OFSC Driver Training Goes Exclusively Online

Digital Course Provides Many Benefits For New Snowmobilers

(Barrie, ON: November 10, 2022) – The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) has announced that effectively immediately, the OFSC Driver Training Program will be offered exclusively online.

Delivered by the OFSC under the authority of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) since 1976, Driver Training has graduated more than 260,000 students aged 12 and older, teaching the rules and behaviours necessary to be a safe and courteous snowmobile operator.

Online Driver Training launched in 2019 as a virtual alternative to traditional classroom instruction, and has proven to be a popular digital platform for 13,459 graduates to date. Online Driver Training allows for easy access from the convenience of home, better accommodating today’s busy family schedules, and responds to the learning preferences of a new generation of snowmobilers. Online Driver Training is also available in both English and French year-round and 24/7.

“I want to acknowledge and thank the countless volunteer instructors who have provided in-class OFSC Driver Training for decades, contributing immeasurably to the safety of recreational riding on OFSC Prescribed Snowmobile Trails.” said Ryan Eickmeier, OFSC CEO. “After two years of offering the course online only as a result of the COVID pandemic, as well as the evolving learning preferences of our youth, the demand has shifted significantly towards this offering. As such, we are now focusing our efforts and resources on making this online educational experience world-class to ensure the next generation of snowmobilers are fully equipped to safely enjoy our trails.”

Online registration and OFSC Driver Training are now available from the OFSC website. Students must be 12 years of age or older, and upon graduation may qualify to obtain an online Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s License.


The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is a volunteer led, not for profit association that provides the voice for organized snowmobiling in Ontario. OFSC snowmobile trails managed by 200 community based, member clubs generate up to $3.3 billion in economic activity in the province each year.

For questions or to schedule a media interview with the OFSC, please contact Lisa Stackhouse at: [email protected]

Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permit Fee Increase

(Barrie, ON: September 29, 2022) – The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is announcing a $5 permit fee increase for 2023 Seasonal and Classic Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permits. The increase does not apply to Multi-Day or Special Event Trail Permits. Permits and Permit Gift Cards sales commence online October 1, 2022.

Well below Canada’s current inflation rate of 7.0%, this modest permit fee increase ensures that trail riding will remain as affordable as possible for Ontario snowmobilers this season. At the same time, it also enables the Federation to keep pace with rising operational costs and allows us to make considerable investments in the groomers, trails, and infrastructure required to deliver Ontario’s premier winter tourism activity.

“The OFSC remains committed to providing the best snowmobiling experience possible and that means continued investments in all aspects of our operations,” said CEO Ryan Eickmeier. “We are confident that this is a fair and balanced approach, with additional revenue being invested directly on the snow. We look forward to seeing everyone enjoy the 30,000km+ of OFSC trails this winter, made possible by thousands of club volunteers.”

The fees for 2023 Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permits are:

  • Seasonal Permit
    • Purchased prior to November 2, 2022: $200
    • Purchased November 2, 2022 to December 1, 2022: $230
    • December 2, 2022 onwards: $280.
  • Classic Permit
    • Purchased prior to November 2, 2022: $160
    • Purchased November 2, 2022 to December 1, 20221: $160
    • December 2, 2022 onwards: $190
  • Special Event Permits
    • $45

The permit fee increase was endorsed by the OFSC membership and based on an approved business case submitted to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. Ontario law requires a snowmobile entering an OFSC Prescribed Snowmobile Trail for recreational riding purposes to display a valid Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permit.


For questions to schedule a media interview with the OFSC please contact Andrew Walasek at [email protected] or by phone at 705-739-7669 x251.

OFSC Announces Landowner Appreciation Week March 21-27

Celebrating 18,000 Landowners Who Support Snowmobile Trails Across Ontario

(Barrie, ON: March 21, 2022) – The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is celebrating a “neighbours helping neighbours” partnership tradition that began more than 50 years ago. From March 21-27, OFSC Landowner Appreciation Week 2022 recognizes our community-minded landowners across Ontario. These generous landowners come from all walks of life, including thousands of farmers, and home or cottage owners, as well as private companies, municipalities, conservation authorities and others. Each voluntarily contributes to recreational snowmobiling and the well-being of their hometowns by donating the use of a portion of their private property for an OFSC Prescribed Trail during the winter months. OFSC trails on their land provide snowmobilers with safe and legal places to ride, while connecting hundreds of rural communities on the snow.

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OFSC Member Clubs Approve New Strategic Plan

Setting The Stage For the Successful Future of Organized Recreational Snowmobiling in Ontario

(Barrie, ON: March 3, 2022) – Last night, the membership of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) approved a new strategic plan. The new plan received a strong majority vote from member snowmobile clubs during a special meeting. More than 200 voting and non-voting Club representatives from across Ontario attended, even though most of these volunteers are still heavily involved in trail operations.

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OFSC Issues Urgent Appeal To Save Our Trails

Snowmobile Trails, A Unique Winter Asset Benefitting All Ontarians

(Barrie, ON – January 24, 2022): For more than 50 years, community-minded landowners have partnered with volunteers in local snowmobile clubs to provide their area with recreational snowmobile trails. This rural tradition has created many economic, recreational, social, and health benefits to enhance the winter well-being of hometowns and their residents across the province.

With over 50% of trails now available for recreational riding, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is celebrating these unique and enduring relationships, and the incredible trail network of 30,000 kilometres of OFSC Prescribed Trails we’ve built together, about 60% of which are located on private property. Today, the OFSC is issuing a special call to action: Let’s work together to Save Our Trails.

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OFSC Calls For Snowmobile Safety On Every Trail Ride

Recreational Trail Riders Encouraged To Make Smart Choices, Ride With Care & Control

International Snowmobile Safety Week, January 15 to 23

Key Points:

  • Ride responsibly for your own safety and for the safety those who share the trails with you.
  • Trail safety message especially important for participants new to organized snowmobiling.
  • Recreational OFSC trails are statistically the safest place to ride a snowmobile.
  • No snowmobile fatalities reported to date this season on OFSC trails.

(Barrie, ON – January 13, 2022): The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) joins the North American snowmobile community and our Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) partners in celebrating the 2022 snowmobile season with International Snowmobile Safety Week, January 15 to 23. The OFSC is the non-profit, volunteer-driven association that oversees organized snowmobile trails in Ontario.

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