Best Places to Snowmobile in Canada

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!

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. 

3. Quebec

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. 

The Laurentians

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. 

Final Thoughts

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
I’m a snowmobile fanatic. I live for riding and am out on the trails or backcountry as often as possible during the winter months. I was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains and have snowmobiled in dozens of North American locations. When the snow is falling, you’ll find me on a sled.

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  • Allen

    Hi Chaz,
    being from the west I’ll bet you’ve riden Colorado’s Grand Mesa. Ive enjoyed riding there 3 winters but never on a true powder sled. Boondocking among the awe-inspiring Engleman spruce trees just gets me evedy time. Trail riding the White River Forest was excellent as well. Happy trails,
    Allen from Wisconsin

    • Chaz Wyland

      Hey Allen,

      I have been to Grand Mesa a few times and always have a blast, especially when there’s plenty of fresh powder. But the White River Forest is pretty sweet too. I’m glad you had the chance to experience those areas as well, and hope you are having a solid winter so far!

  • Patricia

    What months is best to go? Is it a nice place to visit end of December?

    • Chaz Wyland

      Hi Patricia,

      The sledding season up north is typically November to April or May. But the best conditions depend on other factors, so it’s difficult to predict the perfect time. You should be able to find some good trails during December, but it depends on which part of Canada you are headed to and if snow is in the forecast.

  • Robert M Marciano

    We have made several trip to Mont Laurier Quebec and Dépôt-Baskatong a must stop for lunch is La Pointe A David what a wonderful place, it is right out at the point! The people are very nice and snow is great ! There are several large loops and easy to do 150-200 miles a day.
    We rode 4 hours and never saw another snowmobile.

    • Chaz Wyland

      Hi Robert,

      Thanks for sharing the info on where to grab lunch off the trail in Quebec. I’ll have to check it out the next time I have the chance to get up there. Sounds unreal! Hope you’re having a solid winter!

  • Mark Vinette

    Hi Chaz. Please Consider adding Meadow Creek BC and the surrounding area, which includes Meadow Mountain and the rest of the Selkirk, Purcell and Glacier mountain “ranges. The are SO many logging cut blocks, which are easily accessible for an amazing mountain ride

    • Chaz Wyland

      Hi Mark,
      Good call and Meadow Creek BC. I’ve heard great things about the area but have yet to ride there myself. I’ll do some more research and consider adding it to the list when it’s time for an update. Thanks!