Hundreds of kilometers of groomed snowmobile trails present an exciting ride through the rugged beauty of the southwest. Winding trails through spruce forests, rolling hills, and wide-open prairie provides you with an opportunity to view nature at its finest.
All of the trails throughout the region are part of Snoman Inc. and require a valid SnoPass to travel on them. Check out their website www.snoman.mb.ca for laws, safety tips, maps, trail conditions, events, and more. These trails are maintained by individual clubs: Minnedosa Valley Snow Hawks, Sprucewoods SnoDrifters, Prairie Mountain Snow Drifters, Southwest Snow Trackers, Snowtraxx Snowmobile Club, Tri-Lake Trail Buster, Turtle Mountain Trail Riders, Valley View Sno-Riders, Border Sno Runners and Virden Valley Runners. With the reciprocity agreement between Manitoba and Saskatchewan, our Manitoba SnoPass will be recognized in neighbouring Saskatchewan, giving way to even more great riding.
The provincial parks in the area provide top notch riding as well. Spruce Woods Provincial Park is home to nine groomed, one-way trails ranging from 7km to 30km (4.5 to 18 miles) in length for a total of 125km (78 miles). A total of 90km (56 miles) of trails are available at Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, ranging from 8km to 43km (5 to 27 miles). SnoPasses and Provincial Park Passes are required.
Warming shelters, service stations, restaurants and accommodations are located throughout the area. SnoPasses are available at most local service stations.
A great snowmobiling destination which connects to 500 km of well-groomed trails. The trails wind across the prairies and along the Souris River. A variety of accommodations, restaurants and service stations are available in Melita. Melita Border Snowriders Snowmobile Derby is held annually in February. Come join us. Contact Jack Long, Melita area rep.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park (Spruce Woods Provincial Park)
A unique desert-like environment in Manitoba where wildlife species such as western plains hognose snake and northern prairie skink can be found. Interpretive and hiking trails lead across rolling hills, mixedgrass prairie, through white spruce and deciduous forest, and to the eerie springfed ponds of the Devil’s Punchbowl.
The park features camping facilities, unsupervised beach, many kilometers of hiking, cycling, horseback riding trails, interpretive programs and special events throughout the summer. For winter enthusiasts, the park has an extensive system of crosscountry ski and snowmobile trails, as well as an outdoor skating oval, rink and toboggan hill. For more information, contact the Services Centre.
The Virden Valley Runners (Virden)
Travel the breathtaking groomed trailed system through its 300 mile course along the Assiniboine Valley. Stop at the warming shack to build a nice fire and roast hot dogs. Make sure that you have your Snopass so that you can ride the trails as they cross over into Saskatchewan. Pick up trail maps at Virden Rec. & Water Sports or the Petro-Canada Service Station.
Turtle Mountain Provincial Park (Turtle Mountain Provincial Park)
A large block of deciduous forest and more than 200 lakes and wetlands straddle the international boundary in Southwest Manitoba. This is in fact the first part of Manitoba to dry after the glaciers receded. Rising 245 metres above the prairie, this rolling terrain is popular amongst avid mountain bike enthusiasts. Its abundant wildlife includes white-tailed deer, moose, waterfowl, songbirds and its namesake, western painted turtles.
The park offers a wealth of recreational activities – from skiing, skating, tobogganing and snowmobiling in the winter, to hiking, horseback riding, cycling and canoeing in the summer. For more information, contact Manitoba Conservation in Boissevain.