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The best winter activities to do on Mount Seymour, Vancouver
In this post you can find:
- Why you should visit Mount Seymour in winter
- Which winter activities can you do at Mount Seymour
- How much do these winter activities cost
- How to get to Mount Seymour in winter
Why you should visit Mount Seymour (Vancouver) in winter
Maybe you’re a snow buff, or maybe you’ve never even seen snow before. Either way, you’ve got to visit Canada in winter. More specifically, you’ve got to visit Mount Seymour in winter!
Mount Seymour is an easy day trip from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada). Mount Seymour has it all and is sure to satisfy those white winter fantasies. Mount Seymour is also the perfect winter fun alternative to the better known Grouse Mountain: it’s easier to get to and easier on the wallet as well!
What kinds of winter activities can you do at Mount Seymour?
Sledding is definitely a highlight of all winter sports. It’s perfect for virtually all ages, as long as you have the strength to climb back up the hill with your sled in tow.
Whoever designed the tobogganing hills on Mount Seymour was definitely a kid at heart. There are separate sledding sections for small children, bigger children and even special toboggan runs set up for adults.
The runs themselves are safely blocked at the ends to prevent you or little sledders from flying off down the mountain. It appears a bit precariously set up at first, but then you realize it’s been designed with safety in mind. Someone has done some serious mathematical equations to get the heights of the barriers and their strength just right!
Another reason why Mount Seymour is so great is that, unlike some other places, there are no height or age restrictions on the toboggan hills. You can even bring your own toboggan (as long as it’s not inflatable) or if you need to, you can purchase a sliding mat at the mountain lodge for $8 CAD plus applicable tax.
How much does tobogganing on Mount Seymour cost?
Access fees to the tobogganing hills differ depending on the time of the week. Weekend rates are higher, but family rates are available and kids 3 and under are FREE! See up to date tobogganing rates here.
Another absolute must see and do is the snow tube hill. Basically, you sit inside a tube that looks like a giant donut and slide down an enormous hill at full speed!
The best part is that, unlike tobogganning, you do not have to pull your tube back up the hill. Mount Seymour has a pull system that you take you back up the hill while you relax inside the tube. Then you are ready to slide again!
This particular winter activity does have restriction on height. Riders must be 48 inches or 122 cm tall to go on the snow tube.
How much does snow tubing on Mount Seymour cost?
Snow tubing is charged beginning at 2 hour intervals with an option to add on another hour. Rates for snow tubing on Mount Seymour are per person, or you can also purchase a family package.
Snowboarding and skiing
Or course there are skiing and snowboarding opportunities on Mount Seymour as well! Snowboarders can race down the same slopes as skiers, or enjoy a special area just for boarders. There are slopes of varying degrees of difficulty and risk, for beginners up to experts.
Proper equipment is required and if you don’t have your own, you are welcome to rent gear from Mount Seymour for the day and get an introductory lesson if you want!
How much does skiing or snowboarding on Mount Seymour cost?
If you are just visiting Mount Seymour for the day, you’ll want to check out how much day passes are. If you are a Vancouver local who happens to live and breathe skiing and snowboarding, then season passes are worth checking out!
Ski and snowboard equipment rental costs on Mount Seymour
Mount Seymour also offers ski and snowboard equipment rentals, please note that anyone younger than 19 years old, must have a parent present to sign a waiver for any ski or snowboard equipment rentals.
Equipment rental rates vary depending on the time of day. Rates are cheaper from 2:30 pm onward and begin at $20 going up to $43 for the day.
Have you ever tried snowshoeing? Well, you can do that at Mount Seymour too! This very unique winter sport is available through incredible trails that have varying lengths and degrees. The easiest trail takes approximately 2 hours and provides stunning mountainside views.
Snowshoeing is a great winter activity for confident children all the way up to the elder years, as it’s a wonderful way to exercise. It’s also good for larger groups of people as you can snowshoe along and talk with family or friends the entire time.
How much does snow shoeing on Mount Seymour cost?
The great thing about snowshoeing is that all ages can do it! Rates include trail passes and begin at $19 per person and go up to $28 per person. For full snowshoe fees please see Mount Seymour’s information page.
Build a snowman or make a snow angel
Now I know technically these are not winter sports, but you can easily make them into one! Have a snowman building competition or see who can make the most (or funniest) snow angels. Either way you are bound to make some great memories on Mount Seymour.
Rent winter clothing on Mount Seymour
Just in case you need any other gear, Mount Seymour has got you covered! Keep yourselves warm, protected, and snug by renting some awesome winter clothing.
How to get to Mount Seymour, Vancouver?
There are two main ways to get to Mount Seymour, you can either travel by shuttle bus or with your own car.
The first is to take the shuttle bus from one of two locations. You can catch the bus from East Vancouver at the Rupert Skytrain Station or from North Vancouver at the Parkgate Community Centre.
Information about shuttle bus fees and schedules can be found here, but know that the shuttle bus does not operate during summer months and typically operates between Oct 1st – March 31st.
Important note: you don’t pay when you get on the shuttle bus, but rather need a ticket to take the bus back. Tickets can be purchased on the mountain at the Alpine Activity Center, Season Pass & Ticket Office, Enquist Lodge or the Snowshoe Center.
The second way to get to Mount Seymour is to drive and park, but the caveat is that winter tires are a requirement. You’ll also require a valid pass to park on Mount Seymour. For more information please see Mount Seymour’s road information page.
Important note: the roads can get pretty bad in winter, so unless you know what you are doing, I strongly recommend to take the shuttle bus!
The shuttle bus is the safest and easiest option, there is paid parking available at the community center where you can catch the bus.
Mount Seymour winter activities: in conclusion
Mount Seymour is full of fun winter activities. In fact, there’s so much to do that you may have to come back for more! Best of all, it’s right near the beautiful city of Vancouver, making it accessible to all winter sports lovers.
Have a winter blast on Mount Seymour!
If you have enjoyed reading this post, be sure to check out Lindsay’s blog with excellent articles such as Top 10 things to do in Chiang Mai and Free things to do in Chiang Mai. Her blog is full of recommendations suitable for all ages!
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