Vancouverites can experience the snowy wonderland atop the Peak of Vancouver a little differently this winter.
The North Shore’s Grouse Mountain has a snowshoe adventure that aligns with each coming full moon and new moon until April.
The tours offer a unique way to explore the mountain after dark, with light from only a headlamp and the glow of the night sky.
"On our Full Moon Tours, you will witness the wonders of the wilderness under the soft glow of the moon,” the tour description states.
"In contrast, on our New Moon Tours, we will have no glow from the moon, allowing for the stars to shine brightly as we learn about the stories they have to share."
Both the experiences begin by traveling through the mountain’s Light Walk, a stunning light installation amongst the fir and spruce around Blue Grouse Lake, before heading into the wilderness of Munday Snowshoe Park lit by headlamps.
Snowshoe guides then take participants on a journey to their favourite places to explore the night sky.
Julia Grant, Grouse Mountain communications manager, said the tour is relatively new to the mountain’s winter offerings.
“They were quite popular so we’ve brought them back again for this winter season,” she said.
With a mix of city views and wilderness, the snowshoe hike promises to “leave you with a lasting connection with the mountains.”
The next full moon to dazzle the night sky will be Jan. 10. January's full moon is commonly referred to as the "Wolf Moon."
When: New Moon – Jan. 24, March 24 and April 22 from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Full Moon – Jan. 10, Feb 8, March 9 and April 7, from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Where: Grouse Mountain – Collection of groups by the fireplace in the chalet – Light Walk and Munday Snowshoe Park
Cost: $30 per person. All guests must have a valid Mountain Admission Ticket. Snowshoes available for rent at $10 per person, or bring your own. Headlamps included.
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