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All trail users, families and outdoor enthusiasts alike are welcome to enjoy our trails during snowmobile season! Please remember:

  • No person shall drive an automobile on a City trail unless it was developed, designated and approved for such a purpose;
  • No person shall make ruts or displace vegetation from its place of growth;
  • ATV operations on City trails and open spaces are restricted from November 1 to March 31 of every year.

SNOWMOBILE REQUIREMENTS 

Download the City of Whitehorse Snowmobile Brochure and 2015 MMU Trail Map 

 - Environmentally Sensitive Areas are outlined on page 4. 

The City of Whitehorse Snowmobile Bylaw requires snowmobile operators to obtain a Safe Snowmobiler Card.

Getting your card is fast and easy! Complete the Safe Snowmobile Card test online.

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City of Whitehorse Safe Snowmobiler Card – a Rider Requirement

Snowmobile operators must be at least 16 years old and have a Safe Snowmobiler Card, driver’s license, insurance and registration. To obtain your official City of Whitehorse Safe Snowmobiler Card, take the online test at http://www.snowmobilecourse.com/canada/whitehorse

Get the card today – the test is quick and easy!

  • Narrated, illustrated and interactive
  • Visual chapter quizzes help you learn
  • Convenient home study
  • $34.95 + GST
  • Once you've passed the online certification exam you will be able to print your temporary Safe Snowmobiler Card and go snowmobiling right away!

 

Environmentally Sensitive Areas within Whitehorse

Certain areas within city limits have been identified as environmentally sensitive. Snowmobilers are now prohibited from riding in these areas. Learn where these areas are to avoid fines and reduce your impact on our environment. Click here to download the City of Whitehorse Snowmobile Brochure and 2015 MMU Trail Map. We encourage snowmobilers to operate on the Motorized Multi-Use Trail network.

Additional Excluded Areas for Snowmobilers:

  • A boulevard
  • A campground
  • A cemetery
  • An area designated as environmentally sensitive
  • The Downtown area
  • The Millennium Trail
  • A playground
  • A restricted roadway
  • A roadway
  • A school playground
  • A ski trail
  • Open water

Respectful Riding in Residential Areas

Be a respectful rider and Gear Down in Town. When travelling to the trails within city limits, the City of Whitehorse Snowmobile Bylaw requires riders to travel respectfully and slowly on trails – especially those close to residential areas. Fines are expensive. Save your money and respect your neighbours.

Gear Down in Town - Some Operating Rules to Remember: 

  • On the roadway the maximum speed is 30 kilometers per hour 
  • When operators are travelling on the roadway, it must only be for the purpose of travelling to a permitted area and must be the most direct route 
  • Outside the roadway, maximum speed is 50 kilometers per hour unless posted otherwise 
  • When approaching or passing a pedestrian, skier or dog, snowmobiles operators must reduce their speed to 15 kilometers per hour 
  • When on designated trails snowmobilers are required to follow the posted speed limit

There are many excellent motorized snowmobile trails within the limits of the City of Whitehorse.  In order for everyone to enjoy them safely there are regulations that must be followed as laid out in the Snowmobile Bylaw 2012-01.

Requirements to operate a snowmobile in Whitehorse:

• Valid Driver's License
• Safe Snowmobile Card
• Valid Public Liability Insurance
• Valid snowmobile registration (license plate must be mounted on snowmobile and be visible)
• Wear an approved snowmobile helmet

Important definitions from the Yukon Motor Vehicles Act:

Snowmobile

Driver or Operator

Highway

Yukon Motor Vehicles Act - Operating Requirements and Equipment Regulations:

License Requirements

Brakes on Snowmobiles

Brake Light on Snowmobile

Head Lamp on Snowmobile

Tail Lamp on Snowmobile

Towing on a Highway

Sections of the Yukon Motor Vehicles Act which apply to snowmobiles:

Part 11 - Rules of the Road

Part 12 - Miscellaneous Prohibitions

Part 13 - Bicycles, Motor Cycles, Mopeds, and Snowmobiles

Section from the Yukon Insurance Act which applies to snowmobiles:

Minimum Liability Insurance    

Maps:

2015 (Most Recent) Snowmobile Trail Map

Google Earth MMU Trail Map (KML file download - dependent on browser you may need to right-click to save)

Millennium Trail Map

Trail Plan - trail designations have changed since 2007 Trail Plan. For up-to-date trail maps, please refer to the above 2014 Snowmobile Trail Map.

If you have any questions about the current Snowmobile Bylaw, please contact the Bylaw Education Constable, Kyle Morrison at 668-8320.