As the snow begins to fall, the riders of Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, start to get excited. Their small community has big things to offer sledders seeking open trails and ideal conditions.
One of the benefits of snowmobiling here is the ability to set off right from town. The trails connect Fort Qu'Appelle to various communities and boast more than 300 kilometres of terrain.
A regular favourite is the trail running out to Spanco's shelter, which is located northwest of town. From Spanco's, you can branch off in different directions to explore the open trails, taking you north to Deer Creek Lodge shelter and Neil shelter. Between Dysart and Pasqua Lake there is exciting terrain that attracts snowmobilers every season.
South of town, you can venture down to the Rooster's Retreat shelter. This trail provides another fun family ride that will bring you back again and again. From there, the possibilities are many, as you can explore in all directions to get a taste of what Saskatchewan sledding is all about.
When conditions allow, it is possible to ride across the four nearby lakes. It's advised to check ahead of time to make sure the riding is safe.