Pemberton is Snowshoeing
Photo by Dave Steers
Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2011
The great thing about snowshoeing is that anyone can do it, the equipment is minimal and the cost affordable. Even the coldest of days require you to wear little more than a base layer under your street clothes, a set of winter boots (such as Sorels or winter hiking boots) and a winter jacket.
Snowshoes are affordable to either rent or purchase and simple to use. Forget the image of the trapper tromping through the woods on tennis rackets strung with catgut. Today’s snowshoes are made out of lightweight metals and synthetics, with easy release binders and are available in sizes for men, women and children.
Where to Snowshoe in Pemberton?
Many easy, scenic snowshoeing routes are approachable within minutes of the Village of Pemberton. Here are some suggestions:
Midway between Pemberton and Whistler, has a network of trails that take visitors through old- and second-growth forest in one of the area’s original interpretative forests. This is a great place to explore for an hour or two.
Farm Road is the first road you come once you cross the Lillooet River traveling from Pemberton to Mt. Currie. Turn left, travel to the end of the road, hang a left onto an old gravel road and park at the first pullout. This is great beginner terrain with spectacular valley views.
Also at the end of Farm Road is the gravel pit. Cross the gravel path to the north and follow the path along the Festival Grounds — a lovely, treed route that’s magnificent on a sunny day.
Joffre & Birkenhead Lakes
For those wanting to get out fro under the branches and enjoy some wide-open spaces, picturesque Joffre and Birkenhead frozen lakes are perfect.
If the backcountry’s calling your name, there are many access points within a 45-minute drive. Both Joffre and Birkenhead lake parks offer access into the backcountry, as does the end of end of Pemberton Meadows Road, just 25 km out of town. Make sure you have the appropriate equipment, a backcountry map and a clear understanding of weather condition before you head out — and never travel in the backcountry alone.
What Are The Best Kind Of Boots To Wear Snowshoeing?
Spud Valley Sporting Goods
Your destination for maps, boots, snowshoe rentals and sales and backcountry safety supplies.
Pemberton General Store
All the popular outdoor brands you need to keep toasty warm are available at this eclectic store.
A great little grocery store with an excellent deli department.
Turn Your Snowshoeing Adventure Into a Great Get-Away!
Pemberton and district offers an excellent variety of bed & breakfasts and hostels for every taste and budget.
Lodges, Motels & Cabins
Lillooet Lake Lodge
Pemberton Valley Lodge
Birken Lakeside Resort
Hitching Post Motel
B&Bs & Hostels
Auberge du Pre
Country Meadows B&B
Greenwood Country Inn
La Hacienda B & B
Leaning Tree B & B
Lillooet River Lodge
The Cottage B & B on Lillooet Lake
The Log House B&B