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 phone number 778-452-4583
 e-mail lscr@metrovancouver.org

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Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) 

The 5,668-hectare LSCR contains spectacular and diverse landscapes. Its alpine meadows, forested slopes and
river flood plains are within minutes of downtown Vancouver and are easily accessible from many areas in the
Lower Mainland.

 ADVISORIES

Fisherman's Trail Upgrade and 2014 Closures
Expect periodic closures of Fisherman's Trail North of Homestead and up to the Spur 4 trail junction, and from Homestead down the Twin Bridges.

Closures from September 17th-26th, are as follows:
  • Wednesday – Friday closed from Twin Bridges to Homestead. 
  • Friday September 18th – Thursday September 26th (working through the weekend) closed from Homestead – Spur 4.

During closures, large machines and trucks may be present not allowing anyone to pass. Set dates are not confirmed, but signage will be posted prior to trail closures.    

 
With the last major upgrades occuring in the mid-1990's, maintenance is now required to alleviate trail impacts as a result of small slides, erosion, and failing infrastructure.
We are working towards a safer and more sustainable trail network for everyone's enjoyment.
 
Over the next few years we will be working on:
  • Boardwalk Removal and Repair
  • Trail Re-surfacing
  • Drainage Improvements
  • Bridge Replacements

Expect short delays and work crews in this area. Please contact lscr@metrovancouver.org  with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your patience.


CBC Trail
The CBC Trail is now open for the 2014 riding season.

Bear Island Bridge Crossing:

The amazing restored bridge is located just downstream of the Seymour Falls Dam, and connects the Spur 4 road to the trail network adjacent to the Seymour Fish Hatchery allowing for a 25km loop. Bike recommended.
PDF icon Bear Island Bridge
PDF icon LSCR Trail Map


Dog Mountain: On-Leash Advisory

All dogs on the Dog Mountain trail are required to be on-leash at all times. This supports Dog Mountain’s status as a sensitive sub-alpine ecosystem in the LSCR Management Plan. Furthermore, it aligns Metro Vancouvers’ dog rules with BC Parks’ in the surrounding area, and supports wildlife and public safety.
PDF icon Dog Mountain Map


LSCR Waste Stream Diversion Facility
The LSCR is committed to reducing waste and we are taking an innovative approach to waste management. Twelve of our garbage only cans have been removed from the trail network and re-located to the main parking lot, creating a recycling-focused Waste Stream Diversion Facility. LSCR visitors will now be able to sort their waste by type. Examples include Bottles and Cans, Dog Waste, Food Waste, and Mixed Paper. When you visit the LSCR, please help our initiative by sorting your waste accordingly. The proper sorting of waste products will prevent the majority of LSCR waste from entering permanent landfill storage. If you pack it in, please pack it out to the LSCR Waste Stream Diversion Facility.
 

Mountain Bike Structure Decommissioning

Safety inspections of existing mountain bike structures on LSCR land are being conducted. Some mountain bike structures on popular LSCR trails (Ned’s, Dale’s, etc.) have reached their lifespan and may now present a safety hazard to users due to structural or surfacing deficiencies. Those structures deemed to be unsafe and beyond repair are being removed.


Metro Vancouver Supporting the NSMBA Trail Adoption Program (TAP)
Metro Vancouver is supporting the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA) in their commitment to trail maintenance and restoration. Please expect some work to be underway on the following trails this season within the LSCR: Ned’s, Bottle Top, Circuit-8 and Corkscrew. Please note that this work will include the removal of structures in unsatisfactory condition. Your patience is appreciated while this work is being carried out. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the NSMBA or LSCR staff at LSCR@metrovancouver.org or 604.432.6200.

Reuse and Recycle, Lumber to Go

 Trail
Seymour Valley Trailway
The Seymour Valley Trailway is a 10 km paved path that winds through a diverse forest and crosses scenic creeks and streams. The Trailway features five picnic sites that include outhouses, benches, picnic tables and garbage cans. The Trailway was built to replace the popular mainline service road, which is no longer open to the public due to construction on several drinking water projects.

 Mountain Biking
From extreme style "North Shore" mountain biking to scenic road riding, there is a wide range of terrain. Cycling is permitted throughout the forest with the exception of: the Rice Lake Loop Trail, Homestead Trail, and the Old Growth Trail. Bikes must be walked along these sensitive ecosystems routes due to limited visibility and steep slopes. 

The LSCR Mountain Bike Trail Building Guide can be found in the Resource section.
 
 Inline Skating
Get rolling on 10 km of smooth pavement on the Seymour Vallley Trailway winding through a beautiful forest with picnic areas along the way. Because of the hilly terrain, the Trailway is not the place for absolute beginners.
 Hiking
Take a quick stroll though the forest or a full day trip up the river. The LSCR has over 25 km of hiking trails with something to suit everyone's ability.

Trail maps are available in the Resource section
 Fishing
Come drop a line in Rice Lake, which is stocked with more than 5,000 Rainbow trout each year. The more adventurous can try their luck in the Seymour River reputed to be one of the Lower Mainland's best steelhead fishing rivers.

All provincial fresh water fishing regulations apply in these areas. Boats and personal floatation devices or boats are not allowed in the lake.
 Kayaking
The Seymour River has been used by kayakers and canoeists since its opening in 1986. The river has beginner to advanced sections and accordingly Class 1 to 5 waters. Vehicle access to launch sites is restricted and users must pass through a security gate. The security personnel will require the group leader to fill out a brief form which provides details of the visit and contact information. The group leader must be a member of a a recognized paddling organization that has an up-to-date annual permit with the LSCR in order for access to be granted. Please check with your group or association to see if it is a permitted group.

Since 2004, the Seymour River has had several instream fisheries projects completed from Spur 4 to the Seymour River Fish Hatchery. These projects involved the construction of log jams and the placement of boulder clusters. Kayakers and Canoeists must be aware of there locations prior to venturing down the river. Please review the attached safety package and feel free to contact Heidi Walsh or at 604-990-0483 if you have any questions or concerns.

A river level gauge was installed at Twin Bridges just above the canyon. The gauge was a cooperative effort of a number of agencies (Metro Vancouver, Environment Canada, Seymour Salmonid Society and the Recreation Canoeing Association of BC) The gauge is maintained by Environment Canada’s Water Surveys branch and is intended to provide real-time flows for this point in the river. Due to the location of the water survey station and the gauge, the data output is sporadic. We ask that you be patient as we work out bugs in this system. Please visit Environment Canada’s website to access and inquire about gauge data.

A kayaking and canoeing guide can be found in the resource section.
 
 Wheelchair Access
The LSCR is wheelchair friendly, offering 10 km of smooth pavement on the Seymour Valley Trailway; a low gradient compacted gravel trail around Rice Lake as well as the Douglas Mowat Special Fisheries Project. There is also a wheelchair accessible drinking fountain, wheelchair friendly outhouses, specially designated parking spaces in the main lot, and access ramps to all public buildings.
 Dogs
Dogs are permitted on designated trails but not north of Rice Lake Gate. Off-limit areas include the Seymour Valley Trailway, the Fisherman's Trail (north of the Homestead Trail junction) and the Rice Lake Loop Trail. Dogs must be on a leash at all times except on designated off-leash trails. Please show courtesy to other park visitors by removing your dog's droppings.

 Amenities
- Outhouses
- Picnic sites that include benches, picnic tables and garbage cans
 Hours and Directions
The LSCR is open 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk. Area closures will only occur for public safety under the following conditions:
- if dangerous wildlife (bears or cougars) persist in an area
- if weather conditions warrant (high wind or heavy rain)
- when the fire hazard has reached an Extreme rating,. (Fire hazard is assessed daily April 1st to October 31st and a rating display board is located near the parking lot entrance. Check the board and observe any restrictions when entering the LSCR).
January
7 am - 5 pm
February
7 am - 5 pm
March
7 am - 7 pm
(Daylight Savings Start)
April
7 am - 8 pm
May
7 am - 9 pm
June
7 am - 9 pm
July
7 am - 9 pm
August
7 am - 9 pm
September
7 am - 8 pm
October
7 am - 6 pm
November
7 am - 5 pm
(Daylight Savings End)
December
7 am - 5 pm
 
PDF icon LSCR Directions & Map
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