An introduction to the growing sport of snowshoeing, with an exploration of the Cambie Creek/Fatdog Trails in Manning Park.
The Cambie Creek trail offers moderate terrain for snowshoeing with beautiful views of snowy forests and streams in the northwestern, less travelled, section of this beautiful provincial park.
Some cool stuff you’ll learn…
Leaders will show you tips for safe winter travel including avalanche safety. They’ll also share their knowledge of local plants and animals and their strategies for winter survival.
Comments from previous Women’s Snowshoe programs:
“Awesome leaders, very encouraging for (a) slowpoke like me!!!!”
“HMC staff provided excellent guidance… Superb leadership.”
“Everything was well thought out.”
“The back country expertise of the group leaders was commendable. The preparation of the organization for the outing’s safety, comfort and learning was of the highest quality.”
“Awesome information about trees, super interesting about avalanche features.”
“Excellent organization, safety, information and great spirit!”
Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.
$20 per person. Minimum age – 13 yrs
Price includes snowshoe rental, just let us know if you need them.
Special thanks to the UFV Kinesiology Department for their generous donation, 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
Participants must be in reasonably good physical condition, and there will be lots of opportunities to rest and enjoy the surroundings as you explore.
Round-trip distance is 5 km over moderate, forested terrain.
9:00 AM — Gather at Hope Recreation Centre
9:30 AM – Leave Hope and drive up Highway-3 to Manning Park
10:15 AM – Arrive at Cambie Creek Parking Lot (1 km east of Allison Pass)
10:40 AM – Snowshoe under forests of pine and spruce, beside Cambie Creek
12:00 PM – Lunch and hot chocolate on the snow
3:00 PM – Return to Cambie Creek Parking Lot
Hope & District Recreation Centre parking lot (1005 – 6th Avenue in Hope). See map below.
Participants will gather at the Rec. Centre, sign waivers, 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.
All participants must arrange their own transportation to Hope and Manning Park. Carpooling is encouraged.
Winter tires (snowflake rated) are strongly recommended!
- Snowshoes (bring your own or borrow from us)
- Two ski poles per person – optional, but greatly improves stability
- 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
- Sunglasses, sun block, chapstick, camera, binoculars
- Foam pad to sit on in the snow
- Snow shovel if you’ve got one (Hope Mountain Centre will bring some too)
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.
The program fee ($20) will not be refunded if a registration is cancelled at any time. This helps cover our administrative costs. 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.