Cypress Provincial Park, West Vancouver

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Cypress Provincial Park is a Provincial Park on the North Shore of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. The park has two sections: a 21 km² southern section which is accessible by road, and a 9 km² northern section which is only accessible by hiking trails. Most of the park is in West Vancouver.The southern section of Cypress Provincial Park contains a ski area (Cypress Mountain) that is operated under a Park Use Permit by a private company called Cypress Bowl Recreations Ltd, a subsidiary of Boyne USA. Boyne USA recently sold the ski operation to CNL Income Properties of Florida, USA, but Boyne will continue to run the ski operation for several years under a lease-back agreement.HistoryLogging first began in 1870 to clear cut dense forests along Mount Vaughen, also known as Hollyburn Mountain. In 1922, the Lions Gate Bridge had still not been built; instead, Vancouverites would take their boats across the inlet and hike up to Hollyburn Ridge to ski. By 1926, the Hollyburn Lodge was built on Hollyburn Ridge, for the use of skiers and snowshoers. On January 16, 1927, the Hollyburn Ski Camp opened and created a new interest in the ski area. In 1933, the West Lake Ski Camp officially opened and brought hundreds of curious skiers that were willing to hike up the mountain. In 1946, the West Lake Ski Camp was sold to new owners and renamed the Hollyburn Ski Lodge. On January 17, 1951, the first chairlift was officially opened and was called the Hollyburn chair. In 1970, BC Parks selected the ski area as a Provincial Park. Shortly after, Cypress Ski Area was officially opened. For the next three decades, infrastructure was put in place to facilitate the growing demand of recreationists wanting to use the area. In 2010, Cypress helped host the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
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  • Horseshoe bay is a beautiful Scenic Drive to Whistler, Cypress Provincial Park is a fun outing with the necessary waterfalls and beautiful lookout points.
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  • We stopped on our way to Whistler. It is a really quick stop but well worth it if the skies are clear. Great views of downtown Vancouver.  more »
  • While visiting Victoria and then driving to Nanaimo my son and I originally had plans to hike a trail north of that town and then catch the ferry in the afternoon to Vancouver. That ferry was all book...  more »
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  • Great place to visit. During Summer and Fall you can visit the park for easy to challenges hikes. All are dog friendly (on leash) and views are spectacular. Trails are well marked and maps are available on the trail head and junctions (on the busy trails). Winter is amazing as well, snowshoeing trails are great and Hollyburn trail is free and dog friendly. For snowboarders and skiers there is some fun as well, best local mountain (in my opinion) - let's keep Whistler out of the equation.
  • My favourite local mountain for snowshoeing and snowboarding. The Dog Mountain snowshoe trail has a great view of the city and is relatively short, about an hour to the top and back, with rolling hills, no crazy ascend. It is accessible from the nordic downhill parking, on the left and is marked as Dog Mountain. The trail accessible from the cross country area (about 30 feet left of the tubing park) is not marked with the name of the trail but does have 3 hills to climb but the view is worth it and it runs alongside the cross country path. The trip up takes about 2-2.5 hrs and the trip down is about 1-1.5hr long.
  • Lots of fun during winter! Snowshoeing is a great exercise. You can also do Cross country, ski and snowboard. Great location if you don't want to pay a lift ticket (like Grouse Mountain). It's easily accessible by car, even during winter time.
  • Best local hill IMHO... I was visiting from Ontario staying in Port Moody and didn't want to make the 2hr drive to whistler. 2 hills... Lots of varied terrain... Staff at pro shop and restaurant were great.... Even lunch was really good 👍 I spoke with lots of locals who love this place. Definitely hope to go back and enjoy. The views were of course stunning If you can you really really should
  • Really nice place to snowshoe! It must be very fun to snowboarding and skiing as well. If you don't have a car, or if you don't have winter tires to get there, they have a service of shuttle early in the morning, that can pick you up from Richmond CF centre or another Stop nearest to you.
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