Cypress Provincial Park area contains a number of old-growth forest stands, including some of the largest recorded trees for their species in BC. The area provides habitat for black bears, deer, several old-growth dependent species and more than 100 species of birds. Subalpine wetlands, spectacular wildflowers and hiking trails can be found there. In the first half of the twentieth century, Cypress Bowl was set aside as a park reserve, serving as West Vancouver’s watershed. Located on the North Shore of Metro Vancouver, Cypress Bowl has long been a popular recreational area for the city’s residents.
In 1968, Cypress Bowl became the centre of the first environmental campaign by the group that would be formally established as Sierra Club BC the following year. When a large resort development was proposed for the small ski area, community members became concerned that the real motive was extensive logging of the bowl. Sierra Club BC founding member Ken Farquharson, together with many allies, formed the Save Cypress Bowl Committee.
Although the group was unable to stop the developers from clearcutting on Black and Strachan Mountains, the provincial government finally took over the rights to the area after public pushback and designated it as a provincial park in 1972. Since then, Sierra Club BC has continued to advocate for limiting development and commercial expansion in the park on a number of occasions to conserve ecological values. Home of the Cypress Mountain Ski Area, Cypress Provincial Park now sees more than a million visitors every year.
Learn more about Indigenous places and place names in the region with the Squamish Atlas and the Musqueam Place Names Web Mapping Portal.