The Table

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The Table
The Table1.jpg
The Table rises above the southwest side of Garibaldi Lake
Highest point
Elevation2,021 m (6,631 ft)
Prominence251 m (823 ft)
Coordinates49°53′43″N 123°00′47″W / 49.89528°N 123.01306°W / 49.89528; -123.01306Coordinates: 49°53′43″N 123°00′47″W / 49.89528°N 123.01306°W / 49.89528; -123.01306
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Parent rangeGaribaldi Ranges
Topo mapNTC 92G/14 Cheakamus River
Age of rockHolocene
Mountain typeTuya
Volcanic arc/beltCanadian Cascade Arc
Garibaldi Volcanic Belt
Last eruptionHolocene
First ascent1916 Tom Fyles

The Table, sometimes called Table Mountain, is a 2,021-metre (6,631 ft) high flow-dominated andesite tuya located 4 kilometres (2 mi) south of Garibaldi Lake, 15 kilometres (9 mi) northeast of Cheekye and 5 kilometres (3 mi) north of Mount Garibaldi, British Columbia, Canada. It rises over 530 metres (1,740 ft) above the surface of Garibaldi Lake, which lies less than 1 kilometre (1 mi) to the north.

The Table is almost impossible to climb because sections of the volcano have collapsed, creating steep and exceptionally rotten rock walls on all sides.


The Table as seen from Black Tusk Meadows

The Table is part of the Garibaldi Lake volcanic field, a volcanic field that includes a group of nine small andesitic stratovolcanoes and basaltic andesite vents formed during the early Holocene; this in turn is part of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt and of the Cascade Volcanic Arc that run from southwestern British Columbia to northern California caused by subduction of the Juan de Fuca Plate and Explorer Plate under the North American Plate at the Cascadia subduction zone.

Canadian geologist Bill Mathews proposed in 1951 that The Table formed when magma intruded into and melted a vertical tube in the overlying Cordilleran Ice Sheet; the partially molten mass of hornblende-phyric andesite cooled as a large block, with gravity flattening its upper surface. Horizontal columns occur at numerous locations along the periphery of the mass; the absence of glacial erosion of the tuya suggests that it erupted during the early Holocene, just prior to the disappearance of the ice sheet. Similar formations can be found in the Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field, the Northern Cordilleran Volcanic Province and elsewhere in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt.

In Film[edit]

The Table is featured in Agent Cody Banks and in Stargate: The Ark of Truth in which it is the site of the village where the Ark was hidden; the title sequence of the film features The Table, with a graphics overlay of the village superimposed on it, as well as an aerial tour of the Mount Garibaldi and Tantalus Range area.

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The north face of Mount Garibaldi rises above The Table and Garibaldi Lake


  • Mathews, W. H. (1951). "The Table, a Flat-Topped Volcano in Southern British Columbia". American Journal of Science. 249 (11): 830–841. doi:10.2475/ajs.249.11.830.
  • Wood, Charles A.; Jürgen Kienle, eds. (1990). Volcanoes of North America. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-43811-X.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  • Harris, Stephen L. (2005). Fire Mountains of the West: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes (3rd ed.). Mountain Press Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87842-511-X.

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