Peace Valley Snow Riders held its first meeting in late 2009 and the club earned society status under the Alberta Societies Act in July 2010.
In the almost ten years since it was first established, Peace Valley has grown to over 100 members and offers approximately 200km of groomed trails on it Baytex – Wesley Creek Trail, Osmond – Leddy Lake Trail, Smiths Mills and Hines Creek Trail.
One of the key objectives of the Peace Valley club is to promote responsible snowmobiling in the region and to continue to develop a network of trails on the east and west sides of the Peace River.
Responsible snowmobiling suggest safety first, but the club also encourages responsibility regarding the environment and is mindful of leaving as minimal a footprint as possible.
“That is the beauty of being partners with the Alberta Snowmobile Association (ASA) as they don’t promote ATVs at all,” says Francois Allard, Peace Valley’s publicity director. “The term ATV is almost taboo as the ASA don’t even want any photographs of ATVs or vehicles with tires being associated with them. We wait for frozen conditions and then we just ride on the snow and do no damage to the ground whatsoever.”
Peace Valley uses existing right-of-ways from power lines, pipelines and old roads. The club also does its due diligence in receiving permission from the proper authorities when developing a trail.
To return to the subject of safe snowmobiling, the club is vigilant in keeping the trails groomed and hazard free.
“If a willow falls across the trail or a moose knocks something over it won’t be very long before someone will stop and clear it,” says Allard. “Even for night rides, people know they are not going to hit the end of a tree. Our groomer is over 6.5 ft wide and on the loop I go around twice and on the single trails that reach a dead-end, I come back on the opposite side so the trails which are often a good 12ft wide and pretty smooth.”
It is important to mention, that Francois Allard won the ASA Groomer of the Year Award in 2018.
At roughly the halfway point on each of the trails, the club created rest stations with a fire pit, firewood, picnic tables, wiener sticks and a porta potty.
Because Peace Valley club is a member of ASA riders, a Peace Valley pass is good on all ASA trails in the province. A Peace Valley membership also provides ASA liability coverage.
An upcoming event is the “Family Run” happens on February 2, on the Osmond – Leddy Lake Trail and on the Sunday of the Family Day weekend, February 17 is the club’s poker rally on Baytex – Wesley Creek Trail.
“The ‘Family Run,” is like the free fishing weekend that the province does,” says Allard. “If someone comes without a pass it won’t cost anything. The event is just to provide free exposure to our trails.”
For more information on Peace Valley Snow Riders club visit www.peacevalleysnowriders.com, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (780) 618-7773.