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Planning a Snowmobile Trip

Planning for your ride is always an important factor in making your trip a success. Whether you’re going for the afternoon, the day, or camping overnight, make sure you have everything you need.

Basic snowmobiling equipment and survival gear includes a flashlight, candles, tool kit, pocket knife, first aid kit, strobe, radio or cell phone, high energy food and drinks, tow rope, waterproof matches, extra batteries, extra key, axe and saw, mirror/reflective material, thermal blanket, spark drive belt and spark plugs.

Ensure you have a map and compass, extra mitts and socks, extra boot liners, flares, metal cup or pot, and extra fuel. Pack smart and check your gear each time before you head out, and file your plans with family and friends to let them know where you’re planning on going and when you will return.

Always remember to carry your sled registration and insurance documents.

For more information on snowmobiling safety tips, download a copy of the Athabasca River Runners Snowmobile Club map by clicking here.

Suggested Day Trips:

Banana Lake

Beginning at #10 Staging Area on the trail map, head West toward #17 Moosehead Corner, then at the next crossroads take the trail left towards #11 Grassy Lakes, where you can enjoy a break at the fire pit and picnic tables and explore the lake. Continue south and join up with the Trans-Canadian Snowmobile Trail, and head west until you reach #14, Banana Lake. Have fun riding on this lake and enjoy lunch over the fire pit.

When you’re ready to return, retrace your route to the Trans-Canadian Snowmobile Trail until you reach #2 Kuzyk Warmup Cabin. Here, follow the trail north, west, and north until you reach a T intersection, then head east to return to the staging area.

September Lake

Beginning at Forfar Hall on the trail map, head west to the end of the road, then head north towards #16 Bilsky Loop. Here, turn west to #2 Kuzyk Warmup Cabin and enjoy a quick break if needed. Follow the trail north, then west, then north until you reach a T intersection, then head west until you reach #12 September Lake. Enjoy your lunch here around the fire pit and explore the lake.

On your return trip, retrace your path until you reach the right turn towards #11 Grassy Lakes. Continue south and join up with the Trans-Canadian Snowmobile Trail heading east to #16 Bilsky Loop. Here, head south until you reach the road, then head east until you return to Forfar Hall.