An easy family snowshoe along Cambie Creek in Manning Provincial Park.
Manning Park offers stunning scenery and easy access for novice snowshoers. People of all ages can enjoy this easy daytrip on gentle terrain with moderate elevation change. Distance traveled will be approximately 4 kilometres, with breaks for lunch, snacks, and eco-education stops along the way. Meet some of the animals that survive over the winter in Manning Park, by looking for their tracks in the snow. At lunch time, we’ll make some hot chocolate and start building snow caves! All ages are welcome, though children under 5 may need to be carried in a baby backpack. Sleds can also be used to tow little people.
FREE! 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. You may also make a tax-deductible donation using your credit card via this Web site (click the “Donate” button at the top) or click HERE. Your support helps to keep these free programs open to everyone. Registration numbers and snowshoes are limited. Please remember to register and let us know if you are coming!
Participants must be in good health and have average physical fitness.
9:00 AM – Gather in Hope, sign liability waiver 9:30 AM – Leave Hope and drive up Highway-3 to Manning Park 10:15 AM – Arrive at Cambie Creek parking lot in Manning Park (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. Dig a snow cave and other fun! 3:00 PM – Return to Cambie Creek parking lot 4:00 PM – Arrive back in Hope
Participants must arrange their own transportation. Participants will gather at the Rec. Centre (1005 – 6th Avenue in Hope), and convoy in vehicles up Highway-3 to Manning Park. How to Find Cambie Creek Parking Lot Drive east out of Hope on Highway-3 for approximately 50 km. When you reach Allison Pass, you’ll see the highway works yard on your right. Travel east for one more kilometre and look on your LEFT for a left-hand turn lane and a wood sign saying “Cambie Creek.” Turn LEFT off the highway and into the parking lot. Washrooms are available here. Click here for a map.
Participants will need the following items:
- 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)
- A mug for hot chocolate
- Winter boots or hiking boots (no runners please)
- Warm winter clothes, including jacket, nylon snow pants, gloves, toque, warm socks
- Sunglasses, camera, binoculars
- Foam pad to sit on the snow
- Snow shovel if you’ve got one (Hope Mountain Centre will bring some too)
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. 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.
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 FREE winter program possible. Snow shovels were also provided by Mountain Equipment Co-op through their Grassroots Product Donations Program.