Snowmobile the Alaska Highway backcountry

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During the winter, snowmobiling is a great way to see the Alaska Highway backcountry.

One of the best places to go is the wilderness near Fort St. John, in Northern BC, Canada. Fans of the area say it was made for snowmobiling.

For many people, snowmobiling can be a comfortable way to enjoy beautiful scenery they might never otherwise experience. For others, it’s an adrenaline sport.

In Northern BC, you’ll be happy whatever your reason for riding: Long, winding trails through forests. Challenging, skill-testing climbs and descents. The allure of blue skies, bright sun and sparkling fresh powder snow.

Here are some suggestions for outstanding snowmobile adventures near Fort St. John, BC:

Charlie Lake

When it comes to finding the best snowmobiling routes in any given area, you usually can’t go wrong asking the locals.

Outdoor enthusiasts in Fort St. John, BC will often point you to Charlie Lake, because it’s only minutes from the city. It’s a popular snowmobiling destination for local sledders, especially after a fresh snowfall.

When ice density and thickness safely allow, get out onto the lake. You can break for a hot drink at the A-Frame club chalet in Montney Park. Good places to launch for the day are Rotary RV Park at the south end of Charlie Park, or Montney Park at the northeast end.

Rocky Mountains in Muskwa Kechika

Have you heard of Muskwa Kechika?

Most people haven’t, although it’s one of the largest wilderness areas anywhere, with limited access via helicopter and hiking/horseback riding trails.

The Muskwa-Kechika Management Area (M-KMA) is dedicated to sustainably managing interaction between human activities and wilderness and wildlife.

Redfern-Keily Provincial Park, located in the M-KMA, features designated snowmobile trails to some inspiring wilderness camping areas. There’s also a public cabin that sleeps up to eight people on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Rocky Mountains are spectacular here, and there are hidden valleys with unnamed peaks that few people have seen.

Stewart Lake Trail

If you’re looking for a family-friendly snowmobiling option along the southernmost stretches of the Alaska Highway, try Stewart Lake Trail.

Located at the top of Taylor Hill, south of the break-check pullout at Mile 30 of the Alaska Highway, the trail includes several steep hills, but is otherwise relatively easy and suitable for families.