Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver (Insight Photography photo)
Snowshoeing is one of North America's fastest-growing winter sports, and British Columbia provides the requisite trails, powder and pristine winter scenery.
Today’s snowshoes are easily manoeuvrable, lightweight and have crampons (pointy grips on the bottom to climb up or down hills), making it a simple winter sport for families seeking a fresh air activity, adventurers wanting a cardio workout, or outdoor lovers desiring snow-muffled silence.
Wander trails at a relaxed pace, pick out wildlife tracks in the snow or admire huge old-growth trees while crunching along a well-marked snowshoe loop or floating atop fresh powder. Or, go a little faster – BC is home to the Yeti, a popular snowshoe running event and Canada’s first mountain snowshoe series.
While there are many trail networks for self-guided snowshoe treks, there are also guided options. Join a snowshoe tour to explore a new area, to learn about local wildlife and history, or to enjoy an evening adventure that ends with hot chocolate or fondue.
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For the wildlife enthusiast to the adrenaline junkie...
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Maybe you'd like a two-day hiking/camping adventure in the mountains to see majestic lakes, glaciers & waterfalls, a day trip in the forest in search of elusive wild animals, like bears & deer, or maybe an eco-friendly camping holiday. For the adrenaline infused adventure we can include ziplining, bungee jumping, etc. We plan your adventure, your way. Includes transportation, meals, accommodations, guides & more!
4330 Sunshine Coast Highway
Sechelt, British Columbia
Alpha Adventures specializes in year-round adventure on the Sunshine Coast. With locations in Sechelt (Wilson Creek) & Pender Harbour we service all areas of the coast. Year-round adventure tours, kayak & stand up paddleboard rentals, tours, lessons to all areas of the Sunshine Coast. We offer kayak drop-off service to Sechelt Inlet, Gibsons & many other areas. Explore the sheltered waters of Pender Harbour from our summer location in Garden Bay. In the winter we offer snowshoe & cross country ski rentals & tours for Dakota Ridge. Our full-service retail store stocks all the gear you will need for your next adventure. Winter Shuttle service available. Visit our website for more details.
5315 Big White Rd
Big White Ski Resort, British Columbia
The second largest ski resort in BC with ski-in/ski-out accommodation for over 17,000 guests, 16 lifts & 118 trails for all abilities. Big White is all about the snow & is renowned for its abundance of light, dry Okanagan champagne powder, mild temperatures & world-famous snow ghosts. The resort's family friendly atmosphere, large variety of terrain & award-winning terrain park makes it the perfect destination to come & spend real quality time together. Activities include skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, tubing/tobogganing & visiting the spa.
New in 2011 is the 18 m (60 ft) ice climbing tower where you can challenge yourself to reach the top. Shuttle service is available from airport.
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West Vancouver, British Columbia
Cypress Mountain is 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver & proud to continue to provide our skiers, riders & sliders with the most vertical drop, most terrain, most lifts & some of the best snow conditions on the highest skiing & riding peak of Vancouver's North Shore Mountains. With some of the best skiing & riding in Vancouver, one of Canada's most popular cross-country skiing areas, a huge snow-tubing park & unique snowshoeing tours, Cypress truly offers something for everyone.
There is lots to do in the summer too! Whether you are looking to enjoy the sunny weather with a rugged hike or a quiet afternoon exploring the trails, Cypress Mountain has a variety of summer activities to offer. See our website for information on geocaching, disc golf, wildlife viewing & more.
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5339 Ski Hill Rd
Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie Alpine Resort is regularly ranked one of the top ski resorts in North America. This season, Fernie takes Skiing to the Peak with the new Polar Peak Chairlift, adding more ski runs & more vertical! With up to 11.28 m (37 ft) of snow, over 1,006 ski-able ha (2,504 ac), ski-in/ski-out accommodations & a legendary ski town atmosphere, we offer gentle terrain for families & beginners, a wide variety of intermediate runs, glades, steeps & chutes for advanced & expert skiers. With restaurants, the Legendary Griz Bar, daycare, rentals, retail, ski school, cafes & more on-site. Fernie is your next ultimate ski & snowboard destination.
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6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you to some of the best in local skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing & ice skating. With 26 runs - 15 open for night skiing - the latest in lift technology & one of the most extensive snow-making systems around, Grouse Mountain is one of Vancouver's favourite winter playgrounds. Situated 1120 metres (3,700 feet) above the city of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's restaurants showcase some of the best of BC from fine dining at The Observatory to après in Altitudes Bistro to outdoor BBQs at Rusty Rail patio.
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301 Northstar Blvd
Kimberley, British Columbia
Welcome to Kimberley Alpine Resort. Our resort proudly boasts some of the best combination of sun & light Purcell powder of any other resort in Canada. With over 727 hectares (1,800 acres) of terrain, 80 named runs & glades, & a variety of true ski-in/ski-out accommodations, there's plenty to discover at Kimberley Alpine Resort.
Located in the Purcell Range of the Canadian Rockies, Kimberley offers stunning scenery & a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere that lets you make the most of your winter getaway. Other incredible activities include cross-country skiing, dog sledding & snowshoeing.
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7500 Hwy 3
Manning Park, British Columbia
Downhill & cross-country skiing have been popular winter activities in Manning Park since the early 1950s. From skating to snowboarding, Manning continues to be a favourite spot for winter sport enthusiasts from BC & around the world. Located in the Gibson Pass Valley, Manning Park is renowned for its dry snow & variety of snow play experiences including tubing, snowshoeing, winter camping, Nordic (cross-country) skiing, downhill & snowboarding. Our 'Ski Village' has many services to offer including a daycare, cafeteria, Rental Shop & Ski School.
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Helicopter Access Only
Golden, British Columbia
Located in the Canadian Rockies between Banff & Yoho National Parks, Mistaya is an eco-friendly wilderness adventure destination. The secluded, cosy lodge is surrounded by a panorama of pristine peaks, glaciers & alpine meadows. Come relax in the beauty & peace; it's an artist & photographer's paradise. Or participate in activities such as hiking, skiing, snowshoeing & mountaineering at all levels. Certified guides will lead you on informative hikes while the cook prepares a wonderful meal. Helicopter access only.
Families are encouraged to come, learn & explore. Our WildCat Cabin is perfect for your next family getaway. Holds up to 6 guests & with optional catering or guiding.
Come & make memories of a lifetime with us.
Trans Canada Hwy
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Home to Canada's only inland cedar-hemlock rainforest, Mount Revelstoke is the only national park in Canada where you can summit a mountain five minutes from your vehicle. Visitors are invited to stroll amongst giants on the Giant Cedars & Skunk Cabbage boardwalks, or enjoy a panoramic view & meadows of subalpine wildflowers from the summit of Mount Revelstoke. Cycling enthusiasts can try riding 26 km (1600 m elevation gain) up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. During the winter months outdoors enthusiasts can explore the Meadows in the Sky Parkway on skis or snowshoes.