Canada has a legendary reputation for being the perfect location for many different winter activities. British Columbia, more commonly called BC, is my personal favorite place to snowmobile in Canada.
Greetings, fellow snowmobilers! My name is Chaz, and I’m what you could call a snowmobile fanatic. I grew up riding in Colorado but have had the opportunity to cruise trails all over North America.
This post is dedicated to snowmobiling in Canada. I’ll share some of my favorites spots and highlight other top snowmobile destinations in the country.
Whether you live in Canada or are just planning a visit, any of the places you’ll find here are worth a visit.
Hop on your sled, and let’s go!
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1. British Columbia
BC is the top spot to snowmobile in Canada. I would say that it’s even one of the world’s top areas for many winter activities. The Province gets a ton of snow, which makes riding a blast, and Vancouver is a fantastic city for food and nightlife.
There are a few places snowmobilers should explore here, so I will break things down further.
If you like riding in powder, Revelstoke is the place to be. On an average year, this area can see around 500 inches of snow. Plus, there are a ton of amenities and resorts that cater to snowmobilers.
You can find plenty of backcountry access here, and there are a lot of groomed trailers as well. This makes it a good spot for seasoned riders or family winter vacationers. Here are some of the top snowmobile-specific accommodations in the area.
This is another spot in BC that caters to snowmobiles. You can find three different riding areas surrounding the village – all easily accessible. This is also a good spot to bring the family and an incredible location to snowmobile ski.
One more location for the powder hungry, Golden is a top place to snowmobile and offers plenty of trails for seasoned backcountry riders and beginners alike. This is an awesome spot to go on a guided tour to explore the region safely.
2. Athabasca, Alberta
Venturing eastward toward the interior of Canada, you’ll find the province of Alberta. Athabasca is the spot for snowmobilers here and is another top location to take advantage of all the sport offers.
There are hundreds of miles of trails to explore surrounding the town, and you can spend days and weeks covering all of them. It’s a beautiful part of the province, and there are forests, rivers, mountains, and all sorts of terrain to take advantage of.
There are almost too many options in Athabasca, so it helps to have a game plan when you visit. Check out some of the information provided here to learn more about the region before you ride there.
On the eastern end of Canada is Quebec. Known for a strong French-Canadian heritage and international appeal, it is also home to some great snowmobile spots in the winter months. Here are a few places to check out in this province.
This is a fairly technical area that involves heavy backcountry and mountain terrain. That makes it an ideal spot for backcountry riders and somewhat dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Just be well prepared, and you’ll have an amazing experience.
This is another one of the top spots to snowmobile in Quebec and is one the best places in the country. This is a more heavily used area because it is close to a few city centers. That also gives you access to great lodging and other accommodations.
Snowmobiling has a long and storied history in this part of Quebec. There are nearly 2,500 kilometers of trails to explore, and the scenery is beyond beautiful. From old villages to deep mountain snowscapes, the Laurentians is worth checking out on your sled.
4. Cochrane, Ontario
Cochrane takes some effort to get to, as it is found way up in Ontario’s northern regions. But if you’re up for a trip, you’ll be readily rewarded with some great snowmobiling opportunities here.
It is a fun place to go if you love winter excursions because you can stay in an igloo for an authentic arctic experience. The trail network up here is pretty expansive and spreads out in all directions outside of the town.
You’ll find more groomed trails here than big mountain or backcountry riding, which means wide-open spaces and lots of room to open up the throttle. You can also enjoy many good accommodations after a long day on the trail with some excellent lodges and hotels.
5. The Pas, Manitoba
While it’s not quite as expansive as the other options on this list, The Pas is another worthy contender if you’re in Manitoba. There is a groomed network of around 350 kilometers of trails here with warming huts along the way to take a break from the cold.
There are many lakes to open up the throttle in the area and a network of trails that link into the main network mentioned above. There are also snowmobile clubs in the area that will have information on trail conditions and are worth looking into.
Here is some more information about snowmobiling in The Pas and the surrounding areas.
Canada is an amazing place to snowmobile. You can find just about any type of riding condition here, and the best places mentioned above cover everything from deep powder backcountry to groomed networks of trails that stretch for thousands of kilometers.
Some of the best places to snowmobile in Canada take a bit of planning and effort to reach, but I promise you they can be more than worth it.
Do you have a favorite place to ride in Canada that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments below!About Chaz Wyland