If you’re interested in spending some time in nature, Lynn Canyon Park offers a myriad of hiking and outdoor activities, without needing to travel far out of the city. It’s very casual; most of the hikes are easy to moderately difficult, the trails are well maintained and clearly marked, and it’s open year round.
The park opens with the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge, swinging 50 meters above Lynn Creek, and unlike the crowded, touristy Capilano Suspension Bridge that charges $ 32 to cross – this bridge is free.
Several hiking trails meet and intersect at the park’s center, including the popular Baden Powell Trail and the trail leading up to Norvan Falls. This makes it an excellent starting point, and it’s even transit accessible. Regular busses come up from Lonsdale Quay and stop right outside the park entrance.
The Lynn Valley Ecology Center, inside a flower shaped building, features a museum, gift shop, and nature theater. Here you can get information about the park and learn about local wildlife. It’s located near the entrance, where you’ll also find washrooms, water fountain, a ranger station and cafe. Other attractions in the park include Pipe Bridge, a swimming hole, Rice Lake and Twin Falls.