Whitewater Ski Resort maintains a network of multi-purpose winter trails. This area provides accessible winter alpine scenery and is available for snowshoeing as well as skiing, fat biking, and dog-walking.
Trailhead: Whitewater Ski Resort, Whitewater Road Distance, round trip: 3.6km Elevation: +100m Season: mid-December to early April Difficulty: Easy
Driving over Kootenay Pass? Take a break and stroll the old growth Ka Papa Cedars Trail! It’s an easy loop that explores an ancient cedar grove. Enjoy the tranquility and magic that comes from wandering the timeless forest floor. The trail name “Ka Papa” means “my grandfather” in the Ktunaxa language and refers to the ancient cedars being like elders in the forest.
Trailhead: Highway 3 Distance, round trip: 2.6km Elevation: +69m Season: late May to early October Difficulty: Easy
White Queen is an incredible snowshoe destination in the Whitewater backcountry. Starting near Hummingbird Pass, the route winds up the western ridge to White Queen with stunning views and snow-sculpted trees all along the way.
Trailhead: Whitewater Ski Hill Road Distance, round trip: 8.32km Elevation: +691m Season: mid-November to mid-April Difficulty: Moderate
The Merry Creek Trails are easy, scenic hiking just outside of Castlegar. The trails meander over soft forest floor and explore interesting landmarks, with a big view of the Columbia River Valley at the far end!
Trailhead: Merry Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 5.1km Elevation: +82m Season: early May to early November Difficulty: Easy