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.
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.
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!”
$50 per adult and $25 per youth. Minimum age is 13 yrs.
- Snowshoe loaners if needed–just let us know when you register
- Professional guides
- First aid
- Satellite phone
- Hot chocolate
This program is aimed at beginner and intermediate snowshoers.
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.
Women of all ages are encouraged to participate, and youth aged 13 – 18 can come if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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
4:00PM – Arrive in Hope
Participants must arrange their own transportation.
Participants will gather at the Hope Recreation Centre and convoy in their vehicles up Highway-3 to Manning Park.
How to find Cambie Creek Trail Parking Lot:
Drive east out of Hope on Highway-3 for approximately 50 km. Cambie Creek parking lot is a left-hand turn off of Highway-3, 1 km east of Allison Pass.
- 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)
- hand sanitizer and COVID-19 face mask
- 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 in the snow
- Snow shovel if you’ve got one (Hope Mountain Centre will bring some too)
- 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.
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.
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.
This is an inclusive program and we welcome all those who self-identify as female.
While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.