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1610 Mt. Seymour, North Vancouver, B.C. Canada, V7G 1L3
  • My favorite trail at Cypress Provincial Park is the easy Yew Lake trail

    • by Angelwhispers30

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      Cypress Provincial Park is based in North Vancouver, just off Highway 1. This park is used mainly as a ski resort in the winter, with snowboarding, skiing and cross country skiing all readily available. They also offer snowshoe tours. In the summer, Cypress Provincial Park has many trails for all hiking levels, from beginner, to expert. There are also a number of trails specially designated for mountain bikers.

      As you take the access road up to the parking lot, you pass by a lookout point. This lookout point gives you a bird’s eye view of Downtown Vancouver, and of the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day, off to the left, you get a fabulous view of Mount Baker in the United States.

      My favorite trail at Cypress Provincial

      Park is the easy Yew Lake trail. This trail is a “self guided interpretive” trail. It’s wheelchair accessible and takes around 45 minutes to complete. Along the way, you walk by a number of small lakes and through old growth forests of towering trees. As you approach one of the lakes, Lower Yew Lake, there is a clearing where a picnic table with benches has been placed. You can sit there and rest for a while if you like, and absorb the silence and the scent of the pine trees and cypress trees all around you. Along the trail are many wild blueberry bushes. Many visitors pick and eat as they walk, and they’re some of the tastiest blueberries I’ve ever eaten.

      Cypress is home to many varieties ...

      • of wild animals and birds. Black and grizzly bears are both known to reside there, along with deer, rabbits, squirrels and many different varieties of birds such as Woodpeckers, Swifts, Warblers and Sandpipers. There are also a good few places from which you can observe Hawks. My partner and I have seen grizzly paw prints in the wet mud at the edge of Lower Yew Lake, and were lucky enough to once observe a rabbit playing in the dust on the trail in front of us no further than 4ft away. He was quite content to let us watch and take photos as he rolled over and hopped around in front of us. He was obviously accustomed to being around people.

        There is also a service road that begins

        at the foot of one of the chairlifts. You can follow that up for quite some way, and it takes you past a lookout point that looks out of the Georgia Strait. It’s a beautiful lookout over the Pacific Ocean and the mountains rising directly out of the ocean. Following the road takes you to another trail that leads to the Peak of Hollyburn Mountain. It’s a rugged climb, but well worth the time and effort. The Peak rises above the clouds, and to see them spread out underneath you is unbelievable.

        Cypress Provincial Park is a wonderful place to visit, and with so many trails to explore, you can spend hours there without even realizing it. Well worth a visit if you have a day with nothing to do.

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