Hot on the trail

With pleasant communities dotted along the trail, the Iron Horse route is sure to please

by Danielle Cameron

snowmobiling in Alberta
Photo courtesy Vern Billey The Iron Horse Trail is fun to ride with a group.

The Iron Horse Trail is a renowned sledding area in Alberta, with 300 kilometres of terrain to explore. Experience impressive winter conditions, and take a snowmobile excursion along this recreational trail, stopping to visit the friendly towns along the way.

Many snowmobilers choose to start their Iron Horse Trail adventure in the town of Smoky Lake, Alberta. Enjoy a meal at Betsy’s Burger Shack or the Red Chimney Restaurant, and stay a night or two at one of the comfortable local accommodations. Smoky Lake is known as the Pumpkin Capital of Alberta, and there is an annual festival held in the fall to celebrate the community's rich agri-tourism. Smoky Lake has also been deemed the Birthday Town Alberta site; with a registration at the Smoky Lake Inn, you are entitled to free gifts from local businesses on your birthday. There are also lounges and nightlife to liven up your evening during your stay.

Once you're rested up and ready to go, head off for the day, or even take a multi-day trip along the Iron Horse Trail. From Smoky Lake you can visit other towns such as St. Paul and Heinsburg, all from the seat of your sled.

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