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Cypress Park

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Wilderness camping

Wilderness camping is allowed at higher elevations beyond the Alpine and Nordic ski areas and along the Howe Sound Crest Trail, but no facilities are provided.

There are three preferred sites along the Howe Sound Crest trail.

  • Magnesia Meadows (14.5km from Cypress Mountain Resort)
  • Brunswick Lake (19km from Cypress Mountain Resort)
  • Deeks Lake (22km from Cypress Mountain Resort)

Backcountry winter camping (1km beyond Alpine and Nordic ski areas) is also allowed.

Responsible recreation and safety

  • No facilities are provided. 
  • Campfires are not permitted. 
  • Tent pads or sites are not provided. Campers are encouraged to camp in cleared areas to limit environmental impacts. 
  • The backcountry of Cypress Park can be rugged and weather is often severe. Campers should be experienced in the backcountry and prepared for all weather conditions. 
  • Backcountry travellers are encouraged to use extreme caution in avalanche terrain. Travellers should refer to the Cypress Park Winter Trail Report for updated information on backcountry trails and avalanche conditions.
Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Picnic areas

This park has two day-use picnic areas. Each day-use area has two pit toilets and picnic tables with barbeque attachments. Bring your own briquettes. There are no fire rings and fires are not permitted.

  • The Quarry picnic area has a large grassy area with 11 picnic tables. 
  • Highview has a small grassy area and six picnic tables. It is mainly used as a lookout over Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and the south end of Vancouver Island. 
Pit or flush toilets
Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park. Flush toilets are provided at Cypress Mountain Resorts in the Black Mountain Lodge and are open from 7am to 11pm daily.
Hiking

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.

The videos below help hikers make informed decisions and stay safe along Eagle Bluffs Trail and Howe Sound Crest Trail.

Wildlife viewing
The Yew Lake Trail is an interpretive trail with several viewing stops.
Pets on leash

Pets and other domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.

Dogs and other pets are not permitted on the Yew Lake Interpretive Trail.

Cycling

Bikes are not permitted on any trails within the park. Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are also not allowed on the trails within Cypress Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.

Winter recreation

Cypress Mountain Resort is located within the park. They offer downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, a snow tubing park with a tube tow, and 11 km of marked self-guided interpretive snowshoeing trails in the Nordic ski area. 

Tobogganing is only permitted in the designated area.

The Alpine Ski Area features six chairlifts and two high-speed quad chairs, two quad chairs, and two double chairs. There is also a magic carpet for Skooters (Kids Camp) that services 53 ski runs for all levels of ability.

Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour offer skiing opportunities nearby.

Backcountry trails

BC Parks maintains three backcountry winter trails for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing: the Bowen Look-out, the Black Mountain Plateau, and the Hollyburn Peak trails. 

Peak-time parking

During the peak winter months, parking capacity can be exceeded at the upper parking lots of Cypress Park. These parking lots service the customers of Cypress Mountain Resort who pay a fee to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, and snowtube, as well as the general public that comes to play in the park. Please do your part to ensure there is sufficient parking for everyone. Be sure to carpool, or consider taking the Cypress Coach Lines bus.