Club profile: Calling Lakes Cruisers

The Calling Lakes Cruisers look after 293.5 kilometres of trails in the Fort Qu’Appelle area—and if that’s not enough for you, their trails also connect to three other snowmobile clubs' trail systems

by Kirsten Armleder

The Calling Lakes Cruisers maintain 293.5 kilometres of trails in the Fort Qu'Appelle area. Photo courtesy John McNally

Snowmobilers in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, have members of the Calling Lakes Cruisers snowmobile club to thank for the 293.5 kilometres of groomed trails they enjoy each year. This club, which was formed in 1994, calls upon its members to clear, groom and sign the trails, plus maintain the cabins, each winter. Thus, new members and support are always welcome.

Most popular trail

The trails around Spanco Shelter (numbered 302) are the most popular. From the shelter, riders can head to Pasqua Lake and enjoy some of the area’s best scenery.

Where is the staging area?

Riders can stage from either RoBo Sales & Service or “The Fort” in Fort Qu’Appelle. Both areas have ample parking available.

Where to get trail passes for snowmobiling in Fort Qu’Appelle

If you are a Saskatchewan snowmobiler, your machine must be licensed and registered with Saskatchewan Government Insurance. The registration includes a trail permit, which is valid for riding anywhere in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Snowmobiles outside of Saskatchewan that are registered and have trail permits for their home province are allowed to ride on Saskatchewan trails. 

Groomer:

The club operates a Bombardier BR350. For grooming lake trails, the club also has a small drag that is towed behind a GMC Jimmy with tracks.

For lake trails, the club has a small drag that is towed behind a GMC Jimmy with tracks. photo courtesy Bill Hubble
The club's Bombardier BR350. photo courtesy Bill Hubble

Warm-up shelters:

There are three warm-up shelters (Spancos, Rooster's Retreat and Deer Creek) in the Fort Qu’Appelle area and each is equipped with generators, barbecues and stereos.

Club members gather at Rooster's Retreat Shelter. Photo courtesy John McNally

Club meetings:

The club holds its meetings on the second Friday of each month (starting in November) at 7 p.m. “The Fort” in Fort Qu’Appelle is the location.

Motorcycle riders race their bikes across Echo Lake during the Fort Winter Festival. Breanne Massey photo

Annual snowmobile events for Fort Qu’Appelle:

  • Fort Winter Festival: This three-day event features sleigh rides, a snowmobile shootout, motorcycle ice races, a polar bear dip, a fire-building contest, fireworks and much more. For the dates, see the website.
  • Family Hot Dog Days: Parents are invited to bring their kids to the club’s warm-up shelters to enjoy free hot dogs and refreshments. Family Hot Dog Days take place throughout the winter.

How to join the Calling Lakes Cruisers:

It is $30 for an individual annual membership and $50 for a family membership. Go to the club’s website to download the membership form.

Fort Qu’Appelle snowmobile club contacts:

John McNallyBill Hubble or Tim Hollerbaum (306-519-5559)

Connect with the club

Website

Club start date:

Formed in 1994

Average number of members:

80 to 120

Current president

Tim Hollerbaum (2016-2017)

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