Feb 12

Lets All Stop Trespassing, Stay on the Trails!

Ride on the trails, stay between the markers and lets respect our landowners. It is up to us all to ensure our sport survives!

Ride on the trails, stay between the markers and lets respect our landowners. It is up to us all to ensure our sport survives!

Feb 08

Orangeville and District Snowmobile Association Virtual Poker Run, Saturday February 20, 2021 to Monday February 28, 2021.

Please click on the link to open the poster

Virtual Poker Run Poster 2021 – Version 3

Sep 12

TRAIL RE-ROUTES DUE TO LAND USE LOSS.

Snowmobile Club Volunteers Work on Re-Routes as Snowmobile Trails Not Allowed on GRCA Property
for the 2021 Season
For decades, six of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) member clubs have enjoyed a
mutually beneficial partnership with the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) – Arthur
Snowblazers, Elmira Snowmobile Club, Fergus Elora Belwood Snowmobile Club, Hillsburgh Snow
Roamers, Lake Conestoga Snowmobile Club, and the Orangeville Snowmobile Club. Through this
partnership, club volunteers have built and maintained snowmobile trails on GRCA managed lands for
the recreational enjoyment of riders, as well as for the economic benefit to their small local
communities. Unfortunately, it now appears club volunteers will have to re-route their trails around the
GRCA for the second season in a row due to the inability to obtain an appropriate land use agreement
with the conservation authority.
In July 2019, clubs became aware of clauses in GRCA’s land use agreement that could expose them to
personal uninsured risk and began reaching out to the conservation authority to discuss changes to the
annual agreement. After months of conversation it was determined last November that an agreement
could not be reached for the 2020 snowmobile season. Both sides decided that the partnership was
important and agreed to continue to work towards a solution for the 2021 winter season. Many
meetings took place over the summer between OFSC member clubs, district representatives and GRCA
staff. Unfortunately, the meetings and discussions were unsuccessful at producing a new agreement.
The OFSC, on behalf of their member clubs, carries Commercial General Liability insurance that will
respond on behalf of its clubs, its volunteers, and its landowners in the event of any claim arising from
activities that are usual to a snowmobile club. However, for a number of years the GRCA agreement has
contained clauses that have been putting clubs and volunteers at personal uninsured risk. Specifically,
their agreement required that the clubs also ensure the safety of the other user groups that GRCA
invites to utilize the properties on a year-round basis, as well as indemnifying and holding harmless the
GRCA for other liability that has nothing to do with the operation of a snowmobile trail.
According to Karen Buratynski, Manager OFSC District 9, the club volunteers were extremely
disappointed with the most recent decision from the GRCA. Buratynski noted that “It’s heartbreaking
that clubs and riders will not have access again for the 2021 snowmobile season. This is about more
than just user fees and risk management programs. This is about the thousands of hours our dedicated
volunteers have spend tending to GRCA managed properties over many years. It’s also about the many
riders that will not be able to experience the winter beauty of these properties and the small local
businesses that will suffer”. Buratynski went on to note that well over $200K of snowmobile permit
money and club fundraising dollars have been spent over the years to upgrade infrastructure (bridges,
culverts, damns), complete brushing projects, and renovate/improve out buildings on these GRCA
managed properties.
The local clubs have been researching potential reroutes around the GRCA managed property all
summer in the event that a suitable agreement could not be reached. These plans will now start to be
implemented and the volunteers are confident that, although GRCA lands cannot be used, trail
connectivity will continue. The clubs and districts are committed to continue discussions with the GRCA
in an attempt partner with them again in the future.

Oct 03

Driver Training Courses in District 4

Driver training courses are now available only on-line. Please go to WWW.OFSC.on.ca and follow the links.

Dec 07

Plan you ride using the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide

Invaluable tips for how to use the OFSC’s Interactive Trail Guide from your desktop or your phone. Access over 30,000 km of Ontario’s incredible snowmobile trails this winter and never get lost again!

The Interactive Trail Guide operated by the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is very popular with Ontario snowmobilers. That’s because it’s the best online map for ride planning, checking trail status for the latest updates before any ride, and finding your way around the province from the comfort of home. The OFSC Interactive Trail Guide is also a must-visit site for anyone thinking about coming to Ontario to go snowmobiling this winter.

The Interactive Trail Guide provides two primary functions that are very beneficial: “Trail Status Reports” and “Trail Network”. For best results, use Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome or Firefox. Here are a few tips to make navigation easier when you visit the Interactive Trail Guide (Go to “Trip Planner” menu at top right of the OFSC home page and select “Trail Guide” from the drop down menu.).

About Trail Status
For your convenience and information, OFSC districts across Ontario file trail reports regularly online, usually at least twice a week (Monday and Thursday), but often as much as daily. Trail Status tell you at a glance what trails are available to ride. But obviously, any report is based on observations at the time of the report and things start to vary the second after due to changing conditions such as temperature, snow quality, type of terrain and usage. So the report posted may not necessarily reflect the actual trail status at the time of your ride or the actual local trail conditions you may encounter by the time you get there.

It’s your decision to choose whether to ride any specific available trail or not, based on many other factors, including current weather, time of day, present condition of rider and sled, etc.

TRAIL STATUS NAVIGATION TIPS
To view Trail Status when you have the Interactive Trail Guide on screen, if it’s not already showing, click on “Trails Status” located in the top right.
Now the trails on your screen will show as Red (unavailable), Yellow (limited availability), Green (available) or Grey (no data reported). The explanation for these colour-coding’s appears at the bottom bar of the screen as a reminder.
Not every trail will show in the big picture view. To view more trails, zoom in closer.
A box near the top right of your screen indicates the number of kilometres of trails that are available at the time you are online.

About Trail Network
Trail Network shows all OFSC trails and their numbers. All OFSC trails are colour-coded both on the map and with on-trail signage (see bottom of screen in Trail Network view). It also allows you to plot a route, calculate trail distances and check for in-season re-routes and detours. The more you zoom in, the more trail detail you will see.

TRAIL NETWORK NAVIGATION TIPS
To view Trail Network when you have the Interactive Trail Guide on screen, click on “Trail Network” located in the top right of your screen.
To help find what you need on Trail Network, either
o Enter a specific place name in the search box at the top right or
o Select a district from the District drop down menu at the top left.

Interactive Trail Guide Tools
(top of screen from right to left)

Currently Viewing (top right) – Shows either Trails Status (default setting) or Trail Network. Click one or the other to view.
Print – Allows you to print what’s on screen.
My Route – Allows you to plan your ride trail by trail, including distances.
Snow Tours – Drop down menu with complete list of 33 Snow Tours. Click on one and it is automatically highlighted on the map face.
POIs – Drop down menu allows you to show or not show various service and attraction points of interest on the map face.
Districts – Drop down menu allows you to select and zoom into any OFSC district.
Base Map (top left) – Select a map background by clicking one of Roads, Terrain (default setting), Satellite or Hybrid.

Other Useful Tools
Zooming – There are four ways to zoom in or out…
o Use the + or – symbols located in the top left.
o Double click on any section you want to enlarge.
o Enter a specific place name in the search box at the top right and click the + icon on the zoom/pan tool in the top left corner.
o Select a district from the “Districts” drop down menu.
Panning – You can move the entire map face any direction by:
o Clicking and holding anywhere on the guide face to drag it in any direction.
As a public service, the OFSC provides snowmobilers with free access to the Interactive Trail Guide as part of its added value thanks for supporting organized snowmobiling in Ontario. So if you’re looking to go touring around the province, it’s your best mapping tool. And if you’re an avid snowmobiler who isn’t already Internet savvy, that makes the Interactive Trail Guide one more very good reason to get yourself up to speed, pronto!

Oct 25

Volunteer for your local club

 

The unforgettable summer of 2020 is slowly winding down and many of us are looking forward to what we all hope will be a stellar snowmobiling season, a season that may face many challenges due to the ongoing affects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your local snowmobile clubs have to abide by the restrictions and requirements set in place to protect the volunteer trail workers, the landowners and other club volunteers involved in the operations of our clubs. this is a challenge that the clubs are ready and willing to accept, but many clubs need volunteers to step forward and help in the trail preparation for this season; this includes brushing, clearing, staking, signing as well as infrastructure maintenance and repairs to such things as bridges, culverts and trail beds. Grooming and trail building equipment also must be prepared for the coming season, this includes oil and filter changes, greasing, repairs and maintenance.
If you have time to spare please contact your local snowmobile club and offer your assistance, not only will you hep to get the trails and equipment ready but you will also meet many avid snowmobilers.
The clubs in District 4, South Central Snowmobile Region, are –
Alliston and District Snowmobile Club. Dufferin Drift Busters Snowmobile Club, Georgina Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, Heart of Ontario Snowmobile Club, Hillsburgh Snow Roamers Snowmobile Club and the Orangeville and District Snowmobile Association. If you have difficulty finding contact information please send an email to – D4sotba@gmail.com to obtain contact info for any of the above clubs.
Stay Safe everyone, and start your snow dance soon!

If you enjoy riding the trails also consider assisting your local club in the trail preparation, the club contact information is given on the “Clubs” page.

Feb 19

Park & Ride

stagingUse this handy Google Map to locate a staging area to let you explore District 4 with no worries about parking your rig.
You can also go to the Interactive Trail Guide, OFSC.on.ca, Trip Planner / Trail Guide and look for Parking under POI’s for places to drop and ride.

Staging Area Map