Access: Getting to Lynn Headwaters

Level: Easy

Distance: 5.7 km r/t

Time: 2½ h

Elevation Change: 250 m

Topographical Map: 92 G/6

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Season: April to Nov

At 5.7 km, Lynn Loop is slightly longer and a somewhat steeper than the former stroll. In order to avoid climbing the switchback sections at the top end of the trail it is recommended that you complete the trail in a counter-clockwise direction. If so, expect the first half of the hike to wind through a mature, second generation forest while the return trip is more open, following the banks of Lynn Creek. Pause a moment to cool your toes here: but remember your toes and everyone else's have rendered the water undrinkable.

bear sign

Be Bear Aware: Lynn Headwaters is home -- you are the invasive species -- to both black bears and cougars. Neither wants an encounter with that nasty species, homo sapiens. Be alert at all times, travel as a group and possess foreknowledge of how to react when encountering these magnificent creatures on their own turf.   

Lynn Loop Trail begins a short distance to the right [south-east] of the bridge. Watch for directional signs on the left of the road towards Rice Lake. The first half of the trail follows the high ground along a bench well above Lynn Creek. The first junction you'll encounter leads up to Lynn Peak. Take the left fork instead for a short distance until you see another side trail veering off to the right. A few minutes along this track leads to a couple of glacial erratics, giant boulders deposited by receding glaciers at the end of the last ice age. Back on the main trail you'll reach a major junction at the 3.1 km mark. Note the massive, upside-down cedar stump here. To return to where you started take the left fork 0.7 km down through a series of steep switchbacks. At the bottom you'll take a left again following Lynn Creek downstream for 1.7 km of easy hiking.

An alternative route continues along the bench land for an additional 2.4 km to the debris chute at the start of the trail to Norvan Falls and on to Grouse Mountain. Though, considerably longer, you'll drop down to Lynn Creek at a much more gradual pace. From the debris chute double back along the Cedars Mill Trail for 2.1 km before regaining the Lynn Loop Trail. Altogether, this extension will nearly double your hike to 10.3 km but the going is no more difficult than the shorter option detailed above.

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BC Car-Free had wide distribution in the local book market at a time when book retailing still existed. It was well-recieved and staff often gave it the prime browsing locations. Well times have changed. Not only the book but most of these booksellers have gone the way of the dodo. Only Amazon has a few new and used copies left.

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Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

Downtown/West End/Yaletown

  • Chapters 7100 Robson Street at Howe 604-682-4066
  • Book Warehouse 1051 Davie Street at Thurlow 604-685-5711
  • Book Warehouse 1015 Denman Street at Nelson 604-682-5711
  • Book Warehouse 550 Granville Street at Broadway 604-683-5711
  • SmithBooks 595 Burrard Street at Bentall Centre 604-689-8231

Vancouver West Side

  • Chapters 2505 Granville Street at Broadway 604-731-7822
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op 130 West Broadway 604-872-7858
  • Taiga Works 390 West 8th Avenue at Yukon 604-875-83100
  • The Book Company 650 West 41st Avenue at Oakridge Centre 604-264-9245
  • Blackberry Books 1663 Duranleau Street at Granville Island 604-685-61100
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  • Book Warehouse 632 West Broadway 604-872-5711
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North/West Vancouver

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  • The Book Company 833 Park Royal North in West Vancouver 604-922-5125
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  • Book Warehouse 1524 Lonsdale Avenue North Vancouver 604-904-5711
  • Save-On-Foods Book Department Pemberton Plaza North Vancouver 604-986-0463

Burnaby/New Westminster

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  • SmithBooks 4567 Lougheed Highway at Brentwood Mall 604-298-2825
  • Coles The Book People 9855 Austin at Lougheed Shopping Centre 604-421-0312
  • Black Bond Books Royal City Centre New Westminster 604-528-6226
  • Save-On-Foods Book Department Metrotown Centre 604-434-6880

Richmond/Delta/Tswwassen/White Rock

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  • International Travel Maps and Books 12300 Bridgeport Rd 604-273-1400
  • SmithBooks 5300 No 3 Road At Lansdown Park in Richmond 604-273-3557
  • SmithBooks 1230-6551 No 3 Road at Richmond Centre 604-273-7114
  • Black Bond Books Warehouse Outlet, 1-15562-24 Ave Surrey 604-536-4444
  • Save-On-Foods Book Department 8200 Ackroyd in Richmond 604-278-3933


  • Chapters 100-1210-72 Ave at Strawberry Hill Centre Surrey 604-501-2877
  • Coles The Book People 10127 King George Highway Surrey 604-581-0800
  • Coles The Book People 1206 Guilford Town Centre Surrey 604-584-8044
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  • Coles The Book People 2929 Barnet Highway at Coquitlam Centre 604-464-5815
  • Black Bond Books Haney Place Mall Maple Ridge 604-463-8624
  • Save-On-Foods Book Department at Pinetree Village Coquitlam 604-464-9101

The Fraser Valley

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  • Chapters 115-20015 Langley By-Pass Langley 604-514-8663
  • Coles The Book People 19705 Fraser Highway Langley 604-530-2244
  • Black Bond Books Warehouse Outlet City Crossroads, Langley 604-533-7577

Though not exhaustive this list will get you started. BC Car-Free is available in Victoria and Seattle too. Details coming soon.

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