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Nov 20th, Thursday, Club #1

    Annual General Meeting for Club #1: Wednesday, Nov 26, 7 PM, Atlantic Host.

Please try to attend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I was looking at the Farmer’s Almanac. They had it close for November, so if things hold true for Dec we could be off to another early start. There is more snow on the ground now at this time compared to recent history. Along with the cold temps we’ve been receiving it could be an early start. Go to the bottom of this blog and check the 10 year history of grooming conditions for Nepisiguit.
Farmer’s Almanac for DECEMBER 2014: temperature -0°C (3°C above avg.); precipitation 130mm (20mm below avg. north, 20 mm above south); Dec 1-5: Rain and snow showers north, heavy rain south; Dec 6-11: Snow showers north, rainy periods south; Dec 12-17: Snowstorm, then rainy periods; Dec 18-20: Snow showers, cold; Dec 21-24: Rain, then sunny, cold; Dec 25-31: Flurries.

Nov 19th, Wednesday, Club #1

Nepisiguit Work to be looked at before next season: All work in RED is done. Well over 2000 manhours so far

Trail 19

1.  Bridge near St Anne St. Need 2 pallets to plug up holes.

2.  Bridge 19 about 17 Km from the Host needs relocation
     & rebuild
2A: Revamp signage Blue Mt Trail 19 
3.  The Line Rail Bed:

                 Brush cutting alders plus some Tree cutting   

                 Culverts need to be cleaned out
                 Pallets to be picked up

                 Knights Brook: Needs to be widened.
                  (possibly just two long logs on either side)
4.   Bush hoged trail from Chamberlain Sett Rd to St Mary's
5.   Inspection of trail fro Key Anacon toward Red Brook
      Shelter. Partially done
6.   Trail 19 from Bass River Bridge to Jays place:

      This trail has been widened from the Highway
      12 Km towards Bass River.
      On occasion in years past, the Nepisiguit club would
      groom down as far as the highway 11, but it has
      got to the point where these tree branches
      were causing damage to the groomers. This section
      is in the Caraquet domain, but is not written in
      stone that we would not occasionally do this grooming.

Trail 23 West of the Lodge
7.   Lodge to Nine Mile: Beaver problem + inspection
      and brush cutting

8.   Nine Mile West to Rogers Lake Lodge: Trail inspection
      and Trimming

9.  Brushing required: TV Tower from Trail 23 road to top
     of hill
10.  Meridian Brook.  Check culvert (gave us problems last
      year) and brushing

11. Red Pine Shelter:  New Signage Post
12. Fuel Tanks at Governors need to be inspected.

      9 mile: Wood,--- Replaces Stove Pipe
      Red Brook: Wood,-Replace Selkirk Chimney, -Repair Roof.
      Red Pine: Wood not done Yet,---Stove inspection--
      local camp owners???
14. Lodge:Wood for lodge needs to be cut and split,
      piled into wood shed
   Done Sept 20
Trail 52: Taylor Bk Rd to Head Pond,
1.  Scarifying of trail done past summer. Can’t pass a
Letter sent in t
o Fornebu/DNR. They confirmed
     that this will be rectified. UPDATE: This was done
     today Nov19th. Thanks to Fornebu Lumber for there
     quick action.

Grooming Equipment

1.   Both Groomers have been inspected and serviced
      with just
 minor details to be performed.
           #1 groomer was sent to Tracadie to install cruise
  #2 already has one.
2.   Both #2 and #3  drags have been inspected painted
      and are r
eady for the trail
3.   Major upgrade required on #1 drag. Needs to be painted.

Nov 15th, Saturday, Club #1

    Lots going on again today: Trail 19 From the highway 11 towards Bass River. Keith and the crew are there to finish the trail trimming that was started about a month ago. Another crew working on “The Line” fixing a multiple of problems.
Update, 8 PM: Looks like there was a crew out on Trail 509 (Shady Lane) and also on Nine Mile West (Trail 23) today cutting back lazy trees.

    Another problem just cropped up on Trail 52. Scarifying the forest bed north of the Taylor Brook Rd towards the Nepisiguit Head Pond this summer makes it impossible to get through with a groomer. Letter sent in to see what can be done to rectify this. Other than this everything is going along fine.

Rail Bed East Bathurst: St Marys Ave to Gloucester Jct

      This is a letter from the Chaleur ATV Club. They have acquired the right from the CNR for the use of the rail bed from St Mary’s Ave to Gloucester Junction (to where road intersects the CN Rail). This is approximately 7 Km long. With the proposal below we will have to make this work. With this venture it shows a positive step between the two groups plus we have much to gain, especially in the wet sections between Red Brook and the Key Anacon road. From the perspective of their members along this stretch, they have no way of connecting to their existing trails near St Mary’s. In the past they had to cheat their way on this section to get to their trails. There are many areas in the province where side by side trails exist to accommodate one group or the other. Due to the lateness of this project to get done, they have elected to postpone this venture until next year. Nepisiguit did have a meeting with them and they were very forthcoming in trying to accommodate the snowmobile industry. Please read the contents of the letter below very carefully.


Club VTT/ATV Chaleur Inc

C.P. 7011

Beresford, NB

E8K 3X6


November 11, 2014

To Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile Club


Caraquet Spur use


As agreed with CN Rail the Club VTT/ATV Chaleur Club Inc has been granted ownership of the 7 km long by 66 feet wide corridor from St Mary’s Ave to Gloucester Junction as far as the main rail line, we will leave access to the snowmobile industry along this corridor. The farmers as well will also have the priority right of way. Every farm crossing will have stop signs on our trail. We are there to work with people, not against. Nobody will lose his right of access as it is now.


Club VTT/ATV Chaleur Club therefore propose this:  Next year, we will be cutting branches and trees to widen the trail ready for next winter’s use. We will then be able to have two separate trails divided by two posts with signs indicating whose trail to use. We will install signs with arrows to direct ATVs to their part of the trail, which will be the south side. We will share that corridor from St-Mary’s Avenue as far as Gloucester Junction. This is a 7 km stretch. As we move into winter, each group will have the opportunity to widen it even more as conditions permit. We are negotiating with St-Isidore Asphalt to sponsor a full 30 foot wide trail as of next summer. We will make sure not to plug the ditches and culverts. The only infrastructures shared will be the bridges and they also can be widened for a safer use for both groups.


Also, as City of Bathurst’s new by law, we will share the access to the commercial part of Miramichi Ave to allow both groups to travel to gas stations, restaurants and motorised sports dealer. That section of trail will be a slow speed trail (30km) to avoid loud noise or risk of accident as the 1.2km trail will be shared by all motorised and non-motorised users up to NB Trail. 


Regarding the trail from Gloucester Junction to the Key Anacon road (highway 360, we will apply to use it from the Gloucester Junction to Arleau Brook on a non grooming purpose during the period of April 15 to Dec 15. This section will be upgraded without your club spending tremendous amount of money and it will extend your season as all water basins will be eliminated to make a dry trail. The only thing we ask for is a contribution for $10,000.00 for the help in the upgrade of this section, which will include bridges and the elimination of water problems. We could do joint activities as summer suppers at your lodge or any out of winter season gathering or funding. The first phase cost is $100,000.00.



I hope this explains clearly our vision of this project and we understand if some of your members question it. In the end, we will all have grown to make the Chaleur area THE place to visit, 12 months a year. Our sponsors and yours will be appreciative of it.


Thankfully yours,


Jacques Ouellette

Club VTT Chaleur  spokes-person

Nov 13th, Thursday, Club #1

      Gary, Denis (with the bush-hog) and I were up again to redo the trail above the lodge. Cut back all the falls due to last week’s heavy snow. Trail came out #1, but I must say there is a lot of water + decent snow cover. Looking at the long range weather, this snow may stay.
     Stan replaced all the stove piping  for the Nine Mile Shelter. It is also ready with wood for the winter, thanks to Mario & Stan. The Red Brook Shelter is also ready. Just waiting for someone to get the Red Pine Shelter ready.

       To: All snowmobile members and potential members of Nepisiguit Sports Lodge
      When filling out the application form please indicate the club that you want to belong to. In our case it would be CLUB #1, Nepisiguit Sports Lodge, Bathurst. It is very important that you pick a club in the area that you most frequently do your snowmobiling, (BUY WHERE YOU RIDE) because some of the revenue generated through your trail permit goes directly to that club.

Nov 10, Monday, Club #1
If you think hurricane Arthur made a mess of the trails, the trees that are down as a result of this latest wet snow is enormous. We have our work cut out for us again. It is a little discouraging considering we put in so much work on brush cutting so far this year. Took a trip with the wheeler back of the lodge up to a beaver dam. Spent two hours getting there cutting and going around windfalls. If anyone happens to be out, we would appreciate you cutting back falls to the tree line. P.S. pushing just under a foot of snow above the lodge.

Nov 8, Saturday, Club #1
About 3 inches down in the downtown Bathurst area and as you go to higher elevations, there could be up to a foot of new snow, if not more. It may sound good for snowmobilers at this time, BUT it is not really that great for the clubs to contend with roads that are now normally used by logging operations as this will delay in the wood haul. Another bad thing is the ground isn’t frozen and this snow will not help. If anyone ventures out, PLEASE be careful.

Nov 5th, Wednesday, Club #1

     Thanks to Tim Longdo for the many hours and four nights work for the cutting and welding on the modification to Drag #1. Here are some pics of Tim applying his craft. Also thanks to Kenny’s Trucking for the use of their facilities and equipment. We finished last night. Now comes the paint touch up.

Trail Permits
      Trail permits are officially on sale at SNB for all NB residents.
      For all our out of province members you can go to the “Trail Permits” page and download our form on line 3 and follow the instructions. You can save the service fee by doing this or wait for the hard copy in our mail-out, which will be in the mail in aprox 2 weeks. (note that your permit will then be mailed to you free of charge) Savings can be realized for the early registration deadline of Dec 15 for all sleds 2005 and newer.  For our NS members in the Halifax area, you can pick up your membership permit at Full Throttle Power Sports in Dartmouth.
To: All snowmobile members and potential members of Nepisiguit Sports Lodge
      When filling out the application form please indicate the club that you want to belong to. In our case it would be CLUB #1, Nepisiguit Sports Lodge, Bathurst. It is very important that you pick a club in the area that you most frequently do your snowmobiling, because some of the revenue generated through your trail permit goes directly to that club. In other words
"buy where you ride".
For your info Club #1 groomed over 2000 hours last year and was the most in the province again. We appreciate all you members who signed up with us last year. Sled Safe.

Oct 22nd, Wednesday, Club #1
    Trail 23 from the lodge going west has been touched up with brush cutting as far as the sand pit and beaver house where we had to go around last year. It is the one right in the middle of the trail. I’m afraid it will be still there again this year as it is now twice as big. The beavers win this event. We’ll be back up again today to run the reverse from the highway 430/Nine Mile East towards the above beaver pond.

Oct 21st, Tuesday, Club #1

     Trail update 3rd week Oct: Trail 19/331: From the highway 11 up 7km is done. The downshore boys had a good crew on this job and with 3 pole saws and 3 chain saws. This section of trail is in top shape. The remainder of this will be done in the next 3 to 4 weeks as we all have other things to do. City limits to bass river turn-around is completed. St Mary’s Ave to Gloucester Jct has been brushed with the bush hog tractor. Note: Bathurst to Bass River on Trail 19 is Nepisiguit’s jurisdiction and from that point going east on 19 /331 is the Caraquet club’s responsibility, but on occasion our club does groom to the highway 11. The 331 was not done at all last year by the Caraquet club due to some 4 wheeler issue.
    We are continuing with bush-hog work from the 19/23 intersection on “The Line” going west toward the lodge on 23. Lots of plugged culverts (beavers) on this section.

Oct 20th, Monday, Club #1

     The mail-outs should be completed by the end of this week. Our NB members will be getting our message letter along with the schedule of events. All out of province members will get the above plus a registration form for Club #1. We want to thank the City of Bathurst for completing this task for us.

Workers Needed at Nepisiguit Sports Lodge: Nepisiguit Falls
Looking for two mature dependable women to work at the lodge. Send resume to Richard at the Big D Restaurant. 

Oct 7th, Tuesday, Club #1

     We were back up on “The Line” on Monday mainly to widen the start. For the first ¼ mile the trail has crept in from the side, which was basically 12 feet wide. We now have it almost 2 drags wide (20ft) after Monday’s work. The sheepmobiles will feel a lot better while driving down the center with plenty of room on either side. We will finish it off with the grubber.

Oct 3rd, Friday, Club #1

       We started to brush some trails this week. The tractor has worked the run between the Host and “Good Bye Hill” (where trail leaves the highway 11 along the power line in Bathurst) and has completed to the end of the big field. Good job by Denis, Brent and Blake. We are doing some manual bushing on the line and high tree limbing. Still have work to do on the Line. Just got an email from the “Down Shore” group concerning the Trail 19 east of Bass River to the highway 11.  They’ve bushed down so far, but will tackle the remainder after Thanksgiving. We are still waiting on some movement from any group from Bass River going East on Trail 19.

This is all great news!!!!!!!

Sept 21 st, Sunday, Club #1 Wood For the Lodge

      We got the Lodge wood in for the upcoming snowmobile season. Thanks to Anthony, Jesse, Mel, Blake, Eilene, Gary, Don for this years job. It was a great day and we finished it off with a little hot dog B-B-Q. More pics in Media Gallery.

Sept 15th, Monday, Club #1

     Progress to date:

1. Revamped signage between Little River and Blue Mt.
      Highway 430. Plus a lot of brushing

2. Completed Bridge on Trail 19.

See Below on remainder of jobs and we could use your help on most.

Lodge Signs for Sponsors

This is permanantly fixed in our Calander of Events page

Fax Number: 

Email: ,  and/or

Phone:  1-506-545-6565


To:  Sponsor


      The Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile club is responsible for 450 Km of Groomed trails in the Bathurst region. We run two Lamtrac groomers and run these units for 1500 to 2000 hours in a season. With the trail system we have it is near impossible to run this equipment with the expenses they incur on Trail permits alone.

       We would be proud to count on you as a sponsor of a small bill-board on which we can display your advertisement for your business at our lodge.

       We would require from you a bill-board with exact dimensions 12” X 24” at your cost. We can help you in that regard as we have a local business that can do it for $30.00 or you can get it done yourself. Your email, contact person & mailing address is also required.

       From this point on we will then invoice you for a yearly fee of $100.00 + HST. Below are some examples of the signs that we display at the lodge.


                                   Don Basque: Advertising Director  545-6565
                                   Marc Hannan: Co- Advertising Director   544-5445

                                   Richard Dobson: President Nepisiguit Sports Lodge

Ten Year Grooming History for Nepisiguit

Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 10 years.

Year 13-14   
      Dec 15: Started packing & grooming 
      Dec 21: Lodge opened. Earliest ever. All trails groomed. + snow
      Jan 12: 40 mm rain; 2nd rainfall in a week
      Jan 17: Some water cuts , but al trails very doable. Lube??
      Jan 20: All trails good to excellent after some trail repair
      Lots of snow from now until end of season
      Stopped grooming Apr 10 after some rain, 
      but trails good to excellent. Some sledding into may
      Best season on record. Over 2000 hours groomed.

Year 12-13       
Dec 28: Started grooming right from Bathurst,
            Conditions From Bathurst to the Lodge were doable.
             Grooming all trails above Lodge.
      Dec 27 8 to 10 inches conditions much improved. As time
             progressed towards Jan 12 snow gradually wore out
             between Bathurst and the Lodge where conditions just
             became doable in that stretch
       Jan 13 /14 Mild spell 4 to 11 deg forced to call Everything
           closed from the City, doable from Lodge out to shelter 
       Jan 22 Reopened the trails after 10 to 15 cm Still scratchy
       Jan 31 All Trails closed in NB due to rain & meltdown
       Feb 3-4 10 cm snow open from lodge west but icy no grooming
       Feb 9 Major storm to the south 15 cm in Bathurst
       Feb 17 & 20 Two majors in a row total close to 95 cm Back
           in Business
       Mar 29 All Trails from the city closed. Still grooming Lodge
               going West
       April 8. Last grooming. Trails fair to poor on what is left

Year 11-12       Dec 22 Started grooming from Rogers Lake Conditions
         were not that great. A bit of mild towards Jan 1. People
          running off trail. Limited grooming Jan 4.
         Jan 8 to 9 Broke Trail from Host to Lodge, Not much snow
         + overhanging alders. Great freezing temps with no water.
          Great conditions with not much snow in PEI/NS
          March 18, 19  temperatures near +28 degrees
          Season is toast
Year 10-11 Preping Trails Dec 26 . Started grooming on the 28th
after Storm on Dec 26 & 27 Extremely mild weather. Lots of
         washouts and wet areas. Conditions much improved by Jan 20.
         Feb 21 over 260 Cm down in Bathurst area with great conditions.
         Mar 14 20 mm rain on 11 & 12 but very manageble. -5 deg
         Mar 31 No trails closed yet with great base depth
         Apr 15 Last day out of the Lodge. Still great up high
         Apr 07 08 09 Last Grooming Days
         Apr 23 Lot s of people still sledding in the golden triangle
         Apr 27 Game over with the rain & mild weather

Year 09-10  Start-up Dec 29 last grooming Mar 28
         Poor year as far as linking trails throughout the Province
         We had a good year except for linking to the City

Year 08-09  Start-up Dec 16 and never looked back.
Year 07-08  Start-up Dec 15 and never looked back.
Year 06-07  Preped Trails on Jan 15 and started Jan 19.
Year 05-06  Dec 25  50 cm storm and started on 26 and 27.
Year 04-05 Start-up Dec 17, Melt down with warm weather
        and 50mm of rain
on Dec 24. Never got any better and
         closed the trails Jan 3 due to ice and
not enough snow cover. 
         Started back up on Jan 10.