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Welcome! You are viewing an archived issue of SaskSecrets, Tourism Saskatchewan's Online Newsletter, from February 2014. To read the current issue of SaskSecrets, click here.

Connect with Nature. Go for a Rip.

By: Alex Cunningham
Tourism Saskatchewan Travel Blogger

Heart-pounding excitement, gorgeous scenery and an experience I’ll never forget – my  first time driving a snowmobile! There are lots of great places to explore in our province and tons of trails that can take you in whichever direction you want. If you want a winter adventure that will let you see a different side of Saskatchewan, I’d definitely recommend “going for a rip.” 

The Waskesiu and Area Wilderness Region offers an abundance of groomed trails set in the scenic boreal forest. During a recent visit to the area, I went on a guided snowmobile tour around Emma Lake. I’ve been to the area before but have never seen this side of it. There’s something beautiful and freeing about riding through the forest on a snowmobile. Not only do you see the area from a completely different viewpoint, but being in control of such a powerful vehicle is, well, kind of thrilling. 

That’s the thing about a snowmobile adventure – it’s whatever you make of it. It can be slow and relaxing or fast and exhilarating. It might even challenge you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Volunteers work countless hours to keep the trails in top shape, and there are shelters along the trails so you can make a pit stop to warm up. I had great guides who planned our own little winter picnic, complete with wiener roast!

So, next time you’re searching for a winter adventure, head up to the Waskesiu and Area Wilderness Region, where the snow is abundant and the trails go on forever. There are a lot of accommodation options, great restaurants and many knowledgeable locals that can give you tips on the best places to ride. Whether you’re an experienced rider or a newbie, like me, it will be a snowmobile trip that you’re sure to remember. 

Here’s a link to more pictures from my trip: