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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Cypress offers towering North Shore Mountains that form a backdrop to the bustling city of Vancouver. Outdoor recreationists can enjoy hiking & sightseeing, photography, wilderness camping, mountain biking (in limited areas), skiing & other snow-related activities.
Mount Seymour Provincial Park
North Vancouver, British Columbia
The park offers many trails of various lengths & difficulty for hikers & mountain bikers with viewpoints overlooking the city of Vancouver. There are opportunities for bird & wildlife viewing, along with day-use picnicking & skiing/snowshoeing winter activities.
Junction Of Hwy 99 And Interstate 5
Surrey, British Columbia
Peace Arch Provincial Park straddles the 49th parallel & commemorates a lasting peace between Canada & the USA. Its beautiful lawns & gardens provide opportunities for walking, indoor & outdoor picnicking & a playground for children.