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Rice Lake, North Vancouver

Rice Lake, North Vancouver

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When it comes to where to hike on a rainy day, Rice Lake and the Lynn Headwaters trails are great options. For the most part you’re walking among the forest and so it doesn’t matter if you can’t see the views due to clouds. Rice Lake is also a great family hike near Vancouver since there’s virtually no elevation gain and the tail is well maintained and accessible. 

Rice Lake, Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

Rice Lake is part of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in North Vancouver. The loop around the lake is an easy 3km hike on a well-maintained trail with little elevation. It’s perfect for family hikes near Vancouver.

As a popular fishing spot, you’ll likely see plenty of fishermen along the lake trying to catch some of the rainbow trout that live in the lake.

How to get to Rice Lake

To get to Rice Lake from downtown Vancouver takes roughly 40 minutes. You’ll need to take cross over Lions Gate Bridge and take Hwy 1 eastbound, exciting at Mount Seymour Parkway. Then, take Lillooet Road north, passing Capilano University and all the way to the parking lot. From where you’ve parked, head towards the picnic area and you’ll find the trailhead just on the left by the small cabin. 

Know before you go

Rice Lake, Vancouver

rice lake north vancouver

The trail around Rice Lake is well signposted. Look for the trail to the side of the paved Seymour Valley Trailway to begin. It’s a wide, flat trail that quickly comes to a junction at a fenced area. At this point, take a right in the direction marked for Rice Lake and walk through the forest full of moss-covered trees and plenty of birds flying above. 

Follow the trail in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. It’s difficult to get lost here as the lake is always in sight. 

There are plenty of areas with some seating and views overlooking the late. They’re great places to rest and enjoy the sounds and sights of the birds or watch the fishermen. There’s also a dock and walking out onto it gives you some even better views of the lake itself. 

Once you’ve completed the loop, you just need to retrace the first few hundred meters back to the parking lot.

You can also start the Rice Lake loop trial from Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. If you’ve parked by BC Mills House, just go right once you’ve crossed over the river and that’ll bring you out to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. 

Rice Lake hike statistics

Know the essential hike details for the Rice Lake trail.

Difficulty: Easy
1 hour

What to pack for Rice Lake

Make sure you look at these packing lists for the Rice Lake trails.

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