|With its above average snowfall and its hundreds of miles of trails, Swan Hills, Alberta is the perfect wilderness playground for snowmobilers.
"With our high elevation, we get more snow than other areas of the province," says Don Kelm, member of the Snow-Goers Club. The snowmobile club helps maintain the various snowmobile trails that surround Swan Hills: Krause Lake snowmobile area, the forestry trail system, the Trans-Canada snow-route and the extensive Golden Triangle trail system that it shares with the neighboring communities of Whitecourt and Fox Creek. The more than 50 families which make up the club's membership meet on a regular basis at the clubhouse on Krause Lake, and the club holds annual fundraising events to help maintain the trails.
Whether you're camping at Krause Lake or staying in town, it's easy to access any of the trail systems. "We encourage people to start from in-town" says Kelm. "That way they can ride directly from their motel to the staging areas to the routes." In Swan Hills, there are snowmobile-staging areas located at the Tourist Information Booth on Highway 33 as well as at Krause Lake. The Krause Lake trail system not only includes miles of boreal forest, but also takes snowmobilers past the historic Trapper Lea's Cabin which also acts as an alternate staging area south of the town for people traveling on Highway 33.
For a snow report, contact Don Kelm at 780-333-2800.