If you know anything about Beausejour Brokenhead, you know it is synonymous with snowmobiling! With 230+ km of groomed trails throughout the region, cutting through dense forest, open prairies, rivers and ravines, Manitoba’s snowmobiling capital offers never-ending sledding adventures.
The town of Beausejour is snowmobile-friendly with a bylaw that permits snowmobiling on designated routes. With so much to offer snowmobilers, it’s no wonder Beausejour was voted Manitoba’s Top SledTown in 2017!
Since 1970, the Brokenhead Trailblazers Power Toboggan Club has promoted and protected the interests of snowmobilers in and around Beausejour Brokenhead. Over the years, it has evolved to meet the wants of recreational riders, creating what is now an extensive 230-kilometre trail system. With 90 per cent of the system being one-way, riding here is safe and suitable for snowmobilers of all ages and abilities.
The club’s main staging area and clubhouse is located 16 kilometers north of Beausejour. To access from Winnipeg, take Highway 59 north to Mile 80N, turn right and continue to Mile 39E. Turn left at municipal marker 80076, which is six kilometers from the intersection. The parking lot is plowed regularly and has security cameras for safety.
The North Trail No. 50 is a popular route as it leads into the scenic Mars Sand Hill Management area or further to the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Continue North and this trail joins the Northstar Hillclimbers’ trail system. To the West, it connects with the Springhill Trailblazers’ system and to the East, the Mooswa Lake Snow Riders trail system.
Riders who are feeling adventurous can head east from Beausejour and take connecting routes to the Whiteshell Provincial Park where there is an additional 350 kilometres of trails.
The Brokenhead Trailblazers have set up trail cams along their routes so you can check snow conditions before you set out on your trip. Find maps and more information on the Trailblazers website, and see connections to provincial trail networks on the SnoMan website.
Riders can stop along the way at the recently renovated warm up shack, Jim Longbottom’s Shelter with a wood stove and outhouse. Located on PT50, just South of the junction with CT280 connecting to Scanterbury.
The clubhouse, located Northwest of Beausejour at 80076 Rd 39E, is heated and has kitchen and bathroom facilities. If members are notified prior to your arrival, they will make sure it’s open. Remember to plan ahead with the understanding that there may not be places to warm up or stop for a bite to eat under current health restrictions.
The Brokenhead Trailblazers have strong ties to the international snowmobile racing scene. In fact, many of its members are still actively involved in the Canadian Power Toboggan Championships. For two weekends in December and March, hundreds of racers from Canada and the US will converge on the town’s historic ice oval track, reaching speeds of over 160km/hr! This adrenaline-fueled event will be held December 11 & 12, 2021 and March 5 & 6, 2022.
Local snowmobile enthusiasts and businesses Sobetski Enterprises and Dieters Sidewall Plus are located in Beausejour Brokenhead and are available for all your supply and servicing needs. Should any issues arise during your snowmobiling adventure, they’ll get you back on track!
To ride the trails in Beausejour Brokenhead, snowmobilers must purchase a Snoman Inc. trail pass from a Manitoba Public Insurance outlet, $150 for the annual pass and $75.50 for a seven-day pass. Out-of-province snowmobilers are always welcome, and must have a minimum of $500,000 minimum liability insurance.
Beausejour Brokenhead and the Brokenhead Trailblazers Power Toboggan Club take snowmobiling safety seriously. Remember, never ride alone and make sure you share your plans with friends and family. Most importantly, please don’t drink and ride.