Trail Conditions

We keep our trail conditions as up-to-date as possible. Check back often!


Trail Permits

06:00 AM - Oct 17, 2018

       Take advantage and sign up for the early bird Trail Permit, a savings of $75 +HST prior to Dec 16th. The Trail permits are available now at Service NB and for people wanting to sign up for our Club #1, Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile Club just make sure you designate Club #1 on your permit. We urge the slogan “Buy Where You Ride”. For your convenience our members and anyone in Nova Scotia you can pick up your permit at in Dartmouth. For our members and anyone in Prince Edward Island you can pick up your permit at in Charletown. For all other out of province members or want to be members you can use the application form mailed to you or download the form Note: The form will be loaded today in the “permits” section of our web site (save $15; the mailing fee by doing so with our club). Substantial savings for everyone by signing up before the “Early Bird Date” of Dec 15.

Firewood for Nepisiguit

10:00 AM - Oct 16, 2018

The Hatheway Group, Elmtree resources and Tim Hortons looked after the $500 for the cost of the firewood for Nepisiguit Lodge. Many thanks as always for our coorporate sponsors. We are very fortunate for the many sponsors that support our Club #1 year after year.

Annual General Meeting

09:00 AM - Oct 16, 2018

Please attend Club #1 Annual General Meeting Thursday Oct. 25, 7 PM at the Atlantic Host.
Club financials, Trails Report, Projects, Membership review, etc. etc.

Club #1 Mail-outs

06:00 PM - Oct 11, 2018

       The mail-outs to all our members and also those who purchased day permits with our club have been completed by the City of Bathurst and have been mailed. For those who have indicated their email, the City has used it for this letter. Contents are as follows: New Brunswick; Club Letter, Event Calendar.    Out of Province; Club Letter, Event Calendar, Permit Application Form.
      Notes above mail-out: 1. All NB residents must register at SNB. 2. For out of province residents you can use the above registration form, follow the directions (you can save $15 by using this form, which also can be downloaded from our permits page) (This is a service that the club has been providing for years).
3. Another option for our NS people is that you can purchase your permits at Full Throttle Power Sports at their location on 399 Cutler Ave in Dartmouth (they are being couriered on Friday and our PEI people at Toymaster on Campbell Rd, in Winsloe. 4. 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 Snowmobile Club, 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".
        Hopefully you can expect the letter within a couple of weeks by snail mail. The permits will also be available at SNB on Oct 15 and also from all clubs. 

Red Pine Shelter

02:00 PM - Oct 9, 2018

Tyler Mullin will have wood delivered to redpine shelter for Saturday October 27th. Hopefully that works for any one of you that are interested in coming up. All we will need now is a good wood splitter if someone has one available to use for that morning. We will be there with the wood for 9am that Saturday, providing we can get a wood splitter, this should work out pretty good. Need volunteers Lets duplicate the effort put in at Nine Mile Shelter.  Tag Tyler Mullin on Face Book   

Red Pine Shelter

02:00 PM - Oct 9, 2018

Tyler Mullin will have wood delivered to redpine shelter for Saturday October 27th. Hopefully that works for any one of you that are interested in coming up. All we will need now is a good wood splitter if someone has one available to use for that morning. We will be there with the wood for 9am that Saturday, providing we can get a wood splitter, this should work out pretty good. Need volunteers Lets duplicate the effort put in at Nine Mile Shelter.  Tag Tyler Mullin on Face Book   

Austin Brook Trail 502

07:00 AM - Oct 7, 2018

Sunday, Oct 9th, Club #1
    Does anyone know a snowmobiler back in Austin Brook Cluster? We have the Trail 502 approved and signage 80% completed along with other issues. We were told last year that it would be good for us to put a trail back into the cluster with the assumption that they would grub or brush a Km section of that trail. So far this has not occurred. Apparently there is in excess of 10 residents interested in that cluster. Our plate is overflowing with other club issues so a little help here would go a long way. Thanks in advance. A big THANK YOU to Gary for the help with the intersection and other.

Lodge Storage is coming right along

06:00 AM - Oct 5, 2018

Just a little update on the lodge addition: We are making good progress on the new storage. We were a bit undecided on the finish so we went with steel all the way on the parking lot side plus the new addition. Looks great!!! Putting in the electrical this weekend along with a heat pump (donated by NB Power for the use of the lodge all summer plus they are still using it).
 We updated our membership list on our bulletin board. Big increase over last year.

Trail 19, Steel Bridge on "The Line"

07:00 AM - Oct 3, 2018

We inspected the steel bridge on Trail 19 between The Host and the Nepisiguit Lodge yesterday amid reports that it sunk on the south west side even more. Looking at the pictures taken back in 2004 and today's look, it dose not show any deterioration in that respect. See pics below. On another note we have made some progress on the club mail out. We used what info was provided on the registration form and we are using email to mail out to those members and day permit holders to our club #1. We are currently working on the remainder with a hard copy to mail via Canada Post.

Oct 2nd Update for Club #1

07:00 AM - Oct 2, 2018

Tuesday, Oct 2nd, Club #1
We're moving closer to the Oct 15 day when trail permits become available. There are many things on our agenda before Dec 15th. 1) Trail brushing. which we began last week. 2) Settle the movement of Trail 503 to Popple Depot through Upsalquitch Lake to Trail 19 via Simpson Fields. 3) The Trail 502 into the Civic Center and signage.  4) Repair on Steel Bridge on Trail 19 “The Line”  5) Trail 502 into Autin Brook Cluster (needs brushing and sign completion)  6) Wood for Red Brook Shelter  7) Wood for Lodge  8) October 25th - Thursday - Annual meeting Atlantic Host 7:00pm   9) Completion of Lodge addition  10)  Club Letter should be soon ready for mailout over 1700 to do so be patient. This year we are doing the mail-out via email for the people that provided us with their email contact and for those who didn't we will be sending by regular mail   11) Trail Permits available after Oct 15th Remember “buy where you ride”  Club #1 is our identity on the trail permit.

Update on Club #1

08:00 AM - Sep 10, 2018

Sept 10, Club #1

      A few Items:
 1) removed all signage on the old 503 TV Tower.
 2) Made another visit to the new 503 (Popple Depot to Simpson Fields) Still yet to be approved.
3) Put up new sign post for the new 502 to Austin Brook Cluster (need residents there to get involved in brushing about 1 Km of trail) (someone
         from the cluster has to step up here).
 4) progress on the new lodge storage is progressing.
5)Trail 501 from Trail 19 to Civic Center and Quality Inn yet to be determined as to what route to get there. 5) Newsletter to members close to being done. 
6) Trail Permits only available after Oct 15

Trail Map LOCAL

07:00 AM - Aug 13, 2018

August 13, Club #1
      Made some updates for the 18-19 season on the web site 
 1. New local trail map, which has the new trail through the Upsalquitch Lake   
     area. Hopefully this can get done by Sept/Oct for the 18-19, plus Trail 502  
     into the Austin Brook Cluster. We could use some help in developing both of these trails.
2. We have the Schedule of Events as well with some additions to come
3. The Trail Permit page has been updated. The new application form for non New 
     Brunswickers. No increase in trail permit prices for this year. 
          We are starting with a new addition to the lodge addition to our storage room facilities and an overhang for our Bar-B-Q area. We will thank our help for this addition when it is completed as we have donors already on tap for material and equipment. There is always something to do and I know there is more o report, but yes, we’ll keep you informed. 

Whats Happnen #3

07:00 AM - Aug 9, 2018

August 09, Club #1    
  We are still waiting on the city for approval Trail 501 linking 19 near St Anne Street to the Civic Center and into more hotels. There were many meetings with parties concerned about this last winter, to provide more access to Hotel rooms within the City. The parties were looking at establishing a trail that would access the Civic Center and into St Peter Avenue to the Comfort Inn. We also discussed overnight parking for trailers and easy access to trails in the Bathurst area. Time is running short on making this happen. 
     We are very pro tourism, but sometimes the powers to be, local or provincial, just seem oblivious to more potential for tourism in the winter months.  

Whats Happnen #2

07:00 AM - Aug 6, 2018

August 06, Club #1
     We all know that last season was one of the best on record for this corner of New Brunswick and that reflected into one of the busiest seasons on record. Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile Club saw a significant increase in membership as well as day permits coming mainly from Nova Scotia and PEI due to what I expect by those provinces lack of snow. With a lot of fist time riders to this area I could hear a lot of very positive comments coming from those newcomers on the extensiveness of the trail system and conditions, which in some cases puts a huge burden on the northern clubs for grooming but overall we attempted to keep up with the traffic. The club put in over 2500 hours of grooming last season which was another record set the previous year. 
     Our web site has been updated in a few areas; about us and permits. We are currently working on our mail-out package and it should be in the mail by late September. There are a few things that we have to shore up before doing so. I`ve noticed that some addresses and names were missing, so this is a problem in mailing. This is supplied by the office of the NBFSC and we reconcile the document as best we can and with over 2000 names this can give us a problem, so if you do not see your letter, then the possibility of an address error is the problem. There was 15,760 seasonal members registered with the NBFSC last year and over 3500 daily permits issued as well. 
     Our club proudly posts our membership on the lodge bulletin board for the previous year only as it is virtually impossible to keep up with the current season as that membership is only updated occasionally by the NBFSC. 
    Keep checking with more info on “What’s Happnen”. 

"Whats Happnen" #1

08:00 PM - Aug 4, 2018

August 04, Club #1
     Just a few updates to get you up to date on “What’s Happnen”.
Someone just told me that “Don, you’re not getting any younger” Just turned 74 the other day. Keep bearing with me with any mistakes I may make. 
    We want to thank Fornebu Lumber for a generous donation of 2 X 6 lumber this past week along with a huge cheque. They called us if there was a special need for lumber and that was affirmative with a need for more storage at the lodge. Hopefully we can see some movement by September on this. 
    There will be some trail modifications this winter with new addition just past the lodge on Trail 23. It will be a trail into the new cluster at Austin Brook. (note that we would like to see someone from that cluster to widen the trail in places out to Trail 23). We are taking out the Trail 503 (TV Tower Rd) due to safety reasons and other issues. We already have an application in to move that trail to run through the Upsalquitch Lake area. This trail will be 20 Km in length and will link Trail 23 starting about 1/2 Km east of Governors and exit onto Trail 19 at the old Simpson Fields location. Sections of this trail will give you a very scenic perspective of the mountains in that area. 

    I will be reporting again soon with more info on “What’s Happnen”. 

Lots of Work in Progress June 8th

07:00 AM - Jun 8, 2018

The season is over, but business goes on with the club, We have many things in progress and on our plate. We will have some news on these items as soon as we can get third paties on board with our proposals, which ar very benificial to you snowmobilers; ie, DNR, city and the NBFSC

Closing Message

05:45 AM - Apr 16, 2018

Monday, April 16th, Club #1 Closing Message       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 the busiest season on record. With barely no down days due to sloppy weather. We want to acknowledge all of our sponsors, without them it would be impossible to put a product out there for you snowmobilers. Lastly we want to thank Joan, Charlene, Jesse, Mitchel, & Travis at the lodge plus Pat who had to leave us due to moving elsewhere. To Ron Scott who stepped into my role (I did stay on for this year to help in the transition) to look after the trail system and did a lot of grooming himself and the looking after of our operators; Michael, Josh, Leo, Melvin, & Billy, on the Groomers. 
     Our season started off with a bang with the groomers hitting the trails on Dec 15th after a few good snowfalls prior to the 15th. We had an above average year at the lodge and our Wednesday night suppers which were a good draw again this year. We don’t have a handle on membership numbers, but we should “hold our own”. We had great snow most of the season and to look at what we have on April 16th , the conditions are still exceptional. If you look at how early we’ve had snow way back in November, it is truly unbelievable that we could see the same by the month of May. Just a few numbers for your info: over 2600 hours groomed and 22,000 Km of trail groomed this year. Both are records for our club and more than likely for the province. 
     Going forward the club is in decent shape and presently we’re working on both groomers getting them stored away. We are looking at replacing one of our groomers and we should have one on the snow for next season. We are not ruling out the possibility of adding a third groomer to the two we have in use at present. The club is also in need of new and more directors to ensure the longevity of the club. We don’t have problems with getting volunteers, but it is at the administrative end where numbers are lacking. I will be stepping back even further in my role with the grooming / trails with excess of over 18 years in that role. I will however stay on with the club in managing other aspects of the club. Surely out of the nearly 950 members we will have someone to step up. 
      In closing we would again like to thank all for your support for this past year and look forward to seeing you all back next year. Please stay posted as periodically we will have info to pass on. Have a great summer and remember Club #1 next year when registering. “BUY WHERE YOU RIDE” 

Trying to Clean up Before Next Nor'easter

06:00 AM - Mar 12, 2018

March 12th, Monday, Club#1      -1 at post. I'm not sure how the boys will make out on the trails with the temps still at zero at 1 AM this morning. Mickey and Josh both got on the trails just after midnight. The #1 is on a 17 hour run to Serpentine from Rogers Lake on Trail 23 and the #2 is on a similar run from East Bathurst up to Nine Mile Shelter and eventually to the Atlantic Host. We're trying to get the trails back from the 40 cm of heavy snow from last Thursday with the anticipation of an upgraded storm of 30 cm for Tuesday and Wednesday.
    There is a real problem occuring now with all this snow and mild temperatures in that there is a lot of melting taking place under the existing trail bed and the more insulation of more snow snd no "set-up" time after grooming. You are going to see more sink holes occurring as a result. This wouldn't happen on established roads but on trails that go through old logging trails that are not maintained as roads in the off season. There is a "ton" of snow in the Bathurst area but all this snow does not make for great conditions on the trails, contrary to what some people that may think that way. Clubs are stuggling in that respect.
   If you look at the next 14 day forecast, show me one day where you can see consistant grooming temperatures below zero degrees celcius. This is more like spring riding with snow conditions that are hard to cope with. It is what it is and sledders can complain all they want, but there is not much you can do about it except try and do our best.

Don't panic with the rain

07:00 AM - Feb 5, 2018

Monday, Feb 5th, Club #1      +temps today with some rain. Don’t panic and don’t worry; this will not hurt us any. We need a little moisture to tighten up the trail surface. Temps should drop tonight, so we’re going to take a little breather and start on the trails tomorrow. In the meantime we have a little TLC work to be done on the #2 and we should have that cleared up by the end of the day.
      I want to take a little time today to tell you how great our members are in there support and understanding in knowing what it takes to get our system like it is. We thank you for your tremendous support to our club and lodge and of course your generosity. We have tremendous support from our corporate sponsors, whether it be in your donations, web advertising, signage ads, repairs resources and our Wednesday Night Suppers. To all of you; THANK YOU. All monies raised go right back into our trail system, whether it be grooming, signage, trail maintenance (year around) and repairs. Our budget is just around half million and it takes everything to keep things going, so the next time you stop at the lodge for something to eat or fuel up that money is well spent. 

13 Year Grooming History

08:00 AM - Jan 31, 2018

Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 13 years.

Year 17-18
     Dec 10 to Dec 15, Received up to 40 Cm by then 
     Dec 14 Floated #2 to Rogers Lake close to 45 Cm above the lodge 
     Dec 17 By them 75% of system groomed including to Bathurst Trails 7 out of 10 
     Dec 23 & 25 Received another 40 Cm and we were V Good to go 
     Jan 4/5 Another 62 cm Drifts as high as 8 feet 
     Jan 12 35 mils of rain & 5 cms of snow Trails still good. 
     Jan 15 to Feb 15 Lots of snow with some rain mix. Trails awesome

Year 16-17 

     Dec 3rd 15 to 50 cm of snow down from Bathurst to Serpentine
     Dec 14 Floated #2 to Nepisiguit close to 3 feet at lodge 
     Dec 15 Groomed Nep Lod to Serpentine 
     Jan 10th Excellent conditions 3 to 4 feet of snow, great base 
     Jan 11 to 13 a little melt, but no damage, other than icy bed. 
     Jan 13 to Jan 31 trails in excellent condition. Ice storm of 2017 didn’t affect us. 
     Feb 1st to Feb 23 trails very good. A little wet spell for two days, nothing major 
     Mar 15th excellent trails everywhere in the north 12” of wet snow put a big damper 
               on conditions 
     Mar 28 more snow 3 to 4 cm trails still good from Bathurst to Serpentine
     Apr 3 Last day of any significant grooming. Conditions bad to good to great.
         2404 hours groomed record for us.
Year 15-16 
     Not a drop of snow before the 15th. 50 cm on the 15th and 16th Nothing frozen 
     Between Bathurst and the lodge. Still very mild.
     Dec 18th Floated the #1 to Rogers Lake and started grooming 
     from there to Serpentine. No significant freeze throughout province. 
     Dec 22nd Patching Trail from Bathurst to Nine Mile East. Good from Lodge out. 
     Dec 30th Trails still closed from Bathurst to Lodge. 
     Jan 5th Trail open to the Lodge from the Host, Beaver pond from East an issue.
     Jan 10/11 30 mm of rain followed by a deep freeze. Ice conditions 
     Jan through to Feb Trails very good hard & fast 
     Feb through to March Rain & snow, but no trails closed, Some ice in late Feb but doable
     Apr 8 last day of grooming still decent conditions up high
Year 14-15 
     Up to 3 feet of snow, but very wet underneath. Lots of holes and water cuts  

     Dec 15: Started prepping the trails and lots of traffic. 
     Dec 25: 25 MM of rain , but still going, Need big time freezing. 
         still great sledding through the north 
     Jan 26 to 30 Rc’d about 60 cm of snow 
     February: Trails in phenomenal shape 
     March 31: All trails stiil great with no severe melt downs yet  
     April 7: Trails great, no issues. 2 to 3 feet of trail bed  
Year 13-14  
     Dec 15: Started packing & grooming   
     Dec 21: Lodge opened. Earliest on record. All trails groomed. Lots of snow 
      Jan 12: 40 mm rain; 2nd rainfall in a week 
      Jan 17: Some water cuts here and there, but al trails very doable. Lube?
      Jan 20: All trails good to excellent after some trail repair here & there 
         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.
       Jan 4  People running off trail. Limited grooming.
       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
      Dec 28  Preping Trails Dec 26 .
      Dec 28 Started grooming 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
       Dec 29  Started grooming
       Mar 28 last grooming  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 50 mm of
             rain on Dec 24. Never got any better and closed the trails Jan 3  
            due to ice and not enough snow cover.
        Jan 10.  Started back up 
Mar 28 Last day grooming

New Hats for Sale at Nepisiguit Club #1

08:00 AM - Nov 6, 2017

       At the end of last season went out on a mission to procure club hats. These will be on sale in the coming season at the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club's Lodge. We are now looking at purchasing shirts for the club.
We have them in three different colors, thinking that one color may be more predominent than the other. SEE PICS

Little River Bridge

08:00 AM - Feb 6, 2017

There will be a minor disruption on Trail 19 (about 10 Km from the Host) to facilitate the moving of material near the site of the construction of the Little River Bridge which will take place next summer. The contractor is taking the opportunity of moving bridge construction material in near the site while the ground is still frozen. The trail detour is only ¼ kilometer in length and should be no problem for us to get this done. This will take place in the next couple of weeks.
       Trail 19 about 10 Km east from Atlantic Host                                                                                              Little River Bridge

Grooming plus warnings about riding on non designated trails

05:10 AM - Jan 4, 2017

    -3 in Bathurst at post. Snow turning to rain today. Yesterday the #1 was up to Serpentine from Rogers Lake (trail 23). 21 hour run. On the way back it did the Dry Gulch 506 road. The #2 is very close to a fix and if there is, then both groomers will wait until this snow dries out a bit.
     Just a warning to all snowmobilers wandering off groomed trails on private property: if we abuse our privilege we could lose a very important section of Trail 19 from Atlantic Host going East. Another contentious area is in Gloucester Junction Near East Bathurst, which is again on 19 East. Some sledders are jumping the trail onto the CNR rail bed. We’ve already been warned by the CNR in past years. If we lose this section of trail, then all the work that was done between that area and Route 360 will all be for not, thus cutting access to East Bathurst plus the Peninsula. This no laughing matter if we want snowmobiling to continue here in Bathurst. 

Final Safety Message

11:00 AM - Dec 29, 2016

 Final Safety Message #5
   Summary: I hope that the safety messages over the last few days have shed some light to those who drive with reckless abandon on our snowmobile trails. There is much more I could have stressed on, but wanted to point out the messages that were closer to the life threatening; speed, stay on your side, parking on trail,  hand signals. If you haven’t read them, just scroll down and do so. Remember, it is rider responsibility, take your time & read these Red signs as they are posted throughout the province. Our trails are not perfect and not engineered. They are maintained by a volunteer organization. All the messages are meaningless if we don’t use some common sense in riding our sleds. One rule of thought; Put your mind in gear before you put your body in motion. 

Hand Signals Make Trails Safer

11:00 AM - Dec 28, 2016

Safety Message #14  Hand signals make the trail safer, BUT if you feel that you are jeopardising your own safety with the use of hand signals then by all means use your discretion to signal.

Communication is an important part of staying safe, having fun and sharing the trails responsibly. Make sure you know and use these signals every time you go out.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with palm of hand flat.
Left arm extended straight out from shoulder and pointing in the direction of the turn.
Left arm extended out and down from the side of the body with a downward flapping motion of hand to signal warning or caution.
Arm raised from the shoulder and extended straight up over the head with palm of hand flat. In some jurisdictions, the STOP signal may be indicated using the right arm, since the left hand is used for braking. Snowmobiles should watch out for and be prepared to stop for either signal.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical, wrist bent, move arm from left to right over head, pointing to right side of trail. 
Left arm raised, elbow bent, with thumb pointing backward, in hitchhiking motion, move arm forward to backward over your shoulder. 
Raise forearm from handle bar and show clenched fist at shoulder height. 

Stay on the right side, especially in corners.

11:00 AM - Dec 27, 2016

Safety Message #3   Stay on the right side, especially in corners.
      80 to 90 % of our trails are of the wide variety here at Nepisiguit (20ft), but there are areas that are not so wide. In this day and age with so many riders on the trails, we still have people taking corners on the opposite side of the trail. I’m sure everyone out there has experienced this, with many experiencing near misses. One has to realize that you have to slow down making turns, because your sled does drift, some more than others and yes there are other people using the trails other than yourself. 
    Of course there are the strait stretches and in a lot of cases they are up to 25ft wide and more. You still see people running right down the center of the trail, snow dust and all. Think of the person that is coming from the other direction dealing with your snow dust and meeting your buddy following your tracks with his sheep mobile down the center of the trail. I’m going to spell it out for you: 

 S T A Y O N Y O U R S I D E

Parking on the trail.

11:00 AM - Dec 26, 2016

Safety Message #2  Parking on the trail.       It sounds so minor, but can be so deadly if you don’t take these simple rules seriously. If you have reason to stop, whether it is for a rest break, sled problems, or you just stopped to give someone a hand, etc, etc. then, pick a place where it is safe; a strait stretch where it provides good visibility for on coming sleds, never on a corner, a blind hill, a narrow piece of trail and I’m sure there are more. Get your sled completely off the trail or at least one ski off in the snow. Step off the machine on the right side to ensure your own safety. Stay out of the way of oncoming traffic. Parking two abreast is definitely a no-no. I for one don’t profess that I’ve never broken these rules, but these simple rules can save a lot of heartache and misery. I’m just asking you to think about this the next time you stop on the trails. Thank You for reading this.

Nepisiguit Club #1

The Nepisiguit Snowmobile  club #1, which is the oldest snowmobile club in the province, has the largest membership in New Brunswick with 949 registered last season (826 for 15/16),  (849 for 14/15), (794 for 13/14), (809 for 12/14), (765 for 11/12), (579 for 07/08) with a strong Nova Scotia and PEI contingent and maintains a trail system about 400 Kilometers in length. The club started in 69/70 with one small groomer with membership fees of $10 and groomed  about 175 Km in the area between Brunswick Mines (Old Theriault Rd), Highway 430 (Nine Mile East Rd), and the now Caribou Mines.

Trails were designated and signed by such names as Caribou, Bear, Fox, Rabbit and Beaver. Log shelters were built along the trails and were also designated with animal names. One unique feature at the beginning was that all traffic was in one direction. It made for safer trails as the drags were only so wide. The trails were made in a series of 5 loops and one could vary their trip in any combination of loops as they so wished. We only use a small percentage of these trails today in our present system< namely: Nine Mile East, Nine Mile North, Rio, and the Forty Four. As time progressed  the trails expanded closer to Nepisiguit Falls where the Bathurst Fish and Game Ass. had built a lodge which is currently the Nepisiguit Sports Lodge. Then it progressed into Bathurst to the Atlantic Host Motor Inn.  Then the trail system blew up into the Chaleur area ( we were all one club back then) and down to the Miramichi to the Belfont area where there was a thriving club house.

Of course everything was dependent on the volunteer. Some of the founders were Howard Doucet , Bud Kenny, John Labonville  and there were a few more, plus loads of volunteers.  

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Bathurst Trails - Nepisiquit Sports Lodge

The Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club is located just south of Bathurst in the community of Nepisiguit Falls overlooking the Nepisiguit River.


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