“Life is so fast-paced, going for a sled in Vermilion is a spot where you can remove all the tech and the distractions, and you can escape at a place like this cabin, unplug and reconnect.”
Raj, with his limited experience, thought it would be best to ride with a woman from Vermilion’s Ridge Rider Snowmobile Club, thinking: “This gal might take it slow and easy.” Instead, Raj was holding on for the ride of his life. “She took off like a firecracker,” he said, not knowing local Shelley Roberts had grown up on sleds, a pastime for the winter outdoors now being passed onto her daughter.
“This is life on the regular around here. They’ll be out there for sunrise, without a destination in mind. For the club members it sounds to me like it’s all about moments to detach from the fast-paced life that we all lead,” said Raj.
The other thing he picked up on is that “the community connection is huge" and that locals treat Baddock’s Power Products, (Vermilion’s snowmobile dealer) as a little home away from home. "In the 40 minutes that we were there, it was amazing to see around 10 locals who came in with high fives all around. Sure, perhaps people are there shopping for a sled, while at the same furthering your community connections. I just do not usually see this in Edmonton.”