An introduction to the growing sport of snowshoeing for the whole family, with an easy trek to Falls Lake.
Falls Lake offers an easy (less than 2 km) destination, close to the Coquihalla Highway, with a beautiful mountain lake as your reward. People of all ages can enjoy this easy daytrip.
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!”
- FREE program.
- Snowshoe loaners available.
- Please REGISTER prior to the event so we know you’re coming.
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 CanadaHelps. Your support helps to keep these free programs open to everyone.
Registration spots and snowshoes are limited. Please remember to register and let us know if you are coming!
People of all ages can participate, as long as they are able-bodied and have average fitness. Falls Lake offers an easy destination (3.5 km round-trip) and moderate forested terrain. Younger children can be pulled in sleds or carried in backpacks. We have several pairs of “mini” snowshoes for kids aged 4 to 8.
9:00 AM — gather at the Hope Recreation Centre, sign waivers
10:30 AM — begin snowshoe trip at Falls Lake trailhead
12:00 Noon – Enjoy lunch, hot chocolate beside the lake and snow cave building
3:00 PM – Return to vehicles
4:00 PM — Arrive back in Hope
Hope & District Recreation Centre parking lot (1005 – 6th Avenue in Hope). See link to maps & itinerary below.
Participants will gather at the Rec. Centre, sign waivers, and convoy in vehicles up Highway-5 approximately 50 km to the Falls Lake trailhead (Exit #221).
Make a right-hand exit off the highway here and proceed through the tunnel to the parking lot for the Falls Lake Trail.
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-5 to Falls Lake exit at the Coquihalla Summit.
- 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)
- 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!
- knapsack to carry all your gear
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 low cost winter program possible. Snow shovels were also provided by Mountain Equipment Co-op through their Grassroots Product Donations Program.