If you want to learn about dog sledding in Canada, head out for a heart-thumping tour at Sun Peaks, or for an experience that’s decidedly more chill, go ice fishing atop one of many frozen mountain lakes surrounding the resort and try your luck at landing a few hard-fighting, great-tasting wild rainbow trout.
Snowshoeing is offered at most ski resorts, and on Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington, routes wind through alpine meadows and towering forests; here, fondue outings, often using headlamps, are popular on snowshoes treks. On Vancouver’s North Shore, take an easy one-kilometre (0.6-mile) snowshoe trek to the historic Hollyburn Lodge at Cypress Mountain, along a self-guided trail shimmering with LED lights in the cedar, fir, and hemlock trees.
To explore the Callaghan Valley, closer to Whistler, team up with Canadian Wilderness Adventures for a Snowshoe + Scandinave Spa outing (walks through the forest are capped with plunge pools, steam baths, and Finnish saunas) or a Canadian Campfire Cookout (a snowshoe to an old trapper’s cabin is rewarded with s’mores and live entertainment). Want to amp up the adrenaline? Take a snowmobile ride with the Canadian Wilderness crew (fresh tracks!) on Callaghan Valley backcountry trails to their rustic cabin on Sproatt Mountain for a full Canadian breakfast cooked on an old-fashioned wood stove.