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.
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.
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.
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.
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.