Snowmobiling in Barrhead means scenic trails and cozy cabins

Northern Lights Snowmobile Club

by Michelle Carr Johnston

Snowmobiling warm-up shelter with a group of sledders gathered outside it.
Sledders stop at one of the cabins in Barrhead. Photo courtesy Gary Belanger

The town of Barrhead is located 120 kilometres northwest of Edmonton at the junction of highways 33 and 18. Home to the Northern Lights Snowmobile Club, the town offers visitors easy access to a number of excellent trails for riders of all levels.

Barrhead to Shoal Lake

This picturesque ride along Shoal Lake is ideal for families and new riders. An easy 40-kilometre round trip ride takes sledders from the Barrhead staging area to the Shoal Lake cabin and back. The trail is groomed and well-marked with access to fields and hills along the way.

Difficulty level: Easy

Barrhead to Goodridge Cabin

A longer ride at about 48 kilometres one way, this trail is better suited to riders with some experience. Sledders can stop at the Shoal lake cabin along the way to warm up. Extra fuel is recommended for those that want to play along the way.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Barrhead to Flatbush Cabin

Extra fuel is a must for this ride, which exceeds 100 kilometres one way. Sledders must be experienced and committed to spending the day on their machines.
Difficulty level: Advanced

Know before you go

• The staging area can be found right in town just off Highway 33. Turn east at the Neighbourhood Inn and follow the road for about four blocks. The area is clearly marked, with lots of parking.
• An Alberta Snowmobile Association trail pass is required. Passes can be purchased in town at Barrhead Motorsports, Barrhead Electric and Jay’s Place. Trail maps are available at these locations as well.
• Look for the Northern Lights Snowmobile Club on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.

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