Ontario's Must-Ride Snowmobile Loops
During the winter season, Ontario is home to the world's largest interconnected trail network—over 30,000 km of maintained snowmobile trails, giving you literally thousands of reasons to go sledding. However, for a plug and play experience on the trails this winter, consider these nine loops. The variety of trails, the availability of accommodations and services, the beauty of the natural surroundings, the vast expanses that allow us to escape the daily grind and get outside and be active—it all adds up to something special, and these loops offer just that.
For many of us, it's not just the snowmobiling itself that does wonders—there's something truly unique about spending quality time with friends and family in the great outdoors, surrounded by fresh powder, beautiful forests and ribbon-like trails.
Depending on your level of comfort and experience, putting together a viable snowmobile route can be a challenge. Just knowing that the basics can be relied on along the way can provide a much-needed sense of peace of mind that will allow you to truly enjoy your travel experience.
The tour loops listed below have been put together by snowmobilers and volunteers with a view to maintaining selected trails at the highest possible level of quality and consistency. Well-marked, impeccably groomed, and with direct access to enough fuel, food, and lodgings to enable snowmobilers to find them easily, these loops could well be the setting for your next great winter memory.
By Jeff McGirr
Here are Loop Tours to Make Snowmobile Touring in Ontario Easy
The French Connection Loop
OFSC District 1 (298 km)
Destinations: Morrisburg, Alexandria, Hammond, Winchester
The Bon Echo Loop
OFSC District 2 (232 km)
Destinations: Bancroft, Cloyne, Denbigh, McArthurs Mills
The Round Algonquin Park (RAP) Tour
OFSC Districts 6, 7 & 11 (708 km)
Destinations: Haliburton, Pembroke, Mattawa, North Bay, Dorset
Ride The 8
OFSC District 8 (345 km)
Destinations: Midland, Orillia, Wasaga, Barrie
The North Shore Loop
OFSC District 13 (416 km)
Destination: Sault Ste. Marie, St. Joseph Island, Blind River, Elliot Lake, Spanish
The Chiniguchi Loop
OFSC District 12 (223 km)
The Cartier Loop
OFSC District 12 (254 km)
The Gold Rush Tour
OFSC District 14 (710 km)
Destinations: Temiskaming Shores, Elk Lake, Gowganda, Shining Tree, Mattagami, Gogama, Timmins, Val Gagne, Matheson, Ramore, Kirkland Lake, Engelhart, Earlton
The Abitibi Canyon Loop
OFSC District 15 (303 km)
Destinations: Cochrane, Smooth Rock Falls
Before you head out, please check to make sure that the trails are available, using the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club's Interactive Trail Guide.
The OFSC is a not-for-profit federation made up of local member snowmobile clubs across the province that provide a wide range of excellent programs, which help ensure responsible riding experiences that are both fun and safe for snowmobilers.
Last updated: November 3, 2021