Today, we bring you a sample of the best, family-friendly snowshoeing in Kamloops!
My husband and I love snowshoeing. We went on gentle snowshoeing excursions while I was pregnant for both of my children and our now 3 year old received his first pair of snowshoes when he was 2.5 years old. We try to get out there and snowshoe as a family often in the winter. It’s a great winter activity that can be done in any weather, any type of snow. Hardly any preparation is required and it’s an awesome workout. Following is a selection of the many fabulous spots in Kamloops and the surrounding area for snowshoeing:
Overlander Ski Club
The Overlander Ski Club is located about 25 minutes south of Kamloops off of Lac Le Jeune Rd. A visible sign indicating the entrance to the trails at Stake Lake will be on your left. Here is a picture of my little family (J. at 20 months and K. at 5 months old) taking a well-deserved break from snowshoeing at Overlander Ski Club (please disregard the grumpy toddler!):
To get to McConnell Lake, Drive up the Lac Le Jeune road towards Lac Le Jeune/Stake Lake area. You will eventually see the sign on your left that reads “McConnell Lake Provincial Park”. Here are some pictures of a family snowshoeing up at the Fish & Game cabin at McConnell lake. A great little round trip walk (1-2km) that is perfect for the younger ones to tackle!
Kenna Cartwright Park
Snowshoeing can also be done in any of the parks around the city. Kenna Cartwright Park is located right in the city of Kamloops and offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city. To get there, take the Trans Canada Highway to Exit #366, continue north along Copperhead Drive and then west along Hillside Drive to the main entrance parking lot. Here is 6 year old E. out snowshoeing with her mother in Kenna Cartwright Park over the holidays:
Also found snowshoeing up at Kenna Cartwright Park are J. (9 years old) and J. (7 years old):
Sun Peaks Resort
Another great place for snowshoeing is up at Sun Peaks Resort. With an extensive trail system, snowshoe rentals and tours, your family will have a great time feeding birds or checking out snow caves. Check out the Adventure Centre for more information. Here are some awesome pictures of snowshoeing at Sun Peaks:
Finally, another great place for snowshoeing (especially when you are 3 years old!) can be found right in your own backyard:
So get out there and enjoy the snow we have before it’s gone and get exploring with your own family! Remember to dress appropriately, bring plenty of water and don’t forget your snacks!
Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!