Let’s face it, snowmobiling is all about good times: pristine trails, snow-laden trees, and the company of friends whose conversations typically swirl around daily mileage, latest gear, and the next adventure. What’s unlikely to be part of the conversation are facts like: prostate cancer is the most common cancer to afflict Canadian men; one in eight men will be diagnosed with the disease; 11 Canadian men will die of prostate cancer every day. Yes, life beyond the trail can be challenging for some. But we as snowmobilers can lend a helping hand; welcome to the 2017 Sled Ride of Hope.
Over the past 12 years, this event has become a must-attend charity event in Ontario, both for the experience it offers to the participants, and for its charitable success raising in excess of $200,000 to date.
Hosted at the beautiful Residence Inn Marriott Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst, a perfect location for a gathering of a hundred plus, offering easy highway access (two hours from Toronto), plenty of parking for trucks and trailers, super comfy accommodations, and most importantly, front door access to 1,200 km of Muskoka’s snowmobile trails, known as OFSC District 7 for you map collectors. As for the date, that’s easy: it's always on the Ontario Family Day weekend in February.
Good company, good trails, good cause; if that’s not enough to get you out there, please allow me to take you through a Sled Ride For Hope day with the helpful assistance from a handful of visual props.
Rise and Shine
If you’ve ever stayed at the Residence Inn Marriott in Gravenhurst, you will know that breakfast is included with your accommodations, and the help-yourself morning spread is laid out to make sure no one goes away hungry. Bellies full, 9 am, it’s time for the annual group photo.