Of the three mountains on Vancouver's north shore, Mount Seymour is the only one to offer unfettered winter access to the backcountry. From the backcountry parking lot, winter users can take a marked trail 3.5 kilometers to Pump Peak.
From the top of the parking lot the trail skirts the outside of the ski resort for the first 600 meters before deviating away from the resort onto the ridge to Brockton Point. The spruces and firs of the start of the trail become increasingly sparse as you approach Brockton Point.
From Brockton the trail dips into a delightful sheltered meadow below Pump Peak, a welcome respite before the steep ascent to Pump Peak. The marked trail ends 100 meters before Pump Peak, leaving you the option to admire the view to the north, or make the final push to the peak for near-360 degree views across the Lower Mainland, Georgia Strait, south to Mount Baker, and wild inland peaks.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.