Winter Evening Snowshoe Event

15 February – Conditions Update – Snowshoes are needed.  The trails are in excellent condition with deep snow.

Join us on Valentine’s and Family Day weekend, 15 February, at 110 Donald B. Munro starting at 7:30pm for a guided ❤️ the Hills Evening Snowshoe in the winter beauty of the Carp Hills.  This private property has one of the highest points in the Hills and scenic views over the Carp River valley.  Following our exertions, we’ll gather at the outdoor bonfire for bonhomie and alcohol-free beverages.

Some degree of physical fitness is required.  There are steep climbs that will be slippery and challenging.  You will need to sign a waiver before participating. This event is suitable for active kids 10 and older.

A nominal charge of $10 per adult is payable on arrival.  Children 16 and under are free. Our organization’s largest expense is our insurance, which we must have in order to offer events like these.

Waiver (PDF) – Please download, print, and bring this with you.  Families or couples can use one waiver.  All adults must sign it.

Parking and Gathering Place

Park across the road at 211 Donald B. Munro Drive (the Gambit Music Academy).  Overflow parking is on the shoulder of Donald B. Munro. Please arrive at least 15-30 minutes before 7:30pm.

Take care parking and crossing the road to the entrance.  We will meet you at the bottom of the hill by the gate where you will register.  Bring your waiver and participation fee.  Then don your snowshoes and follow the trail up the hill to a large open area where we will gather by the bonfire.  

There are no washrooms on the site.

What to Expect

We will have groomed trails available for self-guided snowshoeing.  Guides will be on-site to help people orient themselves.  The trails are wide and easy to navigate on your own.  You must stay on the trail; no off-trail exploration is permitted.

Return to our gathering place around the bonfire for refreshments.

Snowshoes are required.  Skis are not suitable for this site.  We love dogs, but please leave your dog at home.

What to Bring

  • Your wavier and participation fee.
  • Your snowshoes.
  • Appropriate clothing for staying warm and exercising.
  • Optional: a drinking container suitable for a hot beverage (helps to reduce garbage).
  • If you have a head lamp, bring it.  We would like to run the snowshoe under ambient light, but a head lamp will be helpful before and after the hike for getting around in the dark.

Trail Code

The landowners have generously opened their property to the public for this event.  Please respect the land and follow instructions.  Participants must stay on the trail; no off-trail exploration is permitted.

Winter Photography Contest

We are holding a  the Hills in Winter photography contest to celebrate the beauty of the Carp Hills in our coldest season.  The contest runs from now until February 18, 2020.  Along with public glory, the winner receives a one-year new membership or membership renewal to Friends of the Carp Hills.  If the format is suitable (see below), the winning photo will also be used as our Facebook banner for one month and as one of our rotating banners on our website.

Our contest judge is FCH board member Christopher Busby.  Chris has 49 years of experience in every facet of photography—from darkroom manager to professional portraitist to newspaper photographer—and three of his pictures were selected by National Geographic photo editors for publication in Your Shot.

Photographs submitted for the contest will be judged on creative use of composition, lighting, focus, point of view and that indefinable quality of a compelling photograph that captivates the viewer.  Note that you don’t need fancy camera gear to take a great photo: used skilfully and artistically, a smartphone will produce fabulous photos.

The winner will be announced on our Facebook site and website on March 1, 2020.

Contest Rules and Guidelines
  1. Your photo must be taken between January 1 and February 18, 2020, in the Carp Hills.
  2. You may submit as many as 5 photos.
  3. Provide some background about your photo: where it was taken, why you took it, what settings you used, and any other information that your fellow photographers might find interesting.
  4. Photos may be submitted in landscape or portrait format, but if you want your photo to be used as a banner on our Facebook page or website, then it should be in landscape format.
  5. All subject matter is acceptable as long as it is in the Carp Hills: landscapes, animals, plants, rocks, people etc.
  6. Some post-processing is acceptable (cropping, colour correction), but adding artificial elements (e.g. a moon in the sky) or erasing features is not acceptable.  We’re looking for photos that celebrate the natural, unenhanced beauty of the Carp Hills.
  7. Submit photos in JPEG format to our contest email:  Please send one photo per email, preferably no larger than 2 to 3 MB.  We will request a higher-resolution photo from the winner if needed.

We reserve the right to publish all submitted photos on our website or other media. By submitting your photos and participating in the contest, you are agreeing to give copyrights to Friends of the Carp Hills for the use of your photographs in any of its promotional material:  web site, Facebook page, newsletter, brochures, caps, T shirts, etc.