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Mount Seymour, Vancouver: 2 reviews and 6 photos
Mount Seymour is the eastern-most peak of Vancouver's 3 local North Shore mountains (Cypress, Grouse and Seymour). Unlike Grouse Mountain where you have to pay $30 a person to take the cable car up to the top of the mountain, you can actually drive to the peak of Seymour for free. While skiing, snowboarding and other snow-related activities are done on Seymour in the winter months when there's snow, in the late spring, summer and early autumn, most people use Seymour as a scenic hiking destination.
The hiking trails on Seymour are varied from easy to difficult. You can print out hiking trail maps from the mountain's website. One of my personal favourites is the Dog Mountain trail. It takes about an hour to do and takes you through pretty easy forested terrain. However, at the very end of the trail, you end up in a granite rock outcropping that overlooks the enter Lower Mainland. While I never came across any wildlife on my visits to Seymour, black bears do live in this area. Therefore, while it's very unlikely that you'll come within close proximity of bears, you should read over Bear Aware website before heading out.
While I have never come across bears on my many hikes in Seymour in the summer and autumn months, ravens seem to be quite common and are quite majestic to see swooping along the rocks. They look like massive crows with larger beaks. While you rarely see ravens in the city, they are much more frequently-seen once you get into the mountains.
Seymour Mountain is really only doable if you have access to a vehical. While you can take public transit to the base of the mountain, you will have to find your way up to the peak where the majority of the hiking trails exist. Note that if you are coming up to Seymour only for the view, the unobstructed views of the city are only really attainable after hiking. As a result, Seymour's best seen during the daylight hours and cannot simply be a stop-off lookout point from a car.
Directions: Mount Seymour is located in North Vancouver (aka: North Van). The exit is off of the Trans-Canada Highway (aka: Hwy 1). Signs will point you to the correct turn-off where you will drive up the mountain.
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