Merry Christmas friends!
After a rainy week in Vancouver, today on Christmas day I woke up to the warmth of the sunshine. It was wonderful! Our family planned a walk in Lynn Canyon, which is a vast, yet intimate natural park (conveniently close to our home as well).
Located in North Vancouver, the 617 acre park was founded in 1912 and is best known for its shaky (but safe!!) suspension bridge that hovers 50-metres over rapids. The view from the middle of the suspension is breathtaking! In addition to the suspension bridge, there are many walking and hiking trails, wood bridges, rivers, and waterfalls.
Being slightly jet-lagged has, for the most part, worked in our favour. We woke up early, ate breakfast and opened presents early. So by the time we decided to go for our walk around 9:30 am the park was empty! It was incredibly peaceful. As time passed, we saw more people and families leisurely enjoying the good weather.
I am in awe of the beautiful province and this city. Few destinations in the world can boast the backdrop that Vancouver has. Few urban cities can claim that they are sandwiched between mountains, ocean, and lush forests. Having this park so accessible from where I am living in Vancouver is very special. t
And leave it to me to pack snacks whenever and wherever we go! I made hot chocolate and brought it in a thermos. I also packed half a loaf of bread, cheese and apples. About half way into our walk we unpacked near the river, found some dry rocks, and had a mini-picnic. Food + nature + Christmas joy = ways to win my heart.
In summary Lynn Canyon is free, quiet, serene with fresh air. This was a memorable first Christmas in Vancouver! I hope everyone enjoyed their time with loved ones, friends and family.