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    Rice Lake Hike via Lynn Canyon

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    Rice Lake Hike via Lynn Canyon

    The Rice Lake Hike is a short 4.7 km trail that leads hikers through Lynn Canyon Park to a beautiful area where they can fish and watch out for wildlife while walking the trail that skirts around the edges of pristine Rice Lake. Highlights along the way include crossing the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge and a stop at 30 Foot Pool for a swim. This is a great hike with many nearby outdoor activities that allow for an entire day of adventure.

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    Route Description for Rice Lake Hike via Lynn Canyon

    The Rice Lake Hike stems from the Lynn Canyon Park and wraps around the serene lake that is a popular spot for fishing and trail running. As a result, the trails can become quite crowded, especially in the area around the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge. It is best to arrive early in the day to get a decent parking spot close by and avoid the higher levels of foot traffic that are inevitable in the afternoon.

    This trail has several highlights along its route, including the chance to cross the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge, take a quick dip in the 30 Foot Pool within Lynn Creek, and spot some amazing wildlife as you walk the loop around Rice Lake. The perfect opportunity to enjoy nature within the city, the Rice Lake Hike is a great route to accompany a half-day’s worth of outdoor activities, so remember to pack your fishing gear and picnic for this easy adventure on Vancouver’s North Shore.

    Starting off from the trailhead at Lynn Canyon Park, cross over the swaying expanse of the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge and take a moment to gaze down at the waters of Lynn Creek rushing through the canyon below.

    After crossing the bridge, take the path to the left, following along the trail as it hugs the banks of the creek. You will soon reach the 30 Foot Pool, where you can take a quick swim in its cool waters (or save it for the return trip so you won’t be soaking wet!).

    Once you’ve taken in the views of the serene waters of the pool, continue on the trail, heading straight for 500 m until you reach a roundabout off of Lillooet Road. Keep to the left of the roundabout, following the trail north as it enters back into the forest.

    Keep moving along this trail for 150 m, until you see a wooden fence marking the entrance to the Rice Lake area. Follow this path along the Rice Lake Loop Trail, as you stroll through the forest of moss-covered trees. The tree cover will eventually dissipate, opening up to offer the first view of the lake. Take the path to the right to begin the loop around the lake, skirting along its southern edge in a counterclockwise direction.

    You will soon reach a nice viewpoint of the lake where you will see some fishing docks directly to the north. These can be reached from the trail, so if you brought your fishing gear you can join the other anglers and cast a few lines into the calm waters of the lake, hoping to catch one of the 5000 Rainbow Trout that call it home.

    Continue up the trail as it hugs the edges of the lake, making sure not to stray off the path and onto any of the side trails that lead out into the Seymour Valley. On the northeast side of Rice Lake, there is a lovely picnic area where you can spread out to enjoy a nice outdoor lunch. Make sure to keep an eye on the sky, as the area around the lake is excellent for bird watching. Among the many types of birds that frequent the area you will be able to spot ducks, heron, eagles and owls.

    After your picnic break, continue counterclockwise around the lake, stopping at the odd viewpoint that may present itself. Hikers should keep left to stay on the main trail. When you arrive at the original junction near the southern edge of the lake, follow the trail to the right to retrace your steps along Lynn Creek and back to your car, having completed the Rice Lake Hike.

    Hiking Route Highlights

    30 Foot Pool

    A quieter spot in the summer months, activity around 30 Foot Pool really picks up in the summer when the water level drops, revealing a pebble beach that is perfect for picnics. Arrive early to beat the crowds and get a spot along the creek’s edge, or jump into the cool water for a swim.

    Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge

    The Lynn Canyon Park opened in 1912 and has been a popular outdoor park ever since. The main attraction is the suspension bridge that spans 48 m across and stands 50 m above the Lynn Canyon. Traversing the bridge is free and gives you access to a whole network of trails that run throughout the park.

    Rice Lake

    This calm, quiet lake is nestled in a beautifully forested area that has a network of trails docks for fishing. Each year the lake is restocked with 5000 Rainbow Trout, making it a popular spot with anglers from the surrounding area. This man-made lake once served as one of North Vancouver’s drinking water reservoirs but is now only used for recreational purposes.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you swim in Rice Lake?

    There is no swimming permitted in Rice Lake; however, you can swim in the nearby 30 Foot Pool along Lynn Creek.

    Can I fish in Rice Lake?

    Rice lake is stocked with 5000 Rainbow Trout every year, making it a popular place to fish. Make sure that you have a freshwater fishing license, or else you will be fined.

    Insider Hints for Rice Lake Hike via Lynn Canyon

    • Arrive early to avoid large volumes of foot traffic when you reach the Lynn Canyon Park area.
    • Bring swimwear for a dip in 30 Foot Pool.
    • Add a few minutes to your hike by spending some time at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre to learn about the local flora and fauna.
    • If you plan on fishing in Rice Lake, make sure to get a fishing license beforehand.

    Getting to the Rice Lake Hike via Lynn Canyon Trailhead

    To reach Lynn Canyon Park from the Upper Levels Highway, take the exit for Lynn Valley Rd and drive north for 2.3 km, turning right onto Peters Road. Just after the curve in the road, it will change to Parks Road, and there will be signs for the parking area.

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