This mountainous park offers a diversity of forested hiking trails just minutes from downtown Vancouver as well as scenic views over Vancouver. To get a great outdoor experience, Cypress Park nestled in the North Shore Mountains in West Vancouver is the place to be. The park offers outdoor activities in both summer and winter with hike trails. The diverse terrain within the park includes the coastal Douglas-fir forest; meadows, marshes, mountain lakes and further up the mountains there are many yellow cypress trees which give the park its name. At this lookout you can get fantastic views of the city and area, so make sure to bring your camera!
A standard hiking trail 8 km long and will take around 4 hours to complete. The scene at the mountain is magnificent. One can see the West Vancouver, City of Vancouver, and the Pacific Ocean. En-route to the mountain, are several beautiful little lakes and streams. The altitude gain is about 350 meters ( 1150 feet ) however, it is not a challenging hike. There are several birds in the lake area, and some can feed out of your hand. If the skies are open, you can even see Mount Baker and the mountains near Chilliwack. Continue up the mountain; the ski season has just begun. Also if you are not planning on skiing, there are trails available and a couple of food businesses.
A lovely viewpoint and one with lots of space is the Cypress Picnic area and have toilets in the parking lot. The picnic area is also good for stargazing at night especially towards the north. It’s quieter at the picnic area with tables, benches and plenty of space to run with your kids. It is beautiful and peaceful with panoramic views of the city. The best part is this park is free going up Grouse Mountain or Capilano. This is a perfect spot for family or couples picnics.
Drive up the Cypress; it’s only 10 minutes from Lions Gate Bridge, the views from the lookout at Highview are sensational. Vancouver spread out below like a map. First up is the big grassy Quarry picnic area, and the vista is even better. Next will be the ski area and the start of some of the best walking for miles around. The scenes are thrilling. The old growth loop is a beautiful trail, too. A walk up the Panorama ski trail passing exotic trees to the top of Eagle Chair and the lakes will push you to the limit, but the journey is worth the effort, awesome scenery.
If you’re looking for excellent views of the Burrard Inlet and city of Vancouver, then travel to Cypress Provincial Park, it’s a short drive from the Lions Gate Bridge. You will get unparalleled views of Mother Nature, just a short drive away from the city. It is a perfect place to take your family for a hike. Best months though will be mid-summer till October.