A Northern Manitoba Snowmobile Tourism Strategy was developed at a well attended summit in Snow Lake in November. Laura Finlay with Community Futures North Central Development told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday it is designed to aggressively pursue the goal of making the north a premier snowmobiling destination. She explained snowmobiling is huge and a lot of people up here have taken it for granted as they’ve got these trails that they can go on these lakes but for people coming from Winnipeg or even further south what we have is a dream come true and it’s amazing and we can really grow our economy with businesses and not just the tourism business but the economy in general because snowmobiling is a huge industry in Manitoba, Canada and the United States.
Travel Manitoba’s Al McLauchlan says they have set priorities that include having tourism infrastructure such as trails in place connecting the north, attractions and events for snowmobilers, tourism and hospitality services available and move forward with marketing and promotion assisted by Tourism Manitoba. He adds the next step is to hire a Northern Coordinator by this summer and set up committees to develop their priorities.