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 reliably good snow conditions and trails that are virtually endless, Nipawin is an important centre for snowmobiling in northeast Saskatchewan. The town is sled-friendly and it even provides a snowmobile bypass route. Once in the surrounding area, riders can trace the trails through boreal forest, over hills and across fields. Those with a penchant for ice fishing may also want to pack their rod and reel when sledding in Nipawin as nearby Tobin Lake is one of Canada’s top fishing spots.
Eastern Saskatchewan snowmobile trail map
Top snowmobile trails in Nipawin, SK
The Twin Lakes Trail Blazers look after more than 200 kilometres of trails right around Nipawin. It can be tricky deciding on the best route to take, especially if this is your first visit. With that in mind, here are the top recommended rides:
The Northern Loop snowmobile trail near Nipawin, SK
The Northern Loop via Trail No. 226F and TC 226A features a great mix of open fields and tree-lined trails with three warm-up shelters along the way. A highlight of this ride is the snowmobile crossing over the top of the Francois-Finlay hydro dam.
The Southwest Loop snowmobile trail near Nipawin, SK
The Southwest Loop follows TC 226A from Nipawin to the Village of Aylsham and continues on to meet up with the Pasquia Snow Goers Club Inc.'s trails to Carrot River, Arborfield and Zenon Park.
The North to Tobin Lake snowmobile trail near Nipawin, SK
With a reasonable dose of caution and attention to ice conditions, a ride across Tobin Lake via Trail 226E is a favourite for its scenery and rolling hills along the North Saskatchewan River. It’s only about half an hour to the lake, making for an easy afternoon ride.
The snowmobile trail from Nipawin to Hudson Bay, SK
If you want to put on the miles, start in Nipawin and follow the Trans-Canadian Snowmobile Trail southeast to Hudson Bay. At 177 kilometres one way, this ride is a great overnight option.
Where to buy a snowmobile trail pass in Nipawin, SK
Saskatchewan snowmobilers have access to the trails as part of their annual provincial registration fee, which can be purchased at any Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) broker location. Riders coming from out of province need to have valid registration and insurance as per laws inside their home province or state.
Nipawin, SK, snowmobiling conditions
Nipawin, SK, snowmobile events
- Vintage Snowmobile Drag Races - Usually held in February, this exciting event attracts over 200 races and more than 300 spectators.
- Ladies Fish for Freedom - Every year in August, the Twin Lakes Trail Blazers host an all-female fishing tournament. Over $8,000 is up for grabs, along with many other prizes.
Local snowmobile club in Nipawin, SK
A hardworking club that was started in 1979, the Twin Lakes Trail Blazers groom well over 200 kilometres of trails and maintain six warmup shelters in the area. For more info, see SnoRiders’ club profile.
Top winter activities in Nipawin, SK
- Fishing at Tobin and Codette lakes
- Regional Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
- Skiing and snowboarding at Wapiti Valley Ski Resort
Nipawin, SK, tourism info
- The Nipawin Chamber of Commerce has more information for visitors to Nipawin.
- You'll find more info about area attractions on the Town of Nipawin's website.
Driving distances to Nipawin, SK
- From Saskatoon, SK: 3 hours
- From Edmonton, AB: 7 hours
- From Winnipeg, MB: 8 hours, 10 minutes
Nipawin, SK, snowmobile dealers
- Thomas Motors Ltd. sells and services Polaris snowmobiles.
- Pines Powersport Marine sells and services Ski-Doo snowmobiles.
- There is a Tim Hortons located at 1511 Highway 35 South in Nipawin.
- For dinner, take a short ride to the Shorebird Inn on Tobin Lake.
- If you're riding through the town of Love, be sure to stop in at the Staggerinn Bar and Grill for a nice, juicy steak.
What local snowmobilers say about Nipawin, SK
“I moved up here about 12 years ago. The area has some of the most diverse riding areas around and it is the gateway to awesome riding in the Northeast.” — Donavon Gurski, member of the Twin Lakes Trail Blazers
Snowmobile-friendly businesses near Nipawin
Trail maps, top snowmobile trails, club contacts and other useful information you can use before planning a snowmobile trip to Nipawin, SK
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