The best places to go snowshoeing near Vancouver

Jan 21 2021, 9:25 am

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When it comes to recreational winter activities, snowshoeing is a relatively easy way to get out and enjoy a breath of crisp, cold, fresh air, without breaking the bank.

Luckily, Vancouver is blessed with a multitude of options for getting out and trying the sport for yourself.

So whether you’re a seasoned snowshoe pro, or just getting into the sport, here’s our pick of the best snowshoe destinations around Metro Vancouver.

Happy trails!

Mount Seymour

Snowshoeing on Mount Seymour (Shutterstock)

Mt. Seymour has a number of small, but connected snowshoe trails available on the mountain. Individually, none of them exceeds a kilometre, but they can be combined for a longer snowshoe expedition if wanted. All the trails combined are just over 5 km long. 

Cost: $15 with own gear, $35 if renting (price includes the cost of trail ticket). All snowshoe products must be purchased online prior to coming. Mt Seymour. Strict capacity limits apply.

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain Resort/Grouse Mountain

There are a number of snowshoeing trails located up on Grouse Mountain, each with varying difficulties. They are all located within the Munday Alpine Snowshoe Park, and the four main trails are anywhere from 1-1.6 km long.

For those wanting more of a challenge, there’s the Snowshoe Grind, a winter variation of the Grouse Grind. It features 240 meters of elevation throughout the 4.3 km trail.

Cost: Access to trails is included in the cost of the day ticket. It is recommended that customers purchase their tickets in advance of their visit to ensure availability, as tickets will not be available for purchase once the Skyride is fully booked.

Cypress Mountain

Cypress

A view from a snowshoe trail at Cypress Mountain / Shutterstock

There’s over 11 km worth of various self-guided snowshoe trails up on Cypress Mountain. The high number of connecting trails is great for those who aren’t sure how long of a trek they’re wishing for, as you’re never too far away from the main trail if you decide to pack it in early.

Cost: $16 with your own gear, $36 with rental (price includes the cost of trail ticket). All tickets – as well as rentals – must be pre-purchased online.

Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain/Shutterstock

Dog Mountain is a moderately difficult snowshoe trail that starts by the Mt. Seymour Resort parking lot. The roundtrip of 4.4 km takes between one and two hours to complete and features a breathtaking view of the summit halfway through.

It’s one of the more popular unregulated snowshoe trails in the area, and as its name suggests, dogs are allowed on the trip too!

Cost: Free

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