- Difficulty Easy
- Time 2.5 hours
- Round-Trip 9km
- Elevation Gain 60 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 20 minutes
- Public Transit Yes
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
The Lower Lynn Creek area connects several North Vancouver parks with a route that goes to a viewing platform at the mouth of Lynn Creek looking out towards Burrard Inlet. The walk is more urban than most as it makes its way through Inter River Park, Bridgman Park, and out to Harbourview Park. There are several dog off-leash areas along the route which makes these parks popular with dog walkers.
The route can begin from various points but this description starts from Inter River Park and follows Lynn Creek in a downstream direction. From the end of the parking lot at Inter River Park, walk past the metal gate and down the steep hill, going right onto the wide dirt path at the bottom. Follow the path until it reaches the Inter River Trail next to Lynn Creek.
Go left and begin walking in a downstream direction along the wide gravel path. The trail follows Lynn Creek, with occasional views of the creek. You can explore some of the small paths that go down to the rocky creekside along the way.
When the trail reaches a bridge, cross the bridge over Lynn Creek and immediately go left, continuing in a downstream direction. The forest path continues before reaching an open gravel area, which is a popular dog off-leash area. Stay to the side and continue walking downstream as you pass under the Highway overpass. Go left at the junction and pass under the Keith Road overpass as you enter Bridgman Park.
The trail continues through Bridgman Park as the park narrows with nearby business closeby. The trail will eventually arrive at the busy Main Street, and perhaps the unpleasant part of the route. With no way to get to the other side along a trail, go left and walk along the sidewalk to the traffic lights at Lynn Avenue. There is no direct crosswalk across Main Street, so you will have to cross three times, going across Lynn Avenue, then Main Street, then across the driveway for the small mall, before walking back towards Lynn Creek. Now that you are on the other side of Mains Street, watch for some stairs to your left as you approach Lynn Creek but do not cross over Lynn Creek.
Walk down the stairs and follow the trail through the short forested area. The trail will reach a set of metal stairs. Walk down these stairs and follow the metal, raised platform underneath the train tracks but above Lynn Creek. Once you reach the end of the platform, you have arrived at Harbourview Park.
Continue to follow the trail through Harbourview Park as the narrow park is wedged between Lynn Creek and the busy port area. There are several views along the way that look over Lynn Creek and up towards the North Shore's scenic mountains.
At the end of Harbourview Park, there is a metal view platform with stairs to a viewpoint overlooking Burrard Inlet. This is a great view of the harbour, looking across to Vancouver and also back up the lower Lynn Creek section.
After enjoying the harbour views, return the same direction that you arrived and follow the trails along Lynn Creek. Walk along the platform under the train tracks and then cross Main Street at the lights. Walk to the west side of Bridgman Park and follow the trail back up, passing under the highway overpass and entering Inter River Park. Cross the bridge over Lynn Creek and continue further back up to where the wide trail is on the right, walking back up the steep hill to the parking lot where you began.