Laws & Regulations

In Manitoba, all snowmobile operators are encouraged to complete a snowmobile safety education course before operating on public lands, roads or trails. All riders in Manitoba who are under the age of 14 must be under direct supervision of an adult when operating. You may also be eligible for savings on snowmobile insurance for having your Snowmobile Safety Certificate.

Snowmobile Safety Gear Requirements

In Manitoba, all snowmobile operators MUST wear an approved helmet at ALL times when operating their snowmobile, regardless of age or experience level. A helmet is also mandatory for any passengers on the snowmobile.

It is highly recommended that all riders also wear gloves, long sleeved shirt, long pants and over-the-ankle boots that are designed to offer added protection for snowmobile operators.

Ride Safe and Legal!

Before heading out on Manitoba's snowmobile trails, please remember the following tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride:

  • Always wear appropriate safety gear when riding.
  • Ensure your snowmobile is properly registered and insured
  • Ride at a safe speed and reduce speed at night, in reduced visibility, on the roadway and near resident areas
  • Obtain the landowner’s permission before riding on private lands
  • Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Important Note

The laws and regulations on this page are meant as a quick reference for snowmobile riders. It is your responsibility to know ALL snowmobile laws before heading out on the trails. For a complete list of snowmobile laws and regulations in Manitoba, please consult the Manitoba Off-Road Vehicles Act.