Come on and take a no cost ride

Explore Ontario's snow trails at no charge on the OFSC Try Our Trails weekend



Before you head out, please check to make sure that the trails are available, using the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide.

Back by popular demand, the OFSC Try Our Trails weekend will be held on Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3. The trails will be no cost to enjoy for all from 6 am on Saturday to 11:59 pm on Sunday. This will be the seventh year in a row the OFSC is offering their no-charge weekend, and the second year in a row it has been held on the first weekend of February (for the previous five years it was held on the Family Day long weekend). 

Looking for somewhere to sled on the Try Our Trails weekend? Check out Ryan Hawkins Top Five Destinations for 2019.

The OFSC no cost weekend has proved to be very busy on the trails year after year, and this is one of my favourite weekends, seeing all of the vintage and classic snowmobiles cruising along. Proud owners show off their pride and joys on fun rides over the weekend. And it’s also a great time for new snowmobilers to try out the sport. 

The Try Our Trails Permits for 2019 are currently available online only on the ONTARIO SNOWMOBILE TRAIL PERMIT Website until Sunday, February 3  at 11:59pm. To register for the no-cost permit, visit the link above, select Try Our Trails Permit, and register your snowmobile. Once registered, you will receive an email to download and print out your no cost weekend permit—you only have 48 hours upon receiving the email to print out the form from the downloadable link. This permit is only applicable to snowmobiles that don’t already have a seasonal or classic permit. 

With the permit printed, it will need to be adhered to the corresponding snowmobile in a visible area like the hood or windshield. Since it will be printed on paper, you will need to ensure it is waterproof before putting it on your sled. You can try putting it in a Ziploc bag, or laminating it and then taping it to the snowmobile—or you can just tape it directly to the snowmobile, ensuring all of the paper is covered. Whatever you decide, just know that the permit needs to be visible on the snowmobile. 

Along with the permit, you must always carry your snowmobile registration and insurance, and a valid driver’s license or a Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s Licence

February in Ontario is the best time for snowmobiling, and the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide App is always starting to show more and more green for open trails. Why not enjoy a weekend free and discover some of the 30,000 km of trails Ontario has to offer on one of your snowmobiles that doesn’t already have a permit? Enjoy the no cost weekend before it’s gone! 

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