Cypress Provincial Park / Vancouver Coast & Mountains
1610 Mt. Seymour, North Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Postal Code: V7G 1L3
Phone: 604-924-2200 / Fax: 604-929-2425
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Cypress Provincial Park - The park is 3,012 hectares in size and is located within a stones throw of the city of Vancouver. On a clear day the look off on the road into the park provides a spectacular view of the city.

Access: The park is located just northeast of Vancouver on the road to Whistler on Highway 99. Outside of rush hour you can reach the park in 15 minutes from Vancouver. Take Highway 1 to 99 along the upper levels in North Vancouver and follow the signs to the park.

 
 
Camping Front Country: There is no front country camping in the park.

Camping Backcountry: Primitive camping is permitted at non-designated sites beyond the ski center at the higher elevations in the park. Leave no trace is the expected approach. You can also camp at non-designated sites along the Howe Sound Crest Trail.

Note: Fires are not permitted, you must carry a stove for cooking.

Hiking:

  • Hollyburn Mountain Trail - 6km Strenuous Description: This trail begins from the Hollyburn Ridge parking lot and climbs to the Hollyburn Mountain peak at 1,325 meters. The trail has an elevation change of 440 meters and should take about 2 1/2 hours to complete. Cypress Provincial Park, North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Black Mountain Loop Trail - 2.5km This trail takes you through sub-alpine meadows and around the edges of several mountain lakes. It is situated beside Black Mountain Plateau. This trail has a100 meter elevation change and should take about 1 3/4 hours to complete.Cypress Provincial Park, North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Lodge Trails - This is actually a network of trails of varying lengths and difficulties linking to other trails from Hollyburn Lodge at First Lake. Cypress Provincial Park, North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Yew Lake Trail - 1.5km, Easy This is a self-guided interpretive trail. It's an easy loop that goes through the forest, meadows and around small lakes, then returns to the base of the Black Chair lift. The trail should take about 45 min to complete. Cypress Provincial Park, North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains.

Backpacking:

  • Howe Sound Crest Trail - 30km, Very Difficult This is a rugged trail that goes to Lions and Deeks Lake then descends to Hwy 99, south of Porteau Cove Provincial Park. This trail is for experienced hikers and backpackers only.Cypress Provincial Park (Partially), North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Baden-Powel Centennial '71 Trail - 41.7km, Expert This trail takes you from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove along the North Shore Mountains.Two of these sections go through Cypress Provincial Park before continuing on to Grouse and Seymour. Cypress Provincial Park (Partially), North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains

Snow Shoeing: The park has designated snow shoe trails around the ski area.


Boarding and Skiing:

  • Cypress Mountain (Cypress Bowl) - Snowboarding, Telemark Skiing, Cross Country Skiing (19 km), Snowshoeing (10km), Hiking, 1750 ft Vertical, Avg. Annual Snowfall 622 cm - West Vancouver, British Columbia
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XC Skiing: There are 19 km of trails in the parks ski area. The area is well known for its XC Skiing the trails are varied and provided for some excellent skiing particularly since the average snowfall is in the neighborhood of 600cm a year.


Nature: The park has innumerable species of birds including Nuthatches, Chickadees and Jays. The area is well know for it's hawk migration.
Hi-View and Quarry Lookouts - Great Hawk viewing in September. Located along the parks road.
Yew Lake Wetlands - Woodpeckers, Swifts, Warblers and Sandpipers are amongst the prevalent species. Wheel chair access.
Hollyburn Old-growth Forest - Follow along the Baden Powell Trail to observe Grouse, Sapsuckers and the Chestnut-backed Chickadee.
Black and Stachan Mountains - Another good Hawk vantage point in the fall is the Yew Lake lookout.
Baden-Powell Trail - Viewing of Hermit Thrush, Barred Owl and Red Crossbill.

A birding checklist pamphlet is available from the park.

The parks mammals include Pikas, Flying Squirrel Bear and Deer.

Mountain Biking : There are a number of trails designated for mountain bikes along with the main access road. Consult the parks brochure which includes a map of the trails that are open to bikes.


Maps: An online Map is now available from the official Cypress Mountain site online from BC Parks.

National Topographic Series Maps, Scale, 1:50,000, sheets 92G/06 (North Vancouver) covers the park area.

Literature: A brochure which also includes a basic map of the park and its trails is avalable from the park. Contact Cypress Provincial Park / Vancouver Coast & Mountains1610 Mt. Seymour, North Vancouver, B.C. Canada Postal Code: V7G 1L3 Phone: 604-924-2200 / Fax: 604-929-2425

Additional Information: Contact the park or visit the official Cypress Mountain website online from BC Parks.

 

 

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