A Snowmobilers Paradise

8 Feb 2012

On Snow Magazine

The Great Northern Peninsula is the premier snowmobiling destination in Newfoundland, boasting a winter wonderland experience with its spectacular Long Range Mountains, scenic vistas and ocean views. With its often perfect snowmobiling excursions and other winter activities such as snowshoeing, cross country skiing and dog sledding, visitors will experience supreme winter fun. The province’s annual snowfall on average is 452cm falling in a 102 day period. Areas such as St Anthony on the Northern Peninsula average 505.1cm of snow, falling during a 99 day period, providing great opportunities for snowmobile touring in this region.

The Great Northern Peninsula has an abundance of quality snowmobiling opportunities, extending throughout the Long Range Mountains and International Appalachian Trail. There are excellent trails available for all abilities and ideal for individuals, families, small groups and couples. Newfoundlanders often take for granted the scenic beauty that comes with living on this island, but we guarantee that the view of the picturesque seascapes as you ride along Bluey Mountain, a segment of the Long Range Mountains, is something you won’t soon forget.

Photo by Donnie O'Keefe (NLSF)Photo by Donnie O'Keefe (NLSF)

Touring options range from groomed trail riding, to roaming freely on fresh untouched power for an exceptional backcountry experience. Spend the day playing in the bowls and gulches located throughout the Northern Peninsula, enjoying the freedom to ride anywhere with endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The Northern Peninsula has 751 kms of groomed, marked and signed trails. This, of course does not include the hundreds of kilometres of backcountry sledding routes for playing where skilled riders go highmarking and boondocking.

Visitors touring the region will agree it is a nature and wildlife lover’s paradise. Moose and caribou sightings are more common than you may think, as Newfoundland Labrador has the highest population densities of moose on the continent. These creatures are very photogenic, often standing still as though they are posing for the camera, so be sure to have yours ready.

Photo by Donnie O'Keefe (NLSF)Photo by Donnie O'Keefe (NLSF)

For added comfort while touring the trails on your sled, there are warm up shelters positioned in several locations along each groomed trail route, where riders are welcome to stop by to warm up and meet with fellow riders. The shelters are equipped with wood stoves and the wood is provided. A common practise for locals is to enjoy a traditional Newfoundland boil up of freshly brewed tea/coffee, moose burgers and capelin along the trails or in the comfort of the warm shelters, so bring along your grub (food).

The region is truly a one-stop shop for those wanting to experience a sledding adventure, and snowmobile rentals are available. For those requiring guiding services, most activity providers have experienced guides on staff. There are fuelling stations, dealerships, and various types of accommodation and restaurants throughout the region.

The Northern Peninsula offers a variety of accommodation, ranging from luxury style lodges, to quaint cottages nestled in the woods, to comfortable and well appointed inns.

Photo by Donnie O'Keefe (NLSF) Photo by Donnie O'Keefe (NLSF)

Visitors have several convenient travel options to get to Newfoundland Labrador. Year round ferry and air travel is available for the resident and non resident market including:

Air Canada- daily direct flights to and from Halifax, Montreal and Toronto from Deer Lake Regional Airport. aircanada.ca

Inter provincial travel- daily flights from all major service areas to St Anthony. provincialairlines.ca

Marine Atlantic- daily departures from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland Labrador. marineatlantic.ca

The sledding season generally runs from mid January to the end of April, with the Viking Trail extending to mid May.