Marriage made in heaven – snowmobile club and general store

Flatbush General hits the spot

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

The Flatbush General Store, it turns out, is smack dab in the middle of a network of snowmobile trails. Part of this network is used and maintained by a club out of Fort Saskatchewan, called the ‘Snow Angels.’ The Snow Angels appreciate very much having a general store so close to their route and have decided a bit of praise is in order.

“Some trails don’t have a store,” says Heather Belanger, who looks after the Fort Saskatchewan & District Snow Angels social media stuff. “Flatbush store provides fuel, food – all the services one would need.”

The club sees it as a partnership – one that works well for both parties.

Store owner Debbie Brenneis thinks so too.

“I like it,” she says. “It’s what makes the world go around!”

The trail that passes through Flatbush is part of the Great Canadian Snowmobile Trail, Belanger says. The section the Snow Angels look after starts at Flatbush and goes west into the Swan Hills. It connects along the way with other systems maintained by groups from Barrhead and Swan Hills. It officially opened for the season just a couple of weeks ago – a bit later than usual, due mainly to warm temperatures and shortage of snow.

Belanger says the club has to make sure the trail is good to go before the word goes out. That includes ensuring the two river crossings (Pembina and Athabasca) are safe.

Grooming of the trail is to follow fairly soon (maybe already).

There’s a map of this section of trail on the group’s Facebook page. Belanger says it will also soon appear on the Snow Angels’ website, which is snow-angels.ca.

Map of the Flatbush area that appears on the Fort Saskatchewan Snow Angels Facebook page, with staging areas and store indicated.
Fill ‘er up…. A snowmobiler stops at the Flatbush Store for supplies.
Photo courtesy Fort Sask. & District Snow Angels

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