The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve may not have the fanciest name, but it’s definitely a great place to spend your weekend. I’ve spent more than a few weekends in the area now and I always low exploring the trails whether on bike or on foot!
About the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve is 5,668-hectare large and is home to rugged trails, peaks, lakes and more. At the most northern end is the Seymour Dam, which is inaccessible to visitors since loads of the city’s water comes from here!
There are over 100 kilometres of trails which can be enjoyed on the bike, on foot and even on horseback. There’s the Lower Seymour Valley Trailway which is a 10km paved path winding and climbing through forests to the Seymour Reservoir and Seymour River Hatchery. Access to Rice Lake and big peaks for bagging and more.
This post focuses on the Lower Seymour Valley Trailway and returning along Fisherman’s Trail on a bike.
Biking Seymour Valley Trailway
On a normal weekend, there’s usually plenty of parking around Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. If you can’t park up by Rice Lake, then you can usually park back by the roundabout you turned left at about 5 minutes before.
Make your way to the shelter and follow the paved trail that marks the start of the Lower Seymour Valley Trailway.
The path is shared by both cyclists and hikers/runners and is paved the entire way up to the reservoir.
You’ll encounter rolling hills, but nothing too strenuous, and twist and turn surrounded by forest on both sides. It’s a beautiful trail!
There are a couple of picnic spots and some pit toilets along the way in case you’re in need too.
Towards the far end of the trail, you’ll cross over a paved road and lead the paved track for some gravel. The trail here is narrower but even prettier and takes you closer to the riverbank. This is the Coho Trail. Alternatively, you can make a left when you come to the road and walk or bike along the paved road.
If you took the Coho Trail you’ll need to go left up a steep hill to make it to the reservoir and the stunning mountain views that await.
You can either take the paved trail back or return via the Spur 4 Trail to the Fisherman’s Trail!
The Fisherman’s Trail goes from the Seymour Suspension Bridge up to the Mid-Valley viewpoint which is roughly half the way up the Seymour Valley Trailway – or the other way around if you’re coming down Spur 4 back to the parking lot!
You’ll want a gravel bike at the very least for the Fisherman’s trail, it’s definitely not something to take a road bike on! The trail is rocky, hilly, narrow in places, and often needs repairing each year resulting in closures to the trail.
The Fisherman’s Trail is beautiful though! You’ll have views of the river below for most of the way and get to cross some fun bridges if you go all the way down to the suspension bridge.
From the suspension bridge, take the Twin Bridges Trail back up to your car in the parking lot.
If you don’t want to cycle across the suspension bridge, you can cut back to the paved trail at several points earlier. The easiest option would be to take the Homestead Trail (it’s steep though!) back up to the back of the Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant which is right near the main parking lot.
What to know about the Seymour Valley Trailway and Fisherman’s Trail
- This trail is multi-use, pay attention to your surroundings and be respectful to other users.
- There are plenty of bears in this area, take your bear spray!
- Practice Leave No Trace principles and leave areas better than you found them.
- Be adventure smart: Remember to respect the terrain, environment, and other users while you are enjoying the trails. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.