hike: lynn canyon

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The beautiful valley of Lynn Canyon is a stunning place to spend a day, full of hidden gems and natural wonders.

The peaceful little Rice Lake lies just down Rice Lake Road off the 228 Lynn Valley bus. Once a popular swimming hole, it’s now a great place for a spot of fishing and lakeside calm.

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From Rice Lake, follow the boardwalk down towards the Thirty Foot Pool. This part of the park is always the busiest, and it’s not surprising why. It is a beautiful crevice in which you can swim and if you’re daring, there are spots for cliff jumping on either side.

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In my opinion, Lynn’s neighbour the Capilano Suspension Bridge is a Vancouver tourist trap. Pass on the $40 entry fee and choose instead to go to the Lynn Canyon Bridge which is free, and easily accessible on the 228 bus.

The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge towers across the canyon and you can stare down at the gushing waterfalls below as you try not to get dizzy on the swinging planks.

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A little walk beyond the bridge (on the same side as the Pool, don’t cross yet) you will come across another bridge that towers above the beautiful falls. Should you be so inclined there are a few places to cliff jump around here, but be really aware of the pounding water below.

Disclaimer:
I checked in with the Park Rangers on hand who said that although it is advised not to, swimming is not actually banned in the falls, and people can participate at their own risk. I won’t participate in cliff jumping there because of this and this, but I had to see for myself just how cool the falls were from down below.

You have to crawl through a hole in the fence just a bit beyond the bridge and clamber down the assortment of roots and rocks until you get to the rocks below the waterfall which you can climb over to reach the main pool below the falls. The current can be fairly strong so be sure you are a decent swimmer before attempting the water gushing out of the falls and it is very cold! But, it is absolutely unreal.

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*Including photos by Scarlett & Nelli

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