#NorthVan365 Day 8.
If you’ve been searching for a long stretch of pavement with no cars to bother you, look no further. The Demonstration Forest Road in North Vancouver is 12km of car free heaven. Bring your bike or your best street runners and do some warm up stretches before you follow this windy road through beautiful BC Forest. It’s a real challenge too as it’s not entirely flat and there are some long hills you’ll have to climb, but the downhill is always worth it!
This is a very family friendly excursion. A perfect place if the kids want some space to practice riding their bikes. Keep in mind that it’s a long way to the end so ensure you’re prepared for a few gruelling hills and bring lots of water.
The Demonstration Forest Road is part of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve which is South of the Seymour Water Shed. If you follow the road to the very end you’ll reach the Seymour Dam. There’s a great viewing area so it’s worth the trip!
You’ll also find the Seymour Fish Hatchery at the end of the road which is a really interesting place to see especially if the kids are in tow. For more information on the Fish Hatchery you can visit their website here: http://seymoursalmon.com/
When you’re rested up and ready to make the trip back just follow the same road you came there on.
From the highway take the Mt. Seymour Parkway exit and then go North on Lillooet Road for about 4.6km. There is a large parking lot at the end of the road before the entrance to the Demonstration Forest.
#NorthVan365 Day 7.
When you mention Deep Cove, people know you really mean Honey’s Doughnuts. No visit to Deep Cove is complete without grabbing one, or two, or three of these delicious doughnuts. Sure there are other things to do in the area, but the main attraction are the doughnuts.
If your significant other tells you the lineup is way too long and out the door, don’t worry it moves fast. It would move faster if people knew what they wanted and perhaps had their money out to pay… I’m not here to stare at the back of the person’s head in front of me… I want a doughnut. Try a regular one before you try any of the other flavours. They are perfect when they are warm and soaked in syrup. Like I mentioned before, this place is usually busy and packed to the gills in the warmer months. If you want to take in some of the nature of the area, they pack them to go in paper bags. I can’t ever get too far before ripping into the bag.
For more information about Honey’s Doughnuts you can find their website here: http://honeydoughnuts.com/
4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver, BC
– Take Hwy #1 from Vancouver over the second narrows bridge
– At exit 22A, turn right onto mount Seymour parkway.
– Follow this road till Deep Cove road, then make a left turn.
– Continue on Deep Cove road till the end as it turns right onto Gallant Road. We are located on the right hand side of Deep Cove’s main street.
#NorthVan365 Day 6.
Who could resist standing at the foot of a beautiful waterfall in the middle of the forest, especially after hiking for 7km! Norvan Falls in North Vancouver is still a hidden gem but is becoming more and more popular every year.
Norvan Falls Trail Access from Lynn Headwaters
The journey to Norvan Falls is long but very worthwhile. Not just for the reward at the end of the trail but for the beautiful forest and scenic North Vancouver mountains you’ll see along the way. Norvan Falls is 14km round trip on a fairly flat trail that follows Lynn Creek for most of the way. It begins at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and ends after a 7km walk through the wilderness.
The first 4km follows a well groomed trail along the river. There are a few side trails that will take you down to the water if you have time for a detour. Don’t wander too far though. After 4km you will come to a rocky clearing known as the debris chute. On the left you will see a small trail that leads down to the water. It’s worth taking a look as there is some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Once you’re finished taking a well deserved break follow the trail at the top of the debris chute that leads to Norvan Falls.
You will begin to hear the sound of rushing water as you approach the falls. The trail follows a long boardwalk and then descends down towards the river. When you reach the falls there is a small lookout spot but due to the erosion it’s a little dangerous and probably better to avoid. Follow the trail down to the water and take in the amazing scenery. There are plenty of large rocks to sit on and set up a picnic if you have one.
If you’re up for a bit of rock hopping you can get right up close to the falls. There is a large tree stump across the pool beneath the falls that is great to sit on and take it all in. Be sure to watch for falling rocks from the falls and the surrounding cliffs. When you’re done taking in the falls you can return to the Lynn Headwaters Park entrance the same way you came. Just make sure you leave with enough time to make it back before dark.
What to bring on your hike to Norvan Falls
Lots of drinking water
Lunch or snacks
First aid kit
Directions to Lynn Headwaters and Norvan Falls
Follow Lynn Valley Road Northbound until you reach the entrance to Lynn Headwaters Park. It’s just past the End of the Line cafe. Continue straight down the narrow road until you reach the parking area. There are 3 lots plus an additional overflow lot but it does fill up quickly so the earlier you start your hike the better.
#NorthVan365 Day 5.
Deep Cove is a fantastic day trip in North Vancouver and if you’re looking to get some exercise then a hike to Quarry Rock is definitely a must. Before you reach the trail entrance stop by Panorama Park and see if you can spot Quarry Rock in the distance. It’s that little rocky bluff on the left above the cove. That’s it…that’s your goal for the day.
Quarry Rock Trail Access
Now don’t turn back just yet, it’s really a fairly easy hike and only 3.8km. So take your time, enjoy the scenery and disregard the trail runners that will lap you 3 times before you get to the bluff. Trust me, they will! Follow Panorama Drive a little further and you’ll see the trail entrance on the left. The trail to Quarry Rock is actually part of the Baden Powell Trail and pretty much the end of the line. If you’re not familiar with the Baden Powell Trail, it’s 48km long and crosses the entire North Shore from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay. But that’s a post for a different day.
After a few minutes on the trail you’ll be completely immersed in one of North Vancouver’s most beautiful forested areas. The trail climbs up and then down into small canyons with a few bridge crossings over a small creek. Be sure to keep your eyes on the trail as there are some areas with lots of exposed roots and rocks that have eroded from heavy rainfall. There’s also the possibility you could run into some wildlife so do be mindful of that too.
When you reach the bluff you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Deep Cove and the Indian Arm. Find a spot on the rocks to sit down and enjoy your surroundings before you make the trek back.
What to Bring on your hike to Quarry Rock
Picnic lunch and a blanket to sit on if you plan to stay awhile
Small First Aid Kit just in case
How to Get To Quarry Rock in Deep Cove
Take bus #212 from Phibbs Exchange all the way to Deep Cove. Walk down Panorama Drive until you reach the trail entrance. If you’re driving take Mt. Seymour Parkway then make a left on Deep Cove Road. There are a couple of public parking lots in Deep Cove but they fill up very fast so get there early to ensure you get a spot.
What to do after your hike
For some this may be a short hike so plan to wander around downtown Deep Cove and grab a snack at the various cafes such as Honey’s Donuts. There’s also some souvenir shops and an art gallery too. If you don’t feel like shopping then head down to the waterfront and watch the paddle boarders and kayakers in the harbour. Kayak rentals are available!
Note: Beware of parking on side streets and in the neighbourhoods of Deep Cove as they are enforcing parking bylaws much stronger now.
#NorthVan365 Day 4.
If you’re looking for another way to access Lynn Canyon Park you can try the old Pipe Bridge crossing. This bridge is located at the top of Lynn Valley road in North Vancouver. Bus #228 will take you all the way to the top, just get off near the End of the Line cafe. From the cafe walk a little further down Lynn Valley road towards Lynn Headwaters park but before the entrance turn down Rice Lake road on your right to find the Pipe Bridge. It’s best to walk as your car won’t make it very far.
After crossing the bridge you can follow the trail to your right that leads into Lynn Canyon Park or continue straight up the hill to find the entrance to Rice Lake, the Demonstration Forest and another trail on the right that leads to Lynn Canyon Park.
This bridge crosses Lynn Creek and is a little bit wider than the Suspension Bridge which gives you a much easier chance to stop and take in the view of the canyon below. You can also reach this bridge from the main park entrance. Just continue up the staircase on the trail at 30 Foot Pool and follow the trail at the top.
View a virtual tour of the Lynn Valley pipe bridge