The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve is a rich environment decorated in lush westcoast forests, river flood plains, alpine meadows, creeks, streams, lakes and a major river. The main river being the Seymour River which flows down the centre of the reserve. The main lake being Seymour Lake located at the north end of the reserve.
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve is also a research reserve. Throughout the reserve are various environmental projects and exhibits... most of which are fish enhancement projects and water quality monitoring. There are educational tours, programs and events in the LSCR if one wishes to learn more about the various projects.
To explore the reserve some paddle the river and lakes while others explore via the network of gravel and paved recreation trails. The activities best enjoyed in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve include mountain biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, dog walking, rollerblading, horseback riding and picnicking.
Horseback riding is not allowed north of the Rice Lake gates. Horseback riding trails, in general, are the same trails which allow dogs.
Kayaking and canoeing is best enjoyed on the Seymour River. There are sections ideal for beginners and there are challenging sections for the experienced paddler. Put in and take out points are located along the river. Plan wisely.
Fishing for steelhead is popular on the Seymour River. For those who prefer trout... then may we suggest you head out to Rice Lake. A fishing licence is required in British Columbia to fish our waterways.
The majority of recreation trails are located in the south end of the reserve. Dominating the north end of park is Seymour Lake, a fish hatchery and a dam. In between are numerous day use picnic sites. Connecting the south and north together is a 10 kilometre paved recreation path called the Seymour Valley Trailway.
In total there are over 25 kilometres of trails in the LSCR. The main trail is the Seymour Valley Trailway. It is a paved route ideal for hiking, biking, baby strollers, wheelchairs and rollerblading. Along the route are pit toilets, sightseeing benches and day use picnic sites.
The picnic sites are located at the Seymour Fish Hatchery, Stoney Creek, Jack Burn, Hydraulic, Mid Valley, Balloon and Rice Lake (x2) day use sites.
The other trails in the park vary from easy going to challenging. All distances are one way. Some of the trails include Rice Lake Loop Trail (2 kms), Varley Trail (1.5 kms), Fisherman's Trail (7 kms), Old Growth Trail (2.3 kms), Coho Trail (1.7 kms), twin Bridges (2.2 kms), Bridle Trail (1.5 kms), Mystery Creek Trail (3 kms), Lynn Peak Trail (4 kms), Dog Mountain Trail (3 kms).
Some of the trails are shared trails with mountain bikers so keep your head up at all times. Keep your wits about you especially on the CBC, Ned’s Atomic, Dustbin, Bottletop and
Fisherman’s Trails as they are popular with mountain bikers. The mountain biking trails are well developed with jumps, drops, ladders, logs, teeter totters, wall rides, A-frames, table jumps, step-up jumps and chutes.