When it comes to great sledding, there are at least 15 reasons why Northeastern Ontario offers some of the best snowmobiling on the continent. Reliable snow, a long season, excellent trail conditions and friendly, welcoming communities are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a fantastic sledding experience—Northeastern Ontario has all that, and more.
Stretching north from the gateway towns of North Bay, Sudbury and Mattawa, Northeastern Ontario borders Quebec to the east, James Bay to the north, and the mighty Sunset Country of Northwestern Ontario. Encompassing hundreds of lakes, rivers, wilderness forest and a network of historic logging and mining tracks on a foundation of rolling Canadian Shield granite, Northeastern Ontario delivers a sledding experience like no other.
I’ve Got Chills, They’re Multiplying
On any given ride, you may experience a thrilling section of trail that really blows your mind—the kind that sends chills up your spine. Northeastern Ontario delivers that elusive sensation over and over and over again. There’s simply no other place like it for feeling the rush on every ride. From daredevil hills to the extra-wide surfaces, long straightaways and sweeping corners of the historic mining and logging trails around Cochrane and Iroquois Falls, you can choose your poison.
Trails for Days
Thousands of kilometres of groomed trails run through four Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club (OFSC) districts, each with unique geography, well-maintained local loops and epic multi-day snow tours linking towns and regions. From the Augusta Lake ice caves on local District 12 trails in the North Shore area to the sweeping odyssey of the Abitibi Canyon to James Bay tour, there’s a Bucket List checkmark waiting for every rider.
A High-Miler’s Paradise
If riding BIG is your style, check out the Gold Rush Tour, the Northern Corridor Adventure Tour and the Ride Around Nipissing (RAN) Tour—Northeastern Ontario offers a total of 11 OFSC Snow Tours. And those who aren’t interested in planning routes or navigating signage can still go big with the almost 900-kilometre run from North Bay to Hearst, sticking to only one trail— the TOP A.
Don’t Put your Sled Away Yet!
Heading up late in the season? Here’s why Northeastern Ontario is the best place to ride in March and April. The combination of its weather, trails, and grooming make Northeastern Ontario trail riding possible from December to April in some areas.
A Warm Snowmobile Welcome
Every town in the region embraces winter, and welcomes snowmobilers with exceptional trail access, hospitable services and a high percentage of residents who love snowmobiling, too! Many of Northeastern Ontario’s lodges, resorts, hotels, motels, and restaurants are accessible from the trails, and offer snowmobile packages and amenities. Whether you’re trail riding or exploring our backcountry, there’s always something new to discover up here—like one of the best snowmobile destinations in the world, Mattawa River Resort.
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop
Thank you to the Volunteers
Northeastern Ontario’s snowmobile volunteer clubs and district organizations work tirelessly all year long to keep our trails in great shape. OFSC District 11 (Near North Trail Association), District 12 (Sudbury Trail Plan), District 14 (Timiskaming-Abitibi Trail Association) and District 15 (Northern Corridor du Nord) have assembled a seamless web using as many of these superior riding corridors as possible. Most of these routes now form part of the famous Trans Ontario Provincial (TOP) Trail system that connects communities and enables cross-regional riding.
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