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Location map of North Shore Mountains

The North Shore Mountains are a range of mountains overlooking the Greater Vancouver Regional District. These peaks are visible from most areas in Vancouver and form a distinctive backdrop for the city. Motto: Building a sustainable region Area: 2,878. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ...

The steep southern slopes of the North Shore Mountains limit the extent to which the municipalities of Greater Vancouver's North Shore (West Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, and the City of North Vancouver) can grow. In many places on the North Shore, residential neighbourhoods end abruptly and rugged forested slopes begin immediately. These forested slopes are crisscrossed by a large network of trails including the Baden-Powell Trail, the Howe Sound Crest Trail, and a wide variety of world-class mountain biking trails. The North Shore (of Burrard Inlet) is a common name for referring to the following areas: West Vancouver - District Municipality of West Vancouver City of North Vancouver District of North Vancouver External links WikiTravel:Vancouver/North Shore - Travel guide for the North Shore North Shore News - Community Newspaper serving the... West Vancouver is a district municipality in the province of British Columbia. ... This article is about the District of North Vancouver. ... The Capilano Suspension Bridge There are two municipalities in the Greater Vancouver region of British Columbia that use the name North Vancouver. ... The Baden-Powell Trail is a rugged but well-maintained trail that traverses Greater Vancouvers North Shore region. ... Mountain biker riding in the Arizona desert. ...

A view of the North Shore Mountains as seen looking west from the Mount Seymour alpine area in March. The obvious sharp-pointed peak near the upper right is Crown Mountain

The North Shore Mountains are a small subrange of the Pacific Ranges, the southernmost grouping of the vast Coast Mountains. They are bounded on the south by Burrard Inlet, on the west and north-west by Howe Sound, and on the north and north-east by the Garibaldi Ranges. To the east the bounds are defined by Indian Arm (a branch of Burrard Inlet). The ridge running north from Mount Seymour has its own name, the Fannin Range. The Pacific Ranges are the southernmost subdivision of the Coast Mountains portion of the Pacific Cordillera. ... The Coast Mountains are the westernmost range of the Pacific Cordillera, running along the south western shore of the North American continent, extending south from the Alaska Panhandle and covering most of coastal British Columbia. ... Indian Arm extends north (to the upper right of the photo) from Burrard Inlet, in this view from the southeast at Burnaby Mountain. ... // Description Howe Sound is a fjord situated immediately northwest of Vancouver, Canada, fronting on one of the citys suburbs, West Vancouver. ... Garibaldi Ranges are the next-to-southwesternmost subdivision of the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains; only the North Shore Mountains are farther south. ...

Although not particularly high, these mountains are rugged and should not be underestimated. Severe weather conditions in the North Shore Mountains often contrast dramatically with mild conditions in nearby Vancouver. This is especially true in winter, but even in summer large precipices are hidden very close to popular hiking trails and it is very easy to get lost, despite being in sight of the city. Those who venture into the North Shore Mountains for whatever reason should be well prepared at any time of year.

Three deep valleys divide the North Shore Mountains. These are, in order from west to east:

The Capilano and Seymour rivers emanate from the massive GVRD watershed area. The watershed extends deep into the North Shore Mountains region, but is strictly off-limits to all unauthorized human activities. The Lynn Headwaters, a deep cirque valley drained by Lynn Creek, is no longer part of the GVRD watershed and is now a very popular Regional Park. The Capilano River, flowing north to south through the Coast Mountains, is located on Vancouvers North Shore and empties into Burrard Inlet, opposite Stanley Park. ... Motto: Building a sustainable region Area: 2,878. ... A drainage basin is the area within the drainage basin divide (yellow outline), and drains the surface runoff and river discharge (blue lines) of a contiguous area. ... A cirque is an amphitheatre-like valley of glacial origin, formed by glacial erosion at the head of the glacier. ...

There are two Provincial Parks in the area, Cypress Provincial Park and Mount Seymour Provincial Park. Both feature reliable road access, downhill ski areas, and extensive trail networks. Nearby Grouse Mountain features a downhill ski area and tourist attractions which are accessible by the Skyride, an aerial tramway. A very popular hiking trail, the Grouse Grind, climbs up the steep flanks of Grouse Mountain from the tramway parking lot. Before the Grouse Mountain Skyride was built, a chairlift operated from Skyline Drive at the head of North Vancouver's Lonsdale Avenue, and the ski area itself could be accessed via Mountain Highway, which now has a gate at its upper end in the Lynn Valley neighbourhood. Cypress Provincial Park is a Provincial Park on the North Shore of Greater Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Mount Seymour Provincial Park is a 35 km² park maintained by the government of British Columbia. ... The Red Tram Grouse Mountain is a ski area/tourist attraction located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Cable car at Zell am See in the Austrian Alps. ...

In the Seymour valley, a paved access road called the Seymour Trailway winds for many kilometres into the mountains. It is frequently used for recreation, and occasionally for TV and film productions such as Stargate SG-1. Stargate SG-1 (often abbreviated as SG-1) is an American television series based upon the 1994 science fiction film Stargate. ...



There are literally dozens of individual mountains in the North Shore group. The most familiar are:

Cypress Group

  • Black Mountain (1217m) A forested summit overlooking Horseshoe Bay. Ski runs on the northern slopes are managed by the Cypress Mountain Resort.
  • Hollyburn Mountain (1325m) A popular hiking destination. Commonly known as Hollyburn Ridge and the location of an old alpine recreation community dating back to the early years of the 20th Century. It is the site of the only groomed cross-country ski trails in the Lower Mainland.
  • Mount Strachan (1454m) Ski runs on the southern slopes are managed by the Cypress Mountain Resort.

Grouse Area Horseshoe Bay is an area within the city of West Vancouver. ... Cypress Provincial Park is a provincial park in West Vancouver on the North Shore of Greater Vancouver. ... Cross-country skiing (also known as XC skiing) is a winter sport popular in many countries with large snowfields, primarily Northern Europe and Canada. ... Cypress Provincial Park is a provincial park in West Vancouver on the North Shore of Greater Vancouver. ...

  • Mount Fromme (1185m) A large forested summit dome, often seen but seldom visited. This mountain is noted for the mountain biking trails on its south slopes.
  • Grouse Mountain (1231m) Site of a very popular ski area, at Grouse Mountain.
    Mountain view from Vancouver's Chinatown.
    Mountain view from Vancouver's Chinatown.
  • Goat Mountain (1401m) Another popular alpine hiking destination, very conveniently located near the top of the Grouse Mountain aerial tramway.
  • Crown Mountain (1504m) An exposed granite pyramid ringed by sheer cliffs.

Cathedral/Lynn Range The Red Tram Grouse Mountain is a ski area/tourist attraction located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (532x800, 65 KB) Summary Vera Her Profile can be accessed at http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (532x800, 65 KB) Summary Vera Her Profile can be accessed at http://www. ... Chinatown in Downtown Vancouver with Coast Mountains in the background Aberdeen Centre, an upscale suburban Chinese mall in Richmonds Golden Village, the new Chinatown. The Chinatown of Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. ...

  • Lynn Peak (1015m) A small forested mountain, nevertheless a popular hiking destination due to ease of access.
  • The Needles (1258m) An isolated series of ridge-top summits north of Lynn Peak.
  • Coliseum Mountain (1441m) A remote alpine area consisting of a series of gentle granite exposures.
  • Mount Burwell (1541m) A remote granite dome located at the limit of legal backcountry access.
  • Cathedral Mountain (1737m) Among the tallest and most prominent of the North Shore Mountains, but off-limits due to its location within the GVRD watershed.

Fannin Range

  • Mount Seymour (1449m) Good trails and convenient access by road make Seymour a local classic hiking area.
  • Mount Elsay (1419m) A remote backcountry peak located beyond Seymour.
  • Mount Bishop (1509m) A rarely climbed peak in the remote northern region of Mt. Seymour Provincial Park.

Lions Area

  • The Lions (1654m) Probably the most famous peaks in the North Shore Mountains. These mountains, a pair of twin granite domes, are visually distinctive and can be seen from much of the Greater Vancouver area.
  • Mount Harvey (1652m) An isolated alpine peak located near the Lions.
  • Brunswick Mountain (1788m) The highest of the North Shore mountains, located north of Mount Harvey.

External links

  • North Shore Mountain Bike Association
  • North Shore Rescue

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Welcome to the Crown Mountain Park Website (178 words)
Mountain Park, 124 acres in the center of the Roaring Fork Valley, will provide a place where people of all ages can gather to relax, play, learn and discover.
Crown Mountain Park will be functional, meeting the recreational needs of a wide spectrum of the community and will provide a flexible framework to be added to and shaped by future generations.
Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District is a living, evolving entity that respects both land and people.
Climbing in BC - Crown Mountain and the Camel (543 words)
Crown Mountain and the Camel lie on the Vancouver skyline and make for a nice hike year round.
The usual way to reach Crown is to either do the Grouse Grind, with the accompanying crowds, or to hike the BCMC trail that climbs to the ski area on Grouse mountain.
From the summit of Crown, the base of the Camel can be reached by traversed an exposed, narrow ledge on the west side of Crown and then making a short rappel (or a tricky downclimb) down a fourth class notch.
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