Cypress is one of those 'local gems'. You can drive to the top of Cypress (or near the top, rather) and get the most spectacular view of Vancouver, Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge and more! On a clear day, you can see Mt. Baker, a dormant volcanic mountain in Washington state and many of the gulf islands.
We went at sunset to see the sun go down, although it sets a little past the mountain's edge, so we didn't see that but did get a spectacular view of the city lights. Bring a blanket if you've spent the day in the sun, as it's a few degrees cooler up top and our July trip brought us a few mosquitos and other mountain bugs, but nothing to send us away.
While there are a few viewpoints, the first one is by far the best, so if you make the trip last minute, don't waste your time going beyond the first viewpoint as it is where you need to be for photographic moments.
We didn't go for any hikes that day, as we tacked Cypress Mountain on to a full day of hiking in Lynn Canyon, but there are several hikes that are worth doing - just look for reviews from more recent hikers to find out what the best is for your time of year. If you are interested in other mountain activities, check out the Cypress Mountain website, and not the Parks site I have listed here. I'm only reviewing the sunset and not the hikes or other mountain outlets. While we were there hosting family from out of town, there were business people showing their clients the view as well as couples and friends - a great spot for many occasions.
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