Lynn Canyon Park
Lynn Canyon Park
Lynn Canyon Park is one of the gems of the district of North Vancouver's Parks system, a forested park that features stunning creek and waterfall views and hiking trails through the temperate rainforest. The temperate rainforest is a relatively rare ecosystem that extends along the coast of Alaska and British Columbia down to northern California. Explore trails that are surrounded by second growth Western Redcedar, Douglas-fir, and Western Hemlock trees draped with moss. In the rainy months of the year, mist rises from the canyon and the creek rises dramatically. Look for spectacular waterfalls near the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge or Twin Falls.
The History of Lynn Canyon Park
Thousands of years ago, when glaciers gradually moved off the North Shore mountains, a crack in the ground likely led to the formation of Lynn Canyon. Over the last ten thousand years, Lynn Creek has eroded the rock at a rate of less than a centimetre a year, creating the canyon that we see today.
The Tsleil-watuth people called the Lynn Creek area Kwa-hul-cha, referring to a settlement in the area. When settlers moved to North Vancouver, they began to log the old growth forests as part of Vancouver's growing logging industry. The Lynn Valley area, along with Lynn Creek and Lynn Canyon were renamed after John Linn. In 1912, after Lynn Canyon's forests were logged, the McTavish Brothers donated a 5 hectare piece of land around the newly constructed Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge in the hopes that a park would attract people to the real estate development. The District of North Vancouver added another 4 hectares to create the original Lynn Canyon Park. In 1991, the District of North Vancouver added another 241 hectares to the park, making it one of the largest and most popular parks in Metro Vancouver.