- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1 hours
- Round-Trip 3km
- Elevation Gain minimal
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 40 minutes
- Public Transit Yes
- Dog Friendly No
Rice Lake is a calm, quiet lake located on the edge of the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver. Just a short walk takes you around this lake that is full of life and natural beauty.
From the gravel parking lot north of Capilano College, walk past the park ranger buildings towards the grassy picnic area. Just on the other side of the grassy clearing is a gravel trail that enters into the forest. Follow this wide dirt road a short distance until you reach a wooden fence marking the entrance to the Rice Lake area.
Continue along the path towards Rice Lake admiring the trees and moss-covered forest floor that surrounds you. Just a few more steps and the forest opens to a view of Rice Lake. Turn right and walk along the trail that weaves alongside the lake.
There are several viewpoints around the lake with benches to relax and take in the natural beauty of the area. Long-legged herons and a wide variety of colourful ducks are active around the lake. Occasionally, an eagle can be spotted circling high above. The Rice Lake area is a great area for bird watchers and those who just enjoy the relaxing sounds.
Only a short distance later brings you back to the wooden information board where you started walking around the lake. Go right back towards the wooden gate and turn left onto the gravel road to make your way back towards the ranger station and parking lot where you began.