Discover Top Trail Riding in New Brunswick…
Our snowmobile New Brunswick zones tour had a brutal start. After chasing snow all winter across Canada on our snowmobile tours or snowmobile vacations, it finally found us. Almost two feet fell overnight as we dreamed of the groomed snowmobile trails to come at our launch hotel, the Quality Inn, Edmundston. Instead of delaying our take-off to let things settle, we spent the next 10 hours slogging a mere 100 kilometres.
With minimal signage and few stakes to follow, our sleds got buried more than 25 times as they broke through the deep powder trying to find and stay on the completely obliterated NB12. Fortunately, the temperature hovered just below 0˚C all day, so at least we weren’t freezing too! We ended up staying that first night at our intended lunch stop, the Quality Inn Pres du Lac, Grand Falls. We barely made it…
Snowmobile New Brunswick in Three Major Storms
Pathfinding in daylight was bad enough, but when darkness fell, we were still about six klicks out of Grand Falls. We came to a road and couldn’t find the trail on the other side. We shuttled around that road with our headlights pointed every which-way looking for any indication. We had pretty much decided to go to Plan B (yet to be developed), when we spotted truck headlights coming along the road. Some local sledders had seen our lights from their home down the way and come to investigate. Hearing our predicament, Nick Sénéchal promptly offered to get his sled and guide us to the hotel. Thank goodness he did, because otherwise we would have had to ride the Trans Canada Highway!
This snowstorm was the first of three that hit New Brunswick that week; the other two delivered just enough new snow that we mostly snowmobiled fresh powder on top of groomed trails – sweet! However, the storms also changed our intended New Brunswick snowmobile tour itinerary somewhat and I’ve listed both our completed and intended routes in the “Our Itinerary” section at the end, so you can take your pick.
For more on this New Brunswick snowmobile tour, read my New Brunswick snowmobiling article as published in Snow Goer Canada Magazine. Also, if you’re interested in sledding to New Brunswick from Quebec, check out my Snowmobile New Brunswick and Quebec article.
Riders should reconfirm the routes and services mentioned in this New Brunswick snowmobile tour article as they may have changed since publication.