Alberta's snowmobiling terrain takes you from mountains to foothills to prairies

Alberta snowmobilers descend a forested trail
Whitecourt's impressive trail system has helped earn the community the title of Snowmobile Capital of Alberta. - photo courtesy Mitchell Sharp
Hotshots Untouched territory

Calvin Maffret finding untouched meadows in the Kakwa country.

Get set to explore the incredible snowmobiling terrain of this vast and varied province

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Alberta is such a great province for sledding because of its variety of terrain. You can ride in the mountains, enjoy nice prairie scenery or you can explore the forests in the northern part of Alberta—yes, snowmobiling in Alberta is truly an awesome experience. Active clubs throughout the province keep trails and amenities in tip-top shape. Check out our Alberta landing page for information on sled dealerships, destinations, snowmobiling trails, snowmobile-friendly accommodations, local snowmobiling clubs and more.

A young woman stands at the top of the mountains.

Awestruck! A flatlanders first ride in the mountains

Snowmobiling in the Kakwa area near Grande Cache, Alberta, opened this Ontario sledder's eyes to new possibilities.
March 2015 | Chelsey Hennig
Pictured here are (L to R) Lyle Birnie, president of the Alberta Snowmobile Association (ASA), Addam Saruk, president of the Myrnam River Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club and Chris Brookes, executive director of the ASA.

Saruk’s dedication to snowmobiling recognized by Alberta Snowmobiling Association

Addam Saruk is co-winner of the Snowmobiler of the Year award for his work with the Myrnam River Ridge Riders.
March 2015 | Karen Kornelsen
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Ladies’ Adventurer Jacket by Choko Design

Stay warm and cozy on the trails this winter with the Ladies’ Adventurer Jacket by Choko Design.
Promoted by Choko Design
A man from Mexico giving the peace sign on a snowmobile.

World Snowmobile Invasion photo gallery

A collection of our best photos taken at the 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion in Whitecourt, Alberta.
February 2015 | Kirsten Armleder

Track SnoRiders at the World Snowmobile Invasion

After almost two years of planning, the 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion in Whitecourt, Alberta, is upon us. This five-day event begins on Wednesday, February 11.
February 2015 | Kirsten Armleder

Snowstorm hits Whitecourt in time for World Snowmobile Invasion

It looks like conditions will be optimal for the World Snowmobile Invasion next week in Whitecourt, Alberta.
February 2015 | Kirsten Armleder
Riders gathering at the Poker Rally check point 2.

Snow touring at its best

Long open trails travel through spruce forest and bush that let sledders wind up to cruising speed.
February 2015 | Nowell Berg
Trailblazers take a break along the Golden Triangle

Forests, mountain vistas, groomed trails and snowmobiling: They have snowmobiling in Whitecourt, AB

Ride the wild trails of Alberta's Capital of Snowmobiling, over 460 kilometres of groomed trails covering an area from west of Whitecourt to Fox Creek and Swan Hills.
February 2015 | Nowell Berg
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    Customize YOUR Unit!

    Is your unit fast enough? High enough? Loud enough? If you answered "No" to any of the questions above...drop into Adrenaline Powersports! We enjoy making your unit represent YOU!  We know that not everyone wants the same thing in a unit and some people just want their unit to look AWESOME. We have built many custom units and always look forward to customizing new units. Call (780) 778-8500 for more information.

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    Come visit the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Stojan's Power Sports & Marine Ltd., conveniently located in Grande Prairie, Alberta. This family-owned business can provide you with the latest and best in powersports products to make your outdoor living more enjoyable. Whether you're looking for the most recent in ATV technology, boats for fishing or lake playing, or the hottest new snowmobiles, Stojan's Power Sports & Marine can help you find the recreational vehicle that’s right for you.

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    Ralph's Motorsports started in 1970 and has experienced phenomenal growth over the years. We are Arctic Cat's #1 growing mega store in North America and Ralph's has been awarded platinum and gold Arctic Cat dealer awards every year for over 10 years running. Our success is based on our commitment to customer service, personal attention and the best products in the industry. We carry a full line of Arctic Cat ATVs, side-by-sides and snowmobiles. We have a full line of parts, clothing, oil and accessories, as well as a service department staffed with Gold Catmaster Certified Service Technicians. Please give us a call at 403-291-4868.

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    Calling all northern adventurers!

    Welcome to High Level—Alberta’s most northerly town. Are you heading north to explore the famous Deh Cho Trail on your motorcycle? High Level is the hub of northern routes and has everything you need to make your northern quest as comfortable and memorable as possible. Take a break from the wind blowing in your hair and gear up in High Level when you’re two tired (puns intended) as we have many great amenities that every rider is looking for from hotels and restaurants to retail shopping and repair services. Make sure to mark High Level on your map as the place to stay on your Great Northern Adventure!

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  • Visit Rocky Mountain House

    Where Adventure Begins

    The West Country around Rocky Mountain House is open to snowmobiles and ATVs with an abundance of great trails for everyone from beginners to advanced riders. Be aware of the rules in the West Country as there are some restrictions for motorized recreational use. Four major mustering areas are recommended: Chambers Creek, the Nordegg trail system, Mount Baldy and the Bighorn backcountry where wildlife viewing and photo opportunities are found in abundance. A snowmobile or quadding adventure can range from one hour to many days. Winter camping or staying in the fine accommodations in the Rocky Mountain House area are both options. This is truly "Where Adventure Begins".

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    A friendly and safe community—with fun for all ages and plenty of places to stay. Smoky Lake is only an hour away from Edmonton, and is a great spot for visitors. Featuring a great staging arena where sledders and ATVers can drop off their vehicles and unload their equipment. Home of Smoky Lake Trail Twisters Snowmobile Club.

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    The right place to be.

    Located on the southern leg of the Iron Horse Trail, Elk Point is the perfect place to start your family adventure. Snowmobiling, quadding, biking, hiking or horseback riding, we have it all and more! The Elk Point Trail Riders snowmobile club maintains some of the most beautiful terrain in all of Lakeland, on the southern leg of Alberta's Iron Horse Trail. "The Trail Riders club is a smaller club with a lot of heart," said Kulczycki. "Each season, around the first weekend in March, the (Trail) Riders host a vintage ride that attracts participants from all over Canada."

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