A European man visiting Canada is dead following a snowmobile wreck in Strathcona County on Saturday.

The man, in his 40s, struck a barbed-wire fence in a rural field near Range Road 245 and Highway 14, according to police.

RCMP as well as Strathcona Emergency Services responded to the scene at approximately 3 p.m.

The man, who was wearing a helmet, sustained serious upper-body injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Operator inexperience is believed to have been a factor, police said.