Mount Edziza

mountain in British Columbia, Canada

Mount Edziza is a dormant volcano in British Columbia, Canada.[1]

Mount Edziza
Mount Edziza, British Columbia.jpg
Mount Edziza as seen from the Stewart-Cassiar Highway
Highest point
Elevation2,787 m (9,144 ft)
Prominence1,750 m (5,741 ft)
ListingList of volcanoes in Canada
Coordinates57°42′56″N 130°38′4″W / 57.71556°N 130.63444°W / 57.71556; -130.63444Coordinates: 57°42′56″N 130°38′4″W / 57.71556°N 130.63444°W / 57.71556; -130.63444
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Parent rangeTahltan Highland
Topo mapNTS 104G/10
Age of rockMiocene-to-Holocene
Mountain typeShield volcano, Stratovolcanoes
Volcanic arc/beltNorthern Cordilleran Volcanic Province
Last eruption1340 BP

The volcano is 38 km southeast of Telegraph Creek in an area of potentially active volcanos in the Stikine Volcanic Belt. It is a shield volcano that began erupting about 10 million years ago with continued activity until about 1,340 years ago.

Edziza is made up of a lot of cinder cones and blocky lava flows that still keep their first forms. This is the second biggest area of volcanic activity in the northern Stikine Volcanic Belt as well as in Canada. The complex includes the Mount Edziza Plateau, a big volcanic plateau (65 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide) made of mostly basaltic lava flows with four big stratovolcanoes built on top of the plateau.

A lot of eruptions have happened in the last 10,000 years including: Desolation, Mess Lake, Snowshoe lava fields, Kana Cone, Eve Cone, Cinder Cliff, Icefall Cone, Ridge Cone, Williams Cone, and Walkout Creek. Many of the volcanic features in the volcanic complex are protected as part of Mount Edziza Provincal Park one of the bigger provincial parks in British Columbia.


  1. British Columbia Parks, "Mount Edziza Provincial Park"; retrieved 2012-6-15.