Nisbet to Shellbrook  13-16



  • Lots and lots of Km's through Nisbet Forest & around outlaying country side and communities.
  • Transportation for up to 4 persons included unless otherwise specified.
  • Head to toe gear available as required.
  • Each individuals meals, fuel & oil extra, + + as required unless specified otherwise.
  • Pricing for Full Day Nisbet Forest Cross Country Tours
  • A Good Reason to let a SNOCRUISE Tour Guide Lead the Way!      






MARCH 29, 2013,
151 miles/243 KMs

9:20 AM
On the highway going past Duck Lake.

There's some of those killer bales lurking in the low lands!

Wind blown firmed up snow banks are every where in the open fields.

Even the shoulder of the highways in the forest has significant snow buildup  on the edges.

9:38 AM
The banks are towering over the road into Macdowall.

Lets get unloaded.

Last one off's a rotten egg!

The Macdowall Family Inn is a residence now.

10:00 AM

10:21 AM
Can you see me now!

One question "Did you?
go over the bars!"

Settle down help is on the way!

Dig 'n
dig 'n
dig 'n!

10:24 AM
In all her fury the STORM emerges from her powdery hole.

10:43 AM
Here's a little pond we've never been on before.

11:37 AM
We pound the meadows on the end of the Coop trail.

Meadow powder ride 'n.

We ride north out of the main NISBET trails and head for the

The Old Crutwell Crossing

Holbein and a fuel stop exit stage left!

Seeing this truck and horse trailer coming I back up off the road!

2:48 PM Time to push on there's been an 18 year old in our group talking about food for over 3 hours! So the plan is gas up in Holbein, then hi tail 'er to Shellbrook for lunch!

Fuel up at Holbein 3:08PM 79 Miles/127 KM

SaberCat 700

V MAX  700

SaberCat 700

  STORM 800 






At 3:55 PM we pay for lunch at Brookside's in Shellbrook. After a quick show of hands the route back is absolutely down the same highway ditch back to Holbein!




By 4:27 PM we are gearing up to head back to Holbein in the highway ditch. This has definitely been one of the highlights of the trip so far! Little did we know what the North Branch would have in store for us!


Fuel up back at Holbein 4:54PM 95 Miles/153 KMs

SaberCat 700


SaberCat 700

STORM 800 

8.67L/16 Miles

8.20L//16 Miles

6.20L//16 Miles

7.75L//16 Miles


5:06 PM
Looking NE across the Holbein eskers from the old fire tower site.

Looking north.

Looking NW.

Looking west.

Looking SW.

Looking south.

Looking SE.

Looking east.

Back out thru...
The Old Crutwell Crossing

5:26 PM @ 120 Miles On the North Branch. Our next move is back to the  heading DOWNSTREAM!

She was so crystal smooth a couple of the sleds were ticking 100 MPH in the +5 afternoon sun.

Just south of the power line. This one day to remember. The pair of Saber Cats rule the roost today!

Visibility was just crystal clear, definition absolute.

BONNEVILLE couldn't be any flatter than this!

Could see the Shellbrook club house, just didn't aim the camera in the right direction!

The colored power line structures are visible on the left.

Looking thru the shore line trees for any sign of the old switch back.

5:55 PM
A nice vantage point 10 miles up stream.

Been here before!

And yes we were making lots of tracks!

Smiling in front of some tracks that tell the story!

The BBQ hasn't been used recently.

Looking up stream to the south.

A close up of the North Branch looking south.

The ravine next to the club house.

No making a mistake here.

Let's get back on the river!

Some one is quietly examining some fragments of an old belt that I nonchalantly set on his running board!

 Initially a little shocking but it is just pieces of belt laying around from days gone by!

6:09 PM
The trail back onto the North Branch.

6:25 PM
24 Miles, This was a big screw-up, we thought ya-who! This is just like Bonneville.... not quite! Bonneville is 26 miles long someone pointed out! We got off the river at 20 miles!

The river is flooded here from a release of water that had previously been released in land somewhere.

This short cut saves us riding on a grid that is graded down to the gravel.

Exit stage left up the river bank.


6:51 PM "Holy Moly" how did you pull her out of that situation!

It looked like you were a goner! 

Full ^%$^% throttle my friend and a little luck!

This is hard to believe but a few years later we were to discover that we were...

....stopped with in eye sight of the Garthland cemetery ...

..., located just behind us beyond the pines in this picture.

Look 'in north.

A zoom up of where we went  a couple weeks ago.

Looking east.

A zoom up east of where we are headed today, to cut Lilly Plain road.


SaberCat 700


SaberCat 700


148.5 Miles

151.3 Miles

138.6 Miles

143.6 Miles

SIGHTSEEING is one thing, but are you fit enough to participate  in a cross country snowmobile ride?