There’s no denying we live in an incredible place – from sea to sky all in one day, there’s no shortage of fantastic activities to get us outside, and keep us there. For many Vancouverites, however, their ability to travel is reliant on transit. The good news? We have incredible trails that are just a quick bus ride from Lonsdale Quay. The top of which, on my list, is Lynn Headwaters.

This is hands down my favourite set of local trails. Maybe it’s sentimentality, maybe it’s the comfort of knowing the trail is well travelled when I set off alone, or maybe it’s the sheer volume of trails at my feet, but I just can’t get enough of the Headwaters.


How to get there

By car:

By transit:

From Lonsdale Quay take the 239 to Phibbs Exchange and then hop on the 210 to upper Lynn Valley and get off at the top of Lynn Valley Road (see bus stop in map below). There’s a cute little general store if you need snacks for the trail – it also makes a great latte if you need to refuel after your hike. From there, you can walk towards the trailhead of the park along the winding gravel road or take the Varley Trail (you’ll see a path down to the right) for a scenic stroll along the creek. From there you cross the bridge and pick your trail!


If you’re looking for a quick workout, head right after crossing the bridge and try the Lynn Loop.

Want to extend it and make it longer? Instead of heading back down, stay straight on the high trail and carry on the Cedar Mills trail until you get to the gravel pit.

For an easier walk head left after the bridge for the lower section of the Cedar Mills trail, and if you want a nice 4-6 hour hike keep going towards Norvan falls.

For a spectacular view and a bit of a workout (similar to the Grind) try the Lynn Peak Trail.

Here are some recent photos from people enjoying Lynn Headwaters and the various hiking trails the park offers:

The mountains are calling… Love the trails in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, especially in the fall ❤️? A photo posted by Danielle Leroux (@daniellemarie25) on