Snow Shoeing

Trail Map

For the 2018-2019 snow shoe trails map, please click here. You can view all the trail maps here.

Snow Shoe Etiquette

  • Please avoid groomed ski trails except for crossing them or in emergencies.
  • Take care when crossing ski trails – especially on hills, where skiers may be moving very fast.
  • Snowshoe only on marked snow shoe trails – yellow signs and yellow, crossed snow-shoe trail markers.
  • White signs are Cross Country Ski Signs – snowshoe tracks are very hazardous for cross country skiers going down hills.

Please Help With Snow Shoe Trail Maintenance

Our snow shoe trails, through bogs, maturing forests and new plantations, are kept open by users who pack new fallen snow, and clear small new fallen trees and branches covering signs. They also report larger problems that they are unable to deal with. A small folding pruning saw is a very useful tool and makes a good Christmas present.

Users should be prepared for occasional bushwhacking around new fallen trees, and basic trail finding after fresh snowfalls, when trail signs may be covered with snow.

Basic winter survival gear of water, food and extra warm clothing are essential on our longer more remote trails, that are less frequently used, especially Moms Loop and Coffey’s Climb.

Please report fallen trees or other issues to 250 832-9804 or ed.bouma@hotmail.com

This Year’s Trails

We now have approximately 16 km of snow shoe trails, most of which can be linked in loops of various lengths. Our newest longer loop is a combination of our old Bail Out, (south of Ermine Frolic) and the new Bail Out (north of Ermine Frolic)

Stumpy is our newest trail, a short easy loop close to the Chalet, starts close to the beginning of Bilbos Bog Trail and uses a bit of the Salmar Trail(multi use)) and Lucy back to Bilbos Bog Trail

Access and Trail Descriptions

There are 2 entrances to the snow shoe trails from the Chalet area. On the left of the start area, across the road from the Chalet, Bilbos Bog Trail climbs to Bilbo’s Bog Loop Trail, which is beautiful in winter, but not usable in summer.

A recently built loop is a combination of our old Bail Out, (south of Ermine Frolic) and the new Bail Out (north of Ermine Frolic).

Our newest loop has linked Stumpy & Lucy to make a short, easy loop, close to Chalet. It starts close to the beginning of Bilbos Bog Trail then onto Stumpy going counter clockwise. Or it can start on Lucy off of Bilbos Bog Trail and go clockwise.

Easy Peasy starts on the right, 25 meters after starting up Bilbos Bog Trail. It is a connector that links to several trails west of our Main Road.

Moose Trail starts at the North end of the start area.  Winds to the South Hub, splitting into Moose or Lost in the Woods for its last half.

Mom’s Loop links Mom’s Trail and The Interpretive Trail to Moose. Recently developed and still being refined, this is a challenging 2 – 3 hour loop of about 5 k starting at the Chalet. There are long climbs in both directions, but some great views when the clouds and fog back off.

Gullan’s Gully: Especially early in the season, be cautious about possible shallow water. Gullan’s may be accessed from either either Bail Out or Bilbo’s Bog Trail and ends at the South Hub.

Coffey’s Climb, our most challenging snowshoe trail, starts at the South Hub. It is approx. 5 km long and 2-3 hours from the Chalet to Cec’s Cabin depending on snow conditions and fitness. Plan on a full day. This is back country snow shoeing.

History

Our Snowshoe Trails were first developed in 2005 and have seen increasing use ever since. All of our trails are developed and maintained by users and volunteers. Volunteers have mapped, GPS’d, and “softened” our trails to reduce large obstacles and to ensure that the surface is reasonably level for in low snow conditions. Signs and trail markers are an on-going project – please let us know where improvement is needed.