Greater Vancouver North Vancouver's Picturesque Parks



Deep Cove attracts water sports enthusiasts

Here are the parks in North Vancouver (Map), from west to east, north to south (see other area parks):

Capilano River Regional Park
(Capilano Park Road)
This 160 hectare park, alongside the Capilano River straddles both North Vancouver a& West Vancouver. This is the most popular of the Regional Parks in the Vancouver area, because of its spectacular canyon trails, the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, and several viewpoints. There is a 7 kilometre walking trail from Cleveland Dam at the 'top' of park (holding back Lake Capilano) to mouth of the Capilano River at the First Narrows. The River is navagable by kayaks, and the park has plenty of picnic facilities and a Federal Government fish hatchery. [More Capilano photos]

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park
(Lynn Valley Road)
This rugged 4,685-hectare mountain park is the source of Lynn Creek, between the better-known Capilano and Seymour Watersheds. During the 20s and 30s, Lynn Creek was the water supply for North Vancouver. The park is best known for its rugged mountain slopes, the rocky tumbling and turbulent creek, with several tributaries plummeting to the Creek with spectacular cascades and debris chutes. You can still see signs of lumber camps and copper and lead mines dating back to the early 1900s. There are several backcountry routes for experienced outdoor people and developed trails for less experienced hikers.

Lynn Canyon Park
(Foot of Peters Road, Lynn Valley)
The 250 Lynn Canyon Park has dramatic and accessible west coast rain forest with scenic canyons, pools and creeks. There are 100-year-old Douglas-fir stands as well as younger western hemlock and western red cedar, 40 types of moss, and a variety of native birds. There are several hiking trails including one across the famous Suspension Bridge, which is 50 metres above Lynn Creek, and one part of the Baden-Powell Trail.

Mahon Park
(Jones Avenue)
This park contains the convergence of Wagg and Mission Creeks providing for a natural setting for the many trails and bridges that traverse the forested creek ravines. There are also a variety of outdoor sports and recreation facilities including a lighted baseball diamond and grandstand, sports fields, a gravel running track and water play area.

Victoria Park
(Keith and Lonsdale)
Victoria Park was the first and central component of a system of boulevards and parks proposed and promoted as North Vancouver 's ‘Necklace of Parks' which include Grand Boulevard and Mahon Park. The 2.7 hectare park was cleared from the forest in 1905, and European trees were planted; with over a 100 of these original trees remaining today.The eastern half of the park is home to the recently restored Cenotaph and Commemorative Flame.

Moodyville Park
(2nd Street & Moody)
This 4 hectare park marks Moodyville, one of the first European settlements on the North Shore, which was home to Moody's Mill. There is a sign commemorating the pioneer settlement and the sailing of the first cargo of lumber from Burrard Inlet Moodyville Park - City of North Vancouver Location:

Maplewood Conservation Area & Farm
(2645 Dollarton Hwy)
This 35-hectare salt marsh is a prime fish and wildlife habitat, with over 200 species of birds. You can walk the nature trails to view the wildlife. Maplewood Farm (405 Seymour River Place) was a thriving dairy farm in the 1920s, and is now home to more than 200 domestic animals and birds. Special events include the Sheep Fair in May; Farm Fair in September; and Country Christmas in December.

Mount Seymour Provincial Park
The 3,508 hectare Mount Seymour Provincial Park is located 30 minutes northeast of downtown Vancouver and encompasses Mount Seymour, Mount Elsay and Mount Bishop. There is an expensive trail system and four picnic areas for day-use. Wilderness camping is permitted throughout the park and there is a group campground is located near the parking lot. Mount Seymour Resort provides access to its ski runs with four chairlifts and a tow. [More Mount Seymour photos]

Waterfront Park
This park is beside the SeaBus Terminal and Lonsdale Quay Public Market, providing handy access to the City of Vancouver and shopping (including that perfect picnic lunch!). The picnic area has waterfront access with views across to Vancouver 's skyline, Stanley Park and the Lion's Gate Bridge.

Cates Park
(Dollarton Highway)
This is the District's largest seaside park, with a 6 km waterfront trail winding past sandy beaches and mixed forests of douglas fir and bigleaf maple. Viewpoints look north over tranquil Indian Arm and south over busy Burrard Inlet. The park has tennis courts, playgrounds, beaches (with lifeguards on summer weekends), picnic shelter, a concession, and a display of native totems and a canoe. There is a year-round boat launch for anglers, kayakers, sailors and powerboaters.

Deep Cove Park & Panorama Park
(Gallant Avenue)

Beside the quaint Deep Cove Village, at the end of Gallant Avenue, these two popular waterfront parks offer excellent views of Deep Cove. The Cove is a perfect setting for boating, swimming (lifeguards on summer afternoons), strolling and picnicking with its change rooms, boat house, playground and picnic shelter. Panorama Park is the easterly access point to the Baden Powell Trail.
[More Deep Cove photos]

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