Bonnyville is an ideal destination for outdoor adventure

The Bonnyville Snowdusters snowmobile club maintains trails and cabins amidst scenic terrain

by Michelle Carr Johnston

The town of Bonnyville is located in northeastern Alberta, just southwest of Cold Lake. The town's motto is "It’s Multi-Natural," and it speaks to the area’s diversity. Surrounded by lakes and boreal forest, Bonnyville is an ideal destination for those seeking outdoor adventure. The Bonnyville Snowdusters snowmobile club maintains a series of trails and cabins in the area.

The main draw: North Cabin Trail

An easy trail to ride, the North Cabin Trail is approximately 50 kilometres round trip. It offers a combination of cutlines and old roads and is the most scenic of the area’s trails.

Sledders’ hangouts

The Sandpiper restaurant at the Neighbourhood Inn is where club members meet for breakfast before going out on trail work bees. The Crown and Derby lounge, affectionately known as the C&D, is a favourite watering hole after a hard day’s ride. It too is located at the Neighbourhood Inn. Sledders are welcome to ride in off the Iron Horse Trail and enjoy a hot meal.

Extended stay

Wolf Lake has vast forested areas full of cutlines and old roads to be explored. Tucker Lake is also a good area to go riding. The South Cabin trail offers sledders a slightly longer ride at approximately 80 kilometres round trip. This trail connects with the Heinsburg and Elk Point trail systems.

The club also has a cabin on Bangs Lake, but the trail to Bangs Lake is yet to be signed and is not maintained. It is recommended that you hook up with a local rider to guide you down this trail, or if you choose, you can ditch-bang it along Highway 28 to just east of Thin Lake Creek and follow the old MD access road to the lake.

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