Puntzi Mountain Airport

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Puntzi Mountain Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Provincial Airtanker Centre
Location Puntzi Mountain, British Columbia
Time zone PST (UTC−08:00)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−07:00)
Elevation AMSL 2,985 ft / 910 m
Coordinates 52°06′46″N 124°08′41″W / 52.11278°N 124.14472°W / 52.11278; -124.14472Coordinates: 52°06′46″N 124°08′41″W / 52.11278°N 124.14472°W / 52.11278; -124.14472
CYPU is located in British Columbia
Location in British Columbia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 6,012 1,832 Asphalt

Puntzi Mountain Airport, (ICAO: CYPU), is located 17 nautical miles (31 km; 20 mi) west of Puntzi Mountain, British Columbia, Canada.


The airport was established in 1951 to provide access to a base of the Pine Tree Line, part of the DEW system. It was the second-longest airstrip in British Columbia at the time and thirteen D8 bulldozers were on-site to keep the runway graded and, in winter, cleared of snow. One hundred American servicemen and a few Canadian servicemen, some with families, staffed the base at Puntzi, which also hired local Tsilhqot'in people.[2]


  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 27 April 2017 to 0901Z 22 June 2017
  2. ^ Makuk: A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations, John Sutton Lutz, UBC Press, 2008, pp. 153-154