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Snowshoeing Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

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For great exercise, fun, and adventure, there’s no better way to see the glory of the Canadian Rockies than by strapping on a pair of snowshoes and getting out in the crisp winter air. Snowshoeing is one of the fastest growing winter sports in BC, and it’s no wonder – it’s great for all ages, inexpensive to pick up, and easy to learn. Here are three great snowshoeing destinations in the Canadian Rockies, courtesy of the BC Visitor Centre at Mount Robson.

1. Island Lake Lodge Catskiing

Island Lake Lodge near Fernie.

Island Lake Lodge in the Lizard Range of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Photo: Island Lake Lodge

Island Lake Lodge is an incredible backcountry resort located 12 km (7.5 mi) west of the city of Fernie. Ride a cat-ski up to this winter wonderland, and enjoy some of the wonderful facilities available. For a romantic overnight vacation that you won’t soon forget, book a stay in one of their gorgeous deluxe guest rooms. Spend the day snowshoeing around the lake, taking in the beauty and enjoying the solitude along regularly groomed trails. After an exciting day, relax and enjoy a massage or body treatment, available at the on-site spa. Or enjoy a meal while looking out over the magnificent Lizard Range of the Rocky Mountains.

2. Kimberley Alpine Resort

View from Northstar Mountain at Kimberley Alpine Resort

View from the top of Northstar Mountain at Kimberley Alpine Resort. Photo: Resorts of the Canadian Rockies

Located just 4 km (2.5 mi) from the city of Kimberley, Kimberley Alpine Resort offers an exceptional and unique snowshoeing experience. Enjoy outstanding views from the mountaintop with the Kootenay Haus Cabin Mountain Top Snowshoe S’mores Tour. This 2-hour tour starts at 5:15 pm, and begins with a ride up the North Star Express chairlift to the top of the mountain, where the scenery will take your breath away. From the lift, enjoy a 30-45 minute snowshoe trek to Kootenay Haus, where you’ll be met with a fantastic spread of hot drinks and s’mores. The tour ends with a leisurely ride back down the chairlift and back to the resort. This tour is perfect for beginner snowshoers, as the gentle terrain is a great way to practice your skills.

3. Lake O’Hara Backcountry Lodge

Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park

Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park. Photo: Lake O’Hara Trails Club

The Lake O’Hara Lodge is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, in Yoho National Park. Located 82 km (51 mi) from Golden, this outstanding backcountry destination, blanketed in snow, is an alpine dream for any winter sports lover. Looking to get away from it all? The nearest road is located 11 km (7 mi) from the lodge, and the only way in is a scenic ski or snowshoe along the access trail. The main lodge can house up to 16 guests, which makes it feel like the mountain is your own private haven. The experienced and passionate guides provide great stories, as well as tips and advice to improve your skills. After an exhilarating day spent playing in the powder, return to the lodge to enjoy mouth-watering meals, and relax and steam away the day in the wood-fired sauna.

Feature image: @run.for.the.hills via Instagram