By Ashley Lockyer
Few places on earth let you enjoy freshly made food from the city in the quiet wilderness of a rainforest: Vancouver’s North Shore is one of them. At places like Lynn Canyon Park, you can take in sweeping horizon views, test your fear of heights on the suspension bridge, or simply wander in nature with friends and family. Start your adventure at the Lonsdale Quay Market and pack some unique treats for the trail.
Beware: Thin crust pizzas (in flavours like pear and brie cheese with caramelized onions) will attract envious looks on the trail.
Crack one of these mild pepperoni whip sticks to keep you moving on the trail. They are best described as a “snappable” snack because of their crunchy casing. Try one to see!
Stroll through a farmer’s field of fresh fruits and vegetables, and harvest a few for a healthy trail bites.
Chicken empanadas and a selection of portable hand-pies from El Dorado Pies & Treats are backpack ready for your trailside lunch .
Enjoy BC’s finest smoked, candied, and seasoned salmon jerky to get your protein fix.
Grab some crunchy clusters or bark made with dark chocolate and nuts for an energy filled trail snack. It’s pretty much a protein bar, right? The ones above are from Olde World Confections.
You’ve stocked up, now it’s time to head into the wilderness.
The North Shore’s Lynn Peak hike is one of many of Vancouver’s North Shore hiking trails, and has been described as more natural and sometimes less busy Grouse Grind. The rugged summit has views that span Vancouver Island, Vancouver tri-cities, the Fraser Valley, and Mount Baker in the USA.
Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge can be just as awe (or ahhhh!) inspiring as Capilano Suspension Bridge. If your heart can handle it, you could easily take in both in one day on Vancouver’s North Shore.
On you’re way back, you’re bound to be hungry again.
Savour sweet victory after your hike with a fruity, flaky, freshly baked danish.
Zen might be achievable when you pair scrumptious artisan foods with the silencing beauty of the forest. Lynn Canyon Park is a place to feel awe-inspired by nature and flavours fresh from the Lonsdale Quay market.