Program: Family Day Snowshoe
When: Monday, February 20, 2023
Where: Cambie Creek, Manning Park
Cost: $35 / adult,
Free / 18 and under

Please call 604-869-1274, or email for additional information.

A fun day of snowshoeing for the whole family along the beautiful Cambie Creek.

What better way to celebrate Family Day than playing in the snow surrounded by beautiful scenery!
Spend the day snowshoeing on a gentle 2.4 km return forested trail along the Similkameen River.

All ages and abilities welcome, but note this will be a slower-paced walk so the kiddos have ample time to meander. We’ll stop for lunch and have some free time to play, build a cool snow fort and enjoy a nice break over hot chocolate.

Trip leaders will keep everyone engaged with some games and activities along the way, as well as share their knowledge of winter wildlife, winter hike safety tips, and facts about the unique environment we’ll find ourselves in.

We’ll have some hot chocolate for everyone during the break, but please bring your own water and packed lunch/snacks.

We have adult snowshoes, as well as “minis” for kids aged 4 to 8. If your kids are younger than 4, please bring a backpack or something to carry them if needed.

Note that snow tires are mandatory to drive on the Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3) to this program location.


$35 /adult
FREE / 18 years old and under

Price includes:

  • Hot chocolate
  • Use of our snowshoes; just let us know in advance if you or your child need them.
  • Use of bum pads for the lunch break
  • Trip Guide; leave the planning, navigation and entertainment to us so you and your family can just come out and enjoy the day.
  • Safety; trip leaders are first aid and avalanche skills trained, and they have emergency gear including remote communication.

Donations to Hope Mountain Centre are happily accepted and will go toward more free and affordable family programs. DONATE NOW

Space is limited so it is recommended you register early.  Please register online here.



We will snowshoe from the parking lot to our lunch spot, and then back again, for a total distance of 2.4 km and minimal elevation gain.

Participants must be in good health and have average physical fitness. Younger children can be carried in backpacks or pulled on a sled, and we have several pairs of “mini” snowshoes for kids aged 4 to 8.
The average February temperature range in Manning Park is -7C to -12C.  It may be warmer or colder so please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.


Monday, February 20, 2023

09:00 AM
 – Gather at the Hope Recreation Centre, sign waivers, introductions
09:30 AM – Leave Hope and drive up Highway 3 (Crowsnest Highway) to trailhead (everyone must arrange their own transportation)
10:30 AM – Arrive at Cambie Creek trailhead in Manning Provincial Park
10:45 AM – Gear up and begin snowshoeing
12:30 PM – Lunch break (Please bring your own lunch)
01:00 PM – Snow fort construction, hot chocolate consumption!
02:00 PM – Snowshoe back to the parking lot
03:30 PM – Arrive back to vehicles, drive to Hope
04:30 PM – Arrive back in Hope


1005 6th avenue, Hope, BC Hope & District Recreation Centre parking lot.

Participants must arrange their own 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.

Participants can choose to carpool with each other if they wish.

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

Finding Lightning Lake Day-Use Area:

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 LEFT at the junction and continue to the parking lot. Drive very slowly on this narrow, winding road. We will gather in the parking lot and there are outhouses nearby.


Whenever you are hiking, you should always carry The Essentials

At a minimum participants will need the following for this outing:

  • Waterproof winter hiking boots (no runners please)
  • Warm winter clothes (no cotton as your first layer against your skin), including jacket, nylon snow/rain pants, gloves/mitts, toque, warm socks
  • Backpack to carry all your gear
  • Lunch
  • Water (at least 1 litre per person)
  • Two poles per person for snowshoeing – optional, but greatly improves stability
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, chap stick, camera also recommended

If you’ve got them, please also bring the following. Hope Mountain Centre can provide you upon request if you don’t have them:

  • Mug for hot chocolate
  • Bum pad to sit on snow at lunchtime
  • Small shovel to build snow bench/snow fort


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.



Registration for all programs and events run by our charity are non-refundable.

Your registration is transferable to another person qualified to participate in the program/event. If, for any reason you are not able to participate in the program you registered for, you are welcome to find someone to take your place and pass along your spot to them, for the specific program you registered for only. Please let us know of the change with as much advance notice as possible by sending us the new participant’s contact information by email to

Registration is not transferable to a person who is unqualified to participate, for a different program, or a different date. Thank you in advance for your support of our charitable work connecting people and nature!

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.