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Wilderness camping

Wilderness camping is permitted north of Brockton Point. Specific sites are not designated. Choose locations carefully to avoid environmental damage.

Campfires are not allowed. Bring a camp stove for cooking.

There are no fees for wilderness camping.

For trail information, see the Hiking section.
 

Winter camping

Winter camping is permitted north of Brockton Point. Specific sites are not designated. Choose locations carefully to avoid environmental damage and be prepared for all weather conditions.

Campfires are not allowed. Bring a camp stove for cooking.

There are no fees for winter camping.

For trail information, see the Hiking section.
 

Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Picnic areas

Baden Powell trailhead

This area provides parking for about seven vehicles. There are two picnic tables located under the forest canopy on the east side of the road. Access includes a steep incline. There is one pit toilet and an information kiosk with a park map.

Vancouver picnic area

There are three tables available as well as a pit toilet and park information shelter. Expect this area to be very busy throughout the year.

Deep Cove lookout

Deep Cove lookout is a popular destination for great views west toward the Fraser Valley and Mount Baker. Facilities include a pit toilet, park information shelter and parking for approximately 15 vehicles. No picnic tables are available at this site.

Mount Seymour trailhead

Located at the end of Mount Seymour Road. There are park information kiosks at the base of Mt. Seymour Resorts Controlled Recreation Area (CRA). 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.

For maps, see Park and activity maps.
 

Pit or flush toilets

Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park.

Hiking

Trail report [PDF] (April 25, 2022)

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.

Mount Seymour Park has 14 hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty. See trailhead information below. For trail descriptions, see the Mount Seymour hiking page.

For more information on winter hiking, see the Winter recreation section.

For hiking trail maps, see Park and activity maps.

Mount Seymour trailhead

Located at the end of Mount Seymour Road, this trailhead offers access to the upper mountain trails. The park information kiosk at the base of the Mt. Seymour Resort Controlled Recreation Area (CRA) contains a map, summer and winter trail updates, and an avalanche advisory bulletin in winter. Flush toilets are available as well as a cafeteria, telephone and change rooms. If you are visiting from November to April and you are not using the CRA, but wish to enjoy the backcountry, use parking lots 1 and 5. Overnight parking is permitted in parking lot 1.

This video provides in-depth visual planning resources to help hikers make informed decisions and stay safe along Mount Seymour Trail.

Old Buck trailhead

This trailhead provides parking for the lower mountain trails. Trails from this spot vary  in length and continue to the top of the mountain. A pit toilet, information board, and park map are located near the park entrance on the west side of the road.

Baden Powell trailhead

This area provides parking for about seven vehicles to access the Baden Powell trail. There is one pit toilet and an information kiosk with a park map.

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. 
 

Swimming

Swimming is permitted in park lakes.

There are no lifegards on duty in BC Parks.

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. To learn more, see the fishing and hunting page.

Elsay Lake can be fished but is not stocked. Access is by the Elsay Lake trail only. For trail details, see the Hiking section.

Interpretive programs

Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. offers interpretative spring, autumn and summer programs for both adults and children.

For prices and availability, contact the park operator.
 

Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be on leash at all times and are not allowed in park buildings. Signs are posted and fines are issued for pets off their leash. You must be in control of your pets at all times and dispose of their excrement in the wastebins provided.

Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets. Pets can disturb sensitive ecosystems and and could provoke bear attacks.

To learn more about visiting parks with your pet, see the Responsible recreation page.
 

Cycling

Mountain biking is permitted only on designated trails within the park boundary. Trails are shown on the kiosks at each day-use area. BC Parks issues fines for riding outside designated trails, and for constructing illegal trails.

Mountain biking is not allowed on Upper Old Buck  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.

For trail maps, see Park and activity maps.
 

e-Biking

Bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated mountain biking trails within Mount Seymour Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the BC Parks cycling guidelines.

For trail information, see the Cycling section.
 

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.

Winter recreation

For maps, see Park and activity maps.

Before visiting, learn about winter safety in the backcountry.

Winter backcountry trails

Between mid-December and March 31 each year, BC Parks installs two winter backcountry ski tour routes (uptracks). Both routes begin at the park kiosk at the north end of parking lot 4 nearest Mystery Peak Chairlift. The latest trail conditions and Avalanche Hazard ratings are posted at the kiosk. Snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders and hikers can use the backcountry trails throughout the season.

Follow the marker poles (orange bamboo/red plastic). Follow safe practices and carry appropriate gear at all times.

The Mount Seymour Backcountry Access trail takes you to the saddle between 1st and 2nd pump and offers great views. Trail length is 7km return. Trail rating is moderate to difficult depending on snow conditions. Return time is three hours on skis, four hours on snowshoes.

The First Lake trail has very little elevation gain, and loops out to the lake, then intersects with the Mount Seymour trail to bring you back down to the parking lot. This trail is rated easy to moderate depending on snow conditions. Return time is one and a half hours on skis, two hours on snowshoes.

Free BC Parks day-use passes may be required to visit during the winter season. For details, see the Reservations section.

Mt. Seymour ski resort

Mt. Seymour Resort operates skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and tobogganing within an 81-hectare Controlled Recreation Area (CRA) in Mount Seymour Park.

The resort has 39 runs (12 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.

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.

For more information on Mt. Seymour Resort visit www.mtseymour.ca or call 604-986-2261.

Parking

If you are visiting the backcountry outside of the Mt. Seymour Resort CRA, park in parking lots 1 and 5. See the Mount Seymour Park parking map.

If you are recreating within the Mt. Seymour Resort CRA, you must have a valid ski lift, snowshoeing, or other Mt. Seymour Resort pass. Park in parking lots 2, 3, 4 and 5. For full parking details visit the Mt. Seymour Resort website.

Overnight parking is permitted in parking lot 1. If you are parking overnight, Mt. Seymour Resort requests that you post emergency contact, departure and expected return information in a visible location on the dashboard of their vehicle.