Photos from the Snowmobile Capital of Alberta

Whitecourt has earned its shining reputation as one of the leading sled towns in the province

by Danielle Cameron

Monte Smith puts the Tundra through its paces, playing along the trails north of Whitecourt.
Avid sledder Monte Smith puts the Tundra through its paces, playing along the trails north of Whitecourt. He was in town for the 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion in Whitecourt, a monumental event that brought sledders from all over the world. Kirsten Armleder photo

Whitecourt's snowmobiling is its claim to fame, and every sledder should make a point of going there at least once. When you see what all the fuss is about, Whitecourt will be on your snowmobiling wish-list every year. 

The Whitecourt Trail Blazers club members work tirelessly to maintain the trail networks and put on community events that encourage new memberships and spark a passion for the sport. 

We've received a number of high-quality photos from this sled-crazy town; these are some of our favourites.

Standing in back of his ride, Cyril Lanctot, 81 years old, is still an active member of the Whitecourt Trailblazers and helps out wherever possible.
Even at 81 years young, Cyril Lanctot is still an active member of the Whitecourt Trailblazers. After more than 30 years of serving the local snowmobiling community, Lanctot received the Louise Sherren Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alberta Snowmobile Association. Photo courtesy Cindy Brooks
Pictured is one of the Whitecourt Trail Blazers' warm-up shelters with many sleds parked out front.
Snowmobilers gather at one of the Whitecourt Trail Blazers' warm-up shelters. The club maintains 465 kilometres of terrain in partnership with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Woodlands County and the Town of Whitecourt. Photo courtesy Tyler Ramstead
Barry Murphy and his son, Devon, are standing at The Athabasca lookout en route to the Carson Cabin.
Snowmobiler Barry Murphy took his son, Devon, out for a ride. Here they are at the Athabasca lookout en route to the Carson Cabin. The Groat Creek Loop trail and the Carson Lake Loop are two family-friendly routes that the Murphys visit time and time again. Photo courtesy the Murphy family
Tyler Ramstead sent in this postcard-worthy photo from one of his snowmobile outings in Whitecourt. It shows two sleds parked on a bluff overlooking a valley during sunset.
Tyler Ramstead sent in this postcard-worthy photo from one of his snowmobile outings in Whitecourt. Ramstead said that the skills he learned from the steep angles and ditch riding in Whitecourt made for an easy transition to mountain riding. Photo courtesy Tyler Ramstead

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