Located on Highway 11 and TOP Trail A in Ontario’s Wilderness Region, this thriving community of about 5,000 offers many hotels, restaurants, fast food places, and gas stations that are open in the winter and trail accessible. The Polar Bear Riders, the local snowmobile club, do a stellar job of grooming their trails, which connect directly to Quebec via TOP Trail A105Q.
Cochrane is a place where snowmobilers go to put on serious miles. One option is to ride the Northern Corridor (TOP Trail A) to Hearst and back. Another popular loop is TOP A103 north to the famous Abitibi Canyon, returning via Smooth Rock Falls and TOP Trail A. There are several other local loops including local trail L101 and L103 and larger loop via TOP A106C and TOP C to Timmins and back. L105 is a neat ride into Greenwater Provincial Park. Cochrane is also the hopping-off point for tours to Moosonee on James Bay. You can even rent a sled at Cochrane Snowmobile Rentals.
If you want Northern Ontario riding at its best, Cochrane should be at the top of your list — and if you take some time off from riding, be sure to visit the polar bears!