February is National Snowmobile Environment Month!
Snowmobiling: Responsible riding and YOU!
Ever hear about the national Snowmobilers Keeping Nature Beautiful Code? Let Stu tell you all about it in Gros Morne National Park!
The Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation is working with the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations and Parks Canada, for the first time ever, to declare February as National Snowmobiling Environment Month in the province. We are collaborating to spread the word that snowmobiling activity and caring for our environment can work well together.
When you follow the Snowmobilers Keeping Nature Beautiful Code, you are doing your part to help ensure a high standard of care for Gros Morne National Park.
Links Joint news release: February is declared National Snowmobiling Environment Month in Newfoundland and Labrador The Snowmobilers’ Keeping Nature Beautiful Code – from the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation
If you are planning on operating a snowmobile in Gros Morne National Park and live in any of the following communities you will need a Resident Snowmobile Operator’s Permit: Cow Head, St. Pauls, Sally’s Cove, Rocky Harbour, Norris Point, Glenburnie–Birchy Head–Shoal Brook, Woody Point, or Trout River.
If you are planning on operating a snowmobile in Gros Morne National Park and live anywhere else, either in Newfoundland and Labrador or outside the province you require a Public/Commercial Snowmobile Operator’s Permit.
Your safety depends on you. Whether snowmobiling in the front or back country in Gros Morne National Park, snowmobilers need to know the risks. The terrain can be challenging, the snow deep, weather conditions can change suddenly, and there is limited cell phone coverage. Gros Morne’s backcountry is not a part of the provincial groomed trail system. There is a lot that can happen out there. That is why you need to be completely self-reliant. Check out Adventure Smart for the best ways to plan and prepare for your trip. The Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation also offers helpful safety advice on the NLSF website.
In case of emergency call the Parks Canada Emergency Dispatch at: 1-877-852-3100
South West Gulch (Tablelands)
The Bowl (Tablelands)
Long Range Mountains
Managing Snowmobiling in a National Park
On behalf of all Canadians Parks Canada manages Gros Morne in a way that strikes a balance between the needs of park users and the health of the park and its wildlife.
Parks Canada, in collaboration with interested stakeholders have developed guidelines for managing snowmobiling in the park. Park staff continue to collaborate with local residents and other stakeholders through initiatives like the Snowmobile Advisory Committee in the management of snowmobiling in Gros Morne.
There are still three main goals they strive to help us achieve: To protect the environment, including the sensitive wildlife, of the park. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for snowmobilers. To provide opportunities for non-motorized users, including skier and snowshoers, to also experience the beauty and solitude of Gros Morne.
By following the conditions of your snowmobile permit, you are helping to ensure that the wonders of Gros Morne are protected into the future.
Gros Morne National Park Thanks You!