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A day of fun in the snow at Cambie Creek in Manning Provincial Park.

Join us for an easy snowshoe on the Cambie Creek trail network. We’ll stop for lunch and build some cool snow forts while we sip our hot chocolate! Trip leaders will keep you safe and share their knowledge of winter wildlife and avalanche avoidance. 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!

The Cambie Creek trail offers moderate terrain for snowshoeing with beautiful views of snowy forests and streams in a scenic mountain setting.

Spring is a great time to be in the mountains. The days are lengthening, and the snowpack has firmed up for easy snowshoeing.


Comments from previous Family Snowshoe programs:

“Loved the outdoor education component…Well done!”

“It was a great day with very competent, cheerful staff who kept our spirits up despite the rain.”

“We had an amazing time. The guides were so informative, patient and fun! Thank you so much for these wonderful opportunities!”

“We had a chance to bring a few youth at risk with us that day and we are confident they had a valuable experience.”

“Quite happy with latest trip and informative team leaders!”

COVID-19 Precautions:

Please note that proof of full vaccination is required (12 years old and up) to participate in our programs.

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 metres from someone outside your social bubble.

COST

$25/adult; FREE/child (age 6-18)

Price includes:

  • Price includes snowshoe rental, just let us know if you need them.
  • Trip leaders will provide first-aid backup, emergency communications, and entertaining educational content!
  • Special thanks to theProvince of British Columbia for their generous support, allowing us to keep the price for this trip affordable!
  • Donations to Hope Mountain Centre are happily accepted, and will go toward more free and affordable family programs. DONATE NOW
  • Registration spots and snowshoes are limited.  Please register here.

PHYSICAL DEMAND

Participants must be in good health and have average physical fitness

We will snowshoe 1.5km from the parking lot to our lunch spot, then back again, for a total distance of 3km. Terrain is very moderate.

Younger children can be pulled in sleds or carried in backpacks. We have several pairs of “mini” snowshoes for kids aged 6 to 8.

ITINERARY

9:00 AM — Gather at the Hope Recreation Centre, sign waivers

9:15AM –Leave Hope and drive up Highway-3 to Manning Park

10:15AM –Arrive at Cambie Creek parking lot in Manning Park

10:30 AM — Begin snowshoe trip

12:30 PM –Lunch on the snow

1:00 PM –Snow fort construction, hot chocolate consumption!

2:00 PM –Snowshoe back to the parking lot

3:30 PM –Leave Manning Park

4:30 PM –Arrive back in Hope

 

MAPS & ITINERARY

MEETING PLACE

Hope & District Recreation Centre parking lot (1005 – 6th Avenue in Hope). See link to maps & itinerary below.

 

Participants will gather at the Rec. Centre, signwaivers, and convoy in vehicles up Highway-3 approximately 60 km to the Cambie Creek parking lot in Manning Park.Cambie Creek parking lot is a left-hand turn off of Highway-3, 1 km east of Allison Pass.

MAPS & 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 Cambie Creek Parking Lot:Drive east out of Hope on Highway-3 for approximately 60km. When you reach Allison Pass, you’ll see the highway maintenance yard on your right. Continue east on Highway-3 for one more kilometre and look for the left-hand turn lane. Turn LEFT off the highway and drive a short distance to the parking lot. There is an outhouse nearby.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Snowshoes (bring your own or borrow from us)
  • Ski poles (recommended for stability)
  • Lunch and high-energy snack food
  • Water (at least 1 litre per person)
  • Hand sanitizer and COVID-19 face mask
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Winter boots or hiking boots (warm and waterproof)
  • Warm winter clothes, including jacket, gloves, toque, warm socks
  • Nylon snow pants
  • Sled or backpack to carry small kids
  • Foam pad to sit on at lunch (we’ll bring some too)
  • Camera, chapstick, sunglasses, sun block
  • Light-weight snow shovel (we’ll bring some)
  • Mug for hot chocolate!
  • Backpack 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.

Special thanks to the Province of British Columbia for their financial support which makes our winter programs affordable for families.

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