With its above average snowfall and hundreds of kilometres 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. More than 50 families make up the club’s membership, they 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 are 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 kilometres of boreal forest, but also takes snowmobilers past the historic Trapper Lea’s Cabin which acts as an alternate staging area south of the town for people traveling on Highway 33.