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Westlock is a cozy little agricultural-based town in central Alberta, 85 kilometres north of Edmonton, and it is home to a dedicated club, the Pembina Drift Busters. With more than 150 kilometres of groomed trails to explore, Westlock is a magnet for snowmobilers.
Trail map of Westlock, AB snowmobiling areas
For a general map of the Long Island Lake Trails around Westlock, download SnoRiders trail map.
Main snowmobiling trails in Westlock, AB
Westlock's Main Loop boasts 40 kilometres of groomed trail, treed areas, gentle hills and a prairie landscape. Plus, a warm-up shack can be found along the way. Access to the Main Loop is easy — the staging area is located right off Highway 801 north of Westlock.
This groomed trail can be accessed from across the Highway 801 staging area. It is a 30-kilometre loop that meanders around Bear Lake and all the way to the Ducks Unlimited Dam.
The longest trail in the local snowmobile club's Long Island Lake Trail network, the North Loop offers more than 80 kilometres of hill-covered terrain. It takes sledders around Cross Lake Provincial Park and up to the club's second cabin. Sledders can also connect with the Trans-Canadian Snowmobile Trail.
Local snowmobiling events in Westlock, AB
Pemina Drift Busters Annual Snowmobile Rally
The local snowmobile club puts on this popular rally every year. To find out about next year's event, contact Lyle Birnie, 780-349-3602, Cliff Bromberger, 780-674-5789 or Denise England, 780-349-5287.
Westlock, AB snowmobile club
Pembina Drift Busters 780-349-5287
The Pembina Drift Busters is an active group of about 70 to 90 like-minded individuals who protect, promote and care for the snowmobile trails in the Westlock area. The club hosted the Alberta Snowmobile Association's annual jamboree one year, and it was also awarded the ASA's Outstanding Snowmobile Club of the Year Award for 2012. The club also has a Facebook group.
Westlock, AB tourism info
Sledder hangouts in Westlock, AB
- Local sledders can often be found at the Boston Pizza, located just off Highway 18 at the east end of town. 780-349-8900
- The Best Western has a full-service restaurant on the premises.
- The Westlock Inn & Conference Centre has a lounge where riders can meet for a cozy post-sledding drink.
Snowmobile-friendly businesses near Westlock
Trial maps, top snowmobile trails, club contacts and other useful information you can use before planning a snowmobile trip to Westlock, AB
Dale Davis, lifetime member of the Pembina Driftbusters in Westlock, Alberta, is the Alberta Snowmobile Association’s Outstanding Snowmobiler of the Yearby Kyle Born