Total Distance: 240 km
This awesome loop has been graciously provided by Dave Brewster, vice president of the Nepisiguit Sports Lodge. Also read our full interview with him.
The best starting point for this trip is at the Atlantic Host Hotel. While you’re there, have a great breakfast at their restaurant and prepare for a nice day out on the impeccably groomed trails.
From the hotel’s site, take trail 19 North in direction of the Chaleur Snowmobile Club. Stop at the club for a coffee and a chat with other snowmobile enthusiasts.
Hop on trail 19 again and then turn right on trail 22, which will lead you to Island Lake Lodge, where you can have a rest, tank up and have a snack or a comforting lunch.
Take some time to relax and admire the fantastic winter scenery by the frozen lake.
Take back trail 22 South to get to 19 West and turn left on trail 503. You’ll then reach beautiful trail 23 East that runs along the shoreline of the Nepisiguit River.
As you reach trail 23 arriving from 503, you’ll ride on a section of the trail that is referred to as “Piston Alley”, a wide and relatively straight passage that is about 30 km (20 miles) long between Governors Lodge and Rogers Lake Lodge, both found on this trail.
This passage is well appreciated by snowmobile fanatics as it allows them to let their engines do the talking.
This trail also allows you to marvel at beautiful elevations nearby, especially if you decide to go explore down by Serpentine Lake. (Trail 23 West and trail 58)
To get back to Bathurst, you can take trail 23 East to reach Rogers Lake Lodge where you’ll find food, gas and a nice place to rest.
Finish your ride on trail 19 North that will lead you back to Bathurst. On your way, drop by the Nepisiguit Sports Lodge to say hi!
Store your sled away and then go eat at one of our many local restaurants.
In a nutshell: 1 day, including return trip; about 240 km (150 miles)