Don’t pass on The Pas

Come to this Manitoba sledder’s playground for open spaces, lakeside rides and seemingly endless terrain

by Danielle Cameron

sleds lined up ready to head out on the trails
A group of riders head from The Pas to Flin Flon, Manitoba. Dan Taylor photo

The Pas is surrounded by an abundance of lakes, bush trails and wide-open vistas, and you can reach these destinations by riding straight from town. There are several staging areas, and most sledders start from the parking lots at the Anderson Inn, Wescana Inn or the Kikiwak Inn, the latter of which has ample parking for trucks and trailers. From there, explore more than 350 kilometres of trails groomed by the Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders, or link up with neighbouring trail networks managed by the other clubs nearby. The terrain feels virtually unlimited.

The Atik Trail

This is a short route at only 24 kilometres long, but it takes you on a fun excursion along the north side of Rocky Lake. There is a well-groomed trail leading from the town of Wanless to Slippery Corner, and you can head south to continue around the lake. This makes for an easy day trip with awesome views. If you want to go farther, ride north from Slippery Corner through the Goose River area and all the way to Flin Flon, Manitoba.

The Loppit Trail

Another well-known connecting route, Loppit Trail is north of The Pas, providing a link to Wanless. It offers plenty of twists and treed areas, a few hills and a groomed trail that runs alongside Root Lake and up to the northeast side of Rocky Lake.

Clearwater Lake

Take the opportunity to sample the trails around the Clearwater Lake area, which is northeast of The Pas. You can find this zone about 25 kilometres from staging in The Pas, and there are two warm-up shelters in Clearwater Lake Provincial Park. The trails here are easy to manage, and they are well-suited to beginners and families.

Club dedication

The Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders cordially invite you to their annual Poker Derby and Winter Blast. Held each year in late February, the Winter Blast is a poker derby, prime rib dinner, dance and silent auction fundraiser. It sells out consistently every year, so get your tickets early.

The club also hosts regular poker derbies and other community events to bring together new and experienced sledders.

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