The entrance to Cypress Provincial Park is located just off Sea-to-Sky
Hwy 99 on Cypress Bowl Road in West
and Strachan Mountains
Cypress Provincial Park was established in 1975 as a buttress between
the forest companies and the more environmentally-minded people
of the then-GVRD, especially the communities of the north shore.
During the period leading up to this, established logging was well
under way on Black and Strachan Mountains. The close proximity of
these clear-cuts outraged the public in the late 1960s, and they
eventually put enough pressure on the provincial government to act.
Up to the establishment of Cypress Provincial Park, the area had
been popular since the early 1900s with people enjoying Hollyburn
Mountain. Both hiking and skiing were well established, with small
cabins inhabiting the bush around with lots of people getting away
from Metro Vancouver on the weekends and enjoying the outdoors.
If you are interested in going for a hike or snowshoeing in the
winter, try the Hollyburn Peak (sometimes referred to as the Hollyburn
Mountain) Trail. The approximately 7-hour round-trip hike starts
in the parking lot of the cross-country skiing section of the Cypress
Mountain Resort. Along the trail and at the peak, you can find an
unbelievable view of the Lions Gate Bridge with downtown Vancouver
in the background. Unfortunately, overnight camping is not allowed,
but dogs are.
As you enter the park on Cypress Bowl Road, there is a lookout point
on the way up called Barrett's View. Named after Dave Barrett who
was the Premier of British Columbia from 1972 to 1975, Barrett's
View offers an incredible view of Vancouver,
the entrance to Burrard Inlet, the Lions
Gate Bridge, and well beyond to the south.
You can enjoy many outdoor recreational pursuits in Cypress Provincial
Park, including photography, wilderness camping, mountain biking,
hiking, sightseeing, skiing, and other snow-related pursuits.
Ever since 2001, when Boyne Resorts purchased Cypress Mountain,
and presently with new owners of the ski operation, CNL Income Properties
of Florida, USA, private operators have maintained a very good working
relationship with BC Parks in operating this four-season facility.
Cypress Mountain operates Cypress Creek Lodge, Crazy Raven Bar and
Grill, plus Downhill and Nordic facilities accessed by 6 chairlifts
and 2 surface lifts. These include 53 downhill winter skiing and
riding runs, plus 19 km (12 miles) of track set cross-country trails,
a snow tubing park with a tube tow lift, and incredibly popular