5 Winter Activities to Enjoy at Waterlily Bay
Winter is an excellent time to enjoy the mountain scenery and serenity of the lake at Waterlily Bay Resort. For several months, the Lakelse Lake area is transformed into a winter wonderland, and you’ll find some of the best winter activities here. Winter season usually begins in November and can stretch into March. After a day of winter activities, head back to the cottage, and kick back in front of the cozy fireplace and enjoy a hot beverage!
Snowshoeing – Take a magical snowshoe trek through snow covered old growth cedars and spruce on the existing hiking trails throughout Waterlily Bay Resort, as well as at nearby Furlong Bay Provincial Park. If you have not brought your own snowshoes, you can purchase them at various retail locations in town.
Cross-Country Skiing – Visit nearby Onion Lakes Ski Trails, less than a 5 minute drive south of Waterlily Bay. There are over 35 km of groomed trails for skiing for a variety of skill levels, including 5 km of lit trails for night skiing, and a 6 km “Doggy Trail” that is pet-friendly! Enjoy excellent views of Lakelse Lake and the valley from various viewpoints. The Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club operates and maintains the trails, organizes and hosts events, and provides equipment rentals and refreshments on site.
Ice Skating – There are few experiences that make you feel so Canadian as skating on a frozen lake surrounded by snowy peaks and towering cedars. It is truly magical to be able to strap on your ice skates and skate on the frozen lake in front of your cottage at Waterlily Bay! Make sure you check for proper ice thickness or check with our staff before going out on the lake. There are no public skate rentals in town, but you can purchase them at various retail locations.
Downhill Skiing and Tobagganing - If you are up for a bigger adventure, take a 55 minute drive to Shames Mountain, a true hidden gem, which can only be described as one of the best family-oriented powder mountains in British Columbia. Shames is a family friendly mountain with 28 cut runs, ranging from beginner to expert. There is a terrain park, a kids toboggan hill, a day lodge with food and bar service, ski and board instruction and rentals, and great events throughout the season. Shames is owned and operated by My Mountain Coop, Canada’s first non-profit ski community cooperative.
Ice Fishing – Lakelse Lake and some of its connecting rivers offer year-round fishing opportunities for trout, some salmon species such as coho, and steelhead.