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 any suggestions for other provinces, again let us know and maybe we can write a blog post 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
Garibaldi Lake Trail
Garibaldi Lake Trail is a heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Squamish-Lillooet Regional, British Columbia.
The trail is best for snowshoeing, hiking, camping and backpacking.
It is best used from April to November and is also important to check with the park page about the bear activity before attempting. Whenever there is a bear activity the park may be closed. It is recommended to bring insect repellent in order to sit down and enjoy the lake view.
Distance: 21.1km round trip
Berg Lake Trail
The trail is best used for hiking and snowshoeing. Although the trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.
Along the way, you will see some spectacular sites including Kinney Lake, Whitethorn and the Valley of a Thousand Falls and Emperor Falls. It is one of the most scenic trails in Canada where you will 16 glaciers along the way.
Distance: 20.8km round trip
Emerald Lake Trail
Emerald Lake Trail is a loop trail located near Field, British Columbia. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible all year round.
The trail combines a circuit of a green glacial lake surrounded by mountains. While snowshoeing along you will see the Emerald Basin through forests and avalanche chutes in order to see the glacier that created it all.
Distance: 10.8km round trip