Norvan Falls

MODERATE 84 reviews

Norvan Falls is a 16.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Vancouver District, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.9 km
498 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running







1 month ago

Great hike, would recommend

2 months ago

Left the Lynn Headwaters at noon and made it to Norvan falls by 1:45. Easy hike with lots of little streams to cross. Had lunch at the falls and started heading back at 3 PM. It was a little tight, but we made it back to the headwaters by 5 PM. We took the easier low trail on the way in and the more difficult high trail on the way back. I would recommend doing it the other way around.

3 months ago

Great hike to start with. Easy and fun

3 months ago

Did this today, Nov 25 for the first time. Love it! Ran and hiked it. This is not a mindless run. Lots of roots, rocks, stream crossings. It's challenging and forest is beautiful. Moderate rating seems right. Can't wait to do again in all seasons!

trail running
4 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike/ run...... I ran down cedar mills trail and then up .and back .... it's nice to have a scenery change from close to water to up in the woods then a clearly marked path to lead you to the falls.

5 months ago

Great easy hike, just long. It’s 7.5km each way for 15km total. The falls are beautiful and today we had it to ourselves. The trails are well marked as half of it is more on a gravel road. Parking lot was closed still, so we had to park in the residential areas in Lynn Valley. Only thing that’s hard about this hike is the length, but very unnoticeable elevation gain. It took 4-5 hours at a leisurely pace from the residential lot.

6 months ago

great trail. did with my 7 and 10yr old. definitely a workout if you take the headwaters trail high route. had a nice feet soak in the river afterwards.

7 months ago

Did this hike few weeks ago with friends and loved it.
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8 months ago

Beautiful hike, I would start early so you can spend few hrs at the water fall, breathtaking nature, in its finest... bring sandwiches, snacks and bear spry... make it an 8 hrs day... make every second count... coz it's just nature. Enjoy

8 months ago

Very easy and gradual hike, I'm guessing the difficulty level is because of the distance, I recorded 11.5 miles total. Very worth it, beautiful view. Will do it again.

9 months ago

This trail has very little incline but is about 18km in total considering the parking lot is shut down right now -have to park on the street and hike in along an easy path/boardwalk. The trail itself has some scrambling. A good amount of rocks and roots. I can barely move today though due to distance. May have been a slightly long hike for our unconditioned bodies so early in the season. I think we'll both be sorry today. I was sorry last night. Hahahha took everything I had to peel myself off my bed and take a shower and make dinner. #WorthIt

9 months ago

Did this trail on May 1st. At that time still some snow, and lots of water and mud. If the parking area is still closed, add an extra 40 minutes to your hike. It now becomes closer to 3 hours when I did mine. (male 58 average shape.)I would take the Cedar Mills trail on the way there and back via the Headwaters Trail. The Falls are ok, much better trails in the Vancouver area. Mostly flat on Cedars, some up and down on the Headwaters trail. This trail also leads to other trails, and the beginning of the Coliseum Trail, right before reaching the falls. I enjoyed the little suspension bridge there.


9 months ago

Have done this trail several times and I would recommend it to anyone who can walk long distance. The trail is nice and the end, Nervin Falls, is a nice reward.

9 months ago

This is a great little hike it's never too busy

10 months ago

It's a fine hike. Not really hard, just long. This trail is very popular so there was a lot of waiting on other people. Really loved that it was off leash friendly for the dogs.

10 months ago

Norvan Falls were beautiful but there were no place to steady one's camera for long exposures. The trail to and fro was not particularly scenic, and a bit too long for my liking. After the hike treat yourself to some well-deserved ice-cream near park entrance on Lynn Valley Rd. BTW the parking area inside Lynn Headwaters Park was closed to public for some reason, but there is free parking (open till 6PM) inside a small park nearby. Street parking is valid for 2 hours only, which might not be enough if you intended to get to the falls and back.

11 months ago

March 27,2017
Road to the trail head is closed, but it's only a 20 min walk from the closure. the trail is fine but wet for the first 500 m, then you get into snow. By 3km you really need micro spikes or at least yak traks to make a decent go of it. There is a tree that has taken out part of a bridge, but you can carefully climb around it, or take a slight detour up some stairs and back down again. Give yourself plenty of extra time, as the snow/ice slows your pace.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I'd like to do with his hike this winter. if you'd like to join me email :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Great trail; would like to do it again

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

fun hike with variety of terrain

Monday, September 05, 2016

A very good rainy day hike

Sunday, September 04, 2016

loved it

Friday, August 19, 2016

Always a nice time there. Swimming is possible but could be cold because it doesn't get sunlight. I thought the trails were well marked. It's an intermediate hike. Nice little stop for the Hanes valley trail too.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

The trail itself is not remarkable but the waterfall is a great reward.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Great hike just busy is all

Friday, July 22, 2016

Not difficult but it is longer. We actually meant to go to Lynn Peak but went the wrong way. Oops! We had lots of snacks and water though so we decided to keep going. There's a beautiful waterfall at the end as your reward. Incline is minimal and the length makes for a great day hike. Took us 5 hours to do it return.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Easy but a decent length hike to the waterfall.

Monday, June 06, 2016

This hike was amazing and not to difficult. Beautiful waterfall at the end!

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Left early on Saturday morning. Was a great walk. Did that with my 6 years old daughter and she made it all the way without complaining! we'll do that again.

Monday, May 16, 2016

My friend and I did the NVF a month ago, very easy trail. It was perfect sunny day. Awesome! Great place to eat lunch.....with a great view!

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