Manitoba Winter Explorer Guide: 10 ways to snowmobile the province

Posted November 08, 2021

There are many reasons why snowmobilers love Manitoba — the dense forest, the wide open lakes and the abundance of snow are just a few.

While there are over 50 different snowmobiling clubs and nearly 13,000 km of groomed trails to be explored, here are just 10 to put on your map this winter. Be sure to research ahead of your adventure for information on trail passes. For more information including trail maps, visit SnoMan.

1. Lac du Bonnet and Lee River Area

The Lee River Snow Riders is the club responsible for maintaining over 200 km of picturesque groomed trails throughout the Lac du Bonnet and Lee River area. The trail system has five warm-up shelters with wood stoves for heating and cooking - so be sure to bring some lunch along on the ride.

2. Canadian Power Toboggan Championship

Beausejour

The fastest racers in the world? A world-class racing track made of pure ice? Insane speeds of over 160 km/hr? The Canadian Power Toboggan Championships are set to return to Beauséjour on December 11 and 12, 2021 and March 5 and 6, 2022 for the 59th and 60th Canadian Championships.

3. Swan Valley Area

When asked about their favourite trail systems in Manitoba, snowmobilers bring up Swan Valley again and again. The Swan Valley Snowmobile Association takes exceptional care of 375 km of trails that wind through wooded terrain, meadows and rolling hills, with four warm-up shelters along the way.

4. Flin Flon Area

The further north you venture in Manitoba, the longer the winters! The Border Explorers Snowmobile Club has all the information you need on trails in Flin Flon, and if you're adventurous, challenge yourself with the 144-km trail from Flin Flon to The Pas.

5. Interlake Area

Well known for other winter activities like ice fishing, Manitoba’s Interlake area is also a hotspot for snowmobiling. The Interlake Snow Trackers maintain 430 km of trails that will take you through Arborg, Hecla, Riverton, Gimli, Winnipeg Beach and even across frozen Lake Winnipeg to Grand Marais - so plan to make some stops at local attractions and restaurants found along the route.

6. Virden Area

Experience winter along the Assiniboine Valley with over 200 km of groomed trails, courtesy of the team at Virden Valley Runners. The trail loops around Oak Lake and continues north to the town of Miniota.

7. Thompson Area

See the boreal forest in all its winter glory in the area surrounding the city of Thompson in northern Manitoba. Thompson Trailbreakers groom a vast network of trails that extend northeast and southwest from the city. Consider a stay at Sasagiu Rapids Lodge, which is located alongside the trail system and offers snowmobile rentals and a delicious Thai restaurant on site.

8. Whiteshell Provincial Park

Whiteshell Provincial Park grooms some of the most accessible and scenic snowmobiling trails in the province. 300+ km of trails will take you through thick forested areas and across frozen lakes of of the park. Plan to stay at one of the many lodges in the area including Tallpine Lodges, Inverness Falls Resort and Barrier Bay Resort.

9. The Pas OCN

Cheryl Antonio

The Pas OCN lies in the middle of a remote wilderness dotted with lakes, rivers and forests. Snowmobiling allows you to explore and access more of this unique landscape than ever before, with trails and warmup shelters kept in top-notch condition by the Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders.

10. Pembina Valley Area

Since 1992, the Pembina Valley Snow Kickers have been dedicated to promoting and developing snowmobiling trails in the South-Central and Pembina Valley region of Manitoba. That goal continues to be upheld today with beautiful trails that run through more than 15 communities - including Notre Dame de Lourdes, St. Leon, Clearwater, Morden and more.