridge, click Capilano Bridge Park.