What better way to spend a beautiful winter afternoon than a snowshoe trek through city trails, hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows and a nice little yoga session to stretch it all out? I can’t think of anything.
The afternoon kicked off at the Pursuit Adventures basecamp, located in the popular Capstone area. Their basecamp is not only the meeting place for all of their tours and adventures, but a cozy little spot to grab a cup of Kicking Horse coffee and a bowl of soup or muffin too.
Once the group was all assembled, we hopped on the adventure bus for a quick ride over to Heritage Ranch, where we strapped on our snowshoes and hit the trails. The beauty of trekking with Pursuit, is learning about new trails in an area I’ve frequented often. I can’t wait to head back with my own snowshoes to do some more exploring. We spent a good couple hours out in the sunshine, navigating deadfall, watching squirrels, calling for owls and letting the fresh air fill our lungs and souls. Part way through, we took a break for the kiddos in the group to run around in the untouched and nearly waist deep snow while having a little nibble of the famous homemade marshmallows to keep us going for the uphill walk back to the bus.
Danielle, our tour guide for the afternoon, took the time to stop and tell us little facts about the area we were exploring, pointing out a snow farm (who knew there was such a thing!), and pointing out squirrel’s winter mansions. It was fun and engaging for both adults and the kiddos and just the perfect amount of time to keep the kids from tiring out before making it back to the bus.
We reassembled back at the bus and headed back to basecamp for some fresh baked muffins and hot chocolate topped with another marshmallow, the perfect way to warm up.
When our bellies were full and warm, we shed our winter gear and wandered a couple doors down to the beautiful little studio at Love Yoga Grace. We were treated to a quick, playful class, with lots of giggles from the littles. We down-dogged, and sun-saluted our way through to the best part, savasana. After a couple hours in the sunshine and fresh air, it was easy to slip into a peaceful little 2 minute nap. If only we could have had an hour long savasana before having to return to real life.
I overheard part of the group making plans to venture over to Troubled Monk for a pint after the tour, which would have been a great follow up to the afternoon.
Whether you are venturing out solo, with a group of pals, or with the family, the Frosty Nose and Toasty Toes snowshoe and yoga tour is the perfect adventure without straying from the city.
Many thanks to both Pursuit Adventure and Love Yoga Grace for inviting me to join them for the afternoon.