It’s hard to imagine a community that better caters to sledders than Barrhead. There is plenty of lodging, food and gas—and that’s before you explore the extensive trail network, which is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Sledders can travel north out of town towards the Misty Ridge Ski Hill. The 600 Shack is located approximately 19 kilometres out of town. Getting to this cabin requires a trip over the frozen Shoal Lake.
Just beyond this cabin is a Y intersection; turn left to access the ski hill, or take a right and head towards the Goodridge Cabin.
Barrhead’s trails are ideal for the beginning sledder—but for the advanced rider, it is possible to take a day’s journey up to Athabasca or Swan Hills. Be sure to bring extra fuel if you’re heading out for a long trip, or towards the Flatbush Cabin.
A number of dedicated volunteers ensure that the network is well groomed and ready for trailblazing. There are more than 100 kilometres of trails in the area.
There is a staging area in Barrhead that is conveniently located across the road from Barrhead Motor Sports. The local sledding group, the Northern Lights Snowmobile Club, formed in 1999 and continues to be a dynamic force in the town. The club will be organizing monthly rides leaving from this staging area, as well as poker rallies. There are also plans in the works to create a new loop that will circle the town.
Sledding in Westlock? The staging area is accessible via the 801 highway and two cabins and four firepits are scattered throughout the riding area. There are three different loops that link together; the North Loop hooks into the Trans-Canadian snowmobile route.
Trail passes and information can be found at Barrhead Motor Sport, or at www.barrheadmotorsport.com.