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Mount Seymour

Mount Seymour
View from First Pump Peak, one of Seymour's sub peaks.
Elevation 1,449 m (4,754 ft)
Prominence 453 m (1,486 ft)
Mount Seymour is located in Vancouver
Mount Seymour
Location in Metro Vancouver
Location British Columbia, Canada
Range Fannin Range
Topo map NTS 92G/07
First ascent 1908 C. Chapman; B. Darling; W. Gray; G. Harrow; R. Mills
Mount Seymour Ski Area
Location British Columbia, Canada
Nearest city North Vancouver
Vertical 330 m (1,083 ft)
Top elevation 1,265 m (4,150 ft)
Base elevation 935 m (3,068 ft)
Skiable area 200 acres
Runs 23 total
22% beginner
61% intermediate
17% expert
Longest run 1.6 km (1 mi)
Lift system 5 total
1 high speed detachable quad
2 double chairlifts
2 magic carpets
Snowfall 1,200 cm (472 in)
Website Mt. Seymour

Mount Seymour is a ski area mountain located in Mount Seymour Provincial Park in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is a part of the North Shore Mountains, rising to the north from the shores of Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm to a summit of 1,449 m (4,754 ft) above the Indian River and Deep Cove neighbourhoods. Mount Seymour is most commonly identified for its ski area of the same name, and as a popular hiking area. It is named in honour of Frederick Seymour, second governor of the Colony of British Columbia. The name is used to refer to the ridge although the main summit is one of several, and is also known as Third Pump Peak.


  • History 1
  • Vegetation 2
  • Recreation 3
  • Facilities 4
  • Snow depth 5
  • Broadcasting 6
    • FM stations 6.1
    • TV stations 6.2
  • Filming location 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The mountain opened for skiing in 1938 under the ownership of Harold Enquist, with a cafeteria and ski rental. A few years later, in 1949, the Government of British Columbia bought the ski area. The Government did not have the experience to run a ski area, so, they issued Mr. Enquist the first Park Use Permit to operate the area. When the permit expired in 1951, the government found a concessionaire, who was put in charge of running the lifts, ski school and cafeteria. The government retained overall ownership until 1984, when it privatized its operation as part of a cost-cutting measure.

On January 19, 2014, Tim Jones died while coming down from the North Shore Rescue team cabin on Mount Seymour. Tim had saved many lives on the mountain over the years. Shortly after his passing a community movement was formed to name the yet unnamed Second Peak of Seymour after him. This movement has gained a lot of traction in the community and has resulted in changing the name on their mountain database.[1][2][3]




The Mount Seymour ski area has four lifts, the Mystery Peak Express quad chairlift, Brockton, and Lodge double chairlifts, and the Goldie Lake covered magic carpet. Another double chairlift, the Ridge Chair was destroyed in a windstorm in 1998, and is currently still standing, though gradually rotting away. Another beginner lift, the Enquist Ropetow was removed in 2011 replaced by the magic carpet. The area offers 330 m (1,083 ft) of vertical drop and about 1,000 cm (394 in) of annual snowfall. Skiing and snowboarding are available on 39 marked trails and many unmarked routes. The longest trail is 1.6 km (1 mi) long (Unicorn)and 18 of the trails have night lighting. Five additional terrain parks exist for freestyle activities. Terrain has also been developed for snowtubing and tobogganing.

Guided and unguided snowshoeing takes place on a separate 10 km (6 mi) network of maintained trails. Backcountry access for snowshoeing and camping is permitted.

Mount Seymour's Enquist Cabin, located in the Tube Park Parking Lot was destroyed in a fire in the late spring of 2005. The cabin was available for rental and was the home of the Mount Seymour Ski Club. This cabin has been rebuilt, and has been in operation since the beginning of the 2010/2011 season.

Snow depth

Mount Seymour has three weather stations: one at the bottom of the Mystery Peak Chairlift, one near tower 9 of the Mystery Peak Chairlift, and one just below Brockton Point which is the top lift station of the Brockton Chairlift. Except for the unusually warm winter of 2004-2005, there is usually a snow depth of 500 cm (197 in) or more at the Brockton weather station.

BCRFC historical records (from 1960 to 1989) report that Mount Seymour's average snow base has been 160 cm (63 in) on January 1, increasing through winter and spring to 345 cm (136 in) on May 1.[4]


Several Vancouver-area broadcasters use transmission towers located on Mount Seymour. On 16 December 1953, the first television broadcast in Western Canada was transmitted from this site by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's CBUT Channel 2. The CBC broadcasting site on Mount Seymour was both the first television broadcasting site in Western Canada and the first high elevation/mountain top broadcasting site in Canada.[5]

FM stations

TV stations

Filming location

Due to its easy road access and ample parking lots, Mount Seymour is often used as a filming location. Films and TV series shot using its forests, snowy slopes and region-spanning vistas include:

See also


  1. ^ "Tim Jones Peak". Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Woo, Andrea (February 7, 2014). "Tim Jones obituary: His life was saving the lives of others". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "North Shore Rescue supports naming 2nd peak of Mt. Seymour after Tim Jones". Global BC. January 30, 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ [2] Archived May 25, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Milestones:First Television Broadcast in Western Canada". IEEE Global History Network. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Retrieved 6 April 2014. 

External links

  • "Mount Seymour". 
  • "Mount Seymour".  
  • LiveTrails: Mount Seymour
  • Mount Seymour Ski Resort Official Site
  • Mount Seymour Ski Club Mount Seymour Ski Club Official Site
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