Winter on Mount Seymour, Vancouver

Living just a short drive from the mountains which are currently blanketed in snow, it would be pretty criminal for me to not explore at least one of them before Christmas. So, I took my old man and buckled up our snowshoes for an icy ride up to the peak of Mount Seymour on the North Shore.

Luckily for us, there’s a snow bus shuttle that takes budding skiiers and snowboarders up to the top for all of those lacking cars without snow tyres.

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Reaching the top was pretty incredible – in fact, this was the first time in my life that I’d ever been on top of a snowy mountain (that small patch of snow on Grouse in June doesn’t quite count!). And rain in the city means snow on the mountains, so there was plenty of that.

We hopped inside for a coffee to warm up whilst watching mounds of snow plummet past the windows from the roof.

Racks of skis outside the lodge on Mount Seymour in Vancouver, BC

Now, if you’ve never heard of snowshoeing, I’ll tell you about it. When I first heard about it, I thought it was pretty dumb – wearing huge shoes just to march through the snow. But it’s pretty popular in these parts of the world so I thought I’d give it a go.

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You essentially buckle on these huge shoes which are fitted with spikes on the bottom, allowing you to move freely through the snow without slipping or getting stuck.

Snowboards on Mount Seymour, Vancouver

Setting out on one of the Discovery trails, it was quite the real life winter wonderland!

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Snowshoeing on Mount Seymour, Vancouver

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How adorable is this cabin? I’d love to stay there over Christmas!

An adorable winter ski lodge on Mount Seymour, Vancouver

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Snowshow trail on Mount Seymour, Vancouver

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Believe it or not, that is a lake! Just frozen over and covered with snow.

Snowshoeing on Mount Seymour, Vancouver

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Snow and trees on Mount Seymour, Vancouver

We trekked on – it’s actually surprising hard work given the weight of the shoes and the resistance against the snow. A decent workout in the snow!

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Girl snowshoeing on Mount Seymour, Vancouver

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A pretty cool experience – next month I’ll be here to learn how to ski!

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I’m Laura, a roaming blonde who recently made the leap from my home in the Cotswolds, UK to be based across the pond in Vancouver, BC for a brand new job and plenty of adventures.

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