The region’s landscape has changed considerably since the wildfire last spring, affecting trails around the municipality.
Wood Buffalo RCMP and Municipal Law Enforcement have sent out a few reminders to ensure everyone has a safe snowmobiling season
RCMP want to remind residents of the four off-loading areas in The Snye, Abasand, Timberlea/Tower Road and Waterways meant to guide Off-Highway Vehicles to designated trails.
The use of Snowmobiles and ATVs are prohibited in Urban Service Areas and trails where Fire Smart Initiatives are taking place, which also includes riding Off-Highway Vehicles to the designated off-loading sites.
RCMP and Municipal Law Enforcement will be out patrolling trails educating and enforcing riders on the rules and regulation of Off-Highway Vehicles.
When you are out on the trails, keep the following in mind:
- Your off-highway vehicle must be registered and insured, with a license plate visible.
- Operate at safe and reasonable speeds.
- Always wear a certified helmet and properly layer your clothing to keep warm.
- Stay on trails and in areas where snowmobiling is permitted.
- Avoid travel over unfamiliar bodies of water.
- Carry an emergency kit which should include a cell phone (and charger), food, water, and first aid supplies.
- Let someone know where you will be traveling to, and when you plan to return home.
- Ensure you are familiar with the snowmobile you ride, and keep it properly maintained.
Off-Highway vehicle trails are maintained by the Sno-Drifters and a trail pass is required for use. For more information visit the Sno-drifters website.
For more information regarding safe off-highway vehicle, you can visit http://altasnowmobile.ab.ca/.
For more information regarding off-highway vehicle use in the municipality, visit www.rmwb.ca.