In the winter, the Canadian provinces offers countless trails and endless wilderness for snowshoe enthusiasts. Whether you’re out for a casual hike in the woods, an overnight backpack trip, or an alpine climb, Canada's snow-laden terrain is the place to be!

Just starting out? If you love hiking, you’ll adore snowshoeing! In order to maximize your fun, take a clinic with a local group, try your first few outings on marked snowshoe trails, always carry the right gear with you, and become avalanche aware. Get outside and enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland Canada has to offer!

The Right Gear

Taking the Essentials:
  • Flashlight
  • Fire making kit
  • Signalling device (i.e. whistle)
  • Extra food and water
  • Extra clothing
  • Navigational/communication devices
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency blanket/shelter
  • Pocket knife
  • Sun protection
Leave a Trip Plan with responsible party, family member or friend.

Take equipment specific to snowshoeing:

  • Warm, waterproof jacket & pants
  • Thermal underwear
  • A second layer for warmth on colder days
  • Warm gloves, socks & hat, with extras of each
  • Waterproof hiking boots or shoes
  • Snowshoes
  • Hydration system
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Snow/Ski poles (optional)
More advanced? Snowshoeing is an awesome option for winter backcountry travel. Remember though, our spectacular backcountry is far from the city and brings with it inherent risks. Ensure you are thoroughly prepared before you head out - severe weather and avalanches are two serious winter backcountry hazards you might face.

What are you waiting for? Get outside and enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland Canada has to offer!

Photos: Canadian Tourism Commission

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