Eco-Awareness & The Great Outdoors

Bikers love Fromme, sweet Fromme

November 2, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

By Robin Thorneycroft, contributing writer Twenty years ago, in the clatter and din of Lynn Valley’s Black Bear pub, like-minded locals gathered to chat about some community concerns. Now, two decades later many of those same people – along with…

Help free Lynn Canyon trees!

October 24, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

By Robin Thorneycroft, contributing writer Lynn Valley residents will have a chance to wrestle with nature and leave one of our most beloved parks a little healthier on the weekend. The District of North Vancouver is hosting a Free The…

Lynn Valley LINK trail becomes a reality

September 16, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

The hard work of Lynn Valley Community Association volunteers and district parks staff – and the leadership of local residents Suzanne and Gabriel Mazoret – was celebrated at Lynn Canyon on September 16 with the grand opening of the Lynn…

Remember watering restrictions when sunny weather comes

June 22, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Water restrictions probably haven’t been top of mind for most Lynn Valleyites, seeing as Mother Nature has been abundantly generous with water herself. But now that sunny weather is upon us, here’s a reminder of our water-conservation responsibilities. Phase One…

Be a Lynn Valley LINK trail builder!

May 3, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

There’s an exciting new outdoor recreational project afoot in Lynn Valley, and you could be on the ground floor (literally). The Lynn Valley Community Association’s Annual Park Project takes place on Saturday, May 13 and is a key component of the new…

Be a Lynn Valley trail blazer!

April 19, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Thanks to the Lynn Valley Community Association for passing along this information about a Power Line trail party happening on May 13. Do you appreciate the ready access to nature that we enjoy  in this neighbourhood? Then please consider lending…

Tree-savers sought for Saturday!

March 23, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

It’s weed pull time again! Celebrate the first week of spring by getting your hands dirty with North Shore Streamkeepers. The group is looking for volunteers to help remove invasive plant species and replant native species in Lynn Canyon Park…

Lynn Valley right to prepare for floods

February 11, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

By guest writer No one in Lynn Valley needs to be reminded that their neighbourhood sees more rain than anywhere else in the Greater Vancouver region. The area gets about 2,500 mm of precipitation every year while the airport receives…

Hastings Creek kept clean by dedicated crew

December 22, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

By staff writer If you saw a team of people strolling through the woods wearing muddy boots and toting hockey sticks on a rainy Saturday afternoon in the fall, you might think: “Yes, it’s hockey night in Canada, but these…

Headwaters road deterioration prompts closure to vehicles

December 1, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

  Temporary Closure to Lynn Headwaters Access Road In the interest of public safety, the District of North Vancouver has closed its access road to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park at the top of Lynn Valley Road to vehicles, effective immediately….

Bears under threat from continued urban expansion

November 7, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Black bears and human beings, aside from the occasional unfortunate interaction, have co-existed on the North Shore for over a hundred years. The bears are smart enough to know that human beings are dangerous, and vice versa. There has been…

Exploring Lynn Valley forests with the Ecology Centre

October 11, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Are there really salmon found in Lynn Valley creeks? (Yes.) Are there really bears in Lynn Valley parks? (Of course.) Is it safe to explore Lynn Valley parks. (Yes, if you don’t get lost.)  What’s the best way to learn…

Lynn Valley forests fun for foraged foods

October 5, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Foraged foods, sometimes known as “weeds,” are showing up on the tables of the coolest restaurants in the world. The New York Times says that when you see ramps (Allium tricoccum, better known as wild leeks) featured in the finest…

Take a “Jane’s Walk” and hear Lynn Valley history

April 20, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Jane’s Walks are coming to Lynn Valley,  just in time to celebrate the 100th birthday of the person after whom they were named. Writer and activist Jane Jacobs had a significant influence on urban planning in the 1960s, when she…

Gardening season is here, and LV plant sale, too!

April 13, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

With the recent (on and off!) spate of sunny weather, Lynn Valley green thumbs are itchy to get out into their gardens. It’s too early to get annuals out, but we have a great list of gardening tasks that can…

Get your Lynn Valley garden ready for winter

September 30, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

There is a decided chill whispering in the air these days. Fall has officially arrived in Lynn Valley and it’s time to think of putting the garden to bed for the winter. Now, this is a touchy subject when it…

Hot-weather tips for local lawns

July 3, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

New “Phase Two” water restrictions were announced today, so this article on hot-weather lawn care is just in time! Check out the water sprinkling rules here - and take note of the following advice from Matt and Rob Boyd of Endless Summer landscapers (you…

Divide your perennials to keep them perky

June 9, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Spring is well upon us, so it’s time to tune into the local experts for some garden tips.  Here is some advice on keeping your perennials looking perfect, from Matt and Rob Boyd of Endless Summer landscapers. Many perennial plants grow in an…

Celtic spiritual practices introduced at workshops

April 15, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Lynn Valley is home to nearly a dozen churches and congregations of various types. But in this age that is often described as “spiritual but not religious,” church leaders are increasingly being found outside their buildings, helping people of all…

Streamkeepers report boom in Hastings Creek smolt

April 12, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

While many Lynn Valley residents may have been coming home to a welcome dinner or stretching out in front of the TV Friday night, a handful of enthusiastic citizens were on the banks of Hastings Creek carefully placing a number…

Free wellness activities kick off the year!

January 2, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From the North Vancouver District Library press office: This January, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture and North Vancouver District Public Library invite you to celebrate your health and wellness with a series of workshops and programs designed to get you…

Argyle principal thanks community for flood support

November 4, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

In the wake of Monday night/Tuesday morning’s flash flooding that closed Argyle Secondary, required the evacuation of at least 17 Lynn Valley homes, and has left some in our neighbourhood temporarily homeless, school principal Liz Bell sent out this Tuesday…

Dog only hero in Lynn Valley forest saga

July 9, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

This “lost-in-the-woods” story has become my mother’s favourite, and she pushes me to tell it to people at parties ALL THE TIME. If I demur (having told it a zillion times already), she just launches in and tells it herself….

Lynn Valley Lions Community Garden volunteers sought

June 30, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

A new community garden is being built in Lynn Valley, and this is your chance to get in on the “ground” floor – literally. Volunteers who help build the garden on the grounds by the Lynn Valley Rec Centre on…

Warm-weather watering wisdom from the pros

June 4, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

The sun is out, and your garden needs you! Here are some warm-weather tips from Matt and Rob Boyd of Endless Summer landscapers, with some especially good advice about watering plants properly! These are just a few gardening tips for…

St. Clement’s celebrates “Good Seed Sunday”

May 2, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

In partnership with A Rocha, a non-profit organization that engages in scientific research, environmental education and community-based conservation projects, St. Clement’s Anglican Church in Lynn Valley recently held a “Good Seed Sunday, ” involving a special service, stream clean-up and invasive…

Plant yourself at LV Garden Club sale

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

The always-popular Lynn Valley Garden Club plant sale is a great chance to purchase new plant stock, meet your neighbours, share some garden advice and even find that perfect Mother’s Day gift. The club’s annual spring plant sale takes place…

Spirituality on the trail

April 30, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

In this Cascadian society, often referred to as “spiritual, but not religious,” people like to say they can worship a higher power from a forest trail more readily than they can from a church pew. This Saturday, they’ll have the…

Mountain bike gear swap coming soon!

April 4, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

We are happy to pass along this press release from the North Shore Mountain Bike Association, most of whose directors live in Lynn Valley. Scroll down for info on how to sell your gear that day. For further information about…

Time to spring clean your garden, Lynn Valley!

March 29, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Spring has sprung! And now that it’s here, Endless Summer Landscapes offers up some essential spring cleaning tips to help LynnValleyLife readers beautify their properties, lawns and gardens. (Learn more about this local company by reading its LVL Merchant Profile!)…

Rice Lake rink a rare treat!

February 9, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Even those of us who have lived in Lynn Valley most of our lives don’t have many “back in the good ol’ days” stories about skating on local waterholes. The small ‘swamp’ off of McNair Drive in Mountain View Park…

One-of-a-kind jewellery made from found glass

January 29, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

When life gives you lemons, the optimistic make lemonade. So when Dana Kovanda and her son find broken glass in Hastings Creek, they don’t just pick it up – they make beautiful jewellery that’s unique to this neighbourhood. Dana’s tumbled-glass…

Green Coast Rubbish cleans up at awards night

November 8, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Many congratulations to Lynn Valley’s Green Coast Rubbish, a local company that doesn’t just haul your ‘junk’ away … it finds good homes and uses for as much of it as possible. That dedication to waste reduction was recently recognized…

Harvest sunflower seeds in days to come

September 17, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

It’s been fantastic travelling around Lynn Valley and seeing more and more sunflower patches out in full bloom. Perhaps they are showing up more now, thanks to the backdrop of our recent grey weather! Some of our own flowers are…

Volunteers keep North Van clean & green

September 13, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

It was swing-your-partner time Friday night as the District of North Vancouver hosted a dinner and barn dance to thank the many volunteers who take part in the muncipality’s outdoor programs. Maplewood Farm helpers, parks and trails workers, Adopt a…

Project Sunflower to honour best blooms

August 16, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

The stems are staggering, the leaves are lion-sized, and the blooms are bursting open. Congratulations to all you Project Sunflower growers who managed to nurse your seedlings through to flowering! We’ve seen the results as we’ve been cruising the neighbourhood…

At mid-summer mark, sunflowers overtake editor

July 25, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

It’s official, my sunflowers are now taller than I am (which, I have to admit, isn’t saying much). Still, I’m very proud of them, especially since much of the rest of my garden is suffering. My Shasta daisies are once…

Project Sunflower foot-lings can use boron boost

June 24, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From the garden of Lynn O’Malley: Well, I’m very glad I planted my Project Sunflower seeds out in mid-May, because ever since then – between Lynn Valley Days and end-of-term festivities and grad and visitors – there has certainly been…

B.C. Mills House: a step into the past

June 21, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

  The B.C. Mills House Museum, a hidden reminder of Lynn Valley’s history, is located near the entrance of Lynn Valley Headwaters Regional Park. Originally purchased from a 1904 catalogue of the B.C. Mills Timber and Trading company, it represents…

June Garden Tips for Lynn Valley

June 3, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

What’s on this month’s garden to-do list? We asked local landscapers Matt and Rob Boyd of Endless Summer Landscaping to give us their top tips for a beautiful yard. Mulch. It seems to be many landscapers’ philosophy that when all else fails, just go…

#2: Oh, hail! Here comes the rain

May 14, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From the garden of Lynn O’Malley… This was going to be a celebratory post about the fact that my sunflower seeds poked their heads above the soil last Saturday, a scant week after I detailed their planting in this post….

Project Sunflower Diary #1: Lynn O’Malley sows her seeds

May 5, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From the garden of Lynn O’Malley, voice of the valley: For the past two months, the LynnValleyLife team has been planning and promoting its scheme to blanket Lynn Valley in summertime sunflowers. We’ve talked sunflowers, mailed sunflowers, photo’d sunflowers and…

Local landscaper gives top tips for lush lawns and great gardens

April 29, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

  These spring landscape tips are provided by Lynn Valley local, Matt Boyd of Endless Summer Landscaping. Are you looking forward to a beautiful, lush, green lawn this year, surrounded by attractive gardens and dotted with healthy trees? These top…

Project Sunflower set to launch!

April 13, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

This is the week that many of our LynnValleyLife Network members are receiving their Project Sunflower seed packets in the mail or on their doorstep (let’s hope those late-season snow flurries won’t be visiting the Upper Lynn area any more!)…

Cousteau name graces LV French school

April 7, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Last month, the The French International School of Vancouver (located in Lynn Valley’s former Fromme Elementary building) honoured the legacy of visionary Jacques-Yves Cousteau — the most celebrated French defender of marine ecology— by renaming itself The French International School…

Almost-spring days give cause for celebration

March 8, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From Lynn O’Malley’s typewriter: These first sunny days of almost-spring make me realize how cabin-fevered I had become! There are still a few weeks ’til spring officially kicks in, and an even longer haul ’til we get some reliable, lasting…

Leave space in the garden for Project Sunflower

March 4, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Last fall, those of us at LynnValleyLife HQ had a great time reading the nominations for our first-annual Good Neighbour Award, which wrapped up at the end of December. In fact, we had such a good time, we realized we’d…

LV man promoting mountain film fest

February 1, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Lynn Valley resident Steven Threndyle is PR director for the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. He’d like to invite the community to come out to the festival, which runs from Feb. 8 to 17. Steven, tell us about your role…

Adopt a Lynn Valley street today!

January 30, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

There’s a great new North Vancouver District program that can improve your life – and your community – all at the same time. Whether you want to teach your kids responsibility, lose a few pounds, get your partner out walking…

Hear about LV runner’s Indian adventure

January 17, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

We recently reported that Lynn Valley’s Hilary Ewart had successfully completed a 100-mile, five-day run through India’s Himalayan range, in the company of other North Shore running friends. Now you can come hear Hilary and three other runners talk about…

Lynn Valley neighbourhood clean up planned

October 21, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Lynn Valley litter will be targeted once again after last year’s successful Neighbourhood Clean-Up around Argyle School. The theme of the Nov. 3 grassroots gathering is “Our Community, Our Responsibility,” and it encourages families to get out with their children…

Lynn Valley sewer system tested

October 8, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

What the heck is a vapour test? And why is there one coming to a sewer near you? Click on this link from North Vancouver District, in which the municipality explains how and why Lynn Valley’s storm and sanitary sewers…

How did your Lynn Valley garden grow?

September 21, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From the garden of Lynn O’Malley:  Nature is all swings and roundabouts, isn’t it? Just when one is ready to despair over the constant mildewing of the zucchini leaves, a bumper crop of sweet peas gives one cause to celebrate….

Suspension bridge spans 100 years

September 7, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Once again Lynn Valley is celebrating an important centennial. Having already marked the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the L.V. Community Association and the first-ever Lynn Valley Day, everyone can pull out their party shoes again in order to…

Compost coaches offer free, at-home instruction

August 31, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Waste-reducers and gardeners can learn more about one of their favourite pastimes without spending a cent, thanks to the Compost Coaching program offered by the North Shore Recycling Program. Now that colder weather is on the horizon, you might want…

Lynn Valley kids blessed with natural playscape

August 30, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

FROM LYNN O’MALLEY: We talk a lot about our children having lost the ability to ‘play.’ Between busy work schedules, programmed after-school activities, and parental anxieties about kids being allowed to wander on their own, we have apparently turned into…

LV pest pros tell you how to bug off

July 31, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

By Dylan Wendt, Coast Pest Control If you have unwanted pests at home and want to try the natural approach before calling a pest control company; then try these tested home remedies.  If they don’t solve your problems, then give…

Visit Maplewood Farm online, or for real at Open House

July 25, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

As of this moment – July 25, at 21:16 precisely – I can tell you that the goats at Maplewood Farm are either tucked away fast asleep, or they’ve staged a coup and made their grand escape. How do I…

New group welcomes ramblers and rovers

July 15, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

If you’re the type of person who instinctively prefers the term ‘rambling’ to ‘hiking,’ you might be interested to hear about a new informal walking group that meets twice a month. Jane and Leo are friends who have made a…

Knee Knacker just latest challenge for elite LV runner

July 12, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Some of the world’s top ultra-marathoners will be participating in this Saturday’s infamous Knee Knacker, a 30-mile run from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove along the Baden Powell trail, and Hilary Ewart is excited to be amongst them. It’s the…

Share your favourite walks and hikes

July 8, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

There is much to be said for the walks and hikes in and around Lynn Valley. So why don’t you help us say it? We already have a walks and hikes section that’s a good starting point for people who…

Circling helicopters part of Lynn Valley life

June 8, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

FROM THE EDITOR: The sound of sirens isn’t too unusual in Lynn Valley, especially during the summer months when it’s often assumed emergency responders are en route to a mishap in Lynn Canyon. While those occurrences can sometimes be tragic,…

Take a walk on the wild side at Lynn Headwaters event

May 21, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

The 100th Lynn Valley Day shindig may be over as of Saturday evening, but the celebration of local heritage will continue on Sunday with an event at Lynn Headwaters Park. Wilderness At Your Doorstep gives people the chance to learn…

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge celebrates 100 years

May 14, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

BY TRICIA EDGAR: In 2012, Lynn Canyon Park is 100 years old. Let’s go on a walk through the trails of the canyon a century ago. If you’d visited then, what would you have seen? It’s a sunny day, and…

Food scrap collection? Let’s lead the way!

March 16, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

FROM LYNN O’MALLEY: As of the first week of May, we Lynn Valleyites have the chance to step up and really prove ourselves. That’s when the North Shore Recycling Program is extending its weekly yard waste pick-up service to include…

Recycling depots close at hand

February 11, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Lynn Valley is an excellent place to live if you’re an environmentalist. Sure, we have lots of trees. But did you know we’re also particularly well-situated when it comes to recycling drop-off depots? We’re a hop, skip and a jump…

District workers are up the creek

January 30, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

FROM THE EDITOR: It’s always been easy to be impressed by Lynn Valley’s trees; after all, the world’s tallest fir – measuring 417 feet high and 77 feet around – was documented here in 1875. But for the next few…