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(Photo credit: Martin Lortz)

Seven Reasons why You Should Sled Algoma This Season



Can you feel it? Can you feel the cold damp air on your face as you step outside? Can you see the grey clouds hanging low on the horizon, like over-inflated balloons ready to burst? Do you question your vision as the odd white speck flutters downwards disappearing before it hits the ground? Yes, there is change in the air and we call it winter.

While the mid-November gloom might be associated by some with cabin fever, to the snowmobile fan it means the most spectacular sunrise of the year. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines—winter is in the starting gate and it's time to start planning.

As snowmobiling destinations go, not all are created equal. When it comes to planning your next adventure, Algoma is hard to beat. Why, you ask? I could go on about comfortable accommodations, good food, friendly people, spectacular landscapes and local highlights—but we snowmobilers have simple needs, so I'll give you the top reasons that make Algoma the place to be this season.

snowmobiles on snowy trail

Snow

Location, location, location. It just so happens that Algoma occupies the most productive corner of the world’s largest freshwater snow producing machine—Lake Superior. With annual snow fall expectations in the 300 to 350 cm (12 -14 foot) range, Algoma is the snowiest location in Ontario.

group of snowmobiles on trail

Season

While most of us are dreaming of a white Christmas in Algoma, St. Nicholas arrives via a groomed snowmobile trail. Local clubs and districts fully expect to have trails open in early December and sled in to April. 

algoma snowmobile signage

Trail

With 3,200 kilometres (2,000 miles) of groomed trail at your disposal, whether you’re into day tripping or a multi-day tour, Algoma has you covered. Follow a signed official loop or make your own way. 

magpie relay resort sign

Park, Stay, and Play

As snowmobilers, we travel light when on the trail but getting all that gear to the trail is a different story, those trucks and trailers do need some space. Whether you park at a trailhead for a multi-day adventure or perhaps you prefer to park your rig near your room and spend your time day tripping, in Algoma staging space for all your gear is never a problem. 

halway haven lodge

Adventure

If bucket list experience is what you’re after, you will be hard pressed to find a better experience than an over night stay at Halfway Haven Lodge. No car parking here, the nearest parking spot is a hundred plus kilometres in any direction. Getting here is half the fun and it is sled-access only. During the day the place is abuzz with activity related to having the only source of gas that will get you home, but once the day trippers disperse, you are engulfed in the exhilarating silence and solitude of Norther Ontario wilderness. 

snowmobile boondocking

Top Secret Boondocking

Boondocking is defined as the opposite of trail riding—to go where no one else has been. The Secret part of the title really no longer applies, as Algoma, and more specifically Wawa, have become the epicentre of boondocking in Ontario. With the right sled (long track) and an adventurous spirit, the opportunities are endless. If you lack the gear and or the confidence, Jones Power Sports in Wawa can get you outfitted and out there. 

snowmobile group at wawa goose

The Goose

The Wawa Goose has been a photo celebrity long before the selfie even existed—53 years, in fact. But like all good things in life, we get older and so did the goose. In July 2017, a new and improved Wawa Goose was unveiled relinquishing all those old “you and the goose” photos to history. What does this have to do with snowmobiling? Makes for a good reason to return. 

As the tourist industry goes, snowmobilers are easy to please. We do not require sandy beaches, warm temperatures or good weather. We are perfectly happy with deep snow, biting cold, and a good old-fashion snow storm. Lucky for us, these are all qualities of a fine Algoma winter. Plus, good luck finding a giant Canadian goose in the Caribbean.

(All photo credits: Martin Lortz)

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