Cypress Provincial Park, West Vancouver

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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  • August 14, 2017
    Personally, I'd like to recommend North Vancouver. Once there is a clear panoramic view of Vancouver also are unable to keep up with any of the Observatory to look truly beautiful scenery. Please be patient when it comes to driving, where you can go in, be sure and take a look!
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  • August 6, 2017
    Hiked the first summit along the howe sound crest trail, which would normally have amazing views. Unfortunately all the fire smoke in the air washed out all visibility beyond the cliff. Hike was chall...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    Pretty nice views but nothing out of this world. It's possible that for more spectacular views you need to do some hiking.  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Nice park to get away from the crowds in the summer. Lots of trails and some hidden gems along the way. Views on the way up can be spectacular
  • July 5, 2017
    Nice ocean and city view. Olympics venue nearby and place looks nice. Did not try hiking or sking though.
  • April 8, 2017
    This was my first year that I had a ski pass at Cypress and I have to say it was fantastic. The downhill runs are awesome and much larger than Grouse. Parking is free and plenty, the Nordic Area with Crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing is also great fun. When the summer comes then Cypress is worth a hike since the views from the peaks are just absolutely amazing.
  • March 15, 2017
    My personal favorite of the North Shore mountains for Downhill. Great runs, well maintained, lots of free parking. Lineups can sometimes get a little long, though, especially for rentals. Usually best to rent somewhere else and bring your gear up.
  • January 30, 2017
    We've been snowshoeing here three times this year. The conditions of course varied with the weather but the staff have always been very helpful. I rented my snowshoes the first time and got set up very quickly. There isn't really room in the rental hut, and you wouldn't want to put them one there anyway as you have to cross a road to get back to the snow. Once you are at the bottom of the x-country and snowshoe trails there are benches and staff to help get you sorted. They will also help with explanations of the maps of the trails, difficulty, distance, etc. A pocket map is provided. Once on the trails, we found they were well marked and easy to follow. The trails do get a little harder as you go from Green, through Blue, to Black, but not to the point of being overly hard. We're in reasonable shape, but by no means 'athletes' and we were able to climb every hill on the way to the look out.

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