Lynn Valley is named for John Linn one of the pioneers of this part of the North Shore. Bordered to the east by Lynn Canyon Park, to the north by Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and the Greater Vancouver Regional District Watershed, the Lynn Valley area is wide-spread but limited in its expansion. Two main roads bisect the area: Lynn Valley Road and Mountain Highway.
Most of the residential development in Lynn Valley took place from the late fifties through the seventies, though one can find a few homes from the early part of the 20th century. Nowadays, most new construction is either “in-fill” or re-development. Most homes in Lynn Valley are traditional family homes with fairly generous lots. There is also, at times, a mixture of lot sizes within a single block area. Some townhouse complexes and apartments are also available. Recently, there has been quite a bit of building going on in the heart of Lynn Valley, in an area called Lynn Valley Centre. This has added a substantial number of new apartments along with some townhomes to the stock offered by Lynn Valley
The proximity of many parks, nature in general and numerous activities is a major attraction for the majority of Lynn Valley residents.
Lynn Valley is an area with more schools than any other on the North Shore, reflecting the preponderance of single family homes that make up its fabric. Five public schools from elementary to high school and one private school serve the inhabitants.
At the heart of Lynn Valley is Lynn Valley Centre, which offers a large food store, a department store, a liquor store and numerous other small boutiques, banks and other services. The Centre, being newly renovated, has created a re-birth for the Lynn Valley core offering services such as yoga, florists, retail and fine foods. The Black Bear Pub was added a few years ago and is worth the visit for a warm atmosphere and gourmet pub lunch. Not far to the south, is the Park and Tilford Shopping Centre - at the foot of Mountain Highway, at Brooksbank & Keith Road.
A few minutes drive to the west on Keith, takes you to Lonsdale Ave, a broad commercial avenue running north-south through North Vancouver and offering a multitude of shopping and entertainment.