Laws and Regulations

Effective January 5, 2013, all persons operating a snowmobile in the City of Whitehorse are required to take an approved Snowmobile Safety Course to obtain the Safe Snowmobiler Card. All operators must carry their Safe Snowmobiler Card with them at all times while operating a snowmobile.

In addition to the Safe Snowmobile Card, all snowmobilers must have a valid driver's license, a valid policy of public insurance, valid registration, and wear a helmet approved for snowmobiling.

Age Restrictions

In the City of Whitehorse, all snowmobile operators must be 16 years of age, have a valid driver's license and a Safe Snowmobiler Card. No person under the age of 16 is permitted to operate a snowmobile on a highway, including roads and trails.

Ride Safe and Legal

Before heading out onto the City of Whitehorse snowmobile trails, please remember to follow all safety regulations and best practices to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride:

  • Always wear an approved helmet and safety gear while 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 while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Important Note

The laws and regulations listed on this page are meant as a quick reference for snowmobilers. It is your responsibility to know ALL snowmobile laws before heading out. For a complete listing of snowmobile laws and regulations in the City of Whitehorse, please consult the City of Whitehorse Snowmobile Bylaw and the Yukon Territory Motor Vehicles Act.

You can take the snowmobile safety course online and get your snowmobile safety certificate today! Simply click on the link below to get started.