McBride is home to stellar B.C. sledding

Mountain trails, lots of snow and interesting terrain—McBride has what snowmobilers seek

by Danielle Cameron

Mountain trails, lots of snow and interesting terrain—McBride has what snowmobilers seek.
Sledding in Renshaw in McBride means exploring a massive snow playground. Photo courtesy Eric Dargis

McBride can be found tucked away in the Robson Valley, between Jasper, Alberta, and Prince George, B.C. This community took home the title of 2018 SledTown ShowDown Champion of Western Canada. Prairie sledders commonly come out this way to sample the alpine terrain McBride has to offer, and locals are proud of their village’s well-known snowmobiling culture.

The Renshaw riding area

Undoubtedly McBride’s most popular zone, Renshaw is one of the largest sledding areas in the province of B.C. A staging area with generous room for parking can be reached by heading east from town, crossing the Fraser River, then turning left on Mountain View Road and driving for approximately 21 kilometres.

The snowmobiling trail is well-groomed and goes on for 30 kilometres. Stick to the territory around the cabin for moderate-level riding, or seek more advanced technical routes farther along. Explore and you will discover a wealth of “secret” riding areas.

Due to the size of the Renshaw area, it’s easy to get lost. Be sure to bring along all your safety gear, back-up supplies and a GPS in case of an emergency.

Bell Mountain

Located just 13 kilometres west of town, Bell Mountain is a classic family riding zone. Signs on the highway will lead you to the staging area, and you can find parking at Kilometre 5 (shared with the Yellowhead Ski Club). Please be respectful of the shared space and the ski club’s trail.

From the staging area, take the 12-kilometre groomed trail into alpine wilderness. There is a cabin on the trail, with meadows on all sides and areas for more advanced riders in the vicinity.

Lucille Mountain

The staging area for Lucille Mountain can be found by taking a short drive up the Lucille Mountain Forest Service Road.

Ride approximately 12 kilometres up a groomed trail to reach a warm-up shelter and access to mountain trails suited to all skill levels. The terrain includes open bowls and treed areas, with starter hills that make it ideal for new snowmobilers to get comfortable with their machines and practice their downhill carving. Follow the clearly marked Granny Trail to a large bowl that is easy to get into (and out of).

A club that cares

The McBride Big Country Snowmobile Association has been in operation since 1990, keeping all the local trails groomed and ready. There are three grooming machines to manage the 57 kilometres of riding territory and three cabins to maintain; there is no shortage of work to be done.

With attractive cedar siding, all the shelters are propane-heated and have barbecues. Two of the cabins have recently been renovated, accommodating an ever-increasing number of snowmobilers and snow bike riders who come here.

Related Articles

Loranne Martin, mayor of McBride, B.C., displays new signage downtown to promote the city’s 2018 SledTown ShowDown victory.
McBride, BC Trip planner: What you need to know before snowmobiling in McBride, B.C.

Trail maps, top snowmobile trails, club contacts and other useful information you can use before planning a snowmobile trip to McBride, B.C.

A snowmobiler gets massive air off a mountain as the sun shines overhead.
Top 10 places to snowmobile in Northern B.C.

Here’s a list of the top 10 locations to go snowmobiling in Northern British Columbia

by Kyle Born
Colton Taphorn sits on a snowmobile in the mountains in McBride, B.C.
McBride, BC It’s not all pristine snow and SledTown achievements—McBride has outstanding hospitality, too

Colton Taphorn, member of the McBride Big Country Snowmobile Association, knows all the hotspots to hit in McBride, B.C.

by Kyle Born
View all McBride articles