Puntzi Mountain Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorMinistry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Provincial Airtanker Centre
LocationPuntzi Mountain, British Columbia
Time zonePST (UTC−08:00)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC−07:00)
Elevation AMSL2,985 ft / 910 m
Coordinates52°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. 13 D8 bulldozers were on site to keep the runway graded and, in winter, cleared of snow. 100 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 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.
  2. ^ Makuk: A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations, John Sutton Lutz, UBC Press, 2008, pp. 153-154