Let’s face it, hiking in North Vancouver is awesome! The beautiful forest is right in our backyard so we might as well take advantage of it. There are many trails to explore throughout the North Vancouver parks and mountains; here are 5 hikes that are of various difficulty levels that are worth checking out.
1. Hike to 30 Foot Pool in Lynn Canyon Park
That’s why we’re all here right? To find that beautiful emerald green swimming hole called 30 Foot Pool that everyone talks about. These precious places can take hours to reach but this one is a lot closer than you think! This hike is perfect for families hoping to find a place to cool off on a hot day. Read More »
2. Hike to Mystery Lake on Mount Seymour
Looking for stunning views of the city from the top of a mountain? Look no further than Mount Seymour. The hike to Mystery Lake is a bit of a scramble up the alpine but there’s a refreshing swim at the top and some beautiful scenery too! This hike is for all levels but beware the steep alpine trail and loose rocks leading up to the lake. Read more »
3. Hike the Seymour Demonstration Forest
It’s a paved path like no other. The Seymour Demonstration forest road is closed to vehicles and open to hikers, walkers, runners and riders. If you’re looking for a fairly smooth path to get some exercise or take the kids on a long bike ride, this is the perfect spot. It’s a long road but there’s some goodies at the end including a Fish Hatchery! Read More »
4. Hike to Norvan Falls
Norvan Falls is a long ways from civilization but you’re in for a real treat with spectacular forest scenery and of course the amazing Norvan Falls at the end of the line. It’s a fairly easy path, however it’s a long hike so make sure you’re well prepared with lots of water, food and good hiking shoes! Read More »
5. Hike to Quarry Rock in Deep Cove
There’s more than one reason to visit Deep Cove, and while you’re there you might as well hike to Quarry Rock. Some say it’s a bit strenuous with lots of ascending and descending through the trail with large roots sticking out. It’s a fairly short hike though, and there’s a great view of Deep Cove and Indian Arm at the end too! Read More »
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Some may say this hike is easy, but when you’re hiking an elevation of 150 metres on an alpine of loose rocks in only 3km… it’s not that easy. It’s worth it though, especially on a crystal clear North Vancouver day. If the clouds are low you may find yourself hiking through the fog.
Take the scenic drive to the top of Mount Seymour and park at the main parking lot. It’s free! The hike to Mystery Lake is pretty straight forward, you hike straight up the alpine switchbacks. Keep to the right near the top of the trail and you’ll find the lake. If you’re unsure of where to go, just follow the trail signs or ask another hiker nearby. There’s usually a steady flow of hikers going to Mystery Lake.
When you reach the lake there is a small trail that takes you around it where you’ll find some large rocks near the water to sit on. On a hot day the lake is usually quite crowded so get there early if you plan to stay a while. It’s always recommended to pack light but you will see some carry their favorite floatation device up the mountain to relax on in the lake. Just make sure you bring lots of water, drinking the lake water is not recommended.
The descent back to the parking lot can be fun and it goes a lot faster than the hike up. Just watch your step as the alpine trail has very loose rocks and slippery patches. If this short hike wasn’t quite enough, Mount Seymour has several other trails to choose from but make sure you’re well equipped for a full day of hiking!
Day 20 of #NorthVan365
Bring the family out to Lynn Valley Day at Lynn Valley park. I’ve been enjoying the festivities at Lynn Valley Day since I was a 6 years old and it’s great to now have the opportunity to have my own kids take part in this great community event.
This year the community of Lynn Valley will celebrate on Saturday May 30th, 2015 for Lynn Valley Day, kicking things off with a morning parade down Lynn Valley Road at 9:30 am, followed by the main event at Lynn Valley Park that offers a pancake breakfast hosted by the Lynn Valley Lions, with Races, Rides, Music, Games, Clowns, Balloons, and more. If you haven’t attended Lynn Valley Day in the past, it’s a great community event that your family will truly enjoy. Have your kids swing by the PILKINGTON tent for free arts and crafts, face painting, Janina The Clown, balloons, and more!
Where: Lynn Valley Park
When: Saturday May 30th, 2015
If you haven’t been to the annual Lynn Valley Gala dinner yet, consider it a must this season. Year after year it just continues to grow and in my opinion the best way to kick off the Lynn Valley Days festival. This year dinner falls on Friday, May 29th, 2015 with the Lynn Valley Gala, which will host over 500+ people under the stars in the giant tent at Lynn Valley park.
It’s a great way to get closer to the community, local merchants, and enjoy a night of dinner, dancing, an auction, and great company. This will be the 5th Annual Lynn Valley Gala Dinner and Dance! Last year’s venue sold out in 1 day!! This year the format will be a 5 course sit down dinner (previous years it was buffet style), live music and dancing, silent auction, door prizes including a $1000 travel voucher donated by Save on Foods and a limo ride home (in the Lynn Valley area) at the end of the evening.
Tickets are on sale now for $90 each or $900 to book a table of 10. SOLD OUT.
Where: Lynn Valley Park When: Friday May 29th, 2015, Doors open at 5:30pm – Dinner at 7:00pm.
Day 19 of #NorthVan365
If you’re looking for something to do other than hiking in one of North Vancouver’s beautiful forests, then don’t miss this awesome car free event on Lonsdale Ave. in North Vancouver. On August 22, 2015 a 1000 foot waterslide will be installed for the day running from Keith Road at Victoria Park all the way to 3rd street. That’s 3 entire blocks of amazing waterslide fun!
Image courtesy of Slide The City
This awesome event is part of the Car Free Day Festival which will offer local merchants, food vendors, live music stages, games, performance art and lots more.
Unfortunately the use of the slide is not free. You can reserve your spot on the Utah based Slide the City website. Pricing begins at $10 with a percentage being donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Participants must be at least five years old and 117 centimetres tall, and everyone who slides must have an inflatable tube for safety issues.
Don’t miss out on this amazing Car Free Day!
For more info visit the City of North Vancouver website – http://www.cnv.org/SlidetheCity