Snowshoes and Cypress!

Photo: Tobi Reid.

by Kate MacMillan, CPAWS-BC Wild Ambassador.

On Sunday February 23rd, while Vancouver was being blanketed in snow and rain, we headed up to Cypress Provincial Park to snowshoe.

Our group of seven started the snowshoe from the main lodge by the downhill ski area and headed past the Eagle Express Chairlift. Within moments of stepping into the forest, the sounds skis and snowboards sliding down the ski hill soon quieted. Over the weekend it had been continuously snowing, and the tree branches were drooping with weight of the heavy snow. We made our way through the remaining portion of an old growth forest, and continued on the Bowen Island Lookout trail to the end. Unfortunately we could not see Howe Sound from the lookout due to the clouds, but that only means we will have to come back!

Some say the best part of snowshoeing is the downhill descent and I would have to agree. It is thrilling to run down hill in the snow with snowshoes on. However my favourite part was to jump into the snow and slide down the hill. Not only did it make our descent faster, but was much more fun. The joy you get from playing in the fluffy snow reminds me of being a kid, and playing in the snow makes the hot chocolate at the end of the day taste that much better.

I want to thank everyone who came out to the Cypress Mountain Snowshoe event. Also I want to thank CPAWS-BC and BC Parks for the support given to Wild Ambassadors like myself as we get people outside and into nature.


Photo: Tobi Reid.