Snowshoeing in Vancouver
Snowshoeing is a winter sport for everyone. With modern snowshoes learning to snowshoe is easy, take ten steps and you will be an expert. Basically if you can walk, you can snowshoe! Stay tuned for opening dates for snowshoe trails on all three local mountains. Trails usually open mid to late November.
Snowshoeing is an affordable way to get out and experience the great outdoors this winter. Vancouver’s North Shore is proud to be home to two of the top 10 snowshoe resorts in North America. Mt Seymour was rated #1 and Grouse Mountain was rated #9 snowshoe resort in North America by Snowshoe Magazine in October 2012.
If you are visiting Vancouver, all three North Shore mountains Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mt. Seymour have scenic snowshoe trails. You can get up close and personal with the West Coast forests. Explore the trails on your own or take a guided tour.
Mt Seymour was #1 rated snowshoe resort in North America by Snowshoe Magazine.
The snowshoe trail system at Mount Seymour, in North Vancouver, has a variety terrain including many loop options for all levels of snowshoers. Trails are well-marked trails with trail maps at each junction. If you are new to the sport or just looking for a scenic hike, the Discovery Snowshoe Trails are your best option. The trail system includes two scenic lakes and old growth forests.
Enjoy the trails on your own or with book a professional snowshoe guide. There are a number of different guided tour options available for all ages and fitness levels.
Grouse Mountain #9 rated snowshoe resort in North America by Snowshoe Magazine.
Grouse Mountain’s Munday Alpine Snowshoe Park has four groomed snowshoe trails in North Vancouver. Fitness enthusiasts should try the 4.3 km Snowshoe Grind trail, with an elevation gain of 215m (700 feet). Guided tours include Baby & Me and Boomers & Zoomers.
Access to Grouse Mountain’s snowshoe trails is included with your Alpine Experience ticket or valid pass. After your ‘Skyride’ up the mountain you can hot the trails or get rentals. The snowshoe trails are easy to find with clearly marked signs.
Cypress Mountain has 11 km of safe, inbounds snowshoe trails that wind through the snowy sup-alpine forests and meadows.
You can easily explore the snowshoe trails on your with the with a map. If you prefer a guided snowshoe tour, the 2-hour Hollyburn Meadows Tour provides a great introduction to snowshoeing. Your guide will share the rich history of the area, as you explore the snowy mountain forest.
The snowshoeing area on is located in Cypress Mountain’s Nordic Ski Area in West Vancouver. Trails are open daily until dusk.
- Get an early start. Daylight doesn’t last long in winter
- Check the weather forecast before you head out and dress accordingly.
- Don’t overdress – wear layers of clothing that can be removed as needed to avoid overheating.
- Bring basic safety equipment in case of an emergency, including a map, compass, headlamp, extra clothing, weatherproof fire-starter and a space blanket. Keep in mind cold weather can quickly drain batteries on electronics.
- Always bring food and water. Snowshoeing burns a lot of calories and can lead to dehydration, even on cold days.
- If it’s sunny don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Footwear: waterproof boots or hiking boots are recommended. If you’ll be in deep snow, gaiters will help keep your ankles dry.
- Plan your trail route – the local mountains have maps of the groomed trails, so pick one up with your trail ticket.