We understand that downhill skiing and snowboarding isn’t for everyone. But there is a lot more on offer than simply downhill sports! Have you tried snowshoeing? It’s an awesome alternative way to check out the beautiful scenery in British Columbia, and you’ll still get some exercise. Win win!
We’ve put together some of our favourite places to Snowshoe in BC. If we don’t mention one of your favourites, please let us know and we can add it to the list. If you have an suggestions for other provinces, again let us know and maybe we can write a blog on it!
Here are some of the best snowshoeing locations in British Columbia!
Walk in a winter wonderland just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Cypress is perfect for those who don’t want to go too far from Vancouver, yet want a great view. Cypress Mountain has 11 trails for all kinds of levels, and BC parks also own a trail on Hollyburn Mountain that is free! It’s a cardio boost to the system, with fantastic views. It’s absolutely worth it!
Cost: For Cypress Trails: Snowshoe ticket is $10 for adults, rentals are $24 (combined ticket and rentals for $26).
For BC Parks Trail (Hollyburn Mountain): Free!
Hours: 9am until dusk. Rentals have to be back by 4pm, so if you’re looking to check out the sunset, look to rent your snowshoes from MEC.
Hiking Distance: 7km roundtrip
Distance from Vancouver: 30 minutes
The long, 11 kilometre trail at Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park takes around six to eight hours but offers amazing views of snowy mountains. It’s a tough trail not meant for beginners, but makes an excellent day trip if starting at first light. Due to the short days in winter, there is a large Elfin Lakes Hut which sleeps 33 people along the route. The trail is mostly uphill but well-marked with orange polls.
Hours: Unregulated (BC Parks)
Hiking Distance: 22km roundtrip
Distance from Vancouver: 1.5 hours
This is one of the most popular hikes/ snowshoes around, and it is fantastic to see in the winter and the summer.
Opening Hours: Unregulated (BC Parks)
Distance: 10 km roundtrip
Distance from Vancouver: 3 hours