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Driving up-up-up will eventually get you to the top of Cypress Provincial Park. Stop halfway at the scenic viewpoint for a sweeping vista of the Vancouver skyline, the harbor, the Gulf Islands, and Washington State’s Mount Baker, which peers above the eastern horizon. To reach the park, turn off the stretch of Hwy. 1 known as the Upper Levels Highway onto Cypress Bowl Road, then travel along 12km (7 1/2 miles) of steep, scenic switchbacks that are popular with iron-thighed road cyclists. Cypress Provincial Park has trails for hiking during the summer and autumn, and Cypress Mountain grooms slopes for downhill and cross-country skiing during the winter.