Lynn Canyon park is quintessentially B.C.Within twenty minutes of the city centre you'll find the most awe-inspiring forest, the height and girth of some of the trees will take your breath away.
I usually take visitors to the suspension bridge as part of the Grand Tour, mainly because it gets quite expensive to take a group to the Capilano Suspension bridge and this one's free.
To be fair, Capilano Suspension bridge has much more to offer in the way of treetop skywalks and knee shaking experience, but Lynn Canyon can scare the visitor enough to make them remember the trip for a long time.You must remember to take some warm clothing as it gets chilly very quickly.
So to start off the journey I recommend that you go right up to Lynn Headwaters and there you'll see the beautiful turquoise river splashing and foaming down towards the sea. It's quite a lovely place to have a picnic and it's also a starting point for some of the more arduous hikes into the wilderness.
Don't even think of attempting a long hike if you have no experience and don't venture too far if you don't have adequate clothing and some form of communication device. There are bears up there so be careful.
Once you've had your sandwiches and marvelled at the clean air and majestic forest, you can make the short drive back down the hill and turn left into the part of the park where the Suspension Bridge can be found.
I can never get tired of this part of North Vancouver, even when it's raining the droplets falling off the canopy and the moss are pure poetry. You can still see the stumps of the old trees where early loggers felled them with axes , still see the notches they had to chop in so they could stand on the boards and whack away. When you realize that they didn't have chainsaws in those days and you look at the sheer size of the trunks it's no wonder that the woodsmen had mythical reputations.
Anyways I digress , the drive to the parking lot can be a little confusing but really you can't get lost because there's no other way out. Parking is free but it can get busy. so you might have to find a place to squeeze in ... they don't seem to be too bothered where you park as long as you don't damage any of the greenery.
Then it's just a short walk to the bridge itself. It can be quite disconcerting if you're not used to swaying to and fro about 50 stories up on a flimsy looking suspension bridge, but fear ye not, it's made of sturdy stuff and could probably hold a couple of elephants if they could fit.
On the other side of the crossing there is an opportunity to wander through the forest and again take in the incredible trees, some of them rising from the bottom of the canyon and soaring past you into the sky.There's nursery trees and there's all sorts of fungus helping to decay the fallen ones and, the most enjoyable part for me, that smell of fresh soil and cedar...... , fill your lungs with this wonderful air.
You only need to spend about an hour there and you're done, ready for a snack at somewhere like Lonsdale Quay Market which is only 10 minutes drive away, followed by a drive back to the city over the Lion's Gate Bridge
So there you go , rain or shine , warm or cold it's a great experience and it's free, what could be better?