Natural History Overview


The southern section of Cypress Provincial Park contains the most easily accessible Mountain Hemlock Zone old-growth and subalpine meadows in the Lower Mainland. Although a large part of Cypress Bowl was logged in the late 1960s and has otherwise been altered for ski development, many impressive old-growth stands remain and include some of the largest recorded trees for their species in BC.

The wheelchair-accessible Yew Lake Trail and Old-Growth Loop provide opportunities for seeing examples of nearly all the tree, shrub and wildflower species in the park. 113 species of birds have been recorded at Cypress. There are at least 20 species of mammals, including black bears, black-tailed deer, Douglas squirrels and snowshoe hares. Two frog species and two salamander species can be seen at Cypress, and several dragonfly species are found here, including the rare Black Petaltail dragonfly. Many of the park’s animal and bird species are old-growth dependent.

Some large glacial erratic boulders, left behind when glaciers receded from the park 14,000 years ago, can be seen along the Yew Lake Trail, Mount Strachan Plateau, and other locations in the park.


Roadside Yellow Cedar


for reference documents about the park’s natural history.

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