I’m always on the hunt for the ‘free or cheap version’ of popular attractions. I had visions of mountain views and the perfect suspension bridge Instagram picture (judge me I don’t even care) for my trip to Vancouver this Spring. The most popular suspension bridge in Vancouver costs about $30 for one person. Lynn Canyon Park is a great free alternative and the perfect half-day trip to add to any Vancouver trip. The park consists of a gorgeous canyon, numerous hiking trails, and an incredible suspension bridge.
The park opened to the public in 1912 and spans 617 acres in the Vancouver area. Most of the trees are 80 to 100 years old. The park offers free historical story walks and tours throughout the summer months.
The park looks beautiful year-round but in the Spring when we visited everything was lush and green. This also meant the water levels were higher and the waterfalls were raging.
The Suspension Bridge
The biggest draw to the park is the large suspension bridge only a short walk from the parking lot. The bridge hangs 50 meters above the canyon. Raging waters, deep pools, and rushing waterfalls are visible from every angle. Standing in the middle of the bridge gives you views of the entire canyon.
Hiking in Lynn Canyon Park
After fighting for a solo shot on the bridge, cross over and choose one of the many hiking trails running through the park. There are trails to the suspension bridge, Twin Falls, a 30-foot swimming hole, and a bridge built over a pipe that runs across the canyon.
We chose to walk towards the viewpoint to the Twin Falls. The path ran along the canyon and was lined with giant mossy trees. We passed many lookout points and impressive waterfalls. All of the trails are very well maintained with wooden boardwalks on most parts.
We rented a car for our time in Vancouver. If you choose to do the same you can follow these easy driving directions:
- Take Highway 1 out of downtown Vancouver to exit 19
- Follow Lynn Valley Road northeast past the Mountain Highway intersection
- Watch for the Ecology Centre sign and turn into the parking lot
There were plenty of signs pointing us to the park, which was good because neither of us have international phone plans to use GPS. You can also get to the park using public transportation.
There was ample free parking when we went at about 9am in April. However, in the summer months it is said to fill up extremely fast.
Lynn Canyon Park is open daily all year. The ecology center is open daily from 10am to 5pm.