Mount Washington (British Columbia)

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Mount Washington
Mount Washington Summer.jpg
Mount Washington in the Summer
Elevation 1,590 m (5,220 ft)
Prominence 510 m (1,670 ft)
Location
Location Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Range Vancouver Island Ranges
Coordinates 49°45′11″N 125°17′47″W / 49.75306°N 125.29639°W / 49.75306; -125.29639

Mount Washington is a mountain on the eastern edge of the Vancouver Island Ranges of British Columbia and the site of the popular Mount Washington Alpine Resort. It is located approximately 25 km (16 mi) from the Comox Valley.

The mountain was named after Rear Admiral John Washington, official Hydrographer, British Royal Navy, by Captain George Richards while charting the West Coast in the 1860s.

In the summer, Mount Washington has many trails for mountain bikers, and offers scenic chair lifts and hiking trails to visitors.

Mount Washington is home to the Vancouver Island marmot, one of the planet's most endangered mammals. Found in the wild only on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the Vancouver Island marmot differs significantly from other marmot species. In an effort to increase Vancouver Island marmot populations, the Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Foundation has established captive breeding facilities across Canada. The largest of these is the Tony Barrett Marmot Recovery Centre located on Mount Washington.

The following broadcasting stations have their transmitter sites on the east face of Mount Washington, facing out over the Comox Valley and Campbell River:

Several amateur radio repeaters are also located on Mount Washington.

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