The laws governing snowmobile use differ by province and can be confusing. Here, we make it easier to understand what local and out of province snowmobilers will need in terms of insurance, registration and licensing to ride B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
With the Rocky Mountains to the northeast and the Purcells to the west, the city of Cranbrook provides access to some of the best mountain sledding opportunities in the East Kootenay. As the largest urban centre in the region, Cranbrook has a variety of restaurants, hotels and other services to make your sledding trip complete.
Main snowmobiling trails in Cranbrook, B.C.
- Perry Creek
- Wild Horse
The top snowmobiling area around Cranbrook, Lumberton offers over 50 kilometres of groomed trails, a two storey cabin and several play areas for beginners right up to expert riders.
The Perry Creek drainage is an unmaintained snowmobiling area next to Lumberton that has plenty of old logging roads and steep cutblocks. There is also a VOR tower in this area and it is a popular spot to ride.
The Wild Horse is another unmaintained area that is for experienced riders only. Access can be difficult, but if you go with someone who knows the area, you can get into some large alpine play areas.
Where to buy a snowmobile trail pass in Cranbrook, B.C.
There is a $20 per day trail fee to ride Lumberton; it is collected at the trailhead or you can pick it up beforehand at All Season’s Motorsports, Peak Performance Motorsports Ltd. K & K Powersport Supply and Chevron Town & Pantry. Annual memberships are available as well and you can purchase them online.
A digital map of the Lumberton snowmobile trails can be found on SnoRiders the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club’s website. Hard-copy maps are also available at the trailhead.
Cranbrook, B.C. Snowmobile Club
The CSC is a very active group that has worked hard over the years to maintain access to the snowmobile trail system in the Lumberton area. The club is believed to have one of the best grooming crews in the province, having received several Riders Choice Awards for Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in B.C. Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of every month (October to April) at the Heritage Inn boardroom starting at 7 p.m.
Local snowmobiling events in Cranbrook, B.C.
Annual Poker Run
For more than 30 years, the CSC has hosted a family-oriented poker run on the Lumberton snowmobile trails. It usually takes place in late-February.
Cranbrook, B.C. tourism info
- Cranbrook Tourism
- Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce
Sledder hangouts in Cranbrook, B.C.
- Boston Pizza on The Strip is a popular place for post-sledding refreshments
- The ABC Country Restaurant has a good breakfast and some sledders can be found there in the mornings.
Snowmobile-friendly businesses near Cranbrook
Trial maps, top snowmobile trails, club contacts and other useful information you can use before planning a snowmobile trip to Cranbrook, B.C.
The Cranbrook Snowmobile Club has been maintaining local trails for three decadesby Kirsten Armleder
Check out these snowy shots from Winter Blitzville in Cranbrook, B.C.by Kyle Born