Lynn Canyon Park officially opened to the public in 1912 and has grown to 617 acres of second growth forest with most of the trees aged approximately 80 to 100 years old. The park features a suspension bridge that sways 50 meters above the canyon. There is stunning creek and waterfall views and hiking trails through the temperate rainforest. Second growth trees include Western Redcedar, Douglas-fir, and Western Hemlock trees draped with moss. http://lynncanyon.ca/ Trail map: http://bit.ly/xJnwiL
1. Where will we meet?
We will meet at the main entrance to the trail by the Lynn Canyon Café on Peters Road at around 12:15 PM and head out at 12:30 PM sharp. Then we will head towards the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge.
There are two walks to choose from at this point:
- After the bridge, the trail to the left leads you North West through the park. This is a shorter walk which will lead you to a 30-Foot pool. You may then either reverse your walk back to the suspension bridge and to the parking area, or from the pool there is a very large stairway which will take you to the Pipe Bridge, which crosses the canyon and leads to the North entrance of the park at the top of Lynn Valley Road. If you do not wish to venture this way, return to the bridge the way you came and the trail loops back towards the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge and the Lynn Canyon Café.
- After the bridge, follow the boardwalk towards the right after the bridge and then follow the trail East to Twin Falls and the Twin Falls Bridge which offers a beautiful view of a waterfall and large pool below. After the bridge there is a hike up many steps and if you are comfortable with hiking tougher terrain, turn left and you can reach the river by climbing down a steep bank (it's quite wet with rocks and roots everywhere), if not, you can turn right and head back up towards the parking area and the Lynn Canyon Café.
Please be warned, this isn't flat easy terrain to walk/hike, there are lots of steep steps, roots and rocks along parts of the trails, and it can be slippery if there has been recent rain. Please consider whether or not you are comfortable with this sort of a walk, especially if you will be carrying gear.
I have a bunch of trail maps printed to hand out to those who would like one.
We will finish up about 2:30 PM and meet at the Lynn Canyon Café for some hot drinks and a snack. http://www.lynnvalleycentre.ca/Lynn%20Canyon%20Cafe.htm
2. What can I shoot?
There is no shortage of subject matter to photograph, wonderful Autumnal forest scenes, river and riverbank landscapes, waterfalls, forest wildlife, lots of macro opportunities as well of mushrooms, moss and other flora.
3. What should I bring?
- A camera, it doesn't matter if you have a point and shoot camera or a Digital SLR, either one is fine.
- A tripod (recommended).
- Wear comfortable warm clothes and good shoes for hiking, be sure you are comfortable.
4. How do I get there?
Here is a great link for directions by car and by bus: http://lynncanyon.ca/directions.html or you can use Google Maps or MapQuest to plan your trip.
Car parking in Lynn Canyon Park is free. You can park in the upper parking lot, or the lower one just past the Café (the Café is in the middle).
I did limit this photowalk to a smaller group as it would be too difficult on the narrow trails with a larger group. If this walk is successful, and there is demand, I may repeat it.
RSVP Protocol - if you RSVP to this event and then can't make it please have the courtesy to change your RSVP so that people on the waiting list will have a chance to participate.
This photowalk will be weather dependent. If it looks like bad weather conditions, I will reschedule.
Look forward to seeing you there!