A day of fun in the snow at Lightning Lake in Manning Provincial Park.

Celebrate British Columbia’s “Family Day” with an easy snowshoe around the scenic shores of Lightning Lake. We’ll stop for lunch at the Rainbow Bridge 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 6 to 8. If your kids are younger, consider carrying them in a baby backpack or towing them on a sled. All ages are welcome, so please join us whether you have kids or not!

COVID-19 Precautions:
Please note that proof of full vaccination is required to participate in our programs, applicable to ages 12 and up. While the risk of virus transmission is relatively low in outdoor settings, we ask all participants to practice physical 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.

Comments from previous Family Day in Manning Park programs:

“We had a great time, good and educational and lots of fun!!!!”

“fun additions to 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.”


$25/adult,  youth FREE

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 the Province 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.


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

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 check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.


February 21, 2022

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 Lightning Lake in Manning Park

10:30 AM – Begin snowshoeing

12:00 PM – Lunch beside Rainbow Bridge

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



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

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.

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. 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:

  • Lunch and high-energy snack food
  • Water (at least 1 litre per person)
  • Waterproof winter boots or hiking boots (no runners please)
  • Warm winter clothes (no cotton as your first layer against your skin), including jacket, nylon snow pants, gloves, toque, warm socks
  • Hand sanitizer and COVID-19 face mask
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Two poles per person for snowshoeing – optional, but greatly improves stability.
  • Sunglasses, sun glasses, chap stick, 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!
  • Backpack to carry all your gear


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.


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.