Trail riding and backcountry/mountain snowmobiling in Newfoundland and Labrador offers riders coastal journeys with beautiful ocean vistas and exotic treks through untouched forests, over ancient mountains, and along the edges of glacier-carved fjords. With an extensive trail network, over 5,000 km of trails, and an abundance of great backcountry/mountain riding, snowmobiling here rivals anything the Rockies have to offer. In fact, some call this place the Snowmobiling Capital of Canada.
Quite often, tour operators combine snowmobiling packages with backcountry accommodations – the perfect way to experience fine dining and entertainment after a long day of riding. And with an extended riding season from as early as November and as late as May, the snowmobiling season in Newfoundland and Labrador is unusually long. Search the listing of tour operators below for options.
With over 5,000 km of trails, riders can enjoy the province's pristine wilderness – at their own speed. Pack your things and ride for a few hours or a few days; on your own or with a guide. Our groomed, marked snowmobile trails are a great escape from the ‘everyday' winter months.
Labrador is unbelievable, with its massive caribou herds and sweeping tundra, heavy snowfall, northern lights, and untouched forests – a true snowmobiler's paradise.
On the island of Newfoundland, an extensive trail system is expanding continuously. Take a ride through wide-open backcountry and old woodcutting roads now used for winter adventure riding. Explore the 900 km T'Railway Provincial Park across the island that follows the path of the former Canadian National Railway.
Ride the edges of a glacier-carved fjord of Gros Morne National Park, follow river valleys, skirt hills, or trails originally formed by the aboriginal people and early settlers. Our powdery trails lead to fascinating areas, such as L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, where the Vikings landed over a thousand years ago. Ride the snowbelt of Central Newfoundland and experience coastal vistas and eagle-eye views. Take in one of numerous annual snowmobile festivals in the region.
One of the most enjoyable experiences in snowmobiling is meeting other sledders. Some of the best places for this are the warm-up shelters where you can have lunch and share stories from the trails. A lot of life-long friendships begin this way.
Newfoundland and Labrador offers world-class mountain riding. The rugged, mountainous landscape is vastly different than the Maritimes and Central Canada, and is an exotic destination for winter adventure seekers.
Prime snowmobiling grounds such as the Lewis Hills, are five times older than the Rockies with an elevation of 2,670 feet – the highest point in Newfoundland.
And the average annual snowfall is 16 feet in some areas. With copious amounts of breathing room and powder-play areas, extreme riders are in for an adrenaline rush you can't get from other snowmobiling destinations.
The key to an amazing and successful snowmobile adventure in Newfoundland and Labrador is using an experienced tour operator. They know the terrain, all the secret spots, and where the best powder hides.
For the true snowmobiling enthusiast, there's nothing quite like Cain's Quest – the world's longest and toughest snowmobile endurance race. At more than 3,300 km of high-energy racing, it promises to keep snowmobilers on the edge of their seats. The one thing all riders share is the awe-inspiring winter Labrador landscape.
Snowmobiling Cool Spots
Most of the cool spots on the island are back country but are accessed using the groomed Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation Trail System, with the exception of the Viking Loop, the Buchans Plateau and Mt. Sylvester.
Location data provided by the operator. Please confirm location before departure.
Possibilities include: skating, coastal or inland snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skidooing, ice fishing, cabin visits and caribou excursions.
For a detailed itinerary and more Winter on the Edge Escapes visit www.fogoislandinn.ca/fii/events/
Spend the first night in an efficiency room where you can cook supper or have your meal ordered in advance. Wake in the morning to breakfast before heading out on your rented snowmobiles. Feel the rush as you snowmobile the back country on your guided tour and enjoy a fireside boil up. After a day on the trails, relax in the hot tub, roast marshmallows in the cook house and spend a second night in your cosy room. Breakfast also provided in the morning.
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Port aux Basques, Channel-Port aux Basques24-km trail from Channel-Port aux Basques to McDougall's Gulch. Allow for 4 hours to walk across coastal low land barrens. Cape Ray has a sandy beach with shore birds.
Grand Falls-WindsorA 2-leg trail: Leg 1: 26-kms between Badger & Grand Falls-Windsor. Allow for 6 hours. Leg 2. 38-kms from Grand Falls - Windsor through Bishop's Falls to Norris Arm. Allow for 8 hours.
St. John'sEstablished in 1997 this park stretches almost 900-km from Port Aux Basques to St. John's.
Steady BrookAtlantic Canada's premier ski resort destination. A one of a kind lodge, 1700 vertical feet, 39 diverse runs, 5 lifts, and an average annual snowfall of 16 feet.
ClarenvilleWinter fun for everyone. Cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snow boarding/snowshoeing lessons & rentals. Varied terrain ( easiest - Extreme). Snowmobiling.
McDougall Gulch24-km trail from Channel-Port aux Basques to McDougall's Gulch. Allow for 4 hours to walk across coastal low land barrens. Cape Ray has a sandy beach with shore birds.
BadgerA 2-leg trail: Leg 1: 26-kms between Badger & Grand Falls-Windsor. Allow for 6 hours. Leg 2. 38-kms from Grand Falls - Windsor through Bishop's Falls to Norris Arm. Allow for 8 hours.
Bishop's FallsFormer railway trestle, now a boardwalk. Spanning 927 feet across the Exploits River, it is the longest trestle in Newfoundland, even longer than the Titanic! Built in 1901.
Thorburn LakeYear-round family adventure park on Thorburn lake with Semi-serviced campgrounds, 9-room motel plus 12 bunk loft. Hot tub, beach, go-carts, pool, boat rentals,mini golf, guided snow mobiling and more.
Norris Arm120-kms between Norris Arm and Glovertown. The trail has been resurfaced and is in good condition between Norris Arm and Gambo.
Port BlandfordHike or mountain bike in summer, cross country ski or snowmobile in winter. This wilderness trail features warm-up cabin, washroom, picnic areas, ocean views.
Port aux Basques, Channel-Port aux BasquesEstablished in 1997 this park stretches almost 900-km from Port Aux Basques to St. John's.
CormackSwimming pool, water slide, fully licensed restaurant, store and take-out, guided tours in winter. 10 self contained cottages, 83 full serviced sites, ATM and lotto games.
Gambo120-kms between Norris Arm and Glovertown. The trail has been resurfaced and is in good condition between Norris Arm and Gambo.
Norris ArmA 2-leg trail: Leg 1: 26-kms between Badger & Grand Falls-Windsor. Allow for 6 hours. Leg 2. 38-kms from Grand Falls - Windsor through Bishop's Falls to Norris Arm. Allow for 8 hours.
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Victoria RiverIsland wide touring, whale watching, sightseeing, wilderness tours and hiking, birdwatching, cultural and city tours.
Norris PointGuided snowshoe treks of Gros Morne National Park & snowmobile tours of Long Range Mountain. Deluxe 4.5 star accommodations.
WiltondaleGuided snowmobile tours, extreme to moderate. View fjords and Tablelands in Gros Morne. 3 1/2 star cottages fully equipped, regular and supreme gas. Convenience store and Liquor express
Bishop's FallsLocated in the heart of the "Wild and Free" Exploits Valley. Seasonal adventure snowmobiling and sightseeing tours and packages arranged through local tour operators.
CormackTours to Western Brook Gorge, Lewis Hills and Gregories, can provide tour guide references. packaged meals and sccommodations available.
St. John'sOne call does it all! Alpine & cross country ski packages to White Hills, Marble Mountain & other major Canadian Ski Resorts.
Grand Falls-WindsorRiverfront Chalets is the perfect winter getaway. Explore Hodges Hill, Kippen's Ridge or the Gaff Topsails. Season runs Jan 1 - Apr 30
SpringdaleExperience back country by snowmobile, ATV, UTV. Rent/ ride or guided tour. ATV/UTV tours from Port aux Basques to east coast. Day tours. Snowmobile tours. Group bookings.
Corner BrookExperience some of the best snowmobiling in Eastern Canada with a rental from Rugged Edge. Quality sleds in a variety of models to suit and skill level. Located directly on the groomed trail.
Cox's CoveTraditional Newfoundland dory tours. Enjoy ocean fishing, whale watching, sightseeing, mussel and crab boil ups. Catch your own supper! Guided snowmobile tours to North Arm Hills and Lomond Sinkhole.