9 Things to Do at Cypress Provincial Park in the Summer

View from St Mark's Summit in Cypress Provincial Park

View from St Mark’s Summit. Photo: Vlad D/Unsplash

You might know West Vancouver’s Cypress Provincial Park as a skier’s paradise, but in the summer the park is home to a huge network of hiking trails for all abilities, a mountain roller coaster, viewpoints, picnic areas, and lots more. To help you plan your trip, here are the best things to do at Cypress Provincial Park in the summer.

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9 Things to Do at Cypress Provincial Park in the Summer

June’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Bowen Lookout

Bowen Lookout near Vancouver

The view from Bowen Lookout at sunset. Photo: Taryn Eyton/ HappiestOutdoors.ca

This year Vancouver’s North Shore mountains have a heavy snowpack, which means we will have to wait a bit longer to hike some of the trails to the higher peaks. But why not warm-up for the summer hiking season with a hike to Bowen Lookout at Cypress Provincial Park? It’s a short hike to a beautiful viewpoint. In early June there will be just a few snow patches that should disappear by the end of the month.

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June’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Bowen Lookout

Best Vancouver Area Hikes for Kids

Children hiking in the forest near Vancouver, BC

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

Vancouver has so many hiking options. Introduce your little ones to the outdoors early with one of these easy hikes. They’re short, flat(ish) and have lots of things to keep young hikers occupied along the way.

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Best Vancouver Area Hikes for Kids

Where to See Big Trees in Vancouver

Looking up into a stand of huge trees on Vancouver's North Shore.

Huge trees on Vancouver’s North Shore. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver is a pretty green city, both environmentally and literally. We have a LOT of trees. Our mild and wet climate means that Vancouver sits in the middle of the world’s largest temperate rainforest, a zone that stretches from Alaska to Northern California. Logging has removed most of Vancouver’s ancient old growth trees, but there are still lots of towering giants to be found in the area. Here are eight places to see big trees in Vancouver.

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Where to See Big Trees in Vancouver

Hiking Cypress Mountain

Photo: CypressMountain.com

With a few good weeks of summer left (hopefully), there’s still time to get out and enjoy Vancouver’s rugged backyard.   One of the best places to get back to nature is Cypress Mountain, a ring of 4,000-foot peaks about 20 minutes outside of the city in West Vancouver.

After its brief moment in the Olympic spotlight last February, Cypress Mountain has returned to normal.  The giant green Olympic rings that graced the snowboarding hill now lie disassembled in the parking lot.  The crowds are long gone.  Especially during the summer months, you’ll likely have the mountain nearly to yourself.

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Hiking Cypress Mountain