For your personal safety and that of your passenger, it’s imperative that you know and understand all of the information available on this site and Ontario’s Motorized Snow Vehicles Act prior to operating a snowmobile or accessing an OFSC Prescribed Trail. When accessing an OFSC Prescribed Trail, you accept an assumption of risk and the conditions of release and waiver of liability.
WHERE CAN I RIDE?
Click here to learn more about Ontario’s only province-wide snowmobile trail reference tool which provides real-time trail status and information on trail accessible services, fuel and other points of interest.
Notice for a legally compliant snowmobiler to access and Ontario Prescribed Snowmobile Trail is provided through Trail Status Reports as last known to the applicable snowmobile club and illustrated in the online Interactive Trail Guide.
WHAT AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR?
OFSC Prescribed Snowmobile Trails are subject to laws under the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act (MSVA). As a snowmobiler in Ontario, you are responsible to know and understand the laws, before you head out on the trails.
The MSVA covers everything you need to know about the laws in Ontario, including, but not limited to:
- definition of a “Motorized Snow Vehicle”;
- permits; and
- young driver training and licensing.
We encourage all Ontario snowmobilers to familiarize themselves and their family members with the laws applicable while on the trails each winter.
OFSC Prescribed Snowmobile Trails are maintained by local snowmobile clubs and patrolled by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Municipal Police Services and Conservation Officers.
HOW CAN I ENJOY THE SAFEST RIDE POSSIBLE?
The ISMA Safe Riders Safety Awareness Program provides a course about the basic essentials of snowmobile safety to improve your knowledge about safe snowmobiling practices.
All snowmobilers can benefit from refreshing their safety knowledge each season.
The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is committed to delivering the best possible trail riding experiences for snowmobilers this winter. In accordance with the latest information from Public Health Ontario, the OFSC’s pandemic response plan is enabling our districts, clubs & volunteers to do everything possible to make the provincial trail system available to ride, while respecting and protecting the snowbelt communities, hospitality providers and residents that serve OFSC trails.
Doing Our Part To Keep Trails & Services Open – To make this work, we snowmobilers must also do part to prevent transmission of the virus on every ride. While we all know that the riding itself is relatively safe, the risk increases considerably whenever we stop along the way. So, everyone needs to practice socially responsible behaviours when interacting with each other or visiting trail accessible services and communities. Not doing so could result in closed services, limited access to communities and possibly even trail restrictions during the season.