When my friend Brian Caissie first asked me to accompany him to Lynn Canyon this summer, I had no idea what I was in for…
It may be hard to believe, but this incredible spot is just 15 minutes from my house! On the first visit, we took a pretty low key stroll through the main sections of the park, eventually settling next to a quiet section of waterway with a large whirlpool, and a cave, to stage a wicked shot on Brian’s camera. More on that in a moment…
In October I went back to the park with my sister, to walk some of the trails with my dog Pato. I was still taking it pretty easy that month, so we kept it low impact. Even at a slow pace, it was a beautiful hike with several level changes, including stairs.
When I finally got the go ahead to work out this month, I felt like I’d been given a “get out of jail free card”! I couldn’t think of a better way to test my newfound freedom than to head back to Lynn Canyon for some trail running.
Their extensive list of park trails is available online, which is super helpful if you are looking to plan your work out based on terrain, or distance. Since Brian frequents the park, Pato & I were able to just follow along…
In the end we covered just over 6 km of mixed terrain, with a mix of trail running, hiking, and walking. While Brian was ahead of me the whole way, I surprised myself with how well I was able to keep up. My lungs were a little heavy as I made my way up the final set of (never-ending!) stairs, but otherwise my body kept up quite well through the whole work out. The only thing I really held back on was jumping down from things as I didn’t want to jar my neck unexpectedly.
I still can’t believe how lucky I was to have this incredible park so close to me all season. Lynn Canyon provided the perfect setting for my return to exercise, which included a mix of aerobic and anaerobic activity. Not only will I be back for more of the same next year, but I’m already planning to add swimming in the watering holes, and a trek down the waterfalls to the agenda.
Who knows! Maybe I’ll include a photo shoot or two too ;)
“Tita” by Brian Caissie
Brian Caissie is an accomplished photographer of action sports, travel, and portraits, as well as a talented painter, and artist. He chronicles his incredible adventures both online, in print, and in his beautiful and creative journals.
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