Come Wander
Snowmobiling in Ontario's Highlands

Weaving through trees; flying across frozen lakes; the special wave to fellow sledders; discovering hidden spots, inaccessible any other way: the list of what makes snowmobiling great is practically endless. This is more than a sport, it’s a community of likeminded people whose spirits rise at the first sign of snow, who spend the fall tuning up their machines, and who have a drive in their hearts to explore.

Whether you’re looking for a rider-designed loop to follow, some private trails to explore, or to create your own path along the intricate OFSC trail system, discover some of the groomed trails laced across Ontario’s Highlands, and the friendly hosts waiting to welcome you after a day of touring below.

RAP (Round Algonquin Park) Tour

As the name would suggest, this 900km loop winds its way around Algonquin Provincial Park, offering the chance to explore lush forests and rugged landscapes of the Canadian Shield along a series of utility corridors, abandoned rail lines, and old logging roads.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Oakview Lodge & Marina: Warm up fireside after a day on the trails and have your taste buds delighted in the restaurant onsite at this retreat in Algonquin Highlands.
  • Lakeview Motel: Wind your way to this family-run Haliburton motel and upgrade your evening by booking a room with a personal hot tub to soak away any chill left behind from a day on the trails.
  • Best Western Pembroke: Be welcomed by small town hospitality and amazed by the larger city facilities as you warm up in the sauna or take a dip in the heated salt water pool.
  • Spectacle Lake Lodge: Book a Sledder’s Package to refuel with a 3 course dinner and hot breakfast at The Lakeside Smokehouse onsite and enjoy the view of sparkling icy Spectacle Lake in Barry’s Bay.
  • Safe Haven Cottage Resort: Share stories from the trails at the communal bonfire in the evening then tuck into your own comfortable cabin in Algonquin Highlands to rest up for the day ahead.
  • Sandy Lane Resort: Let your inner child free while you glide along a natural skating rink or take a trip down the lit toboggan hill in the evening before tucking into a cottage for the night in Algonquin Highlands.

Bon Echo Loop

Have your breath taken away as you wind along this 235km loop, through picturesque landscapes, rugged terrain, and frozen lakes glistening in the sun.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Mazinaw Lakeside Resort: Contact your hosts in advance to coordinate something extra special for your stay – like a pot of hot chili or cold beet in the fridge – then sit back and unwind in your cozy winterized cabin in Cloyne, just meters of the trail.
  • Benaaron Guest House: Take in the ever-changing panoramic view from the house of the surrounding valley and hills that make up this winter wonderland in Bancroft, and unwind in the comfort of your hosts’ hospitality and incredible breakfasts.
  • Limerick Lake Lodge: If you’re visiting on a weekend in February or March, tuck into a cozy cabin in Gilmour to rest up from a day on the trails.

Round Bonnechere Tour

Rev your engine along this 230km loop of railbed and pipeline corridors interspersed with twisting mountainous terrain and soak up some spectacular views while you’re at it.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Sands on Golden Lake: Embrace the casual charm and welcoming spirit that flows through this inn in Golden Lake, feel your taste buds jump for joy at the restaurant inside, and go the extra mile to unwind at the spa onsite.
  • Ash Grove Inn: Enjoy the views of the sparkling frozen Kamaniskeg Lake in Barry’s Bay and fuel up with home style meals and unique menu twists at the restaurant onsite.

Calabogie Highlands Loop

With tight forest trails to set a leisurely pace, opportunities to stop in historic Eganville, Griffith, and Calabogie, this is a 260km tour with uncrowded trails and picturesque views.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Calabogie Lodge Resort: Satisfy your hunger after a day on the trails at one of Calabogie’s delectable restaurants, and pick up some craft beer from Calabogie Brewing Co. to enjoy while taking in the beautiful views of Calabogie Lake.
  • Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort: Spend a casual evening in a lakeside suite, or book the Jacuzzi Suite, for the added bonus of soaking any stiff muscles after a day on the trails.
  • Calabogie Peaks Resort: Book a room or condo at the Peaks and add to your winter adventure by hitting the slopes, and unwinding in a hot tub under the stars.

Madawaska Highlands Loop

Enjoy the Valley hospitality along this 180km trail winding its way along rail corridors and following the Madawaska River.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Hush Lodge and Cottages: Let the hospitality of your friendly hosts make you feel welcomed home in Barry’s Bay, and your muscles relax as you warm up in the sauna onsite.
  • Kirkman House Bed & Breakfast: Relax in this ‘home-away-from-home’ in Arnprior and recharge with a hearty breakfast before hitting the trails for the day.

The Voyageur Route

Step back in time as you follow the route of voyageurs from yesteryear along the Ottawa River along this 350km trail through scenic vistas and changing landscapes – from farmland to forest.

Wondering where to stay?

Private: Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Ltd.

Not only does Haliburton Forest have cabins available to tuck into for the night, but you can also rent a snowmobile onsite to explore over 300km of privately-owned trails. Escape to this snowmobile haven, where passes are limited so you can avoid extra traffic, and build on your trip with a visit to the Wolf Centre or a dogsledding experience onsite.

Private: Springwood Cottages

Spend your nights in a comfortable cottage in Arden, and your days exploring on your own or with a guide along OFSC trails practically at your doorstep. If you have 4 years riding experience, you can also take advantage of the private trails that are available only to Springwood staff and guests and spend some time exploring surrounding private lands.

Psst…Looking for more riding opportunities?

They may not be located on one of the above pre-fabricated loops, but with OFSC’s extensive trail map, you can make yourself comfortable at one of the following accommodations and head out on your own loop, or connect to one above. Isn’t it sometimes more fun to blaze your own path anyways?

  • West Palmerston Cottages: Travel surrounding trails and, weather permitting, frozen lakes by day, then warm up in a cozy cottage on Palmerston Lake at night.
  • Dominion Hotel & Pub: Cruise the trails to take in the beauty of the Haliburton Highlands then settle in for the night to enjoy good food and live local talent.
  • Pleasantview Lodge: Unwind and show off your skills with an evening of darts, foosball, or ping pong in the lodge in Plevna before snuggling up by the wood stove in your cottage onsite to rest up for a day of exploring.
  • Pinestone Resort: Relieve any stiff muscles from exploring the trails in the Haliburton Highlands and warm your body through with a visit to the spa onsite during your stay.
  • Fernleigh Lodge: Feel at home at this family-operated resort in Cloyne, and delight both your taste buds and your eyes during a home-cooked meal in the lakeside restaurant onsite.
  • Sharbot Lake Country Inn: Make the most of your time at this cozy inn by planning a trip during one of the live musical performances so you can explore the trails running north, east, and west by day and enjoy hearty meals and a buzzing atmosphere by night.

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