Five snowmobilers sitting on a lake looking out at the Rocky Mountains in the distance.
Fort St. John is located east of the Rocky Mountains and most of the sledding in the area consists of avalanche-free foothills. photo courtesy Peter Bueckert

Fort St. John is a youthful, energetic city that offers a plethora of outdoor activities—from snowshoeing to ice fishing. You, however, are interested in the snowmobiling—and you’ve come to the right place. On this page, you will find details about the most popular snowmobiling trails around Fort St. John, as well as information about the local snowmobile club and events happening this winter.

Main Snowmobile Trails in Fort St. John, B.C. 

Other Snowmobile Trails in Fort St. John, B.C. 

Stewart Lake Trail

Ideal for families, the Stewart Lake Trail starts 20 minutes south of Fort St. John. From the trailhead, it is a 40-kilometre ride on a groomed trail to the lake where there is a day-use snowmobile cabin.

Redfern Lake Trail

Riders with more experience in the backcountry can take the Redfern Lake Trail. Located 2½ hours from Fort St. John, this trail features beautiful scenery, and there are two cabins on the lake that members of the snowmobile club may use for overnight stays.

Charlie Lake

For those wanting to combine snowmobiling and ice fishing, Charlie Lake is the perfect place to go. There is a snowmobile club cabin on the lake and some unmarked trails in the vicinity, but visitors are asked to respect private property around the lake.

Trail map of Fort St. John, B.C. snowmobiling areas

Maps are available at Trail Blaz’n Power Ltd. (Ski-Doo) in Fort St. John and at the City of Fort St. John Visitor Centre. For a general overview of the snowmobile trails in Fort St. John, download the SnoRiders trail map.

Where to buy a snowmobile trail pass in Fort St. John, B.C. 

The Northland Trailblazers do not charge for trail passes. You are welcome, however, to purchase an annual membership in support of the club’s grooming efforts and cabin maintenance. Visit the club’s website to purchase online.

Fort St. John, B.C.  snowmobile club

The Northland Trailblazers is a family-oriented snowmobile club with 80 to 100 members. It is affiliated with the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation.

Fort St. John, B.C.  Local events

Fort St. John’s annual winter festival takes place on the Family Day long weekend in February. Activities include snowmobile rides, an ice-carving competition, toboggan and snowshoe races, sleigh rides, an ice-fishing derby, free skating and ice slides in Centennial Park.

The club holds an annual poker ride on the Stewart Lake Trail. It is usually held in February.

Fort St. John, B.C. tourism info

Sledder hangouts in  Fort St. John, B.C.

After snowmobiling, riders can often be found at Casey’s Neighbourhood Pub and Mr. Mike’s SteakhouseCasual.


Provincial rules and regulations

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.

Snowmobile-friendly businesses near Fort St. John

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