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British Columbia Regional District High Points

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RankRegional DistrictPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Cowichan ValleyMount Whymper1541Vancouver Island2002-09
2.CaribooMount Waddington-Northwest Peak3975Northern Pacific Ranges2007-07-23
3.NanaimoMount Arrowsmith1819Vancouver Island2008-11-23
4.Comox ValleyMount Albert Edward2093Vancouver Island2010-08-20
 Stikine RegionMount Fairweather4671Fairweather Range 
 StrathconaMount Waddington4019Northern Pacific Ranges 
 Mount WaddingtonMount Waddington4019Northern Pacific Ranges 
 Fraser-Fort GeorgeMount Robson3959Northern Continental Ranges 
 Columbia-ShuswapMount Columbia3741Central Main Ranges 
 East KootenayMount Assiniboine3616Southern Continental Ranges 
 Central CoastMonarch Mountain3555Northern Pacific Ranges 
 Central KootenayHowser Spire3412Purcell Mountains 
 Thompson-NicolaMount Monashee3274Monashee Mountains 
 Powell RiverMount Gilbert3124Southern Pacific Ranges 
 Kitimat-StikineMount Ratz3090Boundary Ranges 
 Peace RiverUlysses Mountain3024Muskwa Ranges 
 Northern RockiesMount Sylvia2940Muskwa Ranges 
 Squamish-LillooetStanley Peak2937Southern Pacific Ranges 
 North OkanaganCranberry Mountain2872Monashee Mountains 
 Fraser ValleyWedge Mountain-Southeast Slope2800Southern Pacific Ranges 
 Okanagan-SimilkameenGrimface Mountain2635North Cascades 
 Sunshine CoastMount Tantalus2603Southern Pacific Ranges 
 Bulkley-NechakoHudson Bay Mountain2589Kitimat Ranges 
 Kootenay BoundaryMount Tanner2419Monashee Mountains 
 Skeena-Queen CharlotteSkeena-Queen Charlotte High Point2220Kitimat Ranges 
 Central OkanaganLittle White Mountain2169Okanogan Highlands 
 Alberni-ClayoquotThe Red Pillar2034Vancouver Island 
 Greater VancouverMeslilloet Mountain-South Slope1860Southern Pacific Ranges 
 CapitalCapital Regional District High Point1136Vancouver Island 

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List Description

List Information

British Columbia is divided into 28 Regional Distircts (and 1 Region, Stikine) that form the next level of local government below the provincial level. They are roughly equivalent to counties in the United States, but they have only been in existence since 1965 and have changed with some frequency. Therefore, Regional Districts are not as stable or as well-known as U.S. Counties.

Still, for the jaded peakbagger looking for new challenges, this list of Regional District high points is a huge and serious undertaking. British Columbia is one of the most thoroughly mountainous large areas on the planet, and almost all the peaks on this list require hard-core mountaineering skills. I doubt if anyone has completed more than 15 of these 27 peaks.

There are a few interesting quirks to this list. Mount Waddington and its NW subpeak sit at the junction of three Regional Districts, giving the list only 27 major peaks for the 29 disticts and perhaps making it marginally easier to complete, since that saves two more possibly major expeditions. Also, note that northern Vancouver Island is part of districts that include large chunks of mainland, so Golden Hinde, Vancouver Island's high point, is not a district high point. Same thing for the Queen Charlotte Islands, part of a district with a high point on the mainland.

The top five major peaks on this list are well-known objectives: Fairweather, Waddington, Robson, Columbia, and Assiniboine. But most of the rest are high, snowy, remote, and difficult peaks that are not nearly as famous. Little White and Mount Whymper are perhaps the only two walk-ups on the list. The lowest summit, a forested bump that is the Capital Regional Distict's highest point, might not yet have been climbed except perhaps by a logger. The Skeena-Queen Charlotte high point also might be a virgin summit.


The main difficulty in compiling this list was that most topographic maps (paper and online) do not show the Regional District boundaries. Using a GIS coverage of the boundaries and overlaying that over various digital topographic maps, I think that I have determined the various high points. The Skeena-Queen Charlotte and Capital high points were the most difficult to determine, since they are random unnamed peaks. There may be inaccuracies, and I welcome any corrections. Don't get mad at me if you almost get killed on one of these peaks and later find out it is not the actual high point!

Sources Include:

  • Online Sources (See links below)
  • Encarta Reference Library World Atlas DVD-ROM
  • Various paper maps and atlases of B.C.
  • Various world atlases
  • Thanks to David Olson, who pointed out the "liner" high points near Wedge and Meslilloet Mountains.


     British Columbia Basemap The Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia
     Toporama: Canadian Topographic Maps Online


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