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Cypress Provincial Park

Know Before You Go

Backcountry Safety Notices

The mountainous backcountry is extremely rugged. Recreating in this area should be attempted only by experienced backcountry travellers. Anyone contemplating an extended or overnight trip should inform a friend or family of their intended route and anticipated return time. Please note that open fires are not permitted in the backcountry.

Un-bridged creek crossings on the Lost Lake Trail and the Baden-Powell Trail (between Hollyburn trail and the Alpine Ski Area) may be difficult or impassible due to high water. Use caution – if in doubt do not attempt to cross

National Topographic Series Map Sheet 92G/06 (North Vancouver) at a scale of 1:50,000 cover the park area. This map is available from most map retailers in British Columbia.

There is a drinking fountain located at Cypress Mountain Resorts – Black Mountain Lodge. Water is scarce along the Howe Sound Crest Trail. Carry lots of water or a water filter and fill up wherever possible.

During the period from November to May, backcountry travellers are required to show an Access Corridor Waiver to travel through the Controlled Recreation Area, which is operated under permit by Cypress Mountain Resort. This Access Corridor Waiver is available without charge and may be obtained from Cypress Mountain Resort.

Parking: During the peak winter months, parking capacity can be exceeded at the upper parking lots of Cypress Park. These parking lots service the customers of Cypress Mountain Resort who pay a fee to ski, snowboard, snowshoe and snowtube, as well as the general public that comes to play in the park. Please do your part to ensure there is sufficient parking for everyone. Be sure to carpool, or consider taking the Cypress Coach Lines bus.

About This Park

Cypress Provincial Park 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. No matter what the season or the weather, Cypress Provincial Park is an enjoyable place to be. Hiking, sightseeing, photography, wilderness camping, skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snow tubing and snowshoeing and other snow-related activities are just some of the activities the park offers.

Cypress Provincial Park, through the commercial ski area under permit within the park, “Cypress Mountain,” was the official freestyle skiing & snowboard venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic winter games.

Park Size: 3,012 hectares, including the Howe Sound Crest Trail.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. The access road to Cypress Provincial Park is from the Upper Levels Highway (routes 1 and 99) in West Vancouver and enters the park at an elevation of 300 metres. From the city of Vancouver, access is by crossing the Lions Gate Bridge to the Upper Levels Highway via Taylor Way in West Vancouver. The closest communities are West and North Vancouver.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: In 1939, the official opening of the Lions Gate Bridge linking Vancouver and West Vancouver by His Majesty King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, 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 Cypress Provincial Park.
  • Conservation: The park has many natural highlights, including several sparkling mountain lakes--such as Blue Gentian, First, Yew, Cabin and West--that are nestled below the peaks of Mount Strachan (1,454 m), Black Mountain (1,217 m) and Hollyburn Mountain (1,325 m).

    Where the access road enters the park, at an elevation of 300 m, you pass first through a coastal Douglas-fir forest; this is a fire-scarred area with even-age stands of mixed Douglas-fir and western hemlock. Logging activities prior to the establishment of the park have opened much of the forest floor to the luxuriant growth of vine maple and cedar. Between 800 m and 940 m elevation, the forest gradually changes and, as the ridge tops are approached at 1,300 m above sea level, mountain hemlock, amabalis fir and yellow cypress, for which the park is named, predominate. The lush understory consists largely of shade-tolerant ferns, huckleberries, red and white heather, and false azaleas.
  • Wildlife: 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.
  • General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Approved Master Plan for Cypress Provincial Park. [PDF 1.13MKB]
    DISCLAIMER:

    This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
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Activities Available at this Park

Cycling

Cycling

Bikes are not permitted on any trails within the park. Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Hiking

Hiking

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.

Please note: Dogs and other pets are not permitted on the Yew Lake Interpretive Trail.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

The Yew Lake Trail is an interpretive trail with several viewing stops.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Cypress Mountain Resort is located within the provincial park. They offer a full range of downhill skiing & snowboarding, cross-country skiing, a snow tubing park with a tube tow and 11 km of marked of self guided interpretive snowshoeing trails in the Nordic ski area. The Alpine Ski Area features six (6) chairlifts and two (2) high speed quad chairs, two (2) quad chairs and two (2) double chairs. There is also a a magic carpet for Skooters (Kids Camp) that services 53 ski runs for all levels of ability. Read more about skiing in Cypress Provincial Park.

BC Parks maintains three backcountry winter trails for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing, the Howe Sound Crest, the Black Mountain Plateau, and the Hollyburn Peak trails. Read more about winter hiking trails in Cypress Provincial Park. Tobogganing is only permitted in the designated area.

Parking: During the peak winter months, parking capacity can be exceeded at the upper parking lots of Cypress Park. These parking lots service the customers of Cypress Mountain Resort who pay a fee to ski, snowboard, snowshoe and snowtube, as well as the general public that comes to play in the park. Please do your part to ensure there is sufficient parking for everyone. Be sure to carpool, or consider taking the Cypress Coach Lines bus.

Snowmobiles are not permitted outside of the designated areas. Tobogganing is only permitted in the designated area. Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour offer skiing opportunities nearby.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

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 mainly used as 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.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park. Flush toilets are provided at Cypress Mountain Resorts in the Black Mountain Lodge and are open from 7am to 11pm daily.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed at higher elevations beyond the Alpine and Nordic ski areas and along the Howe Sound Crest Trail, but no facilities are provided.

There are three preferred sites along the Howe Sound Crest trail.
  • Magnesia Meadows (14.5 km from Cypress Mountain Resort );
  • Brunswick Lake (19 km from Cypress Mountain Resort);
  • Deeks Lake (22 km from Cypress Mountain Resort).
Tent pads or sites are not provided. Campers are encouraged to camp in cleared areas as to limit environmental impacts. The backcountry of Cypress Provincial Park can be rugged, and weather is often severe. Campers should be experienced in the backcountry and prepared for all weather conditions. Campfires are NOT permitted. Backcountry winter camping (1 km beyond Alpine and Nordic ski areas) is allowed. No facilities are provided. Backcountry travelers are encouraged to use extreme caution in avalanche terrain. Travellers should refer to the Cypress Provincial Park Winter trail report (at the top of the page) for updated information on backcountry trails and avalanche conditions.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Some facilities and hiking trails in the park are wheelchair accessible. The Yew Lake trail is wheelchair accessible, barrier free trail. The Yew Lake trail has several interpretative viewing point, wheelchair accessible picnic tables, and rest stops along the way. The trail is a 2 km low-grade loop trail that meanders through an alpine old growth lake system. Cypress Mountain Resorts at Cypress Creek Lodge has flush toilets for disabled. Quarry and High View day-use areas have pit toilets that are wheelchair accessible.