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Cypress Provincial Park
The entrance to Cypress Provincial Park is located just off Sea-to-Sky Hwy 99 on Cypress Bowl Road in West Vancouver.

Black 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.

Hollyburn Mountain
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.

Hike or Snowshoe
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.

Barrett's View
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.

Outdoor Activities
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.

Cypress Mountain
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.

Resort Facilities
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 snowshoeing routes.

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Barrett's View
Barrett's View

 

Barrett's View
Barrett's View

 
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