Norvan Falls

Route from Lynn Headwaters parking lot to Norvan Falls


Total Distance: 11.8 km (return)
Estimated Time: 6 hours
Average Grade: 3.6%
Structure: Linear - Return
Elevation Gain: 215 m
Start Elevation: 190 m
Max Elevation: 405 m


From Highway #1 (Trans-Canada Highway), head north over the Ironworkers Memorial (Second-Narrows) Bridge. Take exit #19 north, signed as Lynn Valley Road. Follow the road north for 3.5 km to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Park next to the main trailhead or in one of the overflow parking lots.

The 228 bus operates to the Lynn Valley Road / Langworthy Street intersection daily. It's a walk of approximately 2 km to the trailhead from the bus stop. For bus schedules and information, visit the Translink website.


This is a very well marked route which is fairly easy to follow. There are few cautions, but exercise good judgement in wet conditions, when footing can become slick. Keep your eyes open for logging artifacts you may find along the trail, but please leave them for others to see.

If you are thinking about crossing Norvan Creek and heading for Hanes Valley, be advised it is a rough and rugged route for which you must be prepared and the route is closed by the parks in winter.

Start by crossing the bridge over Lynn Creek, then follow the Cedar Mills Trail to the debris chute at 3.8km . Here you turn right and then left at the signed junction onto the Headwaters Trail which will eventually bring you to Norvan Creek. To see the falls, don't cross the bridge over the creek, instead turn right and hike another 5-10 minutes along the south bank of the creek


GPS Waypoints

Lynn Headwaters trailhead N49.35979 W123.02803 10U 497965 5467454
Lynn Creek bridge N49.36114 W123.02820 10U 497952 5467604
Park entrance kiosk N49.36151 W123.02802 10U 497965 5467645
Cedar Mills Trail junction N49.37543 W123.03597 10U 497389 5469193
Boardwalk N49.37662 W123.03588 10U 497395 5469325
Cedar Mills site N49.38304 W123.03558 10U 497418 5470039
Third debris chute N49.39280 W123.03377 10U 497549 5471124
Coliseum Mountain Trail junction N49.41400 W123.03264 10U 497632 5473480
Norvan Falls junction N49.41405 W123.03340 10U 497577 5473486
Norvan Falls viewpoint N49.41524 W123.03058 10U 497782 5473618