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Tobogganing and Sledding in Vancouver

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 — 10:40am PDT
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On official snow days we’d get packed into our snowsuits, pull our socks up past the top of our boots and put on so many sweaters it was an impossible feat to put your arms down flat at your side. With the ‘swish swish’ of our snowsuits being the only sound in the neighbourhood as vehicles hibernated in driveways, we would trek over to Kwantlen Park and join dozens of others in sliding down the big slope above the all-weather field.

Tobogganing and Sledding in Vancouver

Photo credit: Derek Miller on Flickr

Toboggans, super saucers, krazy karpets and sometimes someone with a make-shift snowboard – all were welcome on the hill. With schools closed and inches of the fluffy wintery goodness cascading from the skies on to Metro Vancouver these are some sublime snow days (unless you actually have to get out and drive in the stuff, then that’s another story).

Kwantlen Park is good for tobogganing and also Grimston Park in New Westminster is rather tube-friendly, with lovely Fraser River views.

What are the best parks and inclines for snowman building and tobogganing in your area? Here are some suggestions from the comments:

Burnaby Mountain Park.
Queen Elizabeth Park.
China Creek North Park in Mount Pleasant, 6th Ave and St. Catherines.
West Point Park in West Point Grey. 8th Ave going up the hill.
Pitt Meadows, Bonson Park.
Sutcliffe Park by Granville Island, near the False Creek Community Centre and the Water Park.

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  1. Greg says:

    China Creek North Park in Mount Pleasant, 6th Ave and St. Catherines, has a great hill that always attracts tobogganers in the snow. Just two blocks from VCC-Clark Skytrain, or parking available along Great Northern Way.

  2. We really like Queen Elizabeth park. There’s a super long ride at the top. Our 3 year old kids just like any hill though, Douglas Park is fine.

  3. Chris says:

    Burnaby Mountain Park has to be one of the best and steepest hills to go sledding at. It’s a bit out of the way to get to without a car but can be walked to from a bus stop or via trails from SFU.

  4. Bradley says:

    When I was resident of the big smoke we used to head to Burnaby Mountain. If you could get to that restaurant on the west side they had a huge open lawn (park?) that was great.
    Nowadays we just head out to the vineyard and try not to be decapitated by the trellis wires 🙂

  5. JP Holecka says:

    I have created a google map for folks to add their favourite places to toboggan and sled.

    Google Map link here:

    Slip slide away!


  6. Colleen says:

    In Surrey, just over the Port Mann Bridge there is an area called Birdland. There is a great little hill near the baseball diamonds.

  7. Cypress Bowl – Hollyburn Ridge. You can line up and pay for the commercial slopes, but if you are equipped and a bit fit, snowshoe up the hiker’s route.

  8. There are some nice little hills in and around Sutcliffe Park by Granville Island, near the False Creek Community Centre and the Water Park. The local kids around here go tobogganing there on snowy days like today and it is lots of fun.

  9. […] 17 Update: Miss604 has a post about tobogganing where people are commenting on their favorite local sledding […]

  10. Tyler Ingram says:

    If you’re in Pitt Meadows than Bonson Park (used to be a dump hence the bowl shape) and then in Maple Ridge i heard Maple Ridge Golf Course has some great hills.

  11. Awesome!! I used to love goin down the hills on my GT snow racer!! Going off jumps was the best, until you hit a hard landing and it knocks the wind outta you – THAT is no good hehehe

  12. […] really can not believe Miss 604 beat me to it! New Westminster is a haven for snow sledding for the youthful and the young at heart. […]

  13. […] As I drove home, I saw some kids sledding down a slope in Cleveland Park.  That reminded me of Miss604’s article on sledding on December 17, […]

  14. photodreamz says:

    West Point Park in West Point grey. 8th ave going up the hill. Big and long hill for sledding.

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