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If you have a snowmobile and haven’t had a chance to use it this season, set aside a weekend to advantage of the snow while you still can.
Recreational vehicles of all types are purchased to be enjoyed. Make sure you do. The following are 5 of the top regions to plan a ride this winter in Ontario.
Grey & Bruce County
Located 3 hours west of Toronto, the GreyBruce region is a haven for winter sports. Part of the 3500 km of trails that comprise the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs’ District 9, the GreyBruce region offers stunning views of the rocky Niagara Escarpment.
The massive amounts of snow the region gets makes for some challenging trails that attract experienced riders, but there is lots of variety here. Choose from a short ride around the Bruce Peninsula, or a full day, 300 km loop from Owen Sound, to Mount Forest, Sauble Beach, and then back.
Enter the trail at the Base Camp at Kennisis Lake, the hub from which you can plan your trip through the forest and rent a snowmobile. From Base Camp, enter the forest on the main trail which leads north through over the 300 km of well-groomed trails in the heart of Ontario that have been called one of the top 10 snowmobiling destinations in North America.
The forest gets excellent snow conditions, which you can check on regularly on the Haliburton Forest website. Plan to stay in one of the half a dozen shelter cabins along the trail system, which are equipped with stoves and firewood.
Algoma Tracks to Trails Trip
Algoma’s tracks to trails rail adventure gives snowmobilers a chance to take an up to 7-day expedition through the trails of the Canadian Shield. Load your snowmobile into a train car and take a railway ride through Alogma’s stunning mountain range and stop at one of three destinations: Wawa, Dubreuilville or Hearst.
From any of these stops, your snowmobile trek begins to Algoma’s most northerly trails, where you can plan to stay up to 7 days and explore some of the connections on neighbouring district trails.
The Sudbury Trail Plan
The Sudbury Trail Plan covers 1,145 km of maintained trails in Greater Sudbury. Part of the OFSC’s District 12, this area includes three different loops – the Chiniguchi Wolf Loop, which explores Boreal forest with trees over 200 years old, the Cartier Moose Loop, which explores the grounds of a 1900’s “ghost town,” and the Rainbow Elk Loop with views of the Cloche mountains. Only 3 hours from Barrie, these trails are a close getaway that puts you right in the heart of the wilderness.
The Northern Corridor
The Northern Corridor, or District 15, is situated in Northeastern Ontario along Highway 11, between the towns of Cochrane and Hornepayne. This bilingual region boasts one of the longest seasons in the province, typically lasting right up into the month of April. Venture along the Cochrane Snowmobile Club Trail and see the polar bear habitat in town, which is open year-round.
Most recreational vehicles, including snowmobiles, are covered by your auto insurance policy. Contact one of our licensed insurance advisors for a quote, or if you have any questions about a vehicle. Then you can ride with confidence.
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
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