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8 Unique Snowshoe Experiences Around Vancouver

Exploring the Light Walk at Grouse Mountain. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Kindred & Scout

Snowshoe through a forest of lights, to a frozen waterfall, or to a hand-carved snow lounge to enjoy fondue. You won’t want to miss these unique snowshoe experiences around Vancouver.

Snowshoe Through A Forest of Lights at Cypress Mountain or Grouse Mountain

On these after-dark adventures you will follow easy snowshoe trails through a forest brightly lit with LED lights. Grouse Mountain’s Light Walk starts with a walk through a glowing light tunnel, then takes you past a pond. At Cypress Mountain, the Lights to the Lodge experience includes a break at the historic Hollyburn Lodge to enjoy a snack or hot drink.

More Info: Lights to the Lodge at Cypress Mountain; Light Walk at Grouse Mountain

A group of people look at a lit up sculpture on the Grouse Mountain Light Walk

Grouse Mountain Light Walk. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Kindred & Scout

Snowshoe to a Frozen Waterfall at Callaghan Country

Each winter 55-metre-tall Alexander Falls freezes into a gorgeous ice sculpture and you can snowshoe right to the base. Head to Callaghan Country next to the Whistler Olympic Park and buy a pass for their self-guided snowshoe trails. The route to Alexander Falls is short but steep, so it’s best for intermediate and experienced snowshoers.

More Info: Callaghan Country

Snowshoe to Outdoor Fondue at Mount Seymour

This evening tour has a sweet finish: chocolate fondue. Start your adventure by snowshoeing through the forest by the light of your headlamp. After you’ve worked up an appetite, your guide will take you to a hand-carved snow lounge to indulge in delicious chocolate fondue.

More Info: Mount Seymour

Snowshoe Fitness Workout at Grouse Mountain

Snowshoeing is a great way to get a workout. Intermediate and experienced snowshoers can join a fitness-focused evening snowshoe tour led by a fitness instructor. Get your heart rate up with this guided workout that includes, stretching, intervals of speed walking and jogging, and snowshoe fitness tips.

More Info: Grouse Mountain

Baby and Me Snowshoe at the Sea to Sky Gondola

New parents can introduce their little ones to the great outdoors on a guided snowshoe tour. The Sea to Sky Gondola offers weekly Baby and Me snowshoe social events where you trek through the snowy forest with a post-natal fitness expert.

More Info: Sea to Sky Gondola

A mom snowshoes carrying a baby

Photo: Tara O’Grady/Sea to Sky Gondola

Challenge Yourself on the Snowshoe Grind at Grouse Mountain

In the summer, hikers tackle the steep Grouse Grind trail from the base of the mountain to the peak. In the winter, Grouse Mountain offers the Snowshoe Grind, a tough 4.3 km  snowshoe trail that leads from the lodge to a viewpoint above the ski hill. Participants often time themselves to see if they can complete the course in less than an hour.

More Info: Grouse Mountain

Snowshoeing for Beginners at Grouse Mountain, Whistler Olympic Park, Mount Seymour, or the Sea to Sky Gondola

Is it your first time on snowshoes? Learn the basics and get winter safety tips with a beginner’s snowshoeing tour at Grouse Mountain, Whistler Olympic Park, Mount Seymour, or the Sea to Sky Gondola. Your guide will show you around the trails and explain the basics of snowshoeing.

More Info: Grouse MountainWhistler Olympic Park; Mount SeymourSea to Sky Gondola

Two people snowshoeing at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

Beginner snowshoeing tour at Grouse Mountain. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Kindred & Scout

Snowshoe By Headlamp at the Sea to Sky Gondola, Grouse Mountain, or Mount Seymour

Strap on some snowshoes and a headlamp, then follow your guide through the snowy forest. Book your tour during the full moon to let the moon light up the trail. Or go during the new moon, the darkest part of the month, for the best star gazing. The Sea to Sky Gondola, Grouse Mountain, and Mount Seymour all offer guided nighttime snowshoe tours.

More Info: Sea to Sky GondolaGrouse MountainMount Seymour

Headlamp snowshoe tour at the Sea to Sky Gondola

Photo: Sea to Sky Gondola



By Taryn Eyton
Source Inside Vancouver

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