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Trail Permit Reminder06:00 AM - Nov 10, 2019
Daytime temperatures will hover around zero degrees while nighttime temps will approach -8 for the most of this week here in Bathurst with a mix of light rain and snow. This will help start a base for the upcoming season, but this could be a little early to start forecasting what is inevitably to come. We just hope that we can keep this for the start-up on Dec 15th, which leads us to a reminder for picking up your Trail Permit.
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 our members in Nova Scotia you can pick up your permit at http://www.fullthrottlepowersports.net/ at their location; 399 Cutler Ave in Dartmouth or at the Petro Canda Station in West Pubnico; also from PEI you can pick them up at Toymaster in Winslow http://www.toymaster.ca/listings.php?nu=2&type=28 . 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 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.
Sponsors07:00 AM - Nov 1, 2019
Nov 1, Club #1
Club Business Sponsors: First we want to thank all of our business sponsors for all the help that you give to our snowmobile club. Without your continuous support, whether it be financially or with other donations, we could not survive with the expenses incurred with trail grooming.
The Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile club is responsible for 300 Km of Groomed trails in the Bathurst region. We run two Lamtrac groomers and run these units for 1800 to 2500 hours in a season. With the trail system and heavy traffic 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. Besides having your sign at the lodge we also give your business the Bronze Level advertising on our bathursttrails.com website. From this point on we will then invoice you for a yearly fee of $100.00 + HST.
You can also check our different levels of advertising on our website by checking or “Sponsors” page below. http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/sponsors
Our Sponsors are key to our organization. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please Contact us.
Please Note: To all those who have sponsored signs at the Nepisiguit Lodge your invoices for the 19/20 season will be either mailed or emailed by November 28th.
Red Pine Shelter Wood06:00 AM - Oct 30, 2019
Tyler Mullin writes: "A big thank you to Jason Roy and all else involved in adding wood to Red Pine Shelter on Trail 23!! Looks like great wood.
The rest of what's needed will be looked after on Saturday November 9th."
Tyler will look for volunteers at that point.
Red Brook Shelter in Place06:00 AM - Oct 27, 2019
HUGE day today!
With a lot of help, we got the new shelter in place and completely usable (except for the lighting, which will be brought up after December 15th.)
The Help: Joel Cormier, Kris Boucher, Tyler Frigault, Scott Mullin, Andrew Carroll, Ron Scott, Myself (Tyler Mullin). Front row: Blair Boucher, Daniel Roy. Along with others successfully hauled, blocked up, and leveled the shelter, installed the chimney and stove pipe, built a fantastic front porch and new stairs, fixed the wood shed, and relocated the current outhouse closer to the shelter.
We had the first fire of the new Red Brook Shelter to unwind after a big day of work, and had a lot of great laughs.
This building, and all the time put in by so many volunteers is really something to be proud of and it really shows that our community is one of the best.
With all the donations of material, money, and time, there is no doubt that people will be impressed when they visit our newest snowmobile shelter.
It's a great incentive to continue improving our system having a result like we do. If everyone does their part in maintaining what we have, things will only continue to get better!!
Tyler Mullin Shelter Director
More News06:00 AM - Oct 17, 2019
Thurs, Oct 17th, Club #1
We had great reaction over the news of our Trail 501 into the city with over 7200 people reacting to that announcement. It is obviously a great addition to the trail system into the city, which at times more access to rooms and services were in great need. There is a lot going on with the club and we’re pushing forward with our agenda. You can also access our 2020 events on our website as well. Don’t forget our AGM for club #1 on Oct 24th at the Atlantic Host. We are aiming for a good turnout. Please attend.
We have the permits in the mail for our friend in PEI and Nova Scotia. They should be available for easy pick up at the end of this week or early next week in Winslow, PEI at Toymaster and in Dartmouth, NS at Full Throttle Power Sports as well as West Pubnico a the Petro Canada Service Center. The permits at Full Throttle were couriered down so they should have them now. The trail permits are also available for out of province members at SNB and also through our mail in application form on our web site under "Permits" step #2 on “Permit Information”.
Trail 50101:00 AM - Oct 16, 2019
Wed, Oct 18th, Club #1
Trail 501: With more headaches behind us, Trail 501 will become a reality this year as we have all the approvals to get this done. Some signage is in place and by next week we should have a piece of equipment in to do some trail cutting. The purpose of the 501 is to have more access to hotel accommodations in the city of Bathurst. The trail will go through mostly private property, which we urge all sledders to respect by staying on the trail as well as keeping the speed + NOISE down to a minimum. The 501 will replace the old 500 trail which is accessed via the tunnel on Trail 19 ((just as you come out of the woods up on “Goodbye Hill (hill with the first sighting of civilization going west on Trail 19)). Here are some pics of some signage.
Update On Club #108:00 AM - Oct 15, 2019
Tues, Oct 15th, Club #1
Just a little update: We are about 50% done with brushing some of our trails. There are always some trail issues no matter what you do prior to the season, but those are usually looked after by the groomer crew as we start to groom the trails. Wood has been procured for the None Mile Shelter and the other shelters will be looked after in the next few weeks (will need volunteers then). We have a few groomer issues that are currently being looked after. Our web site will be getting a makeover in the next month or so. We will be making some additions and some subtractions to it.
Our wood has been procured for the lodge. We want to thank the Hatheway Group for looking after that $500 expense for the last three years and we are looking for a new donor or donors to cover that cost. There is still plenty of time to get your 2019-20 trail permit and there is a substantial savings if purchased prior to Dec 15th.
Our annual meeting for Club #1 7 PM on Oct 24th at the Atlantic Host.
Trail Permits for Club #107:00 AM - Oct 5, 2019
Sat, Sept 5th, Club #1
Great news for our members from the Yarmouth, Pubnico, Barrington, etc. areas. Julie Muise of the Petro Canada Service Center in West Pubnico will be selling our trail permits for Club #1. Permits will be available sometime this month in this location plus the two other standbys; http://www.fullthrottlepowersports.net/ at their location; 399 Cutler Ave in Dartmouth as well as PEI at Toymaster in Winslow http://www.toymaster.ca/listings.php?nu=2&type=28 .
We Just received them so they will be mailed out ASAP .
Substantial savings for everyone by signing up before the “Early Bird Date” of Dec 15.
Red Brook Shelter: Tyler's Message06:00 AM - Sep 18, 2019
Wed, Sept 18th, Club #1
A BIG THANK YOU to Tyler Mullin Shelter Director for Club #1
Tyler’s Message to the club. "Gents, I attached a photo of the sign I'm having made for red brook shelter. I am pretty proud of the build and I think this sign does the sponsors justice. The building will be hauled to site in the coming weeks. A few final touches and some site prep and we will be in business. I have also lined up wood for the new shelter, and placed the order with Joel hache for the new windows I mentioned previously for 9 mile today".
Thanks to all who donated to the build of Red Brook Shelter: Fornebu Lumber, Eddy Building Supplies, Juntion Lumber, Frenette Windows and Doors, Three Step Roofing, Boucher Machining, Branch Contracting, Chaleur Hydraulic, Power Precision, Maritime Carwash, Trevalli, Wilson’s, Hatheway Auto Group, Bradley Jenks Excavation, East Coast Insulation, Discovery Drill Manufacturing, and Bathurst Towing, along with countless volunteers.
Schedule of Events10:00 AM - Sep 14, 2019
Aerial View of Nepisiguit11:00 AM - Jul 12, 2019
Sat, July 13th, Club #1
Sorry for the no news event, but I`ve been busy going through some personal changes in my life.
Club /1 is alive and kicking. We are going through some big renos on groomer /1 and Big Blue. We have all permissions now granted for Trail 501from Trail 19 down to the Civic Center and the Quality Inn. We will have a detailed map coming pending the cutting of the new trail. The Club is in the midst purchasing a new drag with a possible other pending how this new one performs.
Not much news so far on upgrades to the lodge , but there ay be something coming. Speaking of the Lodge I picked this pic off of Bob Gillis FB. Bob is never short of beautiful pictures given all the rec sports he is involved in. Thanks Bob for an aerial view of Nepisiguit Sports Lodge.
Service Truck from Primrose Computers06:00 AM - Apr 26, 2019
Fri, April 26th, Club #1
Primrose Computers out of Liverpool Nova Scotia has graciously come forward with assistance on a service truck for the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1. They are offering us one of their service trucks for use between October and April. The executive can’t thank them enough for this generous offer. This is just another above and beyond example of corporate sponsorship that makes the club a more viable operation. A big Thank You is in order. http://www.primrose-computers.com/index.htm
Service Truck for Nepisiguit06:00 AM - Apr 18, 2019
Truck Rental Thurs, April 18th
I’m just going to throw this out there. For years we’ve had our Groomer Director, use his own vehicle as a service truck for the Nepisiguit club, and yes we’ve paid his expenses in gas, but how do we compensate him for the other with the racking up mileage and the wear and tear of his vehicle.
Our executive understands this fully well so this is what we are proposing by throwing some options out to our corporate members. We are looking to purchase or the stronger option to rent (for a period of 6 months October through to March) a truck with these options: a 4 X 4 ½ or ¾ ton, extended cab with trailer package, so we could haul a small float or trailer.
We are open to suggestions or offers to help us out in this endeavor. Please contact Don by phone at 480-9379 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . I will also face book this. Thanks in advance for and offers or suggestions.
Grooming plus warnings about riding on non designated trails05:10 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 Message11:00 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 Safer11:00 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.
LAST SLED IN LINE
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.
MORE TO COME