Cypress Mountain is located in Cypress Provincial Park, only a 25 min drive from downtown Vancouver. Whether you are looking to enjoy the sunny weather with a rugged hike or a quiet afternoon exploring the trails, Cypress Mountain has a variety of summer activities to offer.
The towering North Shore Mountains which form a backdrop to the bustling city of Vancouver have beckoned outdoor recreationists for many years. Until the opening of the Lions Gate Bridge in 1939, a fleet of ferries transported hikers and skiers across Burrard Inlet on the first leg of their journey to Hollyburn Ridge, which is now part of Cypress Provincial Park.
Bounded on the west by Howe Sound, on the north and east by the ridgetops of Mount Strachan and Hollyburn Mountain and to the south by West Vancouver, Cypress sits like a ship’s crownest high above Vancouver.
On a clear day, the views are spectacular! To the south is the sprawling metropolitan area of Vancouver, while to the southeast is snowclad Mount Baker in the Cascade Mountain chain. To the west and southwest lie the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island with Georgia Strait in the foreground.
The diversity of natural features, old-growth trees and outdoor recreation opportunities both summer and winter, is due partly to the climate of coastal British Columbia. The mean annual temperature of around 9–10 degrees Celsius (49–50° F) results in many warm days for hikers and sightseers.
3,012 hectares, including the Howe Sound Crest Trail.
Things to Do:
Cypress Mountain is located in Cypress Provincial Park and is only 30 minutes from Downtown Vancouver with spectacular views of Downtown, Howe Sound and southwest to the gulf islands.
Cypress Mountain is made up of 3 mountains; Black Mountain, Mount Strachan and Hollyburn Mountain.
Cypress has many natural highlights. Its mountaintop plateaus and rugged peaks, sub alpine lakes, streams and meadows, ancient forest stands and second-growth forests provide a wide range of habitats for diverse flora and fauna.
Although some sections of Cypress were logged before the park was established, its remaining old growth stands contain some of the largest and oldest recorded trees for the species in BC. Many of the parks yellow-cedars (or yellow-cypress-fir; which the park is named after) are well over 1000 years old. Red and white heather, copper bush, white rhododendron and many other native shrubs and wildflowers can be seen along the wheelchair-accessible Yew Lake trail and else where in the Park.
The official opening of the Lions Gate Bridge linking Vancouver and West Vancouver by His Majesty King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939 signaled the end of the West Vancouver Ferry era and heralded the start of a population expansion in the city. As the population of the area increased there was an increasing necessity for more areas for skiing and hiking which resulted in the creation of the park.
Bringing Pets to the Park:
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in park buildings. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
A variety of large and small mammals inhabit the park. Coyotes and deer are often seen close to the access road. Black bears, squirrels, hares and weasels may be encountered in the backcountry. Adding colour and sound to the park are a variety of birds like ravens, gray jays, chickadees, warblers, woodpeckers, grouse, hawks and owls.
The Cypress Challenge on Cypress Bowl Road stretches 15km and has a steady climb of close 2400 feet which is very popular for road cyclists.
Please Note: Bikes are not permitted on any trails within the park. Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
A free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. Geocaching is a great way to get out on the hiking trails and enjoy the outdoors. Cypress has numerous geocaches stashed all around the park and along the hiking trails. Visit Geocaching.com to download their smart phone app and start geocaching! Visit geocaching.com for more details.
This park has two (2) day-use/picnic areas. The Quarry Picnic Area has a large grassy area with eleven (11) picnic tables. Highview has a small grassy area and six (6) picnic tables. The Highview day-use area is mainly a lookout over Vancouver, Fraser Valley and the south end of Vancouver Island. Both the day-use areas have two (2) pit toilets and picnic tables with barbeque attachments, bring your own briquettes. There are no fire rings and fires are not permitted.