Mount Seymour Provincial Park

Starry nights near city lights

Camp

A little tougher

Overnight

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, but can’t get too far from the city? Here on the North Shore near Vancouver, you won’t have to travel far to find a quiet night under the stars. Hikers and campers love Mount Seymour Provincial Park, a quiet mountain refuge close to home.

Mount Seymour Provincial Park

Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Hectares

3509

Hiking trails

14

Driving time from Vancouver

30 minutes

Planning your trip

Prepare for a night (or two) outside

Heading out of town

The trip to Mount Seymour should only take about 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, though this is heavily dependent on traffic. The entrance to Mount Seymour Provincial Park is located on Mount Seymour Road just north of Mount Seymour Parkway.

Camping in this provincial park is hike-in only, but overnight parking is permitted in parking lot 1. For those parking overnight and heading into the backcountry, make sure you visibly post your emergency contact information, including your departure and return date, inside your vehicle – of course, the 10 essentials are a must for your pack, too.

Setting up camp

Just 50m from the parking lot there is a designated group camping spot that you can reserve. Wilderness camping is also an option, north of Brockton Point. The trail leading in this direction is located 2km north of the ski area parking lot. Since these wilderness sites aren’t designated, make sure to choose your spot thoughtfully to avoid causing any unnecessary damage to the surrounding environment, and follow the 7 Leave No Trace tips while you’re exploring.

Take to the trails

Seymour has 14 hiking trails to choose from, which range in difficulty level and distance. Trail maps are available to grab from the information board at the Old Buck parking lot near the park’s entrance, as well as at the Baden-Powell parking lot.

Feeling like a moderate hike on a hot day? Follow the marked trail from parking lot 4 for 45 minutes to Mystery Lake and hop in for a refreshing dip. Looking for more of a challenge? The Dog Mountain hike is a local favourite. The trail is 5km return with relatively minimal elevation gain (and stellar views), but the trail is a little more technical, so pay careful attention to your footing.

North Shore weather

On any given day, the weather on the North Shore can vary drastically compared to what’s happening in downtown Vancouver. Not to mention that the weather can turn quickly up in the mountains as well. Double-check the weather report and conditions before you head out on your adventure and always be prepared. After all, you don’t want Vancouver clouds to cover up your night out under the starry skies.

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