One of the easiest and low-cost winter activities that you can do with your family is snowshoeing. Snowshoes are relatively inexpensive and last for a few years – so you won’t be buying them everytime your child grows a new shoe size!
We are very lucky here in Kamloops to have access to so many wonderful places to try out this sport. One of these places is the Overlander Ski Club at the Stake Lake Nordic Centre. Our most recent visit took us out on the Lake Trail, a 2.7 km trail that gently meanders around the lake.
We started towards the lake from the parking lot and snowshoed in the counter clockwise direction. On this particular morning, my daughter and I were greeted to the presence of beautiful hoar frost found on the trees along the trail.
For the most part, it’s a relatively flat trail with a couple of spots containing a gentle uphill ascent.
A large part of the trail winds through the forest with a couple of spots that open up at the lake.
It’s a fabulous way to spend an hour (or two!) in the fresh air. To get there from Kamloops, take exit 366 and follow Lac Le Jeune Road south about 22 km. Snowshoes can be rented from either the Overlander Ski Club or Runner’s Sole in Kamloops, BC.
Make sure that your family is properly dressed for the conditions and remember to carry a backpack loaded with snacks, water, a first aid kit and a fully charged cell phone (complete cell coverage can be found at Stake Lake).
Looking for a fun family-friendly event? Consider registering for the North Face Dirty Feet Snowshoe Fun Run/Walk happening at Stake Lake on February 1st, 2015:
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!