Yew Lake

West Vancouver, British Columbia

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At 1000 m (3000 ft), Cypress Bowl is a transitional region where the coastal forest of western hemlock and Douglas fir begins to give way to what is known to biologists as the Mountain Hemlock Zone. The building of a firm gravel path through the marshy meadows surrounding Yew Lake must have been a challenge for Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. crews. Those for whom mountain walks are usually an impossibility can only be grateful for this labour of love, which allows the easy exploration of the subalpine lake and meadows with their distinctive plants and trees. Interpretive signs along the way add interest, as does a short additional loop trail through a stand of old-growth forest. Highlights: Subalpine lake and meadows, old-growth forest; blueberries, white rhododendron, aquatic plants; gray jays, chickadees, flycatchers, swifts, raptors. Terrain: Flat. Well-groomed trail, accessible to wheelchairs.
Nature Walks Around Vancouver

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Nature Walks Around Vancouver

by Jean Cousins (Greystone Books)

At 1000 m (3000 ft), Cypress Bowl is a transitional region where the coastal forest of western hemlock and Douglas fir begins to give way to what is known to biologists as the Mountain Hemlock Zone. The building of a firm gravel path through the marshy meadows surrounding Yew Lake must have been a challenge for Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. crews.

Those for whom mountain walks are usually an impossibility can only be grateful for this labour of love, which allows the easy exploration of the subalpine lake and meadows with their distinctive plants and trees. Interpretive signs along the way add interest, as does a short additional loop trail through a stand of old-growth forest. Highlights: Subalpine lake and meadows, old-growth forest; blueberries, white rhododendron, aquatic plants; gray jays, chickadees, flycatchers, swifts, raptors. Terrain: Flat. Well-groomed trail, accessible to wheelchairs.

©  Jean Cousins/Greystone Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: West Vancouver
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: July to October
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Cypress Provincial Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Yew Lake

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May 2018