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Hello Everyone,

The OFSC has issued a press release which is offering a Confidence Bonus to snowmobilers this year in the event of a closure due to COVID 19. Each closure would have to occur before February 16, 2021 and continue for the remainder of the season.

So if you purchase your seasonal permit or classic permit before September 30th, 2020 and trails were to close before February 16, 2021 a $50 credit will be applied to next year's permit.

If you purchase your seasonal permit or classic permit before November 1st, 2020 and trails were to close before February 16, 2021 a $25 credit will be applied to next year's permit..

These same scenarios apply if you purchase a gift card.

If you purchase your permit November 2nd on, there is no confidence bonus.

Trail permits this year are $190 + $7.50 admin more

2021 Season FAQ's

... some of the highlights are listed below.


What Happens if there is a Second Wave of COVID‐19 this winter? 

That’s a very broad question that even the world’s best experts can’t answer with yet. The OFSC is ready to move within the challenging landscape pertaining to COVID‐19 to ensure riders can still safely enjoy the trails available based on the latest guidelines from Public Health. All we can do is work with what we are being told today by the experts and in the event of a second wave of COVID 19, develop plans to shift focus to regional and local riding opportunities wherever possible. We will always remind riders to adhere to the latest guidelines set by the government and will communicate the impact to snowmobiling activities as any changes arise.  


When will Trails Open this Winter?

As always, Mother Nature ultimately answers this question, and that’s why trail openings normally vary from winter to winter as well as region by region. But the OFSC addresses what it can control by making sure trails typically are made available once the volunteers have ensured that all land use permissions are in place,any trail work has been completed, and trails have been inspected during the fall. Once winter starts, we make sure that the ground is sufficiently frozen and snow‐covered for safe operation of groomers.  Riders should always keep an eye on the online Interactive Trail Guide (ITG) at or for trail availability or obtain information from local club volunteers before riding.  You can also check HERE for District #3 and our local trail availability.


Is there any Compensation for Last Year’s Early Trail Closure due to COVID‐19?

No, as with other Ministry of Transportation fees, those for Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permits are nonrefundable, in whole or in part.   On March 21st, a date only a couple of weeks away from the usual trail closing due spring thaw, the OFSC made the responsible decision to close any remaining available trails on the provincial trail network in adherence with Ontario’s declared state of emergency and Public Health guidelines.   

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