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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.

Wed Sept 17 Club #1 Wood Cutting & Storage

NOTE: We will be cutting/splitting/storing up the wood for the lodge this weekend Saturday, Sept 20th, 9 to 10 AM. We now have lots of help. Thanks to the committed ones.

Sept 16th, Tuesday, Club #1

We got it done. Thanks Mel, Stu, Blake, Don. 4 Hours work!

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.

Sept 11th Pre Season Work

Nepisiguit Work to be looked at before next season

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
  2 & 2A DONE
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)
                 Pipe needs to be installed( Lodge side of knights brook)

4.   Beaver problem from Key Anacon Rd down to Red Brook shelter

5.   Trail 23 from Lodge to Nine Mile: Beaver problem + inspection
      and brush cutting

6.   Beaver problem from Key Anacon down to Red Brook shelter

7.   Trail 19 from Bass River Bridge to Jays place:

This trail needs to be widened. What is taking place is that overgrowth of trees is making it very difficult for groomers. Nepisiguit did a job on their section of trail last year to their border (just beyond Bass River Bridge to the Byron Ronald’s property). That section was cut up at least ten feet high where (and could be higher) tree limbs were over hanging into the groomer path. 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 are 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, but until something is done with the tree limbing, this will be a problem. If someone from that area is willing to take on this project, Nepisiguit will supply the resources such as chain saws and tree limbers.


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

9.   Nine Mile West to Rogers Lake Lodge  Trail inspection

10. Brushing required: TV Tower from Trail 23 road to top of hill
11. Trail 23 from Lodge to Nine Mile: Beaver problem + inspection
      and brush cutting
12.  Meridian Brook.  Check culvert (gave us problems last year)
        and brushing

13. Red Pine Shelter:  New Signage Post

15. Fuel Tanks at Governors need to be inspected.

16. Need wood for shelters. 9 mile, Red Pine, Red Brook. 
Does anybody have any ideas here? ie local camp owners.
17. Wood for lodge needs to be cut and split, piled into wood shed
          Done Sept 20


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 control.

           #2 already has one.
2.   Both #2 and #3  drags have been inspected painted and are

       ready for the trail
3.   Major upgrade required on  #1 drag plus paint

April 20th, Sunday, Club #1
     This has to go down as one of the best snowmobiling seasons on record and conditions for April 21st are still good to great in the Golden Triangle. As of today the Nepisiguit Lodge is closed (again another record) so this will be our final message to all our snowmobiling friends.
     On behalf of the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 I first want to thank all our members who signed up with the club this year plus all those who rode our trails this past season. As far as the season went we had a very good year, both with groomer reliability and traffic through our lodge doors, but will only know how we faired once all the numbers come in. Fuel & labour costs are always the big items, especially the fuel as it kept forever increasing. Lastly we want to thank Joan, Charlene, Nathalie & Jesse at the lodge, Melvin, Blake, Mark, & Leo on the Groomers and last but not least all of our sponsors who helped us out tremendously through this season.
      Our membership numbers are not complete for this year, but indications are that we held our numbers from last year. According to the NBFSC the provincial numbers rose again this past year. In closing we will have periodic reports through the year just to let you know what is going on with the club and we have lots to do before the next season begins, which is normal. Also we want to thank all of you for your great comments. See you all next year.

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

Nine Year Grooming History for Nepisiguit

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

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  
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.