Geography of the North Shore

The North Shore Mountains are a small sub-range of the Pacific Ranges, the most S lying portion of the Coast Mountains. These mountains are sandwiched between Howe Sound on the W and Indian Arm (a N-S extension of Burrard Inlet) on the E. Burrard Inlet borders to the S and the Garibaldi Ranges to the N. The cities of West and North Vancouver are seated upon the lower S-facing slopes of these mountains facing the inlet.

Three significant river valleys trending N-S are located within the heart of this region: Capilano River, Lynn Creek and Seymour.River. Portions of the Capilano and Seymour River valleys have long been dammed in order to create reservoirs for water supply for the city – these watershed areas are closed to the public. Some lower sections of these rivers and several creeks form impressive deeply cut canyons with narrow, steep walls and beautiful waterfalls and pools.

The majority of the terrain here is composed of rugged mountains which often form long, undulating N-S ridges. The elevations of these steep sided mountains range to ~1,790 m with many of these peaks visible from many parts of the city and vice versa. In the low-mid elevations, bluff areas can be found which yield excellent viewpoints over the sea or city. Interestingly, there are small ‘plateau’ pockets within the mountains such as at Black Mtn, Goldie Lake area and Vicar Lakes which cradle attractive wetlands supporting ponds and small lakes. As well, several secluded, pleasant lakes dot the slopes throughout.

 

Mountains of the North Shore

The mountains of the North Shore can be grouped as follows:

1. Cypress Provincial Park mountains,

2. Grouse Mtn area mountains,

3. Lynn Ck-Seymour River divide mountains, and

4. Mt. Seymour Provincial Park mountains

 

Mountains In & Around Cypress Provincial Park

These mountains stretch ~15 km from near Cypress Creek Lodge in the S to near Deeks Lake in the N. These peaks follow along or near the Howe Sound-Capilano River divide. Some of these mountains are accessed via the Cypress Mountain resort area at the top of Cypress Bowl Road. Others are accessed from near Hwy 1 or Hwy 99.

Black Mountain 1,217 m – a relatively low knob atop a pleasant plateau amongst several small lakes. Easily attained from the nearby Baden Powell Trail and its connecting trails. Good viewpoint from the small summit. An excellent short hike.

Eagle Bluff – popular outcrop and boulder scree viewpoint just below plateau lakes.

‘Donut Bluff’ – small viewpoint atop outcrop along the Donut Rock Trail

‘West Knob’– small viewpoint atop low knob along the Donut Rock Trail.

Hollyburn Mountain 1,326m – a prominent mountain situated at the N end of Hollyburn Ridge. Usually ascended via the Hollyburn Mtn Trail and Baden Powell – an easy ascent. Seldom used N approach is much steeper and requires some scrambling. Good view of The Lions and peaks to E from broad summit with small tarns.

Bowen Island Lookout – nice viewpoint off the HSCT-W Trail over Howe Sound. Easy access.

Mt. Strachan 1,459m – a broad mountain with ski runs and service roads along its W flank. The main summit is lesser visited but easily ascended via Mt. Strachan Trail. The broader & slightly lower S summit viewpoint is a popular destination reached via service road or Mt. Strachan Trail. A chairlift runs very close to the top of the S summit. Check out the interesting metamorphic rock outcrop at the S summit.

St. Marks Summit 1,371m – minor summit along the narrowed divide. Nice viewpoint along the Howe Sound Crest Trail (HSCT).

Unnecessary Mountain 1,548m – significant highpoint along the narrow divide with great views. Sits along the HSCT or can be accessed via the Unnecessary Mtn Trail from Lions Bay. Easily attained, however the HSCT drops steeply on N side – some minor scrambling required.

The Lions – the West Lion (1,654m) lies much closer to divide and HSCT. A good turnaround point is located on the ridgeline before the trail drops down to the base of the ‘West Lion‘. A popular hiking destination. The climb to the top is technical, do not underestimate this mountaineering route which bears significant exposure. Several serious climbing/hiking accidents have occurred here in the past. The East Lion (1,606m) lies within the Capilano watershed, thus no access to it is permitted.

Thomas Peak 1,430m – minor summit along the divide. The HSCT skirts this peak to the E via route through boulder scree.

Enchantment Pass – narrow meadowy col between Thomas Peak and ‘James Peak’.

‘James Peak’ 1,466m – narrow summit along the divide which the HSCT traverses. Some minor scrambling with significant exposure.

‘David Peak’ 1,496m – summit along the divide. Side trail off HSCT gives access.

Harvey Pass – col between divide and Mt. Harvey. Accessed via Mt. Harvey Trail.

Mt. Harvey 1,650m – prominent peak requiring some scrambling with exposure from N and S via Mt. Harvey Trail.

‘Harvey’s Pup’ 1,520m – sub-peak of Mt. Harvey ascended by technical climbing only. Usually approached using Harvey’s Pup Access Trail.

Mt. Brunswick 1,788m – highest summit of the North Shore Mountains. Minor scrambling on route to summit rim, significant scrambling and exposure along summit rim. Ridge-like summit. Approached via Mt. Brunswick Trail.

Hat Pass – col between Mt. Brunswick and Hat Mtn. through which the HSCT passes.

Hat Mountain 1,646m – hat shaped summit easily attained via side trail/route off HSCT.

‘Wettin Peak’ 1,538m – summit overlooking Deeks Lake

Mt Hanover – 1,756m – prominent peak along the divide accessed via mountaineering route only. Significant scrambling especially through scree littered, steep chutes.

‘Coburg Peak’ 1,645m & ‘Gotha Peak’ 1,641m – prominent summits along the divide requiring significant scrambling usually via Mt. Windsor.

Mt. Windsor 1,689m – cone shaped peak along divide requiring some scrambling. This route is usually accessed via the Deeks Peak Trail/Route.

Deeks Peak 1,672m – ridge-like summit requiring minor scrambling. The Deeks Peak Trail/Route traverses the peak.

 

Mountains Near To Grouse Mountain

Most of these mountains are on or near to the Capilano River-Lynn Ck divide and many are within or very near to the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Commonly approached using the Grouse Mountain Skyride to the Peak Chalet or trails such as Grouse Grind and BCMC.

Grouse Mountain 1,230m – closest mountain top to the Peak Chalet at the top of the Skyride. This low summit is an easy and short walk up service road. Two chairlifts, zip line and wind turbine are located on or near the summit.

Dam Mountain 1,349m – high point along brushy/wooded ridge, easily accessed by Dam Mtn Trail. Offers partial views.

Thunderbird Ridge – ridge extending from Dam Mtn to E. Thunderbird Ridge Trail gives access to nice viewpoint at E end amid small ponds.

Little Goat Mountain 1,323m – easily accessed small brushy/wooded bump N of Dam Mtn.

Goat Mountain 1,401m – steep knob near W end of Goat Ridge. Some scrambling required with some exposure. Use caution – not recommended when ice/snow present – there have been fatalities here in past.. Accessed via Goat Mtn Trail. Nice views from summit.

Goat Ridge – long rolling ridge extending E from Goat Mtn. Many tarns and good viewpoint at E end. Accessed via the Goat Ridge Trail – some scrambling required.

Crown Pass – wooded low point between Goat Mtn and Crown Mtn where trails converge.: the Hanes Valley Trail/Route leads down to NE, the Crown Mtn Trail/Route leads up to NW, and a main trail leads SE up towards Grouse Mtn.

Crown Mountain 1,504m – highest mountain in this group. Prominent peak accessed from Crown Pass via the Crown Mtn Trail/Route. Scrambling required with significant exposure. Not recommended when ice/snow present. Excellent views all around including ‘The Camel‘..

‘The Camel’ – a prominent rock formation just NE of Crown Mtn summit. Accessible by technical climbing only. Do not attempt to access unless you are an equipped experienced climber.

‘Spindle Peak’ 1,476m – a highpoint on the ridge extending N from Crown Mtn.

‘Pipeline Pass’ – a low wooded pass Mosquito Ck and Kennedy Ck drainages. Usually accessed via short trail from the Grouse Mtn Hwy (service road).

Mt. Fromme 1,186m – high point of broad, wooded/brushy mountain top E of Grouse Mtn. Easily accessed via the Mt. Fromme Trail. Partial views from summit.

‘Mt. Fromme N 1,170m – sub-summit of Mt. Fromme located just N of Mt. Fromme summit accessed via scrambling routes through steep forested slopes. Some exposure.

 

Lynn Ck-Seymour River Divide Mountains

These mountains lie along or near to the Lynn Ck-Seymour River divide which also marks the boundary between the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and Seymour Conservation Reserve. Lesser visited mountains due to lack of well established trails, rugged terrain and proximity.

‘South Lynn Peak’ 999m – low wooded summit at S end of divide easily accessed via Lynn Peak Trail. Nearly all visitors’ destination is the viewpoint near the highpoint and not the lacklustre summit itself. Most visited mountain in this grouping. This mountain is the most S summit of the Lynn Peaks group, which are a series of unremarkable high points along the rolling divide..

The Needles group of summits consists of 3 high points along the divide: ‘Needles S. Peak’ 1,160m – the lowest of the summits being a small, steep rocky knob. Accessed via mountaineering route (MR) along ridge, possibly connecting to Hydraulic Ck MR. Some scrambling and exposure. ‘Needles Middle Peak’ 1,258m and ‘Needles N. Peak’ 1,256m are accessed via MR only.

Coliseum Mountain 1,441m – rocky summit along divide usually accessed via the Coliseum Mtn Trail/Route and sometimes via the MR from the Seymour Valley Lookout. Both ways require some scrambling and a long day outing.

Seymour Valley Lookout – low mountain within Seymour River watershed accessed via the Seymour Valley Lookout Trail. Nice views from the rocky, plateau-like top.

Mt. Burwell 1,541m – high point summit along rocky divide NW of Coliseum Mtn. MR access only.

Cathedral Mountain 1,737m – highest mountain in this grouping and second only to Mt. Brunswick. This very prominent mountain is off limits as it lies within the Seymour watershed. There are 2 communication towers on the summit.

 

Mountains In & Around Mt. Seymour Provincial Park

Some of these peaks lie entirely within the Seymour River drainage but most lie along the Seymour River-Indian Arm divide which also marks the boundary between the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve and the Mt. Seymour Provincial Park.. Most are accessed from the Mt. Seymour resort area (Mt. Seymour Lodge) at the top of Mt. Seymour Rd.

Dinkey Peak 1,122m – closest peak to Mt. Seymour Lodge. Easily ascended via Mt Seymour Trail or other trails. Good views from atop for such a short jaunt. Popular.

Dog Mountain 1,050m – minor summit accessed via Dog Mtn Trail. Popular, easy outing with good views.

Suicide Bluffs – high steep walled bluffs with small plateau-like upper housing rounded rock knobs and lakes/ponds. Accessed via Suicide Bluffs Trail. Some scrambling with significant exposure. Use extreme caution. Lesser frequented.

Mystery Peak 1,230m – small knob along the divide at the top of same-name chairlift. Accessed by service road but give this one a pass.

Pencier Bluffs – high, steep sided bluffs above De Pencier Lake. Similar to Suicide Bluffs but smaller area an no ponds. Minor scrambling required along trails. Lesser frequented.

Brockton Point – a minor high point along the popular Mt. Seymour Trail with some views.

Pump Peak 1,401m – aka the ‘First Pump’, the first of 3 rocky summits along the divide sometimes referred to as the ‘pumps’ of Mt. Seymour. Very near to the Mt. Seymour Trail – requires some scrambling. Fine views at this popular destination.

‘Second Pump Peak’ 1,426m – aka ‘Second Pump’, essentially along the Mt. Seymour Trail. Minor scrambling, easy access.

Mt. Seymour 1,450m – prominent peak along divide at terminus of Mt. Seymour Trail. Some scrambling and exposure along its approach. Use caution. Excellent views form the summit. Popular.

Runner Peak 1,379m – steep sided, rocky peak along the divide accessed via MR only. Steep snow field ascent/descent (year round), significant scrambling and exposure.

Elsay Mountain 1,422m – prominent rocky peak along the divide requiring some scrambling and MR approach. Some exposure.

‘Rector Peak’ 1,262m, ‘Curate Peak’ 1,266m and ‘Vicar Peak’ 1,247m – summits along the divide approached by MR only.

Mt. Bishop 1,509m – remote, lesser visited peak along divide that is usually accessed using the Vicar Lakes MR. The approach has significant exposure and requires significant scrambling.

‘Deacon Peak’ and ‘Presbyter Peak’- remote peaks along the divide N of Mt. Bishop which are accessed via MR only.

‘Quarry Rock’ – popular viewpoint just off the Baden Powell Trail near Deep Cove. Very popular. Nice views. Some exposure and slippery when wet. Use caution and keep back from the edge..


Lakes Within the North Shore Mountains

When one thinks of the North Shore Mountains, lakes do not automatically come to mind. However, a surprising number of beautiful fresh water bodies can be found here from large ponds and tarns to secluded, mid sized lakes to large reservoirs. Some of these lakes are short walks from a nearby road, some are long hikes by trail, while others are off limits (within water supply boundaries). Some of the most noteworthy lakes include:

 

North Shore West Lakes

Lyndsay Lake – small secluded lake in low elevation forest near the junction of the Whyte Lake Trail.and Baden Powell Trail.

Eagle Lake – reservoir just S of Cypress Prov. Park which is closed to public access. Aka Dick Lake.

Capilano Lake – large reservoir created by the damming of Capilano River. Can be viewed well from Capilano River Regional Park (upper picnic area) as well as from Grouse Mtn Skyride. Cleveland Dam can be crossed via the Baden Powell Trail. A free tour of the Capilano watershed is offered by Metro Vancouver.

First Lake – popular small lake within the Cypress Prov. Park nordic ski area and the ‘Lower Hollyburn‘ area. Historic Hollyburn Lodge sits at the lakes edge and trails/roads circle the lake.

West Lake – past location of historic ski lodge (now removed), This small lake located within the ‘Lower Hollyburn’ area is accessed by the Brothers Creek Trail or Baden Powell Trail. Lake has a small dam at its S end.

Blue Gentian Lake – named for the wildflowers which grow nearby, this pond is tucked away within the thick forests of the ‘Lower Hollyburn’ area at the upper end of the Brothers Creek Trail.

Lost Lake – aptly named pleasant, small lake off the beaten track in the ‘Lower Hollyburn Area’.

Cougar Lakes, Owen Lake, Theagill Lake, Sam Lake and Cabin Lake – scattered about the Black Mtn plateau area, these attractive alpine lakes amongst old growth forest make for a relatively easy and rewarding day hike. Use the Baden Powell Trail from Cypress Creek Lodge to gain these lakes.

Yew Lake – named for the trees which grow in the area, this lake with its well maintained trail system and impressive old growth (along the Old Growth Loop Trail nearby) makes for an excellent, easy walk from the Cypress Creek Lodge area. The Yew Lake Interpretive Trail is touted to be wheel chair accessible.

Enchantment Lake – sizeable near-alpine lake near the Capilano River-Howe Sound divide and N of The Lions. This beautiful lake can be viewed from the nearby Howe Sound Crest Trail. This lake is within the Capilano watershed and therefore, is not accessible.

Hanging Lake – an attractive near-alpine lake close to the Howe Sound Crest Trail to the E of ‘David Peak’.

Brunswick Lake – highest elevation lake accessed by the Howe Sound Crest Trail. Arguably the most beautiful lake of the North Shore region, these emerald waters make a fine destination for a day hike. With a shelter nearby, camping is an option.

Hanover Lake – aka Middle Lake, this lake also boasts emerald waters contained within a rugged section of the valley. The Howe Sound Crest skirts the shore.

Deeks Lake – another excellent destination for a day hike, this relatively large, alluring lake is seated amongst several high peaks. The Deeks Lake Trails rolls right by. Good camping, swimming & fishing.

Kallahne Lake – a small sub-alpine lake with nearby shelter along the Kallahne Lake Trail. Can be used as a base for exploring the Deeks Peek ridge.

 

North Shore East Lakes

Blue Grouse Lake – small lake a short walk from Grouse Mtn’s Peak Chalet via trail.

Kennedy Lake – significant sized lake sitting between Goat Ridge and Thunderbird Ridge in a hanging valley which feeds Lynn Creek.

Lynn Lake – small remote sub-alpine lake at the head of Lynn Creek approached via a long and difficult hike along Lynn Lake Trail/Route and Headwaters Trail within the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

Rice Lake – very popular lake for picnicking, swimming and fishing within the lowlands of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Also popular for walking on the Rice Lake Loop Trail.

Lost Lake – aka Rolf Lake, another low elevation lake in second growth forest off the beaten path. Accessed by the Spur 4 Rd in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.

Seymour Lake – a large reservoir at the head of the Seymour River, The Seymour Valley Trailway and Spur 4 Rd provide access to near the Seymour Falls Dam. A scenic viewpoint over the lake is located not far from the hatchery. The lake itself is closed to public access.

Cornet Lakes – a pair of sizeable lakes below Mt. Burwell which are closed to public access.

Flower Lake & Goldie Lake – small lakes and ponds within a scenic wetlands area near to Seymour Mountain’s 3 Peaks Lodge. Two walking trails provide access: Goldie Lake Loop and Flower Lake Loop. Pleasant easy walk. Nice old growth.

Mystery Lake – a small but scenic mountain lake (or large tarn) just S of Mystery Peak.. The Mystery Lake Trail from near the 3 Peak Lodge is used to access this lake. Excellent swimming hole.

DePencier Lake – small lake at the foot of the DePencier Bluffs. No access.

First Lake, Second Lake & Hidden Lake – this series of inviting ponds at the base of the Suicide Bluffs lure hikers away from the beaten paths. Pleasant wetlands area.

Elsay Lake – a relatively large, alluring lake surrounded by high peaks. Accessed by the long trail Elsay Lake Trail. A shelter is located here and camping is permitted. An excellent overnight location. Fishing is reported to be good. Lesser frequented area.

Vicar Lakes – one attractive lake amid multiple ponds atop a small plateau area below Mt. Bishop. However, access is difficult via mountaineering route to this remote area. A sweet swimming hole for those conditioned and experienced enough to venture here.

 

Rivers & Creeks of the North Shore Mountains

One of the North Shore’s greatest attributes is its remarkable, live-giving rivers and creeks. Fed by the long rains and deep snow pack of the North Shore Mountains, many of these creeks have high grades which has caused some of the larger creeks/rivers to carve deep canyons within the bedrock. Add to this the pristine waters throughout, beautiful waterfalls and cascades, spawning salmon and trout, scattered old growth forests and a vast trail system providing access,. All of this together gives healthy and alluring river and creek systems at the edge of a large city which is something to be cherished.

 

North Shore West Rivers & Creeks

Larson Creek – small creek that drains significant wetlands above Horseshoe Bay and flows through residential area and near to BC Ferries pay station. Nice waterfall above Baden Powell trailhead.

Whyte Creek – drains Whtye Lake into Nelson Creek. Whyte Lake Trail parallels this creek closely.

Nelson Creek – significant creek whose uppermost headwaters drain ponds on the Black Mountain plateau. Forms an impressive canyon amongst old growth forest below its confluence with Whyte Creek. Possibly receives overflow of Eagle Lake.

Cypress Creek – one of the most impressive canyons and waterfalls on the North Shore. Several viewpoints along the creek overlook deep, narrow canyon sections as well as several major waterfalls and old growth forest within Cypress Falls Park.

Eagle Creek – smallish creek which drains dammed Eagle Lake.

Dick Creek – feeds Eagle (Dick) Lake. Drains Cougar Lakes, Owen Lake & Theagill Lake. On Black Mtn plateau.

Black Creek – drains Sam Lake and other ponds on the Blabk Mtn plateau. Drains to Cypress Creek.

Goldman Creek – small creek draining the Cypress mountain bike trails near lower Eagle Lake Rd. Flows through residential areas below.

Westmount Creek – drains Cypress mountain bike trails area near Quarry Picnic Site on Cypress Bowl Road. Flows through residential areas below.

Rodgers Creek – significant creek with several significant tributaries which drains the Cypress mountain bike trail area. Lower sections flow through residential areas.

Marr Creek – significant creek which drains First lake in Cypress Provincial Park. Several foot and road bridges cross this pleasant creek. Flows through residential areas below.

McDonald Creek – the TCT and Skyline Trails have 5 footbridges over this creek and its many tributaries within the Lower Hollyburn area. Lower reaches flow through residential areas. Many small canyon sections.

Lawson Creek – drains the Lower Hollyburn area and parallels the Baden Powell Trail. Historic Shields Log Dam on this creek can be visited near Pinecrest Drive. Flows through residential areas below.

Brothers Creek – one of the most scenic creeks on the North Shore. Boasts several attractive waterfalls, canyons and old growth forest in the Lower Hollyburn area. Its headwaters extend up to the base of Hollyburn Ridge and drains Blue Gentian Lake, West Lake, Fourth Lake and other ponds. The Brothers Creek Trail and Lost Lake Trail follow this creek for a substantial distance. Flows through residential areas below.

Hadden Creek – small creek crossing Ballantree Trail as well as TCT/Baden Powell/Skyline Trail. Flows through residential areas below.

Houlgate Creek – small creek draining Ballantree Park and merges with the Capliano River below.

Capilano River – one of the most scenic rivers on the North Shore. Sits partially within the Capilano River Regional Park. Drains Capilano Lake (Reservoir) at Cleveland Dam and empties into Burrard Inlet. Impressive spillway ‘falls’ below the dam and beautiful canyon below with trails, old growth and viewpoints. Capilano Fish Hatchery offers free viewing of spawning salmon. Very nice picnic areas with views. Kayaking and fishing.

Disbrow Creek – drains Cabin Lake on the Black Mtn plateau to Howe Sound.

Montizambert Creek – drains ‘Strachan Meadows’ and Mt. Strachan area to Howe Sound.

Harvey Creek – significant creek flowing into Howe Sound at Lions Bay. Drains a large bowl below Unnecessary Mtn, The Lions and Mt. Harvey. The Binkert Trail has a footbridge over Harvey Creek. The headwaters of this creek were logged leaving old roads which have been used in the past for access, although currently sections of these roads are quite overgrown.

Magnesia Creek – a significant creek which drains to Brunswick Beach at Howe Sound near Lions Bay. ‘Magesia Meadows’ and its ponds lies within the headwaters of this creek. The mt. Brunswick trail and the Harvey’s Pup Climbers Access Trail cross this creek or its tributaries.

M (Yahoo) Creek – drains a pond near Hat Mtn, flows near to Tunnel Bluffs and into Howe Sound. The Tunnel Bluffs Trail (track) crosses this creek.

Deeks Creek – significant creek flowing from Brunswick Lake, Hanover Lake and Deeks Lake into Howe Sound. The Deeks Lake Trail (HSCT) follows this creek and comes very near to Phi Alpha Falls just below Deeks Lake. There are also falls along Deeks Creek just upstream from Hwy 99.

Kallahne Creek – significant creek draining Kallahne Lake below Deeks Peak. The Kallahne Lake Trail crosses Kallahne Creek twice before reaching the Kallahne Lake Cabin.

 

North Shore East Rivers & Creeks

Grouse Creek – a small creek which drains Blue Grouse Lake near the Peak Chalet on Grouse Mtn. Flows below the Grouse Mountain Skyride and into Capilano Lake.

MacKay Creek , MacKay Creek (West) & MacKay Creek (East) – this creek and tributaries, having steep rugged creek beds and cascades, parallel the Grouse Grind Trail, BCMC Trail and MacKay Creek Trail in the lower Grouse Mtn area. These creeks flow underground in some sections. The Baden Powell Trail crosses the main creek and the 2 main tributaries. Flows through residential areas below.

Mosquito Creek – significant creek draining Grouse Mtn, ‘Pipeline Pass’ and Mt. Fromme areas. Having a deep cut canyon with steep walls for at least 1 km above the Baden Powell Trail, some trails parallel the creek and provide views of some of the many waterfalls here. This is rugged, hazardous terrain – do not leave the trails here. Flows through residential areas below.

Hastings Creek – the Hastings Creek tributaries flow through the Mt. Fromme mountain bike trail system in its headwaters, then through residential areas to ultimately merge with Lynn Creek. The Baden Powell Trails ahs 3 footbridges over these tributaries.

Kilmer Creek – a smallish creek flowing through the Mt. Fromme mountain bike trail system in its headwaters, then through residential areas before its confluence with Hastings Creek. The Baden Powell Trail has 3 footbridges over this creek and tributaries.

Lynn Creek – a river-sized creek from November to July which drains a vast watershed. Lynn Headwaters Regional Park protects much of this creeks headwaters. The creek has several large tributaries and feeder lakes (Lynn Lake and Kennedy Lake). The lower portion of the Lynn Creek drainage is protected by popular Lynn Canyon Park. This park is home to the well known Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge across Lynn Creek, several footbridges across Lynn Creek, several waterfalls and some pools.

Kennedy Creek – significant creek which drains from Kennedy Lake and into Lynn Creek. A large waterfall exists along this creek which is accessible along a marked, rough route from the Big Cedar on the Big Cedar Trail.

Norvan Creek – significant creek draining a small hanging valley bordered by the Needles peaks and Coliseum Mtn. The Coliseum Mtn Trail/Route follows this creek. The beautiful Norvan Falls is located along this creek close to its confluence with Lynn Creek.

Hanes Creek – a significant creek draining a significant side valley near the head of the Lynn Creek valley. The Hanes Valley Trail/Route passes near to this creek. Much boulder scree fills this river valley in the upper reaches. Crown Pass sits at the head of this valley. Hanes Creek drains to Lynn Creek.

Seymour River – the only official river in the North Shore Mountains. This river drains from Seymour Lake (reservoir) at Seymour Falls Dam and into Burrard Inlet. Most of the Seymour River is protected by the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Trail access to this river includes the Seymour Valley Trailway, Fisherman’s Trail and the Coho Trail. The Seymour River supports runs of spawning trout, steelhead and salmon; some of which can be viewed during a free, self guided tour of the Seymour River Hatchery. A new footbridge just above the hatchery allows a connection via trail to Spur 4 Rd. The river forms a canyon section between Twin Bridges and Pipe Bridge

Hydraulic Creek – a creek with a small canyon, waterfalls and old growth which is a tributary of the Seymour River. The Hydraulic Picnic Site is located on the edge of this creek and is accessed using the paved Seymour Valley Trailway.

Hurry Creek, Rainbow Creek, Cougar Creek – these creeks form a myriad of spawning channels near to the Seymour Hatchery. The Oldgrowth Trail and the Coho Trail form an excellent loop for exploring these creeks. ponds and old growth forest. These creeks ultimately drain to Seymour River.

Crossen Creek – this steep, small creek flows from Vicar Lakes to the Seymour River.

Suicide Creek – this significant creek drains the area below Suicide Bluffs, ’First Pump Peak’ & ’Second Pump Peak’ and joins the Seymour River below. A bridge along the Suicide Branch road off Spur 4 Rd crosses this creek.

Semlin Creek – significant creek which drains ponds within the Suicide Bluffs iin Mt. Seymour Provincial Park n its uppermost headwaters. Drains to the Seymour River.

Boulder Creek – significant creek which flows from First Lake and Second Lake near Suicide Bluffs in Mt. Seymour Provincial Park and empties into Seymour River.

Mystery Creek – small creek which drains the Mt. Seymour mountain bike trail circuit area – parallels Ned’s Atomic Dustbin Trail and the Mystery Creek Trail. Tributary to the Seymour River.

Canyon Creek – small creek near Hyannis Point which flows into the Seymour River. The Baden Powell Trail follows this short creek over its course.

Francis Creek – the headwaters of this creek are within the Mt. Seymour Provincial Park and it terminus is Deep Cove. The 3 Chop trail parallels this creek over part of its length. Nice waterfalls, cascades and old growth.

Allan Creek – drains the Deep Cove lookout area and empties into Deep Cove. The Old Cabin Trail and the Perimeter Trail cross this creek.

Scott-Goldie Creek – ‘Nancy Lake’ and Flower Lake feed this creek which flows ultimately to Indian Arm.

Percy Creek – flowing from the base on DePencier Bluffs and Goldie Lake, this creek drains into Indian Arm.

Shone Creek – this creeks begins near to ‘First Pump Peak’ and flows in and out of DePencier Lake on its way to terminating at Indian Arm.

Elsay Creek – a significant creek beginning at Elsay Lake and flowing into Indian Arm. The Elsay Lake Trail follows this creek in its upper reache