RLSD Team: 10-January-2021
Hi Everyone. With the snow we have been receiving, everyone is anxious to be on the trails. Please be aware of the following:
INTERACTIVE TRAIL GUIDE: Check the Interactive Trail Guide on the OFSC website to ensure that trails are open. Quite often snow does not equal trails being open. Grooming and signage needs to occur and usually can't happen until there is snow. RED means CLOSED, Yellow means trails are open but may not be in the best of shape, GREEN means the trails are OPEN.
SPEED: Please SLOW DOWN. The speed limit is 50 km an hour on all trails. On the rail line or Trail E208 especially, walkers, cross country skiers, and even horseback riders are using this trail. Please be aware that a speeding snowmobile is very dangerous for them and for you. If you are speeding you may not see them or realize until it is too late that they are on the trail. Please respect the law and the users of this trail. Contact police if you see snowmobilers driving with excessive speed.
PERMITS: Permits are required and can be purchased at ofsc.com. Permits provide dollars so we can maintain trails and groomers and hire groomer operators. Riding a trail without a permit is illegal as we are governed by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.
LANDOWNERS: Just another reminder that most of our trails are privately owned. These landowners expect that when we use their property we follow the trail that is groomed and leave tracks not trash. Having a bit of fun zooming over their fields will likely result in trail closures as you are damaging their property which affects their livelihood.
HIAWATHA TRAIL (Trail 511): This trail provides access to Hiawatha First Nation. They have locked down at this time which means no gas or food can be accessed. This trail will remain closed until the lockdown is declared over by the province and Hiawatha First Nation.
ATV’s, DIRTBIKES, SIDE BY SIDES: These vehicles are NOT ALLOWED on any of our trails AT ALL. Please report anyone on these types of vehicles on our trail to the police.
COVID 19: Under the current government regulations we are expected to ride within our Public Health Unit and should not be crossing into other regions. For us it is the Peterborough Public Health Unit.
ENJOY : Please enjoy snowmobiling but with safety in mind. Being outside and getting fresh air will help us all get through this difficult time.
Hope to see you from a distance out on the trails.