(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
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.
(Barrie, ON: October 1, 2021) – The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) launched early bird permit sales online on October 1st, giving riders an opportunity to save 30% on Seasonal Permits when purchased on or before November 1st, 2021. Permits can only be purchased online at https://permits.ofsc.on.ca.
Following 3 Year Price Freeze, Increase Puts More Money On The Snow
(Barrie, ON: September 7, 2021) – The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is announcing a $5 permit fee increase for 2022 Seasonal and Classic Trail Permits. The increase will help the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) and its member organizations to keep pace with rising operating costs associated with Ontario’s favourite winter pastime, all while ensuring snowmobiling remains affordable across the province.
A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Economics of Delivering Snowmobile Trails
(Barrie, ON: February 25 , 2021) – As the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) enters its 54th year as the voice for the volunteer snowmobile clubs in this province, it’s informative to look at a few of our “Snowmobiling By The Numbers”. Hopefully, they help all of us better appreciate the big picture of organized snowmobiling in Ontario – and what a massive, complex and valuable undertaking this year-round enterprise really is. It’s also a sobering look at the economic benefits that are being lost to snowbelt communities as too many trails are closed due to snowmobilers wandering off marked trails.
Most of these Snowmobiling By The Numbers are from the 2018-2019 riding season, the most recent figures available. While the numbers vary slightly from year to year, and may be down this season due to current restrictions, a primary and very unpredictable variable is consistent: What kind of season we get from Old Man Winter?
Buy Now To Save Plus Get $25 Rider Advantage Confidence Bonus
(Barrie, ON: October 1, 2020) – The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) remains very optimistic about delivering the best possible trail riding experience this winter with its Trails To Ride 2021 plan. So it’s all systems go with pre-season preparations – and we’re reminding snowmobilers who haven’t already done so to join us in launching the 2021 snowmobile season by buying your Snowmobile Trail Permit now. Purchasing in October provides buyers with both the lowest permit fee and your last chance for a Rider Advantage Confidence Bonus.
“We’d like to thank everyone who purchased their permit in September to take advantage of our best offer of the season,” said CEO Landon French. “There’s still time to take advantage of a $25 Rider Advantage Confidence Bonus and to support our volunteers, clubs, districts and staff in making Trails To Ride 2021 a reality.”
2021 Snowmobile Trail Permits are available for purchase online at www.ofsc.on.ca along with all the early buying details to qualify for the $25 Rider Advantage Confidence Bonus. For snowmobilers waiting on their new sleds, no VIN is required to purchase an OFSC Gift Card, which locks in the October fee and Rider Advantage Confidence Bonus now, and can be redeemed for a permit after your sled is delivered.
More OFSC strategy announcements regarding the health and safety of its members, volunteers, landowners and permit buyers will follow shortly.
The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is a volunteer led not for profit association that provides the voice for organized snowmobiling in the Province of Ontario. The snowmobile trails managed by 200 community based, member organizations, generate up to $3.3 billion in economic activity across the province each year.
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How to Lock In the Lowest Permit Fee & the Highest Rider Advantage Confidence Bonus
(Barrie, ON: September 10, 2020) – The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is pleased to report a strong kick off to early permit sales in the first two weeks of September. Snowmobilers across the province are showing their support for pre-season trail preparations, while benefiting from the lowest permit fee and qualifying for the highest Rider Advantage Confidence Bonus.
About Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permits
Under Ontario law, Snowmobile Trail Permits sold by the OFSC under the authority of the Ministry of Transportation are mandatory for recreational snowmobiling on OFSC Prescribed Trails. All revenues from these MTO permits are allocated through the OFSC to deliver organized snowmobile trails.