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“Fabulous location for sunset's city lights”

Cypress Provincial Park
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Just minutes from downtown Vancouver, this mountainous park offers a variety of forested hiking trails as well as panoramic views over Vancouver.
Reviewed 9 July 2013

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.

2  Thank Sarah N
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

ideal for winter skiing. ski areas are both good for alpine and cross country skiing or if you're a beginner skier. Watch out for when there's snow storm. very hard to drive up. must use 4 wheel drive.

Thank clarionsite
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Go there for the best view of the city of Vancouver. There is a lookout car park half way up the mountain.

Thank Chris W
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

The view is amazing! I didnt go skiing but was awesome. I took tons of photos in this area and visited it twice.

Thank Melissa8313
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

Excellent place for family recreation and fun, magnificent views of mountains and ocean, fresh air, simply whole day fun. For more details go to http://cypressmountain.com/activities .Tons of packed snow and winter activities for everybody: Alpine, Nordic, Snowshoeing. On January 12th 2013, beautiful sunny morning. It was minus 6 Celsius-perfect temperature. We went Snowshoeing. Trails are well marked and in good shape, lots of people on trails. Older, younger, families etc. It is safe and .Everything was excellent except very poor organization and numerous line ups. We’ve lost 2 hours in lines that morning
1. Search for parking-there is not enough parking at the Nordic base-so you need to drive further toward alpine area and find parking and then walk back. If you are with kids-not a good idea
2. Buy a ticket-line up. $10 for access and 16 for snowshoe rental. Pay both at the same time to speed up your snowshoe rental
3. Rent a snowshoe- HUGE line up. At the same lineup is snowshoe return, so you can imagine people walking in all directions, confusion etc
4. If you need bathroom; good luck that will be your 4th lineup for the morning
5. At the end there is line up for rental return. You must return snowshoes by 3:30 pm. Do not ask why, it is still daylight, lots of people on the mountain but………
How to avoid this?
1. Buy yourself a pair of snowshoes; be there no later than 9:00 a.m . and you will definitely have GREAT time. Price of snowshoes will pay off your time in 5 lineups
2. If you do not want to buy snowshoes and if you come late, drive and report that you just doing drop off. Let your wife/friend/partner line up for tickets and you drive for parking and walk back. That will save you some time and frustration

3  Thank Sinisa C
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