Summer Activities

Cypress Mountain is located in Cypress Provincial Park, only a 25 min drive from downtown Vancouver. Whether you are looking to enjoy the sunny weather with a rugged hike or a quiet afternoon exploring the trails, Cypress Mountain has a variety of summer activities to offer.

For Hiking Trail Conditions please see the BC Parks Trail Report - Click HERE.

General Information:

The towering North Shore Mountains which form a backdrop to the bustling city of Vancouver have beckoned outdoor recreationists for many years. Until the opening of the Lions Gate Bridge in 1939, a fleet of ferries transported hikers and skiers across Burrard Inlet on the first leg of their journey to Hollyburn Ridge, which is now part of Cypress Provincial Park.

Bounded on the west by Howe Sound, on the north and east by the ridgetops of Mount Strachan and Hollyburn Mountain and to the south by West Vancouver, Cypress sits like a ship's crownest high above Vancouver.

On a clear day the views are spectacular! To the south is the sprawling metropolitan area of Vancouver, while to the southeast is snowclad Mount Baker in the Cascade Mountain chain. To the west and southwest lie the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island with Georgia Strait in the foreground.

The diversity of natural features, old-growth trees and outdoor recreation opportunities both summer and winter, is due partly to the climate of coastal British Columbia. The mean annual temperature of around 9-10 degrees Celsius (49-50° F) results in many warm days for hikers and sightseers.

Park Size: 3,012 hectares, including the Howe Sound Crest Trail.


Things to do:

Wildlife Viewing – A variety of large and small mammals inhabit the park. Black Bears, Coyotes and deer are often seen close to the access road. Have a look at our Gallery - More...

For Bear Safety Tips - Please click HERE.

Hiking Trails – Located 30 mins from downtown Vancouver, Cypress Provincial Park is made up of 3 mountains. Black Mountain, Mt. Strachan and Hollyburn all boast an array of diverse trails available for hiking for all levels. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the local wildlife that makes Cypress Provincial Park it's home. More...

Geocaching - a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online.  Geocaching is a great way to get out on the hiking trails and enjoy the outdoors. Cypress has numerous geocaches stashed all around the park and along the hiking trails.  Visit to download their smart phone app and start geocaching! Visit for more details or visit our Geocaching page for locations - Click Here.

Road Cycling - "The Cypress Challenge” on Cypress Bowl Road stretches 15km and has a steady climb of close 2400 feet which is very popular for road cyclists.