Vancouver under winter fog: the view from Cypress
Winter in Vancouver can mean the appearance of fog, as stationary moist air near the ground cools at night and condenses to form marine fog which creeps in from nearby Georgia Strait to blanket the area. At daybreak, the city struggles to get sun or warmth under the cool moist fog, whereas up over the fog on local mountains, it can be several degrees warmer under the bright sun.
From High View Lookout on Cypress Mountain, there are beautiful sweeping views of Vancouver, south to Washington State, and west across Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island. For more about the surrounding area, have a look at the Cypress Provincial Park website.
There is no public transport direct to the Cypress Mountain’s High View Lookout (indicated by pin C in the map below), although West Vancouver buses stop close enough for a 20- to 30-minute walk up to the lookout. The drive from downtown Vancouver (pin V) is about 20 to 30 minutes; click on the link “View Larger Map” below for specific directions.
I made the photos on 26 January 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
6 Responses to “Vancouver under winter fog: the view from Cypress”
awesome shots, henry … wait … that looks like another foggy city I know of!
Hi, Stephen. Oh how I know very well the “other” (foggy) city by the Bay! I haven’t been back since March of 2012, and that’s a very long time in between visits, just a wae down the Pacific coast. I’d love to stake out Marin Headlands (again) during predicted episodes/waves of fog. Thanks for reading and for your kind comment!
How long does the fog stay until in the morning?
Hi, Charlotte; thank you for your question. How long the fog lasts depends upon the presence of wind, ambient temperature, and whether there’s additional upper cloud to block the sun. Warm sun and a breeze can help dissipate fog by late-morning to early-afternoon. If not, fog can stick around for a day or more. Thanks for reading and liking my recent posts!
There is something so enthralling about a fog blanketed landscape. Great shots Henry!
Hi and thanks, Charli! I was born and raised in Vancouver, and despite the fact that I’ve been away for almost 20 years, the sight is both new and familiar. It’s like the saying: “you can take the person out of their hometown, but you can’t take the hometown out of the boy.” Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!