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Situated in northeast Alberta, the town of St. Paul has a prime position along Alberta's Iron Horse Trail. Sledders can cruise through boreal forests, take in the Alberta wilderness, stop in town to visit the local snowmobile dealerships and get a bite to eat at one of the restaurants in St. Paul or relax at one of the snowmobile-friendly accommodations available there.
The St. Paul Trailblazers Snowmobile Club, led by presiden Danny Smyl, looks after and maintains much of the snowmobile terrain around St. Paul and beyond.
How many kilometres of trails do you have?
Fifty kilometres of snowmobile trails south of St. Paul to the North Saskatchewan River. The St. Paul Trailblazers maintain 330 kilometres of snowmobile trails along with four other Alberta Snowmobile Association (ASA) clubs in northeast Alberta.
What are your top trails/riding areas?
“My favourite riding areas are all north of Highway 55, 80 kilometres north of St. Paul—basically all in the Lakeland Provincial Recreational Area,” said Smyl. “Also, riding the Iron Horse Trail, especially from St. Paul to Heinsburg.”
Main snowmobiling trails in St. Paul, Alberta:
Iron Horse Trail
This famous trail offers more than 300 kilometres of terrain that snowmobilers can explore. It is also a hot spot for geocaching, and offers 20 different rest stops and staging areas along the way.
Bellevue Ferry Trail
This trail runs from St. Paul 50 kilometres south to the North Saskatchewan River. At that point it joins up with the Two Hills Snowmobile Trail.
Local snowmobiling events in St. Paul
St. Paul Trailblazers Snowmobile Rally
This annual event is a fun time for all snowmobilers in the St. Paul area. In addition to having a day on the trails, riders can enjoy a supper and win cash prizes.
St. Paul snowmobile club
St. Paul tourism information
St. Paul snowmobile dealers
Boisvert Power Products 780-645-4639
Hillside Power Merchants Ltd. 780-645-4499
Precision Power Products 780-645-4743
How do you get to the staging area?
Right in St. Paul on the Iron Horse Trail. The trails all head out of St. Paul, either south to the river, west to Smoky Lake or east to Elk Point.
Is there enough room in the staging area for trucks with big trailers?
Is it plowed regularly?
Do trail fees apply to all your trails/riding areas? If so, how much are the trail fees?
Yes. The annual fee is $80 for ASA membership and also for St. Paul Trailblazer Club membership. For $80, you’re a member of both.
How much is it for an annual membership?
$80 per year.
Where can I get a trail pass?
With any Trailblazer club member or at any snowmobile dealer in St. Paul.
What kind of groomer does your club have?
Bombardier BR 180.
Are there any cabins or warm-up shelters in the area. What are they like?
Yes. There are three in the area. One is in St. Paul at the staging area. Another is south of St. Paul at 3 Mile Lake. The last is operated and looked after by the Lac Sante Group on the riverbanks of the North Saskatchewan River.
When and where do you have your club meetings?
Trailblazer Club meetings are held every first Tuesday of the month from October to April.
Is there someone who usually co-ordinates the events?
Danny Smyl, president of the St. Paul Trailblazers Snowmobile Club at [email protected] or Cory Carter at 780-210-0953.
How does someone join the club?
Buy your ASA/club membership and come attend the St. Paul Trailblazers Snowmobile Club meetings.
What year was the club started?
Way back in the ’70s.
On average, how many members are in your club?
Depending on the snow conditions, anywhere from 30 to 100.
Who is the club president?
If people want more information about the club or the area, who can they contact?
Danny Smyl at [email protected] or call Cory Carter at 780-210-0953.
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Trial maps, top snowmobile trails, club contacts and other useful information you can use before planning a snowmobile trip to St. Paul, ABby Danielle Cameron