Winter in the Frontier

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  • Ice Fishing
  • Map
  • Toboggan Hills
  • Ice Bridge
  • Figure Skating Performances & Curling Tournaments
  • Hockey Tournaments
  • Skating and Curling Rinks & Facilities
  • Northern Lights
  • Winter Wildlife
  • Horse Riding
  • Winter Events

Come Out and Explore Winter in the Frontier!

Whether snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiing, skating, or even driving over an ice bridge, there are plenty of adventures to be had in the Mackenzie Frontier!

Imagine gazing at the breathtaking Northern Lights under a starry sky or having the surreal experience of sitting on a frozen lake with a fishing rod in your hand.

Celebrate winter with your family and friends at one of the winter events in our vibrant communities.

Become one with nature as you ski along endless trails through boreal forests.

Woman riding horse in deep snowExplore the vastness of the Frontier on snowmobile through untouched landscapes. Keep an expectant eye out for the wildlife you may encounter.

Experience the thrill of a fast-paced hockey tournament and marvel at the talent of local figure skaters.

Create family memories as you slide down one of the Frontier’s many toboggan hills.

Cherish time with your horse as you enjoy dynamic trails or practice in the warmth of an indoor arena.

Whatever your interest, the Mackenzie Frontier has something for you.

Rocky Lane Cross Country Ski Trails

Rocky Lane Ag Society provides trails for both classic cross country and skate skiing. In season, the trails are groomed weekly and offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced routes. 15km of trails offer a family and pet-friendly ski experience along the Ponton River. Off season, the trails are great for hiking, cross country running, mountain biking, bird watching, and horseback riding. free of charge.

The Agricultural Society was founded in 1984 when community members of Rocky Lane started building a recreational area, and in 1990 the trails were established. The trails have been used by ski teams to train for the Alberta and Arctic Winter Games, the Peace Winter Games in 1993, and countless others looking to appreciate the Mackenzie Frontier’s long winters.

Season

Mid-November through March, depending on snowfall

Hours

November – January:
Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm

February – March:
Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm

Note: Closed on days colder than -25°C

Ski Rental Shop

Phone: 780-927-3812

Rental equipment, lessons, day and season passes, group rates, washrooms, and trail maps available

Watt Mountain Wanderers

Alberta’s Most Northerly Snowmobile Club

Watt Mountain Wanderers Member Lineup

Safety First

While snowmobiling as a sport is fun and exhilarating, it is also inherently dangerous, exposing riders to many risks and hazards, only some of which are foreseeable. Riders should freely and voluntarily assume all risks and hazards associated with the sport, and understand that the use of Alberta Snowmobile Association (ASA) trails and participation in ASA events is entirely at the rider’s own risk.

You’ll Need

  • Insurance and Registration
  • A helmet and proper gear
  • A valid ASA Trail Pass

Be Responsible

  • Do not drink and drive
  • Operate your snowmobile at a safe and appropriate speed for the terrain
  • Stay on designated trails
  • Respect wildlife and their habitats

The Watt Mountain Wanderers Snowmobile Club of High Level, Alberta was officially established in 1997. The club has built and is currently maintaining 350 kilometres of world class trails suitable for all age groups. The groomed trail system runs through vast wilderness with 98% of these trails on crown land. All the trails are mapped, signed, and available on GPS. The trail system also includes three picnic sites and two emergency warm up shelters. Conveniently, the town of High Level’s bylaws allow snowmobiles to be rode directly from homes or hotels out to the trail system from November to March.

Annual Events

Poker Rally – February

Drag Races – During winter months

Charity Toy Run – December

Fishing Derby – March (Hutch Lake)

Season

December – March, depending on snowfall

More Info

For undated information, events, maps, rules, passes, and membership visit:

Website: www.wattmountainwanderers.ca

Facebook: Watt Mountain Wanderers

Snowmobile rentals are available at Northern Services High Level780-926-3959

La Crete Polar Cats Snowmobile Club

Get ready for an unforgettable journey. With breathtaking scenery by day, chances of spotting the dazzling Northern Lights by night, and access to Wadlin and Talbot lakes for ice fishing, the possibilities for adventure on the La Crete Polar Cats’ snowmobile trails are endless. Riders may even encounter wildlife such as moose, wolves, coyotes, lynx, and prairie chickens.

In the decades since their establishment in 1993, the La Crete Polar Cats Snowmobile Club has developed and maintained more than 300 kilometres of snowmobile trails in and around the Sandhills, Neufeld Flats, and Buffalo Head Hills. Members have access to hundreds of kilometres of trails, both groomed and ungroomed (for adventurous riders), multiple trail systems, and warm up cabins.

With the vital help of snowmobile-loving volunteers and generous donations, the club provides races, poker rallies, and family fun events each year.

Bistcho Lake

Bistcho Lake

Bistcho Lake is the third largest lake in Alberta at 413 km2. The lake is located in the far northwest corner of the province. Tapawingo Lodge was built at Bistcho Lake in the 1980’s and is well known for its ice fishing, scenery, and wildlife. This ice fishing destination is for extreme adventurers, offering miles and miles of trails and excellent fishing. Tapawingo lodge is only reachable by snowmobile in the winter.

The lake is accessed in winter via Zama City, a 150 km drive from High Level. From there, Bitscho Lake is a 93 kilometre snowmobile ride away. Make sure you contact Tapawingo Lodge before heading out! Conditions are always changing!

The lodge offers cabins with full kitchens, propane and wood stoves, and electricity.

Safety First

You must contact the lodge before heading out, as conditions can change at any time!

Contact

Steve & Debbie Overguard

Phone: 780-833-6310 or  403-638-2735

Website: albertaadventures.com

Facebook: Tapawingo Lodge

You’ll Need

  • Ice fishing gear and license
  • Extra fuel
  • Sleeping bags
  • Warm clothes
  • Food and drinks

Season

November – early April, depending on temperatures

Fish Caught

Predominantly walleye and northern pike, as well as burbot, whitefish, and arctic grayling.

Walleye in Bistcho Lake have been known to reach up to 12 pounds, and the Pike can run up to 40 pounds!

Bistcho Lake Map

There’s More in the Brochure!

This is just a taste of the adventures waiting to be had in the Mackenzie Frontier! For complete info on all available winter activities, see our Brochure PDF (5MB)

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