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British Columbia Regional District High Points

RankRegional DistrictPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
 Stikine RegionMount Fairweather15,325Fairweather Range 
 StrathconaMount Waddington13,186Northern Pacific Ranges 
 Mount WaddingtonMount Waddington13,186Northern Pacific Ranges 
 CaribooMount Waddington-Northwest Peak13,041Northern Pacific Ranges 
 Fraser-Fort GeorgeMount Robson12,989Northern Continental Ranges 
 Columbia-ShuswapMount Columbia12,274Central Main Ranges 
 East KootenayMount Assiniboine11,864Southern Continental Ranges 
 Central CoastMonarch Mountain11,663Northern Pacific Ranges 
 Central KootenayHowser Spire11,194Purcell Mountains 
 Thompson-NicolaMount Monashee10,741Monashee Mountains 
 Powell RiverMount Gilbert10,249Southern Pacific Ranges 
 Kitimat-StikineMount Ratz10,138Boundary Ranges 
 Peace RiverUlysses Mountain9921Muskwa Ranges 
 Northern RockiesMount Sylvia9646Muskwa Ranges 
 Squamish-LillooetStanley Peak9636Southern Pacific Ranges 
 North OkanaganCranberry Mountain9423Monashee Mountains 
 Fraser ValleyWedge Mountain-Southeast Slope9186Southern Pacific Ranges 
 Okanagan-SimilkameenGrimface Mountain8645North Cascades 
 Sunshine CoastMount Tantalus8540Southern Pacific Ranges 
 Bulkley-NechakoHudson Bay Mountain8494Kitimat Ranges 
 Kootenay BoundaryMount Tanner7936Monashee Mountains 
 Skeena-Queen CharlotteSkeena-Queen Charlotte High Point7283Kitimat Ranges 
 Central OkanaganLittle White Mountain7116Okanogan Highlands 
 Comox ValleyMount Albert Edward6867Vancouver Island 
 Alberni-ClayoquotThe Red Pillar6673Vancouver Island 
 Greater VancouverMeslilloet Mountain-South Slope6102Southern Pacific Ranges 
 NanaimoMount Arrowsmith5968Vancouver Island 
 Cowichan ValleyMount Whymper5056Vancouver Island 
 CapitalCapital Regional District High Point3727Vancouver 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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