The thrill of tobogganing never gets old. Careening down a snowy slope while your stomach stays at the top, only to catch you at the bottom… it’s such a fun way to get out and enjoy nature with the kids in the winter. There are some really great options at Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain for tobogganing and snow tubing (for a price though), as well as some more affordable ways to enjoy the thrills of winter fun. So if you can’t decide which one to choose or where to go, we’re here to help.
Mount Seymour is further east of the two and located in North Vancouver. It’s family owned and operated, and maybe as a result, we find the staff on the friendlier side—but the parking could be better organized.
$80 will get a family of five a couple hours in the snow tubing area during the weekend. (Good to know: the price includes inflatable tube rental.) Hours are 10 am to 4 pm and there is a minimum 48″ height requirement. We love that at Mount Seymour there are three separate tube parks—a smaller one for beginners (ideal for smaller kids who are wannabe thrill seekers) and two intermediate parks.
Mount Seymour has a designated toboggan area (no age restrictions) with several different lanes—which helps reduce wait times. Weekend rates are $12 per person, children under the age of 3 are free with an adult, and sleds are available for purchase for $10.
Photo credit: cypressmountain.com
Cypress Mountain is West of Mount Seymour in West Vancouver. The snow tubing and tobogganing areas are located past the cross-country kiosk, so turn right into the cross-country area once at the top of the mountain. Cypress doesn’t vary pricing for weekends or weekdays. A family of four can snow tube for two hours for $75—which includes tube rental. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm on weekends, but they occasionally have extended hours on select dates. Kids must be at least six years of age and those under ten must be accompanied by an adult. Youthful staff will spin tubes, and kids can link tubes and slide as one big unit.
The joy of the snowy season is available at all sorts of price points, including free so you can get out and enjoy the white stuff while it’s still around. We canvassed a couple local parenting writers to find their favourite choices.
Tamara from Discovering Parenthood had some fun suggestions to try out with your family. Bundle up and check these out:
Meadows Edge Park in Langley (Willoughby Way & 198 Street)
Central City Plaza in Surrey (13450 102 Ave)
Fort Langley National Historic Site in Langley (not in the fort itself, but outside, 23433 Mavis Avenue)
Tairalyn Ciulla of Little Miss Mama had some good ideas of her own. Grab your sled and head off to these hills:
Coquitlam Crunch (2665 Runnel Drive)
Whistler – AWESOME and FREE tobogganing hill right in the village as well as an ice rink right beside it for free (bring your own skates).
Feel like driving just a little bit further? Our family loves the hill at Manning Park – it’s free and our little guy had a blast. Looking a little closer to home, there is good sledding to be done near Rotary Stadium (on Discovery Trail in Abbotsford.)
Now you know where to get some fun sledding time in with your family. There’s no greater excitement than the rush of flying down a hill and feeling the cold air on your face (and doing it for free is even better!)
Let us know which spot is your favourite!
With files from Deanna Regan