The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore

A Peakbagger’s Guide

ISBN 9781771602419
Softcover | Publication Date: July 3, 2018
Book Dimensions: 6 in x 9 in
504 Pages

About the Book

A new, full-colour guidebook for outdoor enthusiasts interested in exploring the dynamic and awe-inspiring peaks and trails of Vancouver’s internationally renowned coastal-mountain landscape.

The beautiful mountains of the North Shore define Vancouver, but few Vancouverites know of the natural beauty and adventure that lies within them, or even their names and history. The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore: A Peakbagger’s Guide offers something for everyone, from casual hikers to hard-core climbers, from gentle ramblers to ultra-fit trail runners, to parents introducing their children to the splendours of nature, and to those merely curious about what is out there, so close and yet so far.

The book provides turn-by-turn route descriptions for climbing 66 North Shore peaks, including exhaustive facts and statistics, special cautions, first ascents, name origins, and historical and cultural backgrounds as well as little-known facts and secrets. Roads and access trails are provided. All peaks feature GPS-based maps, with elevation profiles. The glories of these mountains, creeks and lakes are enticingly illustrated with over 150 colour photographs.

Covering all of the hikeable peaks from Capilano in the north, to the Howe Sound Islands in the west and the Seymour–Fannin peaks in the east, this book will encourage you to hop in your kayak or car, on your bike or your own two feet to explore this underappreciated paradise in our own backyard.

About the Author(s)

Bill Maurer grew up in East Vancouver and began climbing in his late teens. He quickly established a reputation as a peakbagger, earning the nickname “do it in a day Maurer,” making day trips of what used to be weekend club excursions. Since moving to the North Shore in 1993 he has been extensively exploring the trails, swimming the lakes and bagging the peaks in his backyard.

David Crerar grew up on the lower slopes of Mount Seymour and now lives on the lower slopes of Grouse Mountain. In 2009 he created the Bagger Challenge, a contest to see who could climb the most North Shore peaks in a season. Since then over 400 people have participated in the contest, and that project led to this book.

Harry Crerar attends Mulgrave School in West Vancouver. He has won the Harry Quaich for baggers younger than 16 in the Bagger Challenge every year of its existence. He has climbed most of these North Shore peaks. He loves travel and adventures: hiking, on skis or in a kayak or canoe.


“…Essential reading for local hikers and indeed for anyone who has looked at the mountains visible from Greater Vancouver and wondered if anyone ever goes into the wild country beyond the last row of houses and what might be there. This book answers the question beautifully.”
– The Ormsby Review

“…jam-packed with everything you could ever want to know about hiking on the North Shore, including extensive histories on each area…”
– Outdoor Vancouver

“…the most complete catalog of the North shore mountains…”

“For anyone who really wants to learn about the North Shore Mountains, this is a must have book.”

“This guidebook is bright, beautiful, and sets expectations for every reader by providing the traditional narrative…and a fantastic bullet summary made for bona fide peak baggers.”
– Suburban Mountaineer

“…a vividly detailed look at the beauty and adventure that lies within the nearby outdoor playground.”
– The Georgia Straight