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 a short snowshoe, touch table with plant and animal artifacts, snow fort building, snow ice cream demonstration, snow art making, and hot chocolate! We’ll meet in Hope and then head up to 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! We have several pairs of “mini” snowshoes for kids aged 4 to 8. If your kids are younger, consider carrying them in a baby backpack or towing them on a sled. All ages are welcome, so please join us whether you have kids or not!
Comments from previous Family Day in Manning Park programs:
“Wonderful activities! Strawberry Flats is the ideal location for a kid-oriented event rather than a longer snowshoe walk.”
“We had a great time; good and educational and lots of fun!!!!”
“Kelly’s interpretive talks… and maple syrup candy were fun additions to just snowshoeing around the lake. We learned lots! Thank you!”
“You’ve done a fabulous job! I especially appreciated the nature talk and viewing of pictures of snowshoe hare and lynx.”
“Kelly’s presentation was extremely informative and well done. He is well versed in the habitat. He really enjoy(s) sharing his wealth of knowledge. Very people orientated!”
- FREE program, but please register online!
- Snowshoe loaners available.
Special thanks to the UFV Kinesiology Department for their generous donation, allowing us to offer this free adventure for families!
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 or make a tax-deductible donation using your credit card through this website. 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. Younger children can be pulled in sleds, carried in backpacks, and we have several pairs of “mini” snowshoes for kids aged 4 to 8.
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 and snow cave building.
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, sun glasses, chapstick, 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)
- Mug for hot chocolate!
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.
Please be aware that our programs run regardless of weather conditions, unless we determine that it will affect the safety of participants and/or equipment.
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.