Located four hours northwest of Prince George in the northern interior of B.C. is the forestry, mining and tourism town of Houston. Known as the Steelhead Capital of Canada, Houston proudly boasts the world’s largest fly-fishing rod. More importantly, though, it is home to some incredible mountain sledding opportunities, many of which are close to town. And since it lies in the shadow of the coastal mountains, Houston benefits from a mild winter climate and generous amounts of snow. Here, the riding season usually starts in November and runs until late spring.
Trail map of Houston B.C. snowmobiling areas
A brochure that includes a map of the Houston snowmobile trails can be picked up at the Houston Visitor Information Centre on Highway 16. For a general map of the snowmobile areas around Houston, download the SnoRiders trail map.
Main snowmobiling trails in Houston B.C.
Perhaps the most popular snowmobiling area around Houston, the Telkwa Range offers everything from powder-laden meadows to steep hills. A groomed, 11-kilometre trail takes riders right up to a cabin and from there, it’s all alpine terrain. Trail fees apply.
Perfect for families and beginners, the Dungate Meadows area offers low-angle riding with an extensive trail system that is groomed from the staging area to the Houston Snowmobile Club’s cabin, which is usually stocked with firewood.
This ungroomed area is about 101 kilometres south of Houston, but if you’re an intermediate to expert rider who is looking for deep snow and mountains and valleys that seem to go on forever, it’s well worth the drive.
Tableland Mountain is for experienced riders who are up for a real adventure. It's a one-hour drive to get there and the terrain includes meadows and hills. There is no groomed trail, though, so it would be wise to accompany someone who is familiar with the area.
Morice Mountain is another ungroomed area that features spectacular scenery, and it’s only 28 kilometres from town. The riding is predominantly alpine terrain, but it is still suitable for novice riders.
Local snowmobiling events in Houston B.C.
Houston Snowmobile Club Poker Ride
The Houston Snowmobile Club hosts an annual poker run that normally takes place in the spring. Contact the club for this year’s date and more information.
This event, which takes place in the rural community of Burns Lake, is organized by members of the Burns Lake Snowmobile Club. The races are usually held on the weekend before the B.C. Family Day.
Houston B.C. snowmobile clubs
Houston Snowmobile Club 250-845-8027
The Houston Snowmobile Club is an active group of about 55 members who groom and maintain the area’s extensive trail system. They are constantly looking for ways to improve the trail system as well as the cabins that they maintain.
Burns Lake Snowmobile Club 250-692-4172
The Burns Lake Snowmobile Club is based in Burns Lake, which is about an hour east of Houston, but the club shares a cabin in the Sibolas/Rhine Ridge area with the Houston Snowmobile Club. The two clubs also look after the trail system together.
Houston B.C. tourism info
Sledder hangouts in Houston B.C.
The Pleasant Valley Restaurant across from the Pleasant Valley Motel is a small café that has received good reviews from travellers.
The Elements Restaurant on Highway 16 is a restaurant with a bit of a storied history where other sledders may be found.