35 years for the Whitecourt Trailblazers

by Kirsten Armleder

The Whitecourt Trailblazers are one of the largest and most active groups in Alberta. photo courtesy Leo Zelinski

The 35th anniversary of the Whitecourt Trailblazers is the whole reason we’ve been talking about the World Snowmobile Invasion (WSI) for the last six months. You see, the club organizes a two-day poker rally each year and it’s always a huge hit, attracting upwards of 1,000 riders, but this year, they wanted to do something even bigger. And so the idea of bringing snowmobilers from around the world to Whitecourt was born.

The Whitecourt Trailblazers have a long and storied history in the Whitecourt and Woodlands County area. The club was established in 1979 and it became a member of the Alberta Snowmobile Association (ASA) in 1981. Two years later, it was awarded the ASA’s club of the year. Since then, the club has hosted four of the ASA’s annual jamborees.

It was in the early- to mid-1990s that the club really started working on its trail system. This led to the opening of the Eagle River, Golden Triangle and Silver Summit trail systems.

In 2005, the town of Whitecourt officially registered Whitecourt as the Snowmobile Capital of Alberta. It’s a title the club and the town are particularly proud of.

Since then, the club has become one of the largest and most active snowmobile groups in Alberta, with more than 500 members and a total of 465 kilometres of groomed trails.

Next month, at the WSI, the club will be celebrating its 35th anniversary—officially. It will also be hosting its fifth ASA Jamboree. Like we’ve been saying, this will be an event you won’t want to miss and if you don’t already have tickets, it would be wise to get them now. 

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