A disproportionate number of snowmobiling incidents, including nine out of ten fatalities, occur after dark. Most often night riding also includes alcohol consumption and excessive speed.
Forward visibility is reduced by darkness and it is much more difficult to spot and identify potential hazards in time. Overdriving headlights can also be a serious problem, so slow down when snowmobiling after dark. Becoming disoriented or lost is much more likely at night.
Never travel alone at night and if you approach an ice crossing, know before you go. Remember that cell phones can’t get a signal in many remote areas and getting help to you can be greatly hindered.
Always wear outer clothing with reflective trim on the arms, back and helmet. Never ride alone at night. Always dress in your full snowmobiling outfit even if your intended destination is just next door.
We want you to Arrive Alive!
Drowning is one of the leading causes of snowmobile fatalities. Wherever possible, avoid riding on frozen lakes and rivers because ice conditions are never a safe bet. Ice conditions can change in a period of several hours. If you must cross ice, ask first, then stay on the packed or marked OFSC prescribed Trail. Don't stop until you reach shore. If you hit slush, don't let off the throttle. If you are following someone who hits slush, veer off to make your own path. If you must travel over lakes and rivers then consider using a buoyant snowmobile suit which will assist you to reach the closest ice surface. Also consider carrying a set of picks which will help you grip the edge of the ice more easily.
As a rule of thumb, "If you don't know, don't go."
If you do break through the ice, don't panic. Follow these self rescue tips:
In this trend-setting program, OFSC volunteers are trained by partnering police services, and sworn in as Special Constables and Provincial KLSC Offenses Officers. They then become members of the Snowmobile Trail Officers Patrol (S.T.O.P.), empowered to enforce provisions of the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act by issuing tickets or making arrests. They also assist police in sobriety enforcement. For MSVA enforcement purposes, S.T.O.P. Officers have the same authority as police officers.
Visit their website at www.stopofficer.com
The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) Snowmobile Trail Patrol Program commenced in 1983 at the time when snowmobile OFSC prescribed Trails were being managed under a user – pay system. Trail Patrol Officers are dedicated Snowmobile Club Volunteers who regularly patrol Ontario’s snowmobile OFSC prescribed Trails, provide valuable trailside information to snowmobilers and promote the provincial user pay system.
KLSC Unique opportunities exist by joining the Trail Patrol Program. It demands an adventurous spirit and a high degree of personal integrity. You will often deal in unstructured situations that will test your resourcefulness.
For more information about volunteering contact us at 705 887-1288.
As a condition of use of OFSC Prescribed Trails, the operator or passenger of a snowmobile agrees to never leave the trail base and assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property loss resulting from any cause whatsoever including but not limited to the risks, dangers, and hazards of snowmobiling; collision with natural or manmade objects, other persons or grooming equipment and other snowmobiles; travel within or beyond the authorized trail boundaries; or negligence, breach of contract or breach of statutory duty of care of the part of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), its member clubs and districts, their respective directors, officers, employees, volunteers, landowners, independent contractors, subcontractors, representatives, sponsors, successors and assigns (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “OFSC”).
The operator of a snowmobile agrees that the OFSC shall not be liable for any such personal injury, death or property loss and releases the OFSC and waives all claims with respect thereto.
The operator of a snowmobile agrees that any litigation involving the OFSC shall be brought within the exclusive jurisdiction of the court of the Province of Ontario. The operator of a snowmobile further agrees that these conditions and any rights, duties and obligations as between the OFSC and the trail permit holder shall be governed by and interpreted solely in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario and no other jurisdiction. (Refer to https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90m44).
The operator of a snowmobile agrees that they have a duty to inform all passengers of the assumption of risk, release, and waiver of liability conditions of use.
The online Interactive Trail Guide (ITG) available at http://trails.evouala.com/ofsc/ is the sole source of Trail Availability status information. The Trail Status information posted here is for general information only and does not necessarily reflect the Trail Status at the time of your ride or the actual local trail conditions you may encounter. The Trail Availability Status is gathered from club volunteers and is valid only at the time of their observation. Their observations may not meet your expectations and the Trail Status may vary from the time of posting. The Trail Status may vary throughout the day due to changing conditions such as temperature, snow quality, type of terrain and usage.
Snowmobiling is an off-road experience in a non-engineered wilderness environment. As snowmobiling occurs in an unpredictable and uncontrollable natural setting, there are inherent risks which demand constant rider preparedness, vigilance, caution, unimpaired reaction and smart choice. Legislated speed limits represent the maximum permitted speed and not a recommended rate of travel. Operators must exercise caution at all times, be prepared for the unexpected and only travel at a speed which ensures their safety and that of passengers based on their personal assessment of many factors including: terrain, trail familiarity, trail width, snowmobile equipment, personal attires, cognitive skills, experience, weather, visibility, traffic and grooming. In many instances, operators will choose a speed which is substantially lower than the maximum legislated limit.
Trail signs are posted by volunteers for your convenience for situations where there is an expectation that a safe, prudent and legal operator would un-expectantly be required to take evasive action such as heavy braking or steering. Operators should familiarize themselves with snowmobile trail signs as they are not the same as the signs associated with engineered roadways. As signs are installed as a courtesy, there isn’t any guarantee that they will be there at any given time due to wind, rain, storms or vandalism.
This Interactive Trail Guide is intended only as a reference. The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs accepts no responsibility or liability for any discrepancies, inaccuracies, errors or omissions which may occur, for actual trail conditions encountered on any trails shown on this trail guide, or for any resulting loss or damage.