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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Sechelt Inlet Rd
Sechelt, British Columbia
Experienced guides help visitors discover & experience traditional Salish ways of life on the Sunshine Coast & various Lower Mainland locations by appointment. Hear traditional stories connected to local pictographs, native plants & wildlife & explore the water & land in all of its glory. Our guides will show you pristine sites with an array of wildlife.
Kayaking, canoe, stand up paddle board, hiking tours & lessons are offered May, June, July, August, early September. We will entertain the avid paddler in the off-season. Hiking, snowshoeing, site seeing is in the fall & winter. Co-create a unique cultural experience with us & your group. Talaysay customized events include cultural activities, museum & longhouse visits with heritage songs, stories & drumming with First Nation guides.
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For the Wildlife Enthusiast to the Adrenaline Junkie...
Are you looking for an outdoor experience at your pace, without the burden of large groups? Then let ACT Adventures custom design you the experience of a lifetime!
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!
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 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 & is proud to continue to provide our skiers, riders & sliders with the most vertical drop, most terrain, most lifts & best snow conditions on the highest skiing & riding peak of Vancouver's legendary North Shore Mountains. With the best winter skiing & riding in Vancouver, Canada's most popular cross country skiing area, a huge snowtubing park & our unique snowshoeing tours, Cypress truly offers something for everyone.
There is lots to do in the summer at Cypress 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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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 snowplay 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.
1700 Mt Seymour Rd
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Mt Seymour is your gateway to winter recreation & enjoys magnificent snow-capped mountains & breathtaking views of Vancouver & beyond. New for 2013 is our $5 million, Doppelmayr, high speed quad chair, the Mystery Peak Express.
Spend a day or a season skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowtubing & tobogganing, or simply relaxing in the bar & restaurant. Mt Seymour's four terrain parks, voted 2nd best in Western Canada by SBC Resort Guide (2013), cater to both beginners & professionals. The Enquist Lodge in the SnowPlay Park features a cozy café & unique group space. Come & experience a true Canadian winter alpine experience.
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Explore... Escape... Experience... the fun & exhilaration of hiking & snowshoeing!
Spend the day high above Vancouver's skyline & experience a different point of view. Only 15-30 minutes from downtown. All you need is a camera. No experience necessary. Tours include hiking poles, snowshoes, snack, beverage & a souvenir photo.
Or choose one of our Best of Vancouver Shore Excursion city tours. These tours are great for people who are visiting Vancouver for the first time & don't have a lot of time. As your private tour guide, we can adjust the schedule & activities to meet your needs.
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.