Head north for choices galore

The members of the McMurray Sno-Drifters—the largest club in Alberta—aren’t short of amazing places to sled

The McMurray Sno-Drifters help keep their sledders safe—these members took a wilderness survival course in January of 2010. Photo courtesy Sheila Chartrand

Attractive, well-groomed, safe, fresh—all words that could be used to describe the sledding areas around Fort McMurray. The McMurray Sno-Drifters maintain more than 200 kilometres of nearby trails. Sheila Chartrand, the treasurer of the Sno-Drifters, highlighted several popular trails, each catering to different kinds of sledders.

“The Anzac Trail is very family-oriented,” she said. “There are no hills or ravines, and there are warm-up shelters and washrooms. Pack some hot chocolate and some hotdogs because there’s firepits with plenty of cut firewood. It’s also the closest one to go to. The Stoney Mountain is a bit of a drive to get there, and it offers more of a challenging ride, with more hills. The Thickwood Tower trail is in the most populated part of the city, and we’re excited about the usage that (this trail is) going to see this year.”

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