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Location: British Columbia, MountSeymourProvincialPark

Elevation, 1,449 metres

Range: CoastRange, PacificRanges, Fannin Range

Candidate: #51

Vancouver has three mountains for winter recreation: Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Mount Seymour. All three mountains also offer summer activities as well. Each mountain has its own claim to fame. Cypress Mountain has a trail accessing the Lions; Grouse Mountain has a cable car and well-developed tourist area as well as the famous Capilano Canyon and its suspension bridge below its south west side, in the City of North Vancouver; and Mount Seymour is in a provincial park. Of the three peaks, Mount Seymour was the one that dominated the view from my living room window when I grew up. From my perspective, it seemed to be the most prominent and the highest of the North Shore Mountains.

Though first ascended in 1908 by the BC Mountaineering Club, it was largely unknown to Vancouverites until a ski resort was opened in 1938. The mountain has many well-established ski, cross country ski, and snowshoe routes but each year rescue teams have to look for skiers and others who have fallen into couloirs or who have wandered off the track and gotten lost. Thanks to auto access to the ski resort, its very easy to drive most of the way up the mountain. There are three peaks and the Third Pump Peak is the true summit. The Suicide Bluffs are a good place to practice rock climbing, and in winter ice climbing.

As a provincial park, the mountains slopes protect many species of trees and vegetation, and many wild animals. On the west side is the smaller cousin to Capilano Canyon, called Lynn Canyon. It’s famous not only for its beauty but for the dangerous sport of canyon diving which has claimed the lives of a few young people over the decades. There are also hiking trails into the backcountry. Near Rice Lake, a marker commemorates a plane crash that occurred just north of Seymour. The mountain was named after Frederick Seymour, Governor of British Columbia from 1864 to 1869.

The granite of Mount Seymour is part of the great granite intrusion that makes up the Coast Range batholith. The North Shore Mountains experienced heavy glaciation during the last ice age.


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