Cypress Mountain is located in Cypress Provincial Park in West Vancouver. Despite its name, there is in fact no mountain named ‘Cypress Mountain’ in the park. Instead, Cypress Mountain made up of three mountains: Black Mountain, Mt Strachan, and Hollyburn Mountain. Like so much of Vancouver’s outdoor recreation, Cypress Mountain is mainly known for its winter sports but offers plenty of ways to enjoy the sunny weather too. With diverse natural features, old-growth trees, and year-round opportunities for having fun outside, Cypress Mountain is a must-visit for adventure enthusiasts who come to Vancouver.
In the summer, the park is home to an array of diverse trails for hikers of all levels. Cycling up to the top is also a popular activity, and you will often find cyclists and drivers alike taking in the sweeping views from the picnic areas and vista points lining the road that goes to the mountaintop. Bird life like ravens, warblers, hawks, and owls add color and sound to the park. Coyotes, deer, and bear can also be found there. In the winter, Cypress Mountain boasts unparalleled terrain and the largest vertical rise on the North Shore. With 53 downhill runs, six chairlifts, and a large Nordic Ski area, Cypress Mountain is one of Vancouver’s best outdoor playgrounds.
Cypress Mountain is bordered on the west by Howe Sound, the Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Island. To the south lies West Vancouver and the city of Vancouver. The park is comprised of 3,012 hectares, including the Howe Sound Crest Trail and has has two day-use picnic areas. The Quarry picnic area has a large grassy area with 11 picnic tables. Highview has a small grassy area and six picnic tables. The Highview day-use area is mainly a lookout over Vancouver, Fraser Valley and the south end of Vancouver Island. Each of the day-use areas has two pit toilets and picnic tables with barbeque attachments. Fires are not permitted. Pets are allowed on-leash. Yew Lake Trail is wheelchair-accessible.