Visitors - Important Notice!
- Please keep your dog on a leash, and always clean up and properly dispose of your dog’s waste.
here to view a non-government website containing
avalanche safety information and
winter ski activities and conditions.
2010 Olympic Venue at Cypress Provincial Park
The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) invited the
public to an update and overview on February 8, 2006
on the Cypress Venue project.
The Cypress venue will host the freestyle skiing
and snowboarding competitions for the 2010 Olympic
the information session,
comments from the public were received as part
of the environmental
assessment review and consultation process. From this
review, the Cypress working group and VANOC prepared
the below final Environmental Assessment
can also visit the VANOC
website for more information about this and other
more information, contact VANOC at 1-778-328-2010
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 north
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
The diversity of natural features, old-growth trees
and outdoor recreation opportunities both summer and
is due partly to the climate of coastal British Columbia.
The mean annual temperature of around 9-10 degrees Celcius
(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. Along with hiking
and sightseeing, photography, wilderness camping, mountain
biking (in limited areas), skiing
and other snow-related activities are just some of the
activities the park offers.
encompassing just over 2,100 hectares, the park now covers
3,012 hectares, including the Howe Sound Crest Trail.
the period from November to May, backcountry travelers are
required to show a Backcountry Access Pass to travel through
the Controlled Recreation Area which is operated under permit
by Cypress Bowl Resorts. This pass is available without
charge and may be obtained from Cypress Bowl Resorts.
Topographic Series Map Sheet 92G/06 (North Vancouver) at
a scale of 1:50,000 cover the park area. This map is available
from Government Agents and most map retailers in British
road to Cypress Provincial Park is from the Upper Levels
(routes 1 and 99) in West Vancouver and enters the park at
an elevation of 300 m. 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.
Any maps listed are for
information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be
used for navigation.
Nature & Culture:
- History - 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
- 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 ridgetops 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
mountainous backcountry is extremely rugged. Hiking in this
area should be attempted only by experienced backcountry
travelers. Anyone contemplating an extended or overnight
hike 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.
Safety Information (park
safety, hazards, wildlife safety information, health risks)
parks that accept reservations,
all vehicle accessible campsites (with the exception of
group sites) must be reserved through Discover
Parks: Fees, park listings, what
you should know before you go and other useful links.
Email address: Heather@cypressmountain.com
vehicle accessible camping facilities at this park.
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.
are 4 preferred sites along the Howe Sound Crest
above Enchantment Lake (11km from Cypress Bowl);
Meadows (14.5km from Cypress Bowl );
(19km from Cypress Bowl);
Lake (22km from Cypress Bowl).
pads or sites are not
are encouraged to camp in cleared
areas as to limit environmental impacts. The backcountry
provincial park can be rugged,
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. Travelers
should refer to the Cypress
Provincial Park Winter trail report for
updated information on backcountry trails and
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.
Day-use Area Vehicle Parking Fee: $1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per/day. For information about yearly parking passes, or further information about parking fees, click here.
*Parking fees are only in effect between April 1
and October 31.
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 Bowl Recreations Cafeteria Building has flush
toilets for disabled. Quarry and High View day-use
areas have pit toilets for disabled.
There is a drinking fountain located at the Cypress
Bowl Recreations Cafeteria Building. Water is scarce
along the Howe Sound Crest Trail. Carry lots of water
or a a water filter and fill up wherever possible.
and flush toilets are located throughout the park. Flush toilets are
provided by Cypress Bowl Recreations Ltd. and are open from 7am to
are not permitted.
||There are no electrical hook-ups in this park.
There are no regularly scheduled interpretive programs
at this park. Yew Lake Trail is a self-guided interpretive
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. Trail
the winter season, snowshoe, cross-country skiing and
snow plays are operated by the ski resort operator.
park does not have a playground.
are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
are no opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this
park does not have a boat launch.
Bikes are not permitted on any trails within the park.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are
mandatory in British Columbia.
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
Yew Lake trail is an interpretive trail with several viewing stops.
Bowl Recreations Ltd. is located within the provincial park. They offer
a full range of downhill skiing, a cross-country ski facility, tobagging
opportunities and provides snowshoeing trails in the Nordic ski area. The
alpine ski area
three chairlifts and a double rope-tow that services
a wide range of slopes
and runs opportunities. BC Parks maintains three backcountry winter
trails for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing. BC Parks provides a designated
trail for snowmobile use. The trail begins at Parking lot 5, travels beside
the road to the powerlines, then
follows the powerlines to the Trans Canada Trail. Snowmobiles are permitted
on the Trans Canada Trail within the Park. The trail is very dependent
on the level of snow as Parking Lot 5 and much of the trail is at the 850m
elevation level. 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.
SCUBA diving or snorkelling opportunities.
hunting in the park.
climbing or rock climbing opportunities.
spelunking or caving opportunities.
There are no yurts, lodges or cabins located in