Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

Lynn Headwaters regional Park - North Vancouver

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is a popular gateway to the North Shore wilderness. Lynn Headwaters is the largest of Vancouver's regional parks, and there are many hiking trails to explore for all skill levels.

The historic BC Mills House is located in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. The BC Mills House is open Sundays from the Victoria Day (third week of May) through Labour Day in September. Visitors can explore the exhibits inside and learn about the history of the park, including mining and logging.

Hiking in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

There are many popular hikes in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. You can also use the Lynn Headwaters Connector trail from the Rice Lake Area in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.

Lynn Headwaters Park Trails North Vancouver BCVarley Trail - Easy 3km
Near the entrance to the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park you will find the Varley Trail, which is easily accessible and mostly flat with boardwalks and a few stairs. The Varley Trail is an easy hike, perfect for families and walking with your dog onleash. A great hike for getting a taste of a West Coast Rainforest.

You can access this trail by heading up to the top of Lynn Valley Road. If you are travelling on foot, you will see a gravel road near the vehicle entrance to the park. Follow the gravel road downhill to the left past the bridge, and look for the Varley Trail sign. The Varley Trail follows Lynn Creek for about 1.5 km. At the end of the trail you will come to an area that connects to the BC Mills House and the Lynn Headwaters bridge. This area is a starting point for many more hiking trials and a nice grassy picnic area by Lynn Creek.

Lynn Loop - Easy 5.2km
The Lynn Loop is an easy hike about just over 5km in length. Be advised that there is one steep section, which will get your heart pumping. The Lynn Loop is considered a great alternative to the Grouse Grind, as it provides a great workout but it's not as strenous as the Grind. It is also much less busy and free.
More info on Hiking the Lynn Loop

Norvan Falls - Intermediate 13.8km
You access the Norvan Falls trail by crossing the Lynn Headwaters bridge, and then follow the well marked trail besdie Lynn Creek for quite awhile. Near the midpoint of your hike the trail moves slowly away from the creek. Around the 7 km point you hike to Norvan Creek, followed by a right turn and a short hike up the hill which takes you to Norvan Falls.
More info on Hiking to Norvan Falls

Backcountry Trails - Be Prepared!
Lynn Headwaters Regional Park includes some backcountry trails that are quite rugged. Before attempting any hikes in the park, make sure that you are prepared. Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. It's also a good idea to use the registration form for hikers, which will help make sure you return from your hike safe and sound. Coliseum Mountain, Lynn Lake and the Haines Valley trails should only be attempted by the most experienced and prepared hikers. These hikes are not recommended for most visitors, and they are closed for the season during fall and winter months.

Before you set out on any hike, please check these Mountain Safety Tips and Bear Smart Safety Tips.

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park & Trail Map (Metro Vancouver PDF)

For more information on Lynn Headwaters Regional Park including trail advisories and seasonal route closures visit

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park
4900 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver BC
Phone: 604-224-5739