Norvan Falls

Please note that this hike is on a Thursday - hope you can make it!

Its getting to be that time of year - PLEASE BRING A HEADLAMP. Although there are plenty of daylight hours to do this hike, a headlamp is always a good idea, especially now. Also bring lots of warm clothing/layers.

The wet weather plan is this: If the forecast is for light to moderate rain, we get wet, if the forecast calls for heavy rain I will cancel. We will miss the views if the weather isn't great but it will still be good to get out at this time of year! If we are lucky enough to get a sunny day, what a bonus 

Sorry, no children or dogs on the hike.

Hike description from

Norvan Falls

Region: The North Shore
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 5 hours
Distance: 14 km
Elevation Gain: minimal
Season: year-round
Public Transit: Yes
Approx. 40 minutes from Vancouver

A waterfall located in the lush green forests of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, Norvan Falls is the perfect hike that can be completed just about anytime throughout the year.

From the parking lot, walk across the Lynn Creek Bridge to the map on the other side and sign in on the registration board. Head to your left and continue walking along the creek as it hugs the river and continues through groves of second growth Cedar. This area was logged in the early 1900's and many remnants from those days still remain along the trail, including an old logging cart where trees are growing out from, old rusty saw blades, and other tools.

The first 1.7km is along a wide gravel road which is part of the lower Lynn Loop Trail. As you continue past a junction, the trail becomes narrower and you pass over several small streams, pools of mud, and around small groves of trees. This section of the trail is known as the Cedars Mill Trail. The area is frequented by locals walking their dogs, however the further you continue away from the parking lot, the fewer dogs and people you run into.

After the first 4km, the trail opens up into a clearing known as a debris chute. Walk to the left towards the river and take in the views and the rushing water continuously flowing over the rocks as Goat Mountain towers overhead. From this point, head up the rocky debris towards the sign post. Turn left and continue your hike by entering the forest along the Headwaters Trail.

In the wetter seasons, the next 2.6km can have several muddy sections. The surroundings are rich with moss that blankets the forest floor and hangs from tree branches. Again, an old bucket and some rusty old tools left over from the logging operations can be seen alongside the trail.

The sound of rushing water will signal that you are getting closer to Norvan Creek. As the creek becomes visible, a rugged steel suspension bridge crosses the creek to your left. Instead, go right and walk along a trail that follows the creek uphill. After a few hundred meters, Norvan Falls becomes visible from the trees as the water drops into the creek below. Backtrack a few steps and find the path that takes you down to the rocky edge of the creek where you can get the best view and find a place to stop for lunch.

After taking in the falls, descend back down towards the trail and head left back along the route you came from. When you reach the debris chute, if you are running out of time or just want to finish your hike, you can go right and down over the rocks and follow the trail that you took originally alongside the river. If you have a bit of extra time and want to continue through the beautiful forest, go left and continue along the Headwaters Trail. The trail weaves its way through the forest for about 2km before reaching a viewpoint on the right of Mount Fromme. Continue a short distance past the viewpoint to a junction and turn right, following the trail downhill and eventually back to the Lynn Loop Trail alongside the river where you passed through earlier in the day.

Continue along the wide gravel road back towards the trailhead. When you reach the signboard, don't forget to deposit the other half of your sheet before heading back to the parking lot.

How to get to Norvan Falls

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 40 minutes

Norvan Falls is located in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver. To reach the start of the trail, take Highway #1 to the Lynn Canyon Exit and follow Lynn Valley Road northbound. Continue past the shopping center and past the turnoff to Lynn Canyon Park. Where the road turns left, continue going straight along the narrow road to the last parking lot. If there is no parking here, backtrack about 500m to the overflow lot and walk back towards the main parking lot.

Transit Access to Norvan Falls

From downtown Vancouver, take the Seabus across to North Vancouver and at the Lonsdale Quay bus loop, take bus #228 to Lynn Valley. You will want to get off of the bus near the end of the route at Dempsey and Lynn Valley Road. Let the bus driver know where you are going and they can stop at the location.

After getting off the bus, walk down the paved road into the forest towards the parking area and the start of the trail.

Note: The bus will take you as far as the hairpin turn and you will have to walk the remaining distance along the narrow road to the yellow gate. Ask the bus driver for the best bus stop to get off at.

Outhouses are located at the parking area before crossing the creek. There are no toilets along the trail to Norvan Falls.

REMINDER! What to Bring:

Hiking Boots
Poles (*Recommended)
Water-proof &/or wind-resistant Jacket
Layered Clothing (*Expect lower temperatures at higher elevations)
Hat / Sunglasses
Water (*2-3 Litres)
Food (*Lunch, fruit, trailmix etc)
First aid
Insect repellent
Change of clothing (*for after the hike)
Camera (*optional)
10 Essentials


In consideration of the environment, the limited parking available, and the high cost of fuel, it is recommended that we carpool whenever possible. While the group does not endorse any formal policy, it is typically suggested that passengers offer the driver $5.00 per half hour of driving (includes mileage and vehicle wear & tear). However, private arrangements between passenger(s) and driver may be made ahead of time. Please note in your RSVP whether you can offer a ride or need a ride, and where you will be coming from. Passengers, please ensure you show up on time and bring an extra bag for wet/muddy footwear and clothing.

Please do not leave carpooling arrangements until the last minute. The organizer is not responsible for arranging carpooling opportunities on your behalf - that is strictly the responsibility of every individual member. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Please note that we are not a professional organization nor a group composed of trained professional guides. Ecospirit is run entirely on the efforts of volunteers and the active participation of members. The success of each event depends on the cooperation & efforts of every member who participates. Although we always make an effort to look out for one another, to the best of our ability, each of us is nevertheless responsible for our own safety and well-being during every event. By RSVPing "yes" for this event, you acknowledge and accept these terms.

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  • Sharif f.

    Great day, couldn't be better! The weather was so nice.

    November 9, 2012

  • Michael L.

    Sorry I was late everyone. But I did find out why I was late...Apparently there was a hostage situation at the Casino so they shut down the bridge. Just my luck.

    November 8, 2012

  • Elspeth

    What a beautiful day, and such a nice group of people to hike with!

    November 8, 2012

  • Sharif f.

    Appreciate if someone can share I'm leaving Coquitlam (Coquitlam centre) around 7:30am, in case anyone is interested in a ride. (I'm going barnet why, hastings, north van)
    sms/call me on[masked]

    I would appreciate if someone share their cell phone just in case I had some difficulties getting there, I'm not really familiar with the area. I will use this address in my GPS, 4800 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver, BC regards,

    November 7, 2012

    • Elspeth

      Hi Sharif, my cell #is[masked] 5905. Please call if you need to in the morning.

      November 7, 2012

  • Corinne R.

    I can offer a ride from the Yaletown Roundhouse if anyone is interested.

    November 5, 2012

  • Dawn

    Anyone like a ride from Park Royal?

    November 4, 2012

  • Murray C.

    Hi Colleen, dogs are allowed in the region in certain areas however the inclusion of dogs into our events is entirely up to the organizer who has created the event. I would typically include dogs in events I was creating but fully respect and support Elspeth's decision to exclude them from her events. I understand and accept the challenges and complications our dogs can bring to events, if you have an interest in creating your own dogs allowed events on this site get in touch with me and I will assist you in making this happen.


    November 3, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the explanation. Maybe I will do that later. Thanks again.

      November 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this part of the Lynn area not "dogs allowed" or is it just your group policy to not have dogs? Just wondering because I did another trail over there recently and dogs are allowed off leash there.

    November 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Elspeth. I would love to come on this hike. Any chance of carpooling with someone? I live near 13th & Oak and can meet a driver at any transit point. Will be happy to help with gas.

    October 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Elspeth. It's just that I hate getting up SO early!!! :) But of course I can take transit.

      October 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't have a car either.

      October 19, 2012

  • Murray C.

    Hey Elspeth, thanks for posting this, great to see some midweek daytime events on here!

    October 18, 2012

  • yosra

    How many hours is the walk?

    October 18, 2012

    • Elspeth

      says in the posting - estimated 5 hrs

      October 18, 2012

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