Snowmobile Laws & Legislation
It’s our goal to keep our snowmobilers educated and up to date on the rules and regulations surrounding snowmobiling in Saskatchewan. Here you can find a list of resources regarding snowmobile legislation. Should you have any questions you can always contact us.
Out of Province Riders
All that is required to ride trails in Saskatchewan is a valid registration and insurance as per laws inside your home province or state. Riders from Manitoba need to carry a valid SnoPass. You can view International Requirements Here.
Use trail at your own risk
- You must obey the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Act & Regulations at all times
- You must use caution at all times.
- Emergency and cell phone service may not be available
- These conditions will affect your legal rights. Please read carefully!
As a condition of use of the SSA snowmobile trails, the operator or passenger of a snowmobile agrees to never leave the trail base and assumes all risk of personal injury, death, or property loss resulting from any cause whatsoever including but not limited to the risks, dangers and hazards of snowmobiling; collision with natural or man made objects or other persons; travel within or beyond the authorized trail boundaries; or negligence, breach of contract or breach of statutory or any duty of care of the part of the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association Clubs, its member clubs, respective directors, officers, employees, volunteers, landowners, independent contractors, subcontractors, representatives, sponsors, successors and assigns (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “SSA”).
The operator or passenger of a snowmobile agrees that the SSA shall not be liable for any such personal injury, death or property loss and releases the SSA and waives all claims with respect thereto. The operator or passenger of a snowmobile agrees that any litigation involving the SSA shall be brought within the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of Saskatchewan. The operator or passenger of a snowmobile further agrees that these conditions and any rights, duties and obligations as between the SSA and the registered snowmobile owner shall be governed by and interpreted solely in accordance with the laws of the Province of Saskatchewan.
The SSA’s liability is excluded by these conditions.
Assumptions for trail use
Assumptions for SSA trail use as an off-road experience, snowmobiling is an inherently risky activity.
The SSA assumes every rider using an SSA Registered Trail understands and accepts that:
- All snowmobilers must hold a valid registration
- All operators and passengers willingly use the trails at their own risk
- Operators and passengers know and will obey the law, including The Snowmobile Act and The Trespass to Property Act
- It is recognized and accepted that snowmobiling is essentially an off-roade activity taking place in an unpredictable natural environment
- The SSA is a volunteer-based organization with finite resources and manpower
- It is not practical, possible, or desirable to maintain all trails uniformly or to remove all potential hazards
- The SSA is providing the privilege of trail access without an guarantee of service or quality
- Operators and passengers will not consume alcohol prior to or while using the trails
- Operators and passengers will be prudent and responsible and shall ensure that snowmobiles are operated with appropriate care and control at all times
- Operators and passengers know how to snowmobile competently and understand that the operation of snowmobiles requires full cognitive abilities
- Weather conditions affect trails and snowmobile operation and they may change without warning
- The maximum speed on trails is 80 km/h unless reduced by law, conditions or otherwise posted
- There may be permitted users on the trail other than snowmobilers
- Operators will stay to the right of the trail, notwithstanding that there are no centre lines
- Operators know that there may be grooming or other maintenance activities under way at any time of the day or night which may take up the whole or any part of the trail and have the right of way
- Operators and passengers know that snowmobile trails are not engineered highways
- All operators and passengers know and will adhere to the principles published as the Safe Riders Pledge by the International Snowmobile Manufacturers’ Association
- Operators and passengers are aware that emergency and cell phone service may not be available
- Operators born on or after January 1, 1989 must have completed the Snowmobile Safety Course
- Operators and passengers are aware that there are generally no legal requirements for signage on the trails and, when provided, it is only for assistance and convenience
- Operators and passengers know that snowmobiling on SSA trails is regarded as a family-orientated activity
- Operators and passengers know the unique and particular dangers of ice crossing
- The grooming and maintenance of trails, when provided, is meant solely to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of the safe and prudent operators and passengers
- Operators and passengers will dress appropriately for all conditions and will have appropriate safety and emergency equipment at all times.
Did you know that underage operators aged 12 – 15 are ALLOWED to operate snowmobiles under the same conditions (on the trail system) as a licensed driver, provided they have successfully completed a snowmobile safety course and are supervised by someone who holds a valid Saskatchewan driver’s license. The supervisor may accompany a learner on the same or on another snowmobile. The supervisor:
- may supervise only one underage operator at a time
- may not be more than 50 m (165ft) from the trainee
- must keep the trainee in sight to permit visual communication
- is deemed to be the operator of the other machine and may be held liable for the actions of the underage operator
Children 12 to 15 cannot drive a snowmobile on any travelled portion of a road or street, except to cross it and operators that are 15 and hold a Class 7 learners license can operate on the travelled portion of the road when permitted by a local bylaw as long as they are accompanied or supervised by someone who holds a valid driver’s license.
Where to ride
- On Designated Snowmobile Trails.
- Effective January 1, 2022, permission must be obtained from the landowner or occupier to ride on any privately-owned land or leased crown land other than designated SSA trails
- Riding on any vacant Crown land is generally permitted unless prohibited by signs or in the regulations.
- Riding in ditches along a provincial highway is generally permitted unless prohibited by signs or in the regulations.
- Riding in ditches or other public areas within an urban or rural municipality, subject to municipal bylaw.
- When riding in parks, check with the Park Authority.
With regard to riding in ditches, this is generally allowed unless prohibited by signs, regulations, or municipal bylaw.
Trail Enforcement Fines
Dated: September 23, 2020
PERSONS FOUND IN VIOLATION ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING FINES:
- Sec 3(1)(a) Snowmobile Act: Unregistered snowmobile $175.00
- Sec 3(1)(b) Snowmobile Act: Fail to display plate or carry permit $100.00
- Sec 13 Snowmobile Act: Fail to produce registration or permit $100.00
- Sec 15(2) Snowmobile Act: Operate without a license $150.00
- Sec 17 Snowmobile Act: Fail to produce a license $100.00
- Sec 20.01 Snowmobile Act: Operate a motor vehicle other than a snowmobile on a designated trail between December 1 and April 15
- First Offence $150.00
- Second Offence $250.00
- Sec 22(2) Snowmobile Act: Operate a snowmobile without wearing a helmet $125.00
- Sec 23(2) Snowmobile Act: Operating a snowmobile in excess of the regulated speed $150.00
- Sec 24 Snowmobile Act: Improper towing $150.00
Riding a snowmobile impaired carries the same fines and penalties as driving a vehicle while impaired.
The speed limit along designated trails is 80km/h.
Still Need Help?
You can find more information about snowmobile use within the SGI snowmobile handbook, found here. Visit their website to learn more: Sgi.sk.ca/atv-and-snowmobile