Trail Status: Some trails now to Limited

OFSC Permits


We are happy to announce that SOME West Carleton trail conditions have allowed us to open them to LIMITED status. Please check the ITG before you ride to see what trails are opening up!

Don’t forget to pick up your free 2016-17 Trail Guide at the clubhouse or one of our many supporters. There are lots of changes and some new trail! And, please support our sponsors!

Printed maps now available at the following locations:

Aquatopia Cafe – March Road @ 417

Blacks Corners Motorsports – Polaris – Carleton Place, Hwy 15

Carp Shell Gas Station – March Rd @ hwy 417

George’s Marine – Yamaha

The Lighthouse Restaurant – Constance Bay

Long Island Marina – 1424 Commodore Dr. Kars

March Road Motorsports – March Rd just East of Almonte.

Nicholls Gas and Variety – Dunrobin Rd. at Kinburn Rd.

Perth Power Sports – Ski Doo

The Point Lounge – Constance Bay

Sammy’s Restaurant – Dunrobin

Urban Powersports Yamaha in Arnprior.


2016-2017 Trail Guide now available in PDF

WCSTA Trail Guide and map









The WCSTA Trail Guide and map for the 2016-17 season is now available in PDF format. There have been quite a few changes and some exciting new additions to West Carleton trails for the 2016 – 2017 season. Much hard work has gone into getting access to the two sections of the old rail line between Arnprior and Blakeney and getting it opened up for OFSC member use. The BEAST has also been granted use of the same rail line from Carleton Place to Smiths Falls.

Printed versions to arrive very soon. To see our latest trail routes right now, download a PDF Trail Guide.

Pick up a printed copy when you’re visiting local club supporters and businesses in the new year. And please remember to support the businesses who have made this guide possible by advertising in it!

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Wait for it… wait for it….

Keep sleds parked

Another awesome dump of snow last night and today and in the distance I think I hear groomers starting to warm up for some pre-season packing. Hopefully a good cold snap will also help our waterways and swamps, which are still far from being safe. But things are looking great!

Please, everyone remember that trying to get that jump on the season before trails are open risks it for all of us. We have lost some valuable links on local trails this season and have been working hard to find suitable reroutes. One sled wandering where it shouldn’t be can result in a trail becoming a permanent dead end – and we can’t blame our landowners for trying to protect their crops, property and livelihood.

On a lighter note, West Carleton has some exciting new trails being opened this season, like the W311 – the rail bed linking us from Arnprior, through Pakenham, Almonte, Blakeney and continuing on in the BEAST as #311. Huge thanks to the families who went out and brushed and put up the signs!

It’s going to be a great year if people can please, PLEASE keep the sleds parked until they show “Available” on the Interactive Trail Guide. And if you know that person that still insists on trespassing on unopened trails – put some pressure on them – they are messing with all that money you have invested riding this year.

2016-17 OFSC App and WCSTA Trail Guide Advertising now available! 



For a very limited time, we have advertising spaces available on the WCSTA Trail Guide.

You can also get your business identified on the iSnowmobile mobile app and the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide as a Point of Interest, or have trailside signs installed near your business for the season. Deadline for advertising is Thursday December 15th, so don’t delay!

Single Map Ad:

1 square – $200.00 per square, colour ad (1-7/8 x 2”)
($100.00 per additional square to make your ad stand out)

Point of Interest (P.O.I.) Listing on OFSC Interactive Map and iSnowmobile Mobile App:

$75.00 per listing. This is the mobile app that many snowmobilers use to navigate. This is great for restaurants, gas stations, dealerships and motels/hotels.

Trail signs:

$75.00 This includes up to three trails signs that we place to direct snowmobilers to your business. The signs are supplied by the advertisers and approved by the club. With this option you also get to post one ad on our Facebook group per week to promote your business and/or specials


Trail map ad, POI listing and Trail signs. $300.00

Please email for pricing and more details, or phone Ian Torrey at 613.832.4596.


Trail Guide Advertising 2015-2016WCSTA Trail Guide Map

St. Johns Emergency First Aid Course – Dec. 3

St. Johns Emergency First Aid Course - Dec. 3

St. Johns ambulance emergency first aid course image

St John Ambulance First Aid Course

Date: Dec 3 at Kinburn Community Centre 8:30 to 4:00 pm

WCSTA will offering a first aid course on Dec 3. Any of our groomer operators that are not already trained will be taking this course, and it is also a great idea for anyone who rides – especially in remote areas. This will be a one day St Johns Emergency First Aid course, geared toward snowmobilers and groomer operators.

The course will cover Emergency Scene Management, Shock, all CPRs (adult, child, infant), automated external defibrillator (AED), Severe Bleeding, Wound Care, Burns and Medical Conditions.  There will be additional discussion and practice on other topics that may be relevant to snowmobilers.

Cost of the training is $109, and the Club will provide a complimentary pizza lunch.

If you would like to attend, please email

Same Low Price, Unlimited Winter Fun!

Same Low Price, Unlimited Winter Fun!


An Update from the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs

(Barrie, ON October 20, 2016) – While there are some people who are sad to say goodbye to summer, snowmobilers in Ontario are getting revved up for the 2016-17 snowmobiling season. West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association is working hard to ensure trails are prepped for when the snow comes and by all predictions thus far, it looks like this winter will be bringing lots of cold and snow, exactly what snowmobilers everywhere have been asking for.

For the fourth year in a row, snowmobilers can take advantage of 30% savings on their 2017 Ontario Seasonal Snowmobile Permit. For the low price of $180 they can enjoy a winter full of adventure on any of the available 30,000km of trail connecting communities throughout the province. This early bird rate is only available for a limited time and prices go up at midnight EST on November 1, 2016. This year, all permit sales will take place online. “Providing consumers with enhanced security, flexibility and convenience are just a few of the benefits of buying your permit online” says Remi Sauve, President of the OFSC. “Thank you for your support of organized snowmobiling in the province and we look forward to seeing you out on the trails this winter.”

Permit Pricing

TWO MORE SLEEPS until the WCSTA Swap Meet!

WCSTA 1st annual swap meetWCSTA 1st Annual Snowmobile Swap Meet

Saturday Oct. 15, 10am to 3pm
Kinburn Community Centre
Admission: $2
12 and under free

Wow. For our very first year, this is shaping up to be a big event!

The WCSTA Swap Meet is going to feature a HUGE Blow-Out Sale of Ski-Doo accessories with two tractor trailers full of new gear at blow out prices. Among local and not-so-local businesses participating will be George’s Marine and Sports, March Road Motorsports, Ottawa Argo (with the new WCSTA Argo Centaur groomer), Perth PowerSports and Urban Motorsports

Tickets will be on sale for the District 1 Raffle for 2 Yamahas and trailer, as well as WCSTA swag. And, of course indoor and outdoor swap tables, trailers full of parts, and the used sled corral!

There will be a barbecue going and we will have a big screen and a projector playing sledding videos inside the Beer Lounge!

The club is also looking for volunteers to help out at the show, so please email if you can lend a hand.

We hope to see everyone there – please spread the word. This is going to be a fantastic community event!


Douglas VanderVelde
phone: 613-316-6199

Adding Rail Line to West Carleton Trails!

rail-linesIts OFFICIAL, the West Carleton Snowmobile Club will be using two sections of the old rail line between Arnprior and Blakeney this coming sledding season! The club has been in negotiations with Lanark County and they have been finalized for a trial basis this year.

We have been working hard to make sure that all the insurance and other details were in place prior to announcing this, and now trail work can begin. Volunteers will be needed to help prepare and sign these new sections of trail (as well as existing trails).

The Beast has also been granted use of the same rail line from Carleton Place to Smiths Falls.

Details will also be available at our swap meet in Kinburn (October 15). Stay tuned for more information in the near future. Please SHARE to all SNOWMOBILERS that you know.

Your board of directors, working for you!


WCSTA Northern Corridor Adventure Tour: Feb. 26 – Mar. 3 2017

WCSTA Northern Corridor Adventure Tour: Feb. 26 - Mar. 3 2017

WCSTA Northern Corridor Tour


The Club has received requests for coordinated rides, including longer tours. Over the last three years the club successfully planned the RAP tour, the Gold Rush Tour, and the North Shore Loop.

As a result of the tour last year’s successful tour we are in the planning stages for a group-coordinated ride in Northern Ontario – The Northern Corridor Adventure Tour. It will be approximately a 1,116 km tour, over 4 days.


The tour will depart from Cochrane Ontario in OFSC District 15 (Feb 26 – Mar 3 2017). The odyssey will cover 4 of Ontario’s Tour loops. It will explore eastern Ontario’s most northern trail system with the longest riding season.

It is approximately a 7.5-hour drive from West Carleton to the start point near Cochrane Ont. The tour will follow TOP trails, connectors, and local trails. The area is well known for its deep snow, flat land powder, and wide low traffic trails.

The Loops

Abitibi Canyon

The Abitibi Canyon Loop is one of the wildest, most remote and furthest north-reaching groomed snowmobile trails in all of Ontario, making it an incredible ride!

Every snowmobiler dreams of vast open expanses, endless snow that makes mirages out of the horizon, and trails so wide that they’re only comparable to a 400 series highway, without the traffic. This is exactly what this tour offers.

The landscape is quite different from the major populated centre’s of Ontario, offering endless hydro corridors that are uninterrupted by roads. Quite honestly, the odd stop sign is a relief and offers a moment for your riding buddies to catch up. At the top of the A103 lies Abitibi Canyon Dam, which was built in the 1930s. It offers a spectacular view of the massive Abitibi River that carves north to James Bay.



Lumberjack Loop

The Lumberjack loop takes riders through 4 communities of Moonbeam, Kapuskasing, Val Rita-Harty, and Opasatika. This loop will be ridden in two sections. One half on the trip to Hearst, and one half on the return to Cochrane. Lumberjacks are a strong symbol of the history of the area. Many worked hard in the bush to provide for their families. While traveling on this loop you may see modern logging activities of the today. This loop takes riders on various types of trails such as hydro corridors, old logging roads, tree lined trails, and provides the opportunity to see wildlife including lynx, moose, wolves, and foxes.

The Lumberjack Loop Map


Missinaibi Expedition

The Historic Missinaibi River is a site that snowmobilers will not want to miss. This loop takes snowmobilers along the Missinaibi River and through the woodlands north of Mattice and Hearst Ont. The Missinaibi River was the main route from Lake Superior to the James Bay during the fur trade time. Riders are almost guaranteed to see Moose and wolf tracks in the area so keep the camera ready. Explore this historic route and ride some of the Provinces premier northern trails.

Missinaibi Expedition map



Gateway to the North

Cochrane and Smooth Rock Falls are your gateway communities to the Northern loops. This loop will be also ridden in two sections as part of the Abitibi Canyon loop, and on the return leg from Hearst. This tour will take you along breath taking hydro corridors and through scenic Greenwater Park, District 15’s newest hidden secret. Bring your camera, as you don’t want to miss the gorgeous snow covered trees on your journey.

Gateway to the North Tour map



1,116 km

4 days of riding with approx. 8 hours per day. (The change for this year is the extra night stay on the Thursday in Cochrane due to a longer last day’s ride) with riders driving home on the Friday. The first day’s loop is approx 340 km. The second day will cover approx 277km, third day 165Km, and last day returning to the trucks approx 330km.

Dates – Feb 26 to March 3 2017

The trip has planned over the week to take advantage of lower hotel rates, the fact that all services are open (including repair gas etc.), and that there will less traffic on the trails.


A $100 deposit non-refundable from each rider is required prior to the cutoff date. Deposits are required by the planning meeting Nov 19, 2016. Please provide via online transfer or cheque to Scott Hamilton, or Paul Asmis. The deposit will cover chase truck and fuel, satellite phone rental, and a custom dry fit tour T-shirt for each rider.

Planning Meeting

A planning / information meeting is scheduled for Wednesday Nov 23, 7 pm at Sammy’s Pizzeria  in Dunrobin.


Prior to making reservations please submit a tour registration form and deposit to a tour coordinator. Once the registration is accepted reservations can be made. Room reservations are the responsibility of each rider, and detailed information for each booking is provided. It is not too early to make bookings once a tour coordinator confirms your registration!!! If riders know they are interested please start making bookings after your registration is accepted. The accommodations fill up very quickly for that time of the year. Cancellation dates are listed.

If you cancel your reservation you are responsible for all fees. If any fees are not paid and must be covered by the group on tour – you will be required to pay when the group returns.

Note all bookings under group reservation – West Carleton Snowmobile Club

Schedule and Options

This year’s schedule will be slightly different from the previous years. To take advantage of the tour loops, the group will spend two nights in Cochrane. Then snowmobile to Hearst and spend two nights in Hearst. On the final day riders will return to Cochrane driving home on the Friday.

Riders will trailer to the start point at the Northern Adventure Inn in Cochrane Ont. There is plenty of parking for trailers.

There are excellent trails around Cochrane. Riders arriving early on the Sunday can take advantage of the loops around the town.



Arrive – Northern Adventure Inn, Cochrane Ont.

Riders Briefing –1930 hrs. In restaurant area.


Ride the Abitibi Canyon Loop returning to the Northern Adventure Inn for a second night stay.

Distance approx. 340 km

Fuel / Stops – Extreme Tours Base Camp at Fraserdale (150km) and Smooth Rock Falls (250km)

Dinner- Northern Adventure Inn

Note that access to services and support truck is not possible for most of the loop – until riders reach Smooth Rock Falls.


Destination is Companion Hotel Hearst Ont

Distance approx. 277 km

Option – Scenic Greenwater Provincal Park – 18km one-way detour (36km total)

Fuel Smooth Rock Falls (70km), Moonbeam (115km), Kapuskasing (150km)

Lunch- Kapuskasing (143km)

Dinner- Companion Hotel


Ride the Missinaibi Loop

Distance -165 km

Fuel –Hearst Ont (No Fuel on loop)

Stops / Lunch – Snacks available at Mattice ON (130km)

Dinner- Companion Hotel


Destination –Northern Adventure Inn, Cochrane Ont

Distance -329km

Fuel – Kapuskasing (133km), Smooth Rock Falls (220km)

Stops – Tim Horton’s Kapuskasing

Dinner-Northern Adventure Inn or in Cochrane

Accommodation Information

 1st and 2nd Night Sunday Feb 26 /Monday Feb 27

Northern Adventure Inn – 517 Hwy 11 W, Cochrane ON, P0L 1C0

Cancellation – 48hrs

$75 single room / $95 Standard room / $115 Loft room double occupancy extra persons $10 – under West Carleton – Indoor heated sled parking $10 per night paid at time of booking

Parking: Truck and trailers – included

Trail access: Beside Inn

Food: Restaurant /Dinner –Restaurant Inn open Sunday 7am-8pm / breakfast starts 0630 Monday / Tim Horton’s 5 min away

Fuel: Close by – 5 min by trail or drive

Stores: Canadian Tire within short distance

Attractions: Polar Bear Habitat & Heritage Museum / Snowmobile Museum 1 Dury Pk Rd, Cochrane ON, 1-800-354-9948

Sled Dealers:

Paps Power Sports – Skidoo – 135 3rd Ave, Cochrane ON -1-705-272-3254

Bourque Automobile – Polaris / Yamaha- Hwy 11 W, Cochrane 1-705-272-8959

Pre Departure meeting in restaurant 1930hrs


2nd and 3rd Night Tuesday Feb28 / Wednesday Mar 1

Companion Hotel / Motel – 930 Front St Hearst Ont P0L 1N0

1-705-362-4304 / 1-888-468-9888

Cancellation – by 6:00pm – Reservation cut off Feb 07

Rates –$105 plus tax for double room – under West Carleton – Indoor heated sled parking $10 per night

Trail Access: Beside Hotel

Food: Restaurant in Hotel 6am – 10pm

Tim Horton’s/ MacDonald’s / Subway / Beer store / LCBO just down street

NOTE – make arrangements for pack lunch for trail for Day 3 if desired

Fuel: 2 min from hotel –Shell / Esso

Stores: Canadian Tire

Sled Dealers:

B&B Auto sports Skidoo 807 Front St, Hearst ON 1-705-362-4400

P &L Polaris/Yamaha 208 Hwy 11E Hearst ON 1-705-362-4287

Lebel Chainsaws Arctic Cat 9 Fontaine Dr Hearst 1-705-362-4858 / 340 Government Rd Kapuskasing 1-705-335-6858


4th Night Thursday Mar 2

Northern Adventure Inn – (Same as above)



Dinner and breakfast is available at each accommodation stop (each rider responsible for food). The group will stop on the trail for lunch. See details above


The group will stop for fuel approximately halfway through each day. In some areas of the tour fuel stops are limited and are approximately 180km apart. Fuel is available prior to departure.

Chase Vehicle

A chase vehicle is being organized and a non-refundable deposit will cover the cost of the chase vehicle for each rider. The chase vehicle, which will be a pick up truck with a 20 ft trailer, will follow the group. It will proceed to the next nights stop, and can be contacted in case of break down. It will also be able to carry spare fuel, oil, parts, and limited amount of luggage. The fuel for the chase vehicle will be paid for from the non-refundable deposit.

As far North as this tour is, the loop parallels / follows Highway 11, this will allow for access to the chase vehicle in case of an emergency breakdown. The exceptions are day one on the Abitibi Loop when access to the chase vehicle is not possible for large portions. On the third day the Missinaibi Loop is in a remote area as well with very limited access for the chase vehicle.

Safety and Group Riding

Depending on the numbers providing the deposit, riders will be put into groups of 4-6 riders. Groups will be assigned on the Sunday evening meeting based on desired speed of travel – each group will stay together. The larger tour group will meet at lunch and at the accommodations at the end of the day.

A safety contact list will be provided to each rider in the group.

Each rider is responsible for riding safely under control, and within his or her limits. Note each riding group will wait at all critical trail junctions.


Each rider assumes responsibility for and understands the risks inherent in snowmobiling in a remote wilderness setting such as is involved in this trip. Each rider must understand that regardless of the chase vehicle, the tour will be in remote locations and emergency assistance will be a significant distance away. Each rider must be fit, capable of riding long distances, and prepared with the proper equipment for the extreme winter weather conditions expected.

Emergency Numbers

In most areas 911 via cell or hard line phone will suffice. However in the un-incorporated areas 911 services are not always available. In addition 911 services are not available via the satellite phones. The direct dial emergency numbers will work on the satellite phones if required during emergency situations.

  • OPP 911
  • OPP emergency: 1-888-310-1122
  • OPP North Bay Communications Emergency Direct Dial 1-705-495-7000
  • Cochrane and Hearst EMS Dispatch Direct Dial 1-705-264-1251
  • Joint Rescue Coordination Centre 8 Wing Trenton 24 hrs – 1-800-267-7270 / 613-965-3870
  • Cochrane Fire and EMS Emergency-911
  • Cochrane Fire 1-705-272-6758
  • Lady Minto Hospital Cochrane On, 241 8th Street 1-705-272-7200
  • Hospital Notre-Dame Hearst – 1405 Edward St 1-705-373-2923
  • Hearst Fire 1-705-373-2822 / 911


Each rider will be asked to provide a cell number. A tour text group will be created so riders can text messages, and communicate with chase vehicle.

Cell phone coverage is centered in the towns, and along the Hwy 11 corridor. Once the trail leaves those areas there will be no coverage. The hotels all have cell phone coverage and Internet access.

A satellite phone will be carried on the chase truck and in the group of riders. The satellite phone will be for emergency use only. The cost of the satellite phone is covered in the deposit amount.


This year as part of the registration package each rider will be provided with a customized dry fit T-shirt with logo, tour name, and year. Please specify size to tour coordinator Scott Hamilton via email.

Selection for Participation

The tour group is initially planned for 12 -16 riders, plus chase truck driver. (Depending on demand numbers may be adjusted.) As demand is expected to exceed capacity selection for participation will be based on order the deposits are received, club participation, previous tour participation, and volunteer participation. The tour organizers reserve the right to select riders based on the requirements of the tour. If a deposit is not received by the planning meeting in November the participants name will be removed from the confirmed group.

Sled maintenance and Insurance

The group will assist each other but everyone is expected to have the basic maintenance completed on their machines, prior to departing on the tour. The machines must be in good mechanical condition capable of riding extended distance in remote areas. In addition each rider is responsible to carry all required insurance, registration, license, and valid OFSC permit.


On the club’s web page, and Face Book page. To register for the tour please complete the registration form and submit with your deposit to either Scott Hamilton or Paul Asmis (see below). A tour coordinator will confirm registration. Please contact either of the coordinators for details.


Scott Hamilton

Paul Asmis

Registration Form: