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WCSTA Snowmobile Bridge Over the Ottawa River

Many snowmobilers have been asking when the new snowmobile bridge over the Ottawa River will be open.The bridge has been completed but is not open as part of the OFSC trail network. The snowmobile trail on the Quebec side has not been opened on the CN Rail corridor to date.

The bridge is accessible from the WCSTA trails but is not open until the proper arrangements have been put in place in Quebec.  The Quebec club has marked an unofficial route to access their trails at Norway Bay.  This trail is unofficial until all legal requirements are met

Anyone using this trail is doing so at their own risk on Ontario and Quebec trails .  Anyone using the trail has to have due respect for speed and noise along the full length of the trail and especially in built up areas.  Volunteers have spent an inordinate amount of time establishing the bridge and trails and we do not need a few disrespectful snowmobilers putting this at risk.  We are having trouble with snowmobilers across our system not staying on trails, speeding and making excessive noise in built up areas.  If you keep this up you will have no where to snowmobile and the efforts of your volunteers will have been wasted.

Please use some common sense and obey the rules or stay home. We don’t need you wrecking it for the rest of our members.

Paul McDonald

President

NOTICE TO SNOWMOBILERS AND WALKERS

The Entrance to the Crazy Horse snowmobile trail (W20B) will be closed at the March/Huntmar intersection  Saturday Feb 27th from 9:00am to approx.. 1pm for Trail maintenance and trail re-routing. There will be no snowmobile or pedestrian access to the trail during this work period.

Please respect the work being done by your volunteers for you.

Our trails are not open, Yet,

Our trails are not open, Yet,

We will be starting to get trails ready with this new snowfall, BUT please, wait until they are officially open.

And as always, please stay on trail … We don’t want to see pictures with tracks going across fields (like this one) when we ask snowmobilers to stay on the trail.

A Message from our club (WCSTAI) President

Jan 14, 2021

It is January 14, 2021 and we are waiting for snow. I received notice yesterday the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association (WCSTA) has 983 Members to date this year through Permit sales. I believe this is the highest number we have ever had this early in the season. We have worked hard in the last several months to have our trails and groomers ready for when we get snow.

I want to thank our volunteers for their continued support to the Board and the Members. Snowmobiling may be the biggest recreational activity in Ontario that funds the development and operation of its trail infrastructure and maintenance and grooming equipment and operations from Member Permit dollars with no ongoing financial support from any level of government. Volunteers do it all, including fund raising.

We face challenges keeping Members informed of new volunteer opportunities. Of the 983 Members, 233 of you have agreed to be contacted for volunteering.  This is very encouraging. We are working to put in place a means to email these people and let them know how they can help on projects, trails or the Board.  You will hear from us shortly.

Below is a message from our Governor, Bruce Robinson on the value of our volunteers and his thanks to those that keep our Clubs running.  Please read it. I want to thank all our volunteers, including the silent people that I do not meet and never hear from. Your time and efforts are appreciated.

As Roy Rogers would say – “Happy Trails to You”. Now we need snow.

Paul McDonald, President

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A Message from Bruce Robinson, Governor, District 1 – December 24, 2020

Its Christmas Eve and I just returned from our church service which was quite different without carol singing and limited to 30 percent capacity but at least we were able to hold it before the approaching lock down.  Christmas is a time to be with our families however for many this Christmas will be much lonelier because many folks are not travelling due to the virus.  So much has changed and it has become very clear to me that we have taken so much for granted.  My Christmas Greeting tonight is for my snowmobile family who I, and many others, have taken for granted.  Each year at this time as I travel throughout Eastern Ontario, I notice the thousands of signs and pickets that spring up in the fields.  Being a trail worker myself, I know how much effort it takes to prepare the trails.  We got the OK to picket our last 2 corn fields just yesterday and there was 4 inches of frost.  Thankfully we had a generator and drill.  But my point is that we take for granted the thousands of hours of volunteer labour to make those trails happen.  Not to mention the work that went on beforehand getting all the land use permissions in order and re-routing around new seeding and new owners that have refused to let the trail on the property.  And this not only happens in District 1 but all across the province.  Imagine that field you picketed connects to the next piece of land and to the next and so on and so on until you have a complete trail system of 30,000 km.  An amazing feat.  Then there is the grooming and then the spring clean up.  Incredibly it happens every year and in spite of disagreeable weather, Bill 100 (remember a few years back), insurance issues, pandemic viruses, and a host of other issues, the volunteers persevere and the trail happens.  And we all take if for granted that the trail will be ready once the snow flies.  So this Christmas message is for all those unsung volunteer heroes who work behind the scenes and never get the recognition they deserve.  A big MERRY CHRISTMAS and THANK YOU.  You are part of the snowmobile family and we appreciate the work you do.  Hopefully the snow will soon arrive so we can at least ride locally and enjoy the fruits of our labour.  Please distribute this Christmas Message to all the volunteer heroes in your club.

Bruce Robinson  

News Release by OFSC.

No Change For OFSC Snowmobile Trails At This Time

Posted on | by OFSC

Trails Remain A Permitted Recreational Activity Under New Regs

OFSC Update Based On Info Available as of January 14 at 9 AM

On January 12th, 2021, the Province of Ontario announced a second province-wide State-of-Emergency and a new Stay At Home Order. The Order, which has come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, January 14th and will last at least 28 days. On January 13 at 5:56 PM, the Province issued an Order In Council with the regulations for the Stay At Home Order. This Order In Council specifically allows:

16. Exercising, including,

i. walking or moving around outdoors using an assistive mobility device, or

i i. using an outdoor recreational amenity that is permitted to be open under the Stage 1 Order.

As stated previously in the Stage 1 Order, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, Ontario Regulation 82/20 (Stage 1 Order) dated January 11, 2021, in Schedule 3, section 4. (2):  “The following outdoor recreational amenities may open if they are in compliance with subsection (3)” with the permitted uses listed in subsection 16 as Snowmobile, cross country ski, dogsledding, ice skating and snow shoe trails.

This means that as of today’s date and time, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) can reconfirm that our snowmobile trails remain a permitted recreational activity, allowable across the province as they have been since the last shutdown began on December 26, 2020, provided that participants comply with all other provincial and local public health unit directives. So, snowmobilers with valid trail permits are permitted to access any available (GREEN) or limited availability (YELLOW) trails at this time, but only within the context of the provisions of the Stay At Home Order that allows local recreational exercise from your primary residence.

Meanwhile where weather conditions permit, grooming operations are also allowed under the new regulations, which grant an exception for Working or volunteering where the nature of the work or volunteering requires the individual to leave their residence, including when the individual’s employer has determined that the nature of the individual’s work requires attendance at the workplace.”

As per the previously released Flex Trail Plan, the OFSC will continue to keep feeder trails between public health regions unavailable (RED) and are urging all snowmobilers to stay close to home, ride with those in your household in groups of 5 or less, and only ride local trails if they become YELLOW or GREEN. For latest trail availability, please check the Interactive Trail Guide.  The OFSC encourages all riders to respect local communities and ride in as self sufficient a manner as possible.

The foregoing update provides as much clarity as is available at this date and time regarding OFSC snowmobile trails. We remind riders that the OFSC is about riding trails, not travelling to them, so questions about travel restrictions on trailering away from home or outside your public health region should be directed to local law enforcement agencies as municipalities and public health units across Ontario have the authority to enact local restrictions in addition to provincial legislation.

The OFSC will continue to share updates as they become available about snowmobile trails as they become available to ensure snowmobilers are informed. Please check our website, Facebook Page and the OFSC newsletter regularly for these updates.


The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is a volunteer led, not for profit association that provides the voice for organized snowmobiling in Ontario. OFSC snowmobile trails managed by 200 community based, member clubs generate up to $3.3 billion in economic activity in the province each year.

For questions or to schedule a media interview with the OFSC, please contact  marketing@ofsc.on.ca

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