A day of fun in the snow at Strawberry Flats in Manning Provincial Park.

Celebrate British Columbia’s “Family Day” with a 4km round-trip snowshoe on very gentle terrain. We’ll meet in Hope and then head up to Strawberry Flats in Manning Park. You bring the lunch and snacks, we’ll bring the hot chocolate! We have several pairs of “mini” snowshoes for kids aged 6 to 8. If your kids are younger, consider carrying them in a baby backpack.


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!”

COVID-19 Precautions:

While the risk of virus transmission is relatively low in outdoor settings, we ask all participants to practice social distancing during our programs. Please bring a mask to wear during program registration or whenever circumstances bring you closer than 2 meters from someone outside your social bubble.

COST

$25/adult and $10/child

Price includes:

  • Snowshoe loaners available–just let us know when you register
  • Professional Guides
  • Fist aid
  • Satellite phone
  • Hot chocolate

Registration spots and snowshoes are limited.  Please register here.

PHYSICAL DEMAND

Participants must be in good health and have average physical fitness. Younger children can be carried in backpacks, and we have several pairs of “mini” snowshoes for kids aged 6 to 8.

Average February temperature range at Manning Park Resort is -1C to 5C.  It may be colder.  Please dress appropriately.

ITINERARY

February 15, 2021

9:00 AM – Gather in Hope (Hope Rec Centre, 1005-6th ave), sign liability waiver

9:15 AM – Leave Hope and drive up Highway-3 to Manning Park (approx. 60 km)

10:15 AM – Arrive at Strawberry Flats in Manning Park

10:30 AM – Begin snowshoeing

12:00 PM – Lunch on the trail

2:30 PM – Return to vehicles

4:00 PM – Arrive back in Hope

MAP & ITINERARY

MEETING PLACE

Hope & District Recreation Centre parking lot.  Participants must arrange their own transportation.

MAP & ITINERARY

TRANSPORTATION

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.

Note: BC law requires that vehicles have winter tires at this time of year for the stretch of highway used for this program.

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.

WHAT TO BRING

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
  • Hand sanitizer and COVID-19 face mask
  • 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
  • Snow shovel if you’ve got one (Hope Mountain Centre will bring some too)
  • Mug for hot chocolate!
  • Knapsack to carry all your gear

ADDITIONAL INFO

Liability Release Form

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.

Informed Consent Form

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.

CANCELLATION

Space is limited and there may be a waiting list, so please let us know immediately if you must cancel.

With consideration of COVID-19 global pandemic, our registration fee and equipment rental fee will be fully refunded for cancellations due to health reasons. We ask every participant to self assess for symptoms before participating and please stay home if you are feeling unwell. You must call 604-869-1274 or email info@hopemountain.org to be eligible for a refund.

A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.

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.

Our outdoor programs

Hope Mountain Centre maintains an excellent safety record. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these events do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property. 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.

PROGRAM PARTNERS