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British Columbia Regional District High Points

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RankRegional DistrictPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Stikine RegionMount Fairweather4671Fairweather Range 
2.StrathconaMount Waddington4019Northern Pacific Ranges 
2.CaribooMount Waddington4019Northern Pacific Ranges 
2.Mount WaddingtonMount Waddington4019Northern Pacific Ranges 
5.Fraser-Fort GeorgeMount Robson3959Northern Continental Ranges 
6.Columbia-ShuswapMount Columbia3741Central Main Ranges 
7.East KootenayMount Assiniboine3616Southern Continental Ranges 
8.Central CoastMonarch Mountain3555Northern Pacific Ranges 
9.Central KootenayHowser Spire3412Purcell Mountains 
10.Thompson-NicolaMount Monashee3274Monashee Mountains 
11.Powell RiverMount Gilbert3124Southern Pacific Ranges 
12.Kitimat-StikineMount Ratz3090Boundary Ranges 
13.Peace RiverUlysses Mountain3024Muskwa Ranges 
14.Northern RockiesMount Sylvia2940Muskwa Ranges 
15.Squamish-LillooetStanley Peak2937Southern Pacific Ranges 
16.North OkanaganCranberry Mountain2872Monashee Mountains 
17.Fraser ValleyWedge Mountain-Southeast Slope2800Southern Pacific Ranges 
18.Okanagan-SimilkameenGrimface Mountain2635North Cascades1997-07-19
19.Sunshine CoastMount Tantalus2603Southern Pacific Ranges 
20.Bulkley-NechakoHudson Bay Mountain2589Kitimat Ranges 
21.Kootenay BoundaryMount Tanner2419Monashee Mountains 
22.Skeena-Queen CharlotteSkeena-Queen Charlotte High Point2220Kitimat Ranges 
23.Central OkanaganLittle White Mountain2169Okanogan Highlands 
24.Comox ValleyMount Albert Edward2093Vancouver Island 
25.Alberni-ClayoquotThe Red Pillar2034Vancouver Island 
26.Greater VancouverMeslilloet Mountain-South Slope1860Southern Pacific Ranges 
27.NanaimoMount Arrowsmith1819Vancouver Island 
28.Cowichan ValleyMount Whymper1541Vancouver Island 
29.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 sits at the junction of three Regional Districts, giving the list only 27 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 peaks on this list are major, 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.

Sources

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.

Links

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

 


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