Cypress Creek

Area: 13.3 km2
Length: 9 km
Orientation: Northeast-southwest
Elevation Range: 0 – 1230 m

Characteristics

  • Largest watershed in West Vancouver.
  • Originates in numerous small lakes, wetlands and tributaries on east side of Black Mountain Plateau, Mount Strachan and Hollyburn Ridge in Cypress Provincial Park. Many tributaries in the Upper Lands, including Black Creek.
  • Flows southwest to Cypress Falls Park, changes direction to southerly and proceeds under Almondel Road, the Upper Levels Highway and a CN Rail trestle. Then flows west of Cypress Park School and under Marine Drive before discharging into Burrard Inlet near Pilot Cove and Stearman Beach.

Watershed uses

  • Residential: developed to just above Upper Levels Highway
  • Commercial: Cypress Park shopping on Marine Drive
  • Parks: Cypress Provincial Park, Cypress Falls Park
  • Recreational: Cypress Mountain downhill and cross-country ski areas
  • Schools: Cypress Park Primary
  • Water licences: Cypress Mountain (snow making and storage), Fisheries and Oceans Canada Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Research (CAER) and West Vancouver District (diversion of Black Creek to Eagle Lake for municipal water supply)
  • Fish: pink, chum, and coho in the lower reaches, cutthroat trout throughout, rainbow trout in Yew Lake

Watershed projects

  • Removable ladder installed at the intake weir for the CAER from late summer until early fall to enable passage of pink salmon (since 2011)
  • Many studies in the upper watershed prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Annual spawner salmon surveys (since 2006)
  • Water quality sampling (1999)
  • Drainage system inventory in headwaters (1998)
  • Vegetation and wildlife studies in headwaters (1997)
  • Annual stocking with coho and, sometimes, chum fry (since 1996), pink fry (2010 only)

Updated 2015. Source: Pacific Streamkeepers Federation watershed profile (2001)