Sledding in the North

Fort Nelson, B.C.'s northernmost community, offers amazing wildlife-viewing possibilities

by Karen Kornelsen

Fort Nelson is located at Mile 300 on the Alaska Highway, at the edge of the Muskwa River. The town of around 5,000 people is resilient when it comes to the cold, mostly because the snowmobiling opportunities are great. Rick Seidel is the president of the Fort Nelson Snowmobile Club and he said wildlife viewing during the winter season typically means an abundance of moose, elk and caribou.

Don't let Fort Nelson's small size fool you. Even though there are only about 40 to 50 kilometres of groomed snowmobiling trails and a small cabin, the sledding here is a lot of fun.

Polaris Lake Trail

The Polaris Lake Trail is an easy one for families and beginners. This trail leads to the cabin, where sledders can enjoy a hot chocolate and have a fire. The cabin has all the staples as well as firewood.

Staging area: Fort Nelson

Length: 20 kilometres

Difficulty level: Easy

Evie Lake Loop

The Evie Lake Loop is the Fort Nelson club's longest trail and it is the farthest from town. What makes this trail a little more difficult is the deep snow. The cabin is about halfway to the lake, where families can enjoy some beautiful scenery.

Staging area: Fort Nelson

Length: The loop is located about 50 kilometres from town.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

Know before you go

Maps for the Fort Nelson Snowmobile Club's trails are available through the club; phone 250-774-4203 for information. There are no fees to use Fort Nelson's snowmobiling trails.

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