Snowshoeing in Vancouver

Snowshoeing in Vancouver

Snowshoeing in Vancouver

Even though Vancouver is well known for it’s proximity to numerous mountains, boasting skiing and snowboarding options, I have never learned to ski or snowboard. This, however, doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the mountains all year round. We hike in the summer and snowshoe in the winter. Both Cypress and Seymour have lovely snowshoeing trails, from quick and easy to challenging and long. Snowshoeing is a great way to spend a Vancouver winter afternoon. Do keep in mind that it gets dark around 4pm, which is when most trails will close.

Cypress

Cypress has 11 km of self-guided snowshoe trails that run through sub alpine meadows and snowy mountain forests of Hollyburn Ridge. When driving up the mountain, you are looking for signs to the “Nordic Area”. 

You can rent snowshoes on the mountain. It is $30 for an adult rental and ticket. Tickets alone are $12. They give you a map of the snowshoe and cross-country ski trails along with your ticket. Be sure to speak to someone to find out which trails are open, if there are any concerns regarding conditions.

The trails are, for the most part, well marked with colourful poles. There are a few lodges around to stop and have a snack and a warm drink, use the toilet.

How to get here:

You can drive:

From Downtown Vancouver take the Lions Gate Bridge and follow the signs to Highway One (via Taylor Way). Continue west, take Exit #8 onto Cypress Bowl Rd. Follow this 3 lane, paved highway for 13 kms (8 miles) for Cross Country, SnowShoeing and Snowtubing or 15 kms (9.3 miles) for Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding.

Do ensure that you have snow tires or chains for your vehicle, as Cypress is designated as a Winter Tire/Chain Up Route from October 1 – March 31.

You can bus from:

North Vancouver

  • Lonsdale Quay SEABUS Terminal [LQ]— In front of the Bean Around the World Coffee
  • Park Royal– SE corner on Taylor Way & Marine Drive

Vancouver

  • West-End — NW corner of Davie & Thurlow (across from Starbucks).
  • Kitsilano — West 10th & Fir Street (in front of the Vancouver School Board).
  • East-Van — Science World Skytrain station entrance on Terminal.

Richmond

  • ‎Richmond Center Tim Hortons

For more details and the timetables, click here.

Seymour

I find that Cypress was really nice as more of a snowy hike, for the most part you are within the tree line and there isn’t much of a vista (at least where we were anyways). Seymour however offers awesome views of Vancouver below. Though it is a bit of a trek to get to the views. Seymour has about 6 km of trails, but many of the trails are uphill. There are relaxed walks around scenic lakes and among towering trees, for those looking more for some outdoor fun rather than a workout.

Like Cypress, you can rent snowshoes on the mountain. It is $27.50 for an adult rental and ticket. Tickets only are $9.50.

How to get here:

You can drive:

Click here to use the Seymour Google Maps tool to find your way from your location

Do ensure that you have snow tires or chains for your vehicle, as Seymour is designated as a Winter Tire/Chain Up Route from October 1 – March 31.

You can bus from:

  • Parkgate Community Centre
  • Rupert Skytrain Station

You can see more details and the timetable here.


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