Father’s Day Hike: Norvan Falls

June 13, 2013

Written by: Michael Chang

This Sunday, June 16, 2013, is Father’s Day and what better way to spend a day with the family then to take dad to Norvan Falls. With all the warm weather and snow melt, this is the perfect time of year to go see a waterfall and this trail offers both a challenge while having gradual elevation gain.

Norvan Falls is located in North Vancouver near Lynn Creek. The best place to start this trail is at the north-end of Lynn Valley Road, where you continue driving past the stop sign and into the park. The trail starts from the end parking lot beyond the yellow gate and across the bridge over Lynn Creek.

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After crossing the bridge, go left and follow the wide path alongside Lynn Creek. The first section of the route is generally fairly busy with local dog walkers but as you get further along, the crowd begins to dwindle. After passing the junction at the debris chute, the trail mainly follows a forested path, with many mossy stumps. The route is known to have several “artifacts” from past logging operations, including an old vehicle and various rusty tools and buckets.

Lynn Creek Bridge

A bridge along Lynn Creek in North Vancouver on the way to Norvan Falls.

At a metal bridge, go right and walk a short distance up the side of the creek to where you will come upon Norvan Falls. This is a great place for lunch with the family and the kid(s) can play near the creek. However, stay back from the waterfall area as rocks and other debris do come over at times which could be dangerous for anyone standing below.

The following videos has several clips of an outing to Norvan Falls and gives you a good idea what to expect:

Other Lynn Creek Trail Options

If the hike to Norvan Falls is a little too long for the family, there are several other options nearby. These include:

  1.  Rice Lake – A small lake, popular for fishing, with a nice trail that wraps around the lake. Rice Lake can be accessed from the same parking lot at the top of Lynn Valley Road by crossing the bridge over Lynn Creek and walking to the right at the wooden sign board (instead of left). More information about Rice Lake is on Vancouver Trails but this route described starts from the other side of the park north of Capilano University.
  2. Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge and Twin Falls – Just down the road (or down the creek) is the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge, which is free and offers a great view of the canyon below. Once on the other side, going right will take you on a short walk downhill to Twin Falls where a wooden bridge crosses over the waterfall below offering a great view. Another 15-minutes down stream is a gravel beach area for kids to play on where the river is a bit calmer. Continue walking down the path until you a reach a long boardwalk where there is a ramp to the right down to the river (if you start walking up a steep set of steps, you’ve gone too far).

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