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Hope Mountain Centre leads Family Day snowshoe adventure

The outdoors club invites families to join them for a trek around Lightning Lake
Young snowshoers enjoying an amazing view during the 2019 Family Day snowshoe trek led by the Hope Mountain Centre. (HMC photo)

Hope Mountain Centre (HMC) invites families to get outside Family Day Monday (Feb. 21) for a day of snowshoeing at Manning Park’s Lightning Lake.

Natalie Worrall and Kelly Pearce will lead the expedition, which has become an annual event.

Pearce is the Trails Director for the HMC. He has taught ecology and human history in the North Cascades for 20 years. Worrall is an experienced outdoor educator who helps HMC deliver programming in the fall and winter.

“Celebrate British Columbia’s Family Day with an easy snowshoe around the scenic shores of Lightning Lake,” the HMC website says. “We’ll stop for lunch at the Rainbow Bridge and build some cool snow forts while we sip our hot chocolate.”

The cost is $25 for adults and free for youths 6-18.

Snowshoes are available for those who need them, and the HMC says donations are happily accepted.

“Your support helps keep these low cost/free programs open to everyone,” the website says.

Full vaccination is required to participate and registration can be done 0nline at

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- HMC offers an introduction to snowshoeing the following Saturday (Feb. 26) as Worrall leads a group on an exploration of the Memaloose Trail in Manning Park. The out-and-back trail is eight kilometres long and is rated blue (intermediate) for difficulty.

According to the HMC website, the trail “offers moderate terrain for snowshoeing with beautiful views of frozen streams and stately valley-bottom spruce forests.”

Worrall will share tips for winter travel and avalanche safety, point out local plants and animals and offer strategies for winter survival.

The cost is $50 for an adult or free for youths 12-and-up, and snowshoes are available if you don’t have them.

Participants must be fully vaccinated and registration can be done online at

For more info on either of these events, phone 604-869-1274 or email


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