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Cypress Provincial Park

Cypress Provincial Park sits in the snow-capped North Shore Mountains, overlooking British Columbia’s largest city, Vancouver. The North Shore Mountains are a small subrange of the Pacific Ranges. The North Shore Mountains are not particularly tall, but they are notoriously rugged.

Cypress Provincial Park sits

Cypress Provincial Park is a 7,500-acre park that highlights the natural beauty found within the North Shore Mountains. The southern section of the park is accessible by road, while the northern section can only be accessed via hiking trails.

The park is bounded by Howe Sound to the west, West Vancouver to the south, Mount Strachan to the north and Hollyburn Mountain to east. In the early 1900s, prior to the opening of the Lions Gate Bridge, hikers and skiers looking to explore the slopes of Hollyburn Mountain had to take a ferry across the Burrard Inlet. Even then, Vancouver locals would regularly cross the inlet and climb Hollyburn Ridge to ski or snowshoe at Hollyburn Lodge, Hollyburn Ski Camp, and the Hollyburn Ski Lodge (formerly known as the West Lake Ski Camp).

Cypress Provincial Park

In 1939, the Lions Gate Bridge was opened to the public, making the area’s iconic summits and slopes accessible to more visitors. In the 1970s, B.C. Parks designated the area a Provincial Park and opened the Cypress Ski Area in the southern section of the park. The park continued to grow in popularity, eventually hosting events for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Cypress Provincial Park contains three major mountains that form Cypress Bowl: Mount Strachan, Black Mountain, and Hollyburn Mountain. Although these three summits are the most frequently explored, in total, the park contains 21 impressive peaks, including West Lion, Thomas Peak, David Peak, James Peak, Brunswick Mountain, Hat Mountain, and Coburg Peak.

Though Cypress is best-known for its snow-capped summits, the park also boasts several stunning mountain lakes and large stands of fir, hemlock, and yellow cypress forests. In the summer, Cypress is a beloved escape for hikers, backpackers, campers, and cyclists.

Cypress Provincial Park

Major Trails and Hiking Areas

Eagle Bluffs via Black Mountain

Eagle Bluffs is a beloved Cypress viewpoint that features unobstructed views of Vancouver, Howe Sound, Bowen Island, Gibsons, and Georgia Straight. Most hikers access Eagle Bluffs from the downhill ski area of Cypress Mountain, which passes Cabin Lake and Black Mountain. The trail begins with an arduous 1-mile ascent. Though the first mile isn’t easy, incredible views are almost immediate. Along the way, hikers can take a dip in Cabin Lake or a short 10-minute walk to Black Mountain. The trail is approximately 5 miles roundtrip and can take anywhere from 3-4 hours to complete.

Cypress Provincial Park

Hollyburn Peak

Hollyburn Peak, also known as Hollyburn Ridge, contains an old alpine recreation community that dates back to the early 20th century. At the summit of this iconic peak hikers are rewarded with sweeping views of Vancouver, Mount Strachan, The Lions, and other well-known North Shore summits. There is a winter and summer route to the summit, making this ascent a particularly popular footpath for both hiking and snowshoeing.

Hollyburn Peak. Cypress Provincial Park

Bowen Lookout

Bowen Lookout, another epic all-seasons footpath, overlooks Howe Sound toward Bowen Island. This short and steep trail is only 2.5 miles roundtrip and can be climbed in under two hours, making it an excellent option for beginner snoeshoers and hikers. The trailhead can be found just beyond the Cypress Creek Lodge in the downhill ski area of Cypress Mountain. For visitors looking to spend more time on trail, Bowen Lookout can also be experienced as a side-trip to St. Marks Summit, a stunning peak along the Howe Sound Crest Trail.

Bowen Lookout. Cypress Provincial Park

Howe Sound Crest Trail

The Howe Sound Crest Trail is a stunning 18-mile footpath that stretches from Cypress Bowl to Porteau Cove. The trail offers spectacular views of Howe Sound, climbs several stunning North Shore summits, and passes numerous turquoise mountain lakes. Though the Howe Sound Crest trail can be completed in a day, most hikers opt to tackle this challenging trek as an overnight trip. This trail isn’t for the faint of heart and visitors are advised to be prepared to experience all four seasons along the way.

Howe Sound Crest Trail. Cypress Provincial Park

Major Cities and Resorts

Cypress Mountain Resort

Cypress Mountain Resort offers a full range of downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, tubing, and contains 6 miles of marked self-guided snowshoeing trails. The resort encompasses more than 600 skiable acres across three stunning summits, Mount Strachan, Black Mountain, and Hollyburn Mountain. This all-seasons destination is just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, making it accessible to both day trips and weekend getaways. At the upper lot of the Downhill Area, visitors will find the Cypress Creek Lodge, which includes the Cypress Creek Grill, Crazy Raven Bar & Grill, and the Gold Medal Café.

Cypress Mountain Resort. Cypress Provincial Park


Just 30 minutes from Cypress Provincial Park, Vancouver is a city packed with pristine beaches, epic suspension bridges, miles of scenic hiking trails, and an abundance of biking, kayaking, and fishing opportunities. The city itself is surrounded by mountains and is known for its thriving art, theater, and music scenes. Vancouver is incredibly walkable and contains several scenic vistas and parks, as well as plenty of accommodations and eateries.

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