A day of fun in the snow at Strawberry Flats in Manning Provincial Park.
Celebrate British Columbia’s “Family Day” with winter activities for all ages, including snowshoeing, touch table with plant and animal artifacts, snow fort building, snow ice cream demonstration, snow art making, winter scavenger hunt (with prizes) and hot chocolate! We’ll meet at Strawberry Flats, where there’s a cozy cabin and wood stove to warm up in between activities. You bring the lunch and snacks, we’ll bring the hot chocolate! Kids aged 6 and up can wear snowshoes. If your kids are younger, consider carrying them in a baby backpack or tow them on a sled. All ages are welcome, so please join us whether you have kids or not!
- FREE program.
- Snowshoes also available.
- Please REGISTER so we know you’re coming!
This is a free program thanks to generous sponsors and individual donations. Please consider donating. You can donate with cash or a cheque on the day of the program. You may also make a tax-deductible donation using your credit card via this Web site (click the “Donate” button at the top) or click HERE. Your support helps to keep these free programs open to everyone. Registration numbers and snowshoes are limited. Please remember to register and let us know if you are coming!
Participants must be in good health and have average physical fitness. Average February temperature range at Manning Park Resort is -1C to 5C. It may be colder. Please dress appropriately.
9:00 AM – Gather in Hope, sign liability waiver
9:30 AM – Leave Hope and drive up Highway-3 to Manning Park
10:30 AM – Arrive at Strawberry Flats in Manning Park
11:00 AM – First snowshoe outing (there are two separate outings on same route – at 11:00 and 1:00) Enjoy some winter activities!
12:00 PM – Lunch in the warming hut at Strawberry Flats
1:00 PM – More fun in the snow for those not going on the second snowshoe
1:00 PM – Second snowshoe outing (there are two separate outings on same route – at 11:00 and 1:00)
3:00 PM – Leave for home
4:00 PM – Arrive back in Hope
Participants must arrange their own transportation. We will meet at the Hope & District Recreation Centre (1005 – 6th Avenue in Hope), and convoy in vehicles up Highway-3 to Manning Park.
Finding Strawberry Flats in Manning Park: Drive east out of Hope on Highway-3 for approximately 65 km. You’ll see the Manning Park Lodge and Restaurant on your right. Turn RIGHT off the highway here and follow the Gibson Pass Road for 5 km, until you come to a “Y” junction. Stay RIGHT at the junction and continue along the road for another 3 kilometres until you come to Strawberry Flats. Park here and head to the warming hut.
Participants will need the following items:
- Lunch and high-energy snack food
- Water (at least 1 litre per person)
- Winter boots or hiking boots (no runners please)
- Warm winter clothes, including jacket, nylon snow pants, gloves, toque, warm socks
- Two ski poles per person for snowshoeing – optional, but greatly improves stability.
- Sunglasses, camera
- Foam pad to sit on in the snow
- Sled for towing kids around, as needed
- Snow shovel if you’ve got one (Hope Mountain Centre will bring some too)
Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.
Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.
Space is limited and there may be a waiting list, so please let us know immediately if you must cancel.
A NOTE ABOUT LIABILITY
Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program. Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants. While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.
Special thanks to the UFV Kinesiology Department and individual donors whose generosity make this FREE winter program possible. Snow shovels were provided by Mountain Equipment Co-op through their Grassroots Product Donations Program. Additional funding was also provided through FortisBC’s Community Investment Program.