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Mount Seymour Provincial Park

 

Mount Seymour Provincial Park

Mount Seymour Provincial Park
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Mount Seymour Provincial Park. September, 2005
East slopes, looking north toward Mt. Elsay
British Columbia
Location British Columbia, Canada
Nearest city North Vancouver
Coordinates

49°23′6″N 122°56′7″W / 49.38500°N 122.93528°W / 49.38500; -122.93528Coordinates: 49°23′6″N 122°56′7″W / 49.38500°N 122.93528°W / 49.38500; -122.93528

Area 35 km²
Established 1936
Governing body BC Parks

Mount Seymour Provincial Park is a 35 km² park in Vancouver, British Columbia's North Shore Mountains. It is located approximately 15 kilometers from Downtown Vancouver.

History and Geography

Established in 1936,[1] the park is in a mountain wilderness setting and several mountain peaks lie within its boundaries, including Mount Bishop, Mount Elsay, Runner Peak, and Mount Seymour. The highest elevation in the park is the summit of Mount Bishop at 1509 metres followed by Mount Seymour, for which the park is named, at 1449 metres.
The park contains several lakes, including Elsay Lake (the largest), De Pencier Lake, Gopher Lake, and Goldie Lake. These lakes drain eastward into Indian Arm. Other smaller lakes and ponds drain westward into the Seymour River.

Recreation

There is an extensive network of mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian trails on the lower mountain, while the upper mountain also serves hikers, mountaineers, picknicking, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowtubing, tobogganing, and backcountry camping. The ski slopes on the mountain are managed by a private operator, Mount Seymour Resorts Ltd.

Accidents and rescues

Due to its proximity to a large metropolitan area, Mount Seymour Provincial Park attracts larger numbers of visitors and recreational users than many other rugged, mountainous areas. This in part, has led to hundreds of lost, stranded or injured hikers, skiers and snowshoers requiring rescue, some of whom have died.[2]

Access

Access to the park is by way of the all-weather Mount Seymour Road in North Vancouver.

References

External links

  • Mount Seymour Provincial Park official site
  • BC Parks - Mt. Seymour Map and Upper Mountain Trails
  • Incident summaries (Search and Rescue), Provincial Emergency Program
  • MountSeymour.com (Seymour Resorts Ltd.)
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