Come Wander

As a freedom finder, you don’t unwind in a spa or seek soothing and relaxing bubble baths. Instead, you do the opposite to wind your batteries and feel new again – you recharge by embracing speed and getting your adrenaline pumping.

Burn energy this winter with a trip you won’t forget. For the experienced snowmobiler, Ontario’s Highlands makes a great spot to skim over the snow and feel the rush of excitement.

You can bring your own machine or rent from one of the many service centers and dealers throughout the region. There are trails that can take you from Arnprior to Pembroke, from Barry’s Bay through the Madawaska Highlands and back, and a more extensive trip that takes several days around Algonquin Park.

Most snowmobile treks last a day or two and take you through some of the region’s coolest towns where you can stay the night or stop for a snack and warm up before continuing on your quest to burn rubber.

But don’t take our word for it.

Click the links below to read first-person experiences, tips and recommendations for sledding in Ontario’s Highlands from some of the country’s most trusted snowmobilers, and snowmobiling media.

Big Time in Bancroft

Areas Covered: Bancroft, Bon Echo Loop, Madawaska Highland Loop

Follow the team at Snow Goer Canada as they sled through this “snowmobiling mecca” that was once known for its mining and lumber industry. Surrounded by a legacy of old logging roads and historic corridors, the group finds an impressive network of snowmobile trails, easy access points, and unique places to stop.

How to Ride the Bon Echo Loop

Areas Covered: Bon Echo Loop

Craig Nicholson, The Intrepid Snowmobiler, has experienced more than a fair share of snowmobiling in his lifetime; so to have him refer to this loop as “a gem of a ride” shows its potential for surprising visitors. Nicholson embarks on an escape through the area’s well-established trails in this story, finding it just enough off the beaten path, while still maintaining access to necessary amenities. “It’s especially handy for trailering riders reside along the 401-corridor,” he writes.

Get the Scoop on Riding Your Haliburton Snowmobiling Tour

Areas Covered: Haliburton, Algonquin Provincial Park

Before heading out to Haliburton, The Intrepid Snowmobiler heard that the region’s trails were nothing short of “top notch”. Not only did the region live up to its reputation for having incredibly groomed and well-maintained trails, the options for great staging locations (like the Pinestore Resort) made it an unforgettable trip.

Trail Riding in Ontario’s Highlands

Areas Covered: Haliburton, Pembroke

Riding the trails in Ontario’s Highlands is full of opportunities to make fresh tracks, and the team at SnowTrax Television definitely took notice, comparing it to opening a new jar of peanut butter and being the first one to place a spoon inside and stir it around. For these riders, who call snowmobiling a “lifestyle”, the trails of Haliburton and Pembroke regions provided the ultimate experience, mixing snow-covered rail beds with clear signage and tons of “ups and downs” that explain why “the Highlands” are called exactly that.

View their trip below:

Need more information on snowmobiling in Ontario’s Highlands?

Visit the Snow Country (OFSC District 6) website for details on where to buy your permit, trail conditions, weather conditions, accommodations, and meal stops.

Ontario’s Highlands Insiders

Knowledgeable in uncovering hidden gems, making fresh tracks, embracing new perspectives, and disconnecting from the everyday, this group of experts is happy to share their wisdom with you. With a passion for local stories, a love of delicious food, and a thirst for unrehearsed days, this team is made up of creative minds and wandering souls.


Winter? Bring it!

Discover your love for the season with a classic Ottawa Valley winter.

One Last Ride

Watch JR Alli’s video and see what he discovers when he allows himself to just wander.

An Action-Packed Weekend

Read how Will Tang from Going Awesome Places raced muscle cars and experienced thrills on the rapids with whitewater raftering in the Ottawa Valley.

Whitewater Rafting as a Family

Read about how one family took on whitewater rafting on the Madawaska River and why they can’t wait to do it again.

Just Show Up

Hit the water and taken advantage of these easy canoeing opportunities in Ontario’s Highlands.

Video: The Freedom Finder

I’m a Freedom Finder. I wander with speed! I seek out opportunities to make fresh tracks, blaze new trails, and get my adrenaline pumping.

Where Am I

Explore the sweet moments and ageless beauty of Perth, Ontario.

Where Am I?

Climb to new heights at the Medeba Ice Wall and enjoy the unique view from the top of this sparkling wonder.

Recharge in the Snow

Disconnect from the everyday with a snowmobile trip through Ontario’s Highlands.

Winter Bucket List

Unique winter experiences in Ontario’s Highlands that will give you something to brag about.

All Terrain, All the Time

Pack your saddle bags and press the throttle for an ATV adventure like no other in Ontario’s Highlands.

Raging the Rapids

SUP Instructor Courtney Sinclair takes her passion for paddle boarding to the whitewater.

Hair-Raising Drives

Explore roads of Ontario with these drives that make you reach for your hairbrush.

Why To Choose the Backroads

Writer Christopher Korchin takes a backroad road trip full of surprises on the long and winding roads of Ontario’s Highlands.

Roads Worth Riding

Plan your next motorcycle ride along the hand-crafted roads of Ontario’s Highlands. Wind around vast lakes, to fill up on culinary delights, and converse with friendly locals.