Park in BC (JF Bergeron photo)
West Vancouver is home to nearly 110 parks that occupy 410ha/1,013ac, and this city has more waterfront parks per capita than any other Metro Vancouver community.
In neighbouring North Vancouver (also part of Vancouver’s North Shore), there are nearly 50 city parks and close to 100 district parks.
Explore trails and admire magnificent old-growth forest in mountainous provincial parks such as Cypress and Mount Seymour. Ambleside Park has sandy beaches for strolling, and Lighthouse Park offers easy trails through the forest. Ferry-goers can relax at Horseshoe Bay Park.
Nearby, parks in North Vancouver include a skate park, water park, Capilano River Regional Park, Lynn Canyon Park, Cates Park and more.
Cypress Provincial Park
Covering 3,012ha/7,413ac, Cypress Provincial Park has some great backcountry hiking. Explore the subalpine meadows and marsh ecosystem along the Yew Trail, or try the Four Lakes Loop. Experienced hikers can attempt the rugged challenge of the 29km/18mi (one-way) Howe Sound Crest Trail. This is also the home of Cypress Mountain ski resort.
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