Lynn Canyon Park is a municipal park located in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Even before coming to Vancouver, I was very excited about photos and stories from Lynn Canyon Park, the largest municipal park in North Vancouver. The park is located less than half an hour by public transport from the city center, however, just after crossing the suspension bridge (where the route through the park starts), it’s easy to realize the door to a completely different land has just opened.
Lynn Canyon Park is filled with a dense forest with tall trees. Many tree trunks are covered in bright green damp moss. There are waterfalls, creeks and natural pools with transparent crystal water.
# Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
The suspension bridge is the most popular spot in Lynn Canyon Park which is attracting many people by the idea of spending a few moments 50 meters above the canyon. On each side, the bridge is surrounded by a high, exceptionally dense forest.
There is something fabulous in it—with every next step made on the bridge you feel even greater enthusiasm. This feeling allows you to move forward, regardless of the fear of heights. Although the wooden rungs are moving in each direction more and more intense, the sound and the beautiful direct view of waterfall seemingly rushing with doubled power down (although it's probably your excitement that speeds up the sensations around) don't let anyone turn back.
When leaving the suspension bridge and heading towards the entrance to the forest, everything around is slowing down again. This is the beginning and middle of some of the most popular mountain trails in North Vancouver.
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# Hiking trails in Lynn Canyon Park
In most places that I have reached so far in Lynn Canyon Park (there is quite a lot to explore though—the park covers more than 617 acres), the area was well preserved and well maintained. Tourist paths are clearly marked, sometimes also surrounded by wooden barriers. When planning a trip to the forest in this part of Lynn Valley, you can choose from many completely different routes. Famous North Vancouver mountain trails pass through the park—these include Boden Powell and Twinn Falls trails, as well as trekking routes leading to Lynn Headwaters and Rice Lake.
One of the most frequently visited places in Lynn Canyon Park is the 30-foot pool. This is another area in the park with a completely magical forest atmosphere, full of natural pools, through which almost transparent, mountain water flows. Wherever you look, there are wild creeks, large, white stones, and the green forest is reflected in the surface of the water.
In the summer season, the 30-foot pool is the perfect place to swim in the mountain stream. Now, in the middle of the winter season, it offers unforgettable views and plenty of space for a picnic or just a short city break in the forest with the sun shining through the trees somewhere above our heads.
# Lynn Canyon Park in Vancouver - Nature
Lynn Canyon Park is filled with temperate rainforests, which in fact means walking for hours in each direction among exceptionally tall, almost always lush green trees. The trees branches are exceptionally massive; the moss, its freshness, and color are just superb.
We learned a lot about the ecology of Lynn Canyon Park during a visit to the Ecology Center. This is a small museum located at the main entrance to the park, open almost all year long and providing exhibitions with descriptions of nature and animals found in the local forests and mountains. These are squirrels and birds, as well as bears, wolves, and cougars.
Lynn Canyon Park is the place where the British Columbia nature begins—diverse and wild, but above all beautiful. Since arriving at Vancouver a few weeks ago, we know for sure why Canadians proudly present the name of Beautiful British Columbia wherever there is such an opportunity—official vehicle registration plates including.
Let me know if you had the opportunity to visit Lynn Canyon Park or other parks located in British Columbia, Canada?
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