Snowshoe popularity on the rise

DSC_0086One of the world’s oldest forms of transportation is also one of North America’s fastest growing winter sports — and Discover Sun Peaks Adventures owners Colin and Maria Cannon are keen to get more people involved in snowshoeing.

“It’s a beautiful way to get out and explore Sun Peaks in a different way, and the whole family can enjoy it,” Colin says.

After starting their outdoor adventure company in 1997, the Cannon’s now maintain over 15 kilometres of snowshoe trails — stretching from the village to McGillivray Lake — and run a variety of tours throughout the week.

Cannon said snowshoeing was an activity that could be enjoyed by any age or fitness level, and he encouraged people to give the activity a go.

Like hiking, the difficulty of snowshoeing can vary based on distance, pace and terrain type — going uphill in fresh powder will get the heart rate up more than sticking to the packed trails.

“There’s definitely a growing market for people wanting to do something athletic, but not hard core athletic. Something easy on the joints and the lungs, but still part of a healthy lifestyle. Snowshoeing is perfect for that.”

Discover Sun Peaks Adventures have also hosted a number of school groups from the region, something Cannon believes is very important in educating the next generation on the environment.

“It’s a great way to teach kids about nature. If we don’t teach them about the environment, they won’t value it as they get older.”

This season, Discover Sun Peaks Adventures has introduced the Sunrise Snowshoe Tour, a two hour long trip taking guests through forested trails, with a chance to see fresh animal tracks, make some fresh tracks of their own, and learn more about the area.Snowshoes 02

Colin Cannon said the time was right to introduce a morning snowshoe trip: “We thought there might be a market for non-skiers, or people leaving the resort that day who wanted something to do in the morning.

“It’s been incredibly successful. We probably should have started doing morning tours ages ago.”

For more information visit the Discover Sun Peaks Adventures website.