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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401-37989 Cleveland Ave
Squamish, British Columbia
The Sea to Sky Gondola experience, scheduled to open in May 2014, weaves together the very essence of coastal BC-mountains, oceans, rivers, forests, culture & year round recreation.
The 8-minute gondola ride to over 2,800 feet above sea level will provide sweeping views of Howe Sound, the forest & surrounding mountains. Once at the top, many adventures await. Guests will have access to a wide array of outdoor experiences including two interpretive loop trails with cantilevered viewing platforms, a spectacular suspension bridge, access trails to backcountry routes & much more.
In addition to the outdoor experiences, the lodge at the top will provide an opportunity for cultural exhibits, events, dining or a chance for friends to share a beer after a day of adventure in nature.
123 Shortt St
Silver Star Mountain Resort, British Columbia
Silver Star Mountain Resort is a family oriented, snowy wonderland located in BC's sunny Okanagan. The resort is set against an enchanting Victorian village & is renowned for its snowboarding, downhill & Nordic skiing & abundance of light, dry champagne powder. Other popular activities include skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and tubing. With its mild temperatures, large variety of terrain & something for everyone, it's no wonder why Silver Star is known as My Mountain. Visit our website for additional activities.
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1280 Alpine Rd
Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia
Sun Peaks is located in BC's sunny interior, just a 4.25 hr drive or quick flight from Vancouver. As BC's second largest ski area with 1,471 ha (3,678 ac) of skiable terrain, there's diversity for the beginner to the expert across 3 mountains, including 2 alpine bowls and 14 glade areas. For a break off the slopes, guests can enjoy dog sled and snowmobile tours, snowshoe tours and rentals, an outdoor skating rink, tube park, heated swimming pool and more! The beautiful alpine village is encompassed by the terrain in a unique 360 degree layout for easy access throughout the day. Lined with hotels, shops and restaurants, the ski-through, pedestrian village provides perhaps the most memorable aspect of this perfect family holiday.
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4282 Mountain Square
Whistler, British Columbia
When you have explored the 8,000 plus acres of terrain on both mountains, head down to the valley & experience Village life. There's plenty to do & explore like different restaurants, shopping, rest day activities such as a spa treatment, après & nightlife action. Or check out the many other winter activities Whistler Blackcomb has to offer including ski & snowboard lessons, snowmobiling, ziplining, heli-skiing, heli-boarding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides & our tube park.
** BEAR VIEWING** 'Exclusive Land Rover Excursions'. Our year-round scenic private/semi-private eco-tours will take you to areas rarely seen by most Whistler visitors: Morning/Evening with the Bears, Ancient Rainforest/Eagle Viewing Experience, Hidden Glacier Lake Hike/Snowshoe. Travel throughout the Coast Mountain Range to rarely seen scenic destinations in one of our rugged, well-appointed Land Rover LR3 to the most remote locations in the Whistler region. Take in the year-round amazing beauty of the area on several of our exclusive private/semi-private tours. Allow Whistler Discovery Tours to guide you on your unique adventure.
The Whistler Olympic Park offers a variety of seasonal recreational activities such as cross country skiing, biathlon, snowshoeing, tobogganing, horseback riding, trail biking & interpretive tours.
A venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Park is the first Olympic Nordic venue to include all three traditional Nordic sport stadiums in one site: cross-country, ski jumping & biathlon.
The Park is located 16 kilometres southwest of Whistler in the Callaghan Valley.