Snowshoe Day in the Okanagan

Our snowshoe day with the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre started out with a few donations from both the Sovereign Lakes Nordic Centre and the Varsity Outdoor Club Okanagan (VOCO) at UBC Okanagan. The Nordic Centre gave us a deal on snowshoe passes and VOCO donated snowshoes for us to use for the event! The snowshoes worked great - even the one pair that we affectionately referred to as “very, very old school”. This particular pair got passed around from person to person because they looked so classic! Without grips on the bottom though, whoever was wearing them got to slide around a little more!

There was a ton of snow, and we enjoyed taking a step off of the trail (Short Trapline) to make snow angels and relax in the snow. We went a total distance of 1.7km, enjoying our snow breaks, snack breaks, and pictures in our beautiful surroundings. We talked about the lichen Old Man’s Beard and how it is useful as a fire starter when dry.

After we had finished our hour long trek, we went back into the warm Nordic Centre Lodge for some sandwiches, smores, and hot chocolate. I personally prefer not using plastic or Styrofoam cups, so each participant got to choose a mug that I had gotten from a second hand store and washed. We then used those for hot chocolate and the participants were able to take home a unique mug afterwards!
Overall, it was a fantastic day, and I loved hearing comments like, “I love hiking,” “I should get some snowshoes,” and ongoing admiration of the trees and our surroundings!