A Saskatchewan excursion

Snowmobiling in Kelvington and area is truly a treat

sled and a groomer
Members of the Kelvington Trailblazers snowmobile club put a lot of effort into making sure the trails are fit for all riding levels. photo by Eric Reichert

Situated in the northeast region of Saskatchewan, the community of Kelvington is known as Canada’s hockey factory, having produced legendary players like Wendel Clark, Barry Melrose and Joey Kocur; however, Kelvington also boasts some of the best hunting, fishing and snowmobiling in the province. Sledders here have access to acres and acres of open land and an extensive network of groomed trails, which connects to other communities and provincial parks.

The town’s ideal location near the shores of Round Lake means riders are treated to many excellent views of this scenic body of water. Kelvington is a perfect place to bring the family since the trails are groomed, well—signed and safe for all riding levels. Avid anglers may also want to pack a rod on their snowmobile since Kelvington is close to Fishing Lake Regional Park—a great spot for ice fishing. Snowmobilers can also explore Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, which has beautiful forested areas and abundant wildlife.

Kelvington’s huge web of interconnecting trails means snowmobilers can cover hundreds of miles and ride to other popular sledding spots, such as Hudson Bay and Nipawin.

A memorable trip In March 2007, four members of the Southwest Snowtrackers in Souris, Manitoba, discovered how great a place Kelvington really is. They spent time exploring the riding routes around the town and rode to Hudson Bay and back. The next day, they embarked on a round trip from Kelvington to Archerwill and were impressed by the excellent trails and signage system. According to Ginny Andries, who took part in the ride, the clubs that maintain these trails do a fantastic job.

“We put on 517 miles in two and a half days,” said Ginny Andries. “The riding was fabulous. They had groomed trails, open country, bush riding and lakes.”

The group was also impressed with the hospitality they received at the Sportsman Motel in Kelvington.

“The meals were excellent and the pie was sure good,” said Andries.

After a trip like this one, these Manitoba sledders are clearly hooked on Kelvington.

“Everyone had a blast,” said Andries. “They would definitely go back again.”

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