Between Greenwater and Porcupine is a trail that’ll leave you feelin’ fine

What do a one-of-a-kind shelter, abandoned sawmill and pancakes have in common? Kelvington, Saskatchewan.

by Kyle Born

(L to R) Shelsie Bisshop and Austin Bisshop go for a family ride near the Geck Feairs Shelter.
(L to R) Shelsie Bisshop and Austin Bisshop go for a family ride near the Geck Feairs Shelter. Photo courtesy Kim Bisshop

Kelvington may be known as “Canada’s hockey factory,” but the area has managed to manufacture some notable snowmobile trails as well. Bart Hartl is the Kelvington Trailblazers snowmobile club president and detailed which trail is a must-ride. “Our most popular trail is 211A from Kelvington to Greenwater with the heaviest traffic from Rosie's Round Lake Shelter to Greenwater. With the majestic scenery found in the Porcupine Provincial Forest and the Greenwater Provincial Park, 211A trail is a highly travelled route joining these two popular destinations.”

What’s there to see?

211C is a winding trail amongst spruce trees, is enveloped by an abundance of wildlife and overlooks lakes and valley. Your journey will take you into the past as you encounter long-forgotten homesteads, trappers cabins, abandoned sawmills and vehicles of generations past. “All of these details are left as a reminder of the hardships our forefathers endured and the struggles they faced in day-to-day living,” Hartl said.

Highlights

Back in 2010 Rosie's Roundhouse Shelter was constructed with a unique hexagon design. The club could not imagine the buzz and traffic it would create. Tragedy struck in 2012 after a chimney fire enveloped the unique and one-of-a-kind shelter. Shortly after the incident the community rallied to construct a new shelter in its place. Be sure to stop in as you make your way through Kelvington.

How to access it

Riders can leave from Fisherman's Cove at Greenwater Provincial Park and follow the trail south along Highway 38. Alternately, you can leave your vehicle and trailers in Kelvington along Railway Avenue as the parking lot is always clear. From there you’re right on the trail with days of riding ahead of you. 

 

Click here to view our Kelvington trail map.

The main event: Winter Spirit

Date: February 4, 2017

Location: Legion Hall in Kelvington

The 31st annual Winter Spirit Snowmobile Rally is coming up on February 4, 2017. Stuff your gullet at the pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. followed by a trail ride with 46-, 60-, 80- and 100-mile loop options. Once you’ve hit your second wave of hunger following the pancakes, enjoy free hotdogs and hot chocolate throughout the day. Fuel for your ride is available for purchase at the half-way point of the rally. The Winter Spirit Snowmobile Rally costs $20 and assists in fundraising for trail grooming and equipment maintenance.

For more details on the Kelvington Trailblazers, go to this website.   

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