When you think of mixing mountain and trail riding in the same day, your mind probably goes west. Well, think again, Newfoundland and Labrador have an incredible mix of challenging slopes and amazing scenic views.
Want to push yourself to the limits? Consider the “Cain’s Quest” Snowmobile endurance race. Billed as Canada’s Longest Snowmobile Endurance Race, Its back for 2014 with a punishing 3,300 kilometre route through the wilds of Labrador starting March 1st. Forty teams, twenty checkpoints and a $100,000 purse up for grabs.
Looking for something a little more relaxing? Ride over five thousand kilometres of groomed trails. For some of the most stunning vistas you’ll ever see, consider a tour that includes Gros Morne, one of the very few national parks that allows snowmobile access.
If you’re a backcountry and mountain rider, you’ll want to head for Lewis Hills (elevation 814 metres) about 18 kilometres north of Stephenville and the highest point in Newfoundland. Annual snowfall averages 17 feet and the season can last from December to May.
Newfoundland and Labrador offer every type of sledding you could want with the added bonus of maritime hospitality wherever you go. It’s the complete package that you’ll likely remember forever.
Official tourism site: www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/thingstodo/snowmobiling
Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation: www.nlsf.org
Information about the Cain’s Quest Endurance Race: www.cainsquest.com