Temperatures dropped quite a bit in the last week, so we got some early snow. Just a little bit downtown and where we live, but a lot on the North Shore Mountains and Whistler.
Because we still love snow, we decided to head up to Cypress Mountain and enjoy some snowshoeing.
The 3.5 hour snowshoe route to Hollyburn Peak is actually within Cypress Provincial Park. It starts from the same parking lot as the cross-country ski and snowshoe area up on Cypress Mountain but there is no charge to use the trail. Plus, it’s the only snowshoe trail up the mountain that allows dogs. We normally go to Mount Seymour, but they weren’t open yet (they will be tomorrow).
One thing’s for sure: Good cardio work out with the steep climbs… The elevation gain is around 400m, but the total ascent during the hike is 769m. The views from the top made the hike well worth it. The peak offers a scenic view of sections of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet, and the Lions off in the distance. We decided to attack our lunches and as we were about to take a bite from our sandwiches we noticed some Whiskey-Jacks. These birds are so bold! You can tell they are totally used to hanging with the visitors. They come and sit on your hand to steal your food!
Mister Grizzly joined us on our walk. He absolutely loves the snow. We used his backpack for the first time. Yes you read it right: a backpack! Grizzly is a sled dog, and we were told that it’s better to “make them work” more than an average dog. So we let him carry his own water and treats. It went really well, he couldn’t care less:). He is totally exhausted now and sleeping at my feet, but we all had a good day!
We took some pictures and made a small video, but the batteries of my camera died, therefore we had to use our mobiles to take some extra pictures. Quality isn’t the best…
A little video
Next weekend we’re going snowboarding in Whistler, so more snow fun to come!
Enjoy your week!
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