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Mount Seymour Provincial Park

About This Park

Mount Seymour Provincial Park Located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Mount Seymour Provincial Park has been enjoyed by generations of Lower Mainland residents. The park offers viewpoints overlooking the city of Vancouver, Mount Baker and east over Indian Arm Provincial Park.

There are opportunities for bird and wildlife viewing and four areas for day-use picnicking are available. There are several lakes in the park. Elsay Lake is the largest. Its waters and those of De Pencier, Gopher and Goldie drain eastward to Indian Arm. Some of the smaller lakes and ponds feed their waters west to the Seymour River.

Visitors will find many trails of various lengths and difficulty. Lower mountain trails are used extensively by mountain bikers and hikers, while upper mountain trails are restricted to hiking. Winter trails are put in place mid-December thru March 31 each year. Winter snowshoe trails and ski trails marked by BC Parks do not require a permit or pass. The park also offers extensive winter recreation facilities including skiing, snowshoeing and a supervised snow play area operated by Mt. Seymour Resorts. Mount Seymour also offers a multitude of activities for summer recreationalists, include, hiking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and mountain biking.

Special Features: There are impressive views of the lower mainland, the Fraser Valley and Mount Baker from Deep Cove Lookout parking lot and from the parking lots and pull-outs near the top of the mountain.

Park Size: 3508 hectares

Special Notes:
  • Mt. Seymour Resorts operates skiing and snowboarding, tubing and other other winter activities within an 81-hectare controlled recreation area (CRA) in Mount Seymour Provincial Park under a park use permit. Click here to view Mt. Seymour Resorts’ webpage, for additional information.
    • Parking – Winter parking designations are in effect from November to April. Visitors accessing the backcountry, outside of the Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. CRA, are required to park in parking lot 1 and lower parking lot 5. Overnight parking is permitted in parking lot 1 and in the designated overnight parking area of parking lot 2. Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. requests that all those parking overnight post emergency contact, departure and expected return information in a visible location on the dashboard of their vehicle.

      Visitors using recreation services within the CRA are required to have a valid area pass (e.g. lift tickets and snowshoe trail passes) and can park in parking lots 2, 3, 4 and 5. (See Location & Maps).
Stay Safe:
  • Park visitors accessing the backcountry outside of the CRA should be experienced and properly equipped. The mountainous backcountry is extremely rugged and hiking in this area should be attempted only by experienced and properly equipped backcountry travelers. People contemplating an overnight or longer hike should inform a responsible person or agency of their intentions. This information should include estimated departure and return times. A good trip planning form can be found on the AdventureSmart website.
  • Mountain weather can change very quickly. Be prepared, take warm clothing and/or rain gear and navigational equipment, and know how to use them. If mist and fog should close in and you become lost or disoriented, stay where you are until the weather clears or you are found. Never leave the trail.

Reservations

Reservations are not accepted for individual campsites at this park. However, reservations can be made for the group site through Discover Camping.

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Group Campsite Reservations:
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. The entrance to Mount Seymour Provincial Park is located on Mount Seymour Road just north of Mount Seymour Parkway in North Vancouver, 15 kilometres northeast of downtown Vancouver via the Second Narrows Bridge and Mount Seymour Parkway. The communities closest to this park are Deep Cove, North Vancouver and Lynn Valley.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: Established in 1936, the park was named for Frederick Seymour, Governor of British Columbia from 1864 to 1869. Although the first recorded climb of Mount Seymour was made in 1908 by a party from the BC Mountaineering Club, Mount Seymour was virtually unknown to most of the residents of Vancouver and vicinity until the late 1920s. In 1929, members of the Alpine Club of Canada explored the mountain as a potential skiing area and the following year applied for a 21 year lease covering the primary skiing terrain, however the Depression years forced the club to drop the lease. In 1984 the Controlled Recreation Area and its facilities was awarded to Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. under a Park Use Permit.
  • Conservation: The park lies in the coastal western hemlock and mountain hemlock biogeoclimatic zones. Below 1,000 metres, old-growth Douglas-fir and western red cedar are interspersed with second-growth coniferous and deciduous trees and a variety of shrubs. At 1,000 metres and above, forest cover is mostly amabilis fir, yellow cedar and mountain hemlock. Some of the higher meadows are cloaked with sub-alpine flowers, providing colourful early summer displays.
  • Wildlife: A variety of large and small mammals inhabit the park. Coyotes and deer are often seen close to the access road. Black bears, bobcats or cougars may be sighted in the backcountry. It must be strongly emphasized that bears, cougars and bobcats are wild animals and should never be approached, offered food or tormented.

    Among the smaller species and birds to be found in the park are varying hare, Douglas squirrel and pine marten. The Canada jay, identified by its raucous call and social manners, is a frequent visitor to hikers’ lunching spots. Other indigenous birds include the raven, Steller’s jay (the official bird of British Columbia), chickadee, kinglet, sapsucker, grouse and siskin. During their annual fall migration, several species of hawks may be spotted.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.
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Activities Available at this Park

Cycling

Cycling

Mountain biking is permitted only on designated trails within the park boundary. These trails are shown on the park brochure or on the kiosks at each day-use area. It is the responsibility of the rider to know whether the trail he\she is riding is legal. Fines are issued for riding illegal trails.

There are many mountain bike restricted trails: Upper Old Buck Access Trail, Mount Seymour Main Trail, Perimeter Trail, Goldie Lake Trail, Flower Lake Trail, Mystery Lake Trail, Old Cabin Trail, Dinky Peak Trail, and any other trail that is not specifically designated for mountain bike use. Bike helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Elsay Lake can be fished but is not stocked. Access is by the Elsay Lake trail only. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must must hold a valid fishing licence.
Hiking

Hiking

Mount Seymour Provincial Park has 14 hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Trail maps are available at the information board at the Old Buck parking lot near the park’s entrance, at the north end of parking lot 4 and at the Baden-Powell parking lot. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. In addition, winter trails are created annually.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is permitted on the Old Buck Trail from the Old Buck parking pot to the Historic Mushroom parking lot. However, horse use is not recommended because of high mountain bike use.
Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. offers interpretative spring, autumn and summer programs for both adults and children. For prices and availability please contact Sea to Sky Parks; Ph: 604.986.9371 or email: info@seatoskyparks.com.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in park buildings. Signs are posted and fines are issued for pets off their leash. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. operates skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and tobogganing within a Controlled Recreation Area (CRA) in Mount Seymour Provincial Park under a park use permit. The resort is comprised of 39 runs (12 of which are lit for night skiing), dedicated snowshoe trails and five parking lots.

The resort has one high speed quad chair, two double chairs, and a beginner-friendly magic carpet, offering a wide range of terrain. Ski and snowboard school, snowshoe tours and ski and snowboard rentals are also available. The Resort has a licensed restaurant and cafeteria in the Three Peaks Lodge, located at parking lot 4, and a café in the Enquist Lodge, located at parking lot 2. All restaurants offer a wide selection of meals and refreshments. For more information on Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. visit www.mountseymour.com or call 604.986.2261.

Parking: Winter parking designations are in effect from November to April. Visitors accessing the backcountry, outside of the Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. CRA, are required to park in parking lots 1 and 5. Overnight parking is permitted in parking lot 1 and in the designated overnight parking area of parking lot 2. Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. requests that all those parking overnight post emergency contact, departure and expected return information in a visible location on the dashboard of their vehicle.

Visitors using recreation services within the CRA are required to have a valid area pass (e.g. lift tickets and snowshoe trail passes) and can park in parking lots 2, 3, 4 and 5. (See Location & Maps).

Tobogganing is only permitted in the designated areas defined in the CRA operated by Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. These areas are located near parking lot 2.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are not permitted within the backcountry. Camp stoves may be used instead. Campfires are not permitted within the park except for at the group campsite; please use the campfire ring provided. Firewood can be purchased from Mt Seymour Resorts or you may bring your own. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Group Camping

Group Camping

There is one group campsite at this park which can be reserved. This group site may be booked year round. Click here for reservation information.
The group campsite is a short 50m walk from parking lot #1. The site offers a pit toilet, large group shelter with wood stove, five (5) picnic tables, and a single outside group fire pit. Drinking water is available. All wood must be brought in by the party or purchased from Mt. Seymour Resorts.

Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum.

Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $70.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15).

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has 5 day-use/picnic areas.
Old Buck Trailhead
This is not a picnic area. This day-use area provides parking for the lower mountain trails. It is a popular spot to go on a mountain bike ride or walk your dog. Trails from this spot are varied in length and continue to the top of the mountain. A pit toilet is provided as well as an information board, park map and park brochures. It is located near the park entrance on the west side of the road.

Baden Powell Trailhead
This area provides parking for about 7 vehicles to access the Baden Powell Trail. There are two picnic tables located under the forest canopy on the east side of the road. There is one pit toilet that is wheelchair accessible, however there is a steep incline that may require assistance. An information kiosk contains a park map.

Vancouver Picnic Area
The Vancouver picnic area is a nice spot to have an afternoon picnic. There are three tables available as well as a pit toilet and park information shelter. Access to the Mushroom parking lot trail as well as the old buck access trail start here. Many people begin their mountain biking day from this parking lot. On a nice weekend day, this area may be very busy.

Deep Cove Lookout
Deep Cove lookout is a popular destination for great views west toward the Fraser Valley and Mount Baker. There is access to the upper mountain trails from this area via perimeter trail as well as access to the Upper Old Buck Trail. Facilities include a pit toilet, park information shelter and parking for approximately 15 vehicles. No tables.

Mount Seymour Trailhead
Located at the end of Mount Seymour Road, this trailhead offers access to upper mountain trails. The park information kiosk contains a map, summer and winter trail updates and, in the winter, an Avalanche Advisory bulletin. The park information kiosks are at the base of the controlled recreation area (CRA) operated by Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. Flush toilets are available as well as a cafeteria, telephone and change rooms. In the summer months, picnic tables are set in a grassy area just north of the parking lot. Visitors during the winter season (November to April) who are not using the CRA but wish to enjoy the backcountry are required to park in parking lots 1 and 5. Overnight parking is permitted in parking lot 1 and in the designated overnight parking area at the north end of parking lot 2.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-in camping is permitted in the backcountry only, North of Brockton Point. Specific sites are not designated. Campers should choose locations carefully to avoid environmental damage. Open fires are not permitted in the backcountry. Currently, backcountry camping fees are not being collected.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

The group campsite is available year round for walk-in camping. Get reservation information for group campsite. Specific sites are not designated. Campers should choose locations carefully to avoid environmental damage and be prepared for all weather conditions. Open fires are not permitted in the backcountry. Currently, backcountry camping fees are not being collected.