lynn valley: bridges and trails

The sun was back today and it turned out a lot warmer than I’d thought! That worked out well because I had decided to head up to the Lynn Valley Canyon Suspension Bridge & Ecology Centre. I have had a huge craving for some proper hiking, walking, exploring and wandering since getting here and it was time to satisfy a little more of that urge. When I left the house I had about 5 layers on, but I had to turn back and take 2 layers off and my scarf and gloves and beanie because it was hotting up!
Two buses later and a 1km walk and I arrived.

The great thing about the Lynn Valley Bridge is that unlike the Capilano one it is FREE! 🙂 The bridge was really narrow and when you walk along it it actually shakes and swings back and forth. Here was the view looking down.

The air was so fresh walking along with all the trees, thats definitely something I’ve noticed about Vancouver in general. Amazing trees = lots of fresh air.

I cant really explain to you how green everything is, there is moss growing ontop of moss and it’s so pretty. I was walking along the trails and looking out into the immense forests. I was imagining all the animals that I might stumble across, or that might stumble across me. I thought of bears and wolves and all of the animals that could eat me and the first nations tribes who used to live around here. If there hadnt been a pretty constant trickle of people around I could have got quite lost in those thoughts and my imagination.

There was a gorgeous stream where I sat and wrote in my journal for a little while. Yep, still thinking about animals hahaha.
After quite a while I noticed that there were several inukshuks on the other side of the river.

I tried to open my eyes up (and my mind) and really see what was around me.

Check out the moss on this tree!

Then I backtracked a bit and came along some stairs that went down, down, down.

I knew it was going to be tough on the way back but I thought it would be worth it. I also decided that I need to buy some proper hiking shoes as my basic sneakers dont really do much! haha.

So I walked for a while until my feet were starting to get wet through my shoes and I headed back. The stairs were tough on the way back up but I kept going and even ran up a set. Parts of the walk reminded me of some rainforests I’ve been to in Australia! That surprised me and made me smile.

On the walk back to the bus I fell in love with this blossom tree.

It was a really great adventure!

As always there are more photos on my flickr!


Hike on down to the stream

Step One – Park your car.

Step Two – Find the trail.

Step Three – Follow it to the stream.

Step Four – Hike along and try to spot some wildlife.

Well…. I did see a Robin! Thats a start anyway!