Planning your Next Snowmobiling Trip In Northern Ontario

If you love wintertime outdoor recreation, chances are you have been on a snowmobile a time or two. There’s nothing quite like the feeling as you glide over the snow at spectacular speed, or just head out for an afternoon cruise. In Canada, snowmobiling is a popular wintertime activity, and the longer it stays cold, the longer the season lasts.

One of the most popular snowmobiling destinations in the country is the area known as cottage country, around the shores of Lake Huron. This region is close enough to one of the most densely populated areas in North America (and the most densely populated area in Canada) to be a convenient getaway place, even in winter time, for a large number of people. As a result, the communities in the area have established a large network of recreational activities for winter, and the Town of Parry Sound is the heart of the snowmobile network.

The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs has created a vast network of recreational snowmobilers, and part of their goal is to create safe and legal areas to pursue their hobby in prime regions of Canada. As a result, there are thousands of kilometres of trail around the Town of Parry Sound, with the majority of them well groomed all winter long.

Of course it is essential on any outdoors trip, and especially one in Canada, to be properly prepared. Therefore it is essential not only to check the weather conditions on the dates you plan on going out, but the state of the trails as well. Many of the trails are on land that is privately owned, and snow that is not deep enough will mean not only that the trails are unsafe, but also that this land is vulnerable to damage. It’s important that all people taking part in recreational activities do their part to make sure that these lands continue to be open.

It’s also important to note that it is mandatory to hold a current year’s license when snowmobiling in Ontario. Most people will feel a natural disinclination to embrace additional fees, but the funds from snowmobiling licenses in the province go to further the sport, including over 70% allocated to trail development and maintenance. (Ontario currently has the world’s largest fleet of industrial groomers!)

Make snowmobiling a part of you winter time recreation in Parry Sound, but make sure that you are riding safely and legally!