Mackinac County Snowmobile Museum Accepts Donated Sleds, Planning Expansion

An Upper Peninsula snowmobile museum received a big donation Wednesday.    

They received 33 antique sleds, donated for the museum to put on display.

The donation came all the way from Valcourt, Quebec.

The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum in Naubinway is now working to make more space to house all of the new sleds.

Fox 32’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Erin Malone have more details on the donation and what’s next for the museum.

"Yes, it’s going to cost money to go get them. Yes, were going to need an addition to our building, but its quite an honor that they donated 33 sleds to a museum in Michigan," Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum chairman Charlie Vallier said. 

The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum in Naubinway welcomed more than 30 antique sleds to their line up Wednesday.

The Bombardier Snowmobile Museum in Canada is renovating and decided to make the donation.

"We’ve got some from Russia coming in, another from Sweden, a couple from Finland, you know, those you’re not going to see anywhere but here, so they’re all exciting," Vallier said. 

But the museum doesn’t have enough room for all the sleds, so they’re working to raise money to build an expansion.

"$70,000 to $80,000 to do the addition, kind of costly, but something we’re looking forward to, another challenge," Vallier said. 

Some sleds made their way inside, but Top of the Lake is also loaning some sleds to other museums.

"Then I have people that come from all over and visit me and visit the museum, so it works out good," Antique Snowmobile Museum of Indian owner Dan Blainey said. "I’ve got mainly John Deer snowmobiles because of the farmers. It just works out nice if I can get a good assortment." 

Top of the Lake hopes to hear back about the first grant next month.

For now, they’re just excited to add new pieces of history to the museum.

"The people in Michigan should be very honored," Vallier said. "I know the people here in Naubinway, the community is honored to have them here." 

They hope to begin construction on an expansion by summer.