Lynn Canyon Park is a great hidden gem to visit in North Vancouver, and it is completely free compared to its nearby tourist-magnet counterpart (Capilano Suspension Bridge).
The park officially opened to the public in 1912 and was only 12 acres in size. Now, the park stands at a huge 617 acres and offers many creeks, waterfalls and trails to enjoy within this temperate rainforest. Due to its moderate temperature, mild climate and huge rainfall, Lynn Canyon Park represents one of the world's rarest and most biologically productive ecosystems. Within this climate, coniferous trees grow a plenty - some of which are 80-100 years old. The most common trees you'll see in the park are Douglas-fir, western redcedar, western hemlock and sittka spruce - normally draped in beautiful green moss. There are boardwalks and trails all across the park so that you can revel everywhere this place has to offer. Lynn Canyon Park also has a suspension bridge that is 40 metres long and 50 metres high, which stretches across the canyon with pools, waterfalls and raging water down below. This is a great place for a short little walk if you find yourself in North Vancouver.
At the entrance to the park lies the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, a cool little addition to the park, where you can find a mass of information about the animals, plants and environmental issues within this treasured area.
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