Bonsecour Track & Trail Snowmobile Club
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Club Executive Information
Secretary: Richard Hildebrandt
Treasurer: Richard Hildebrandt
Place: Various Locations
New Members Welcome
Main Town: Innisfil
Total Distance of Trails: 54KM
TOP Trail Distance: 8KM
Secondary Trail Distance: 46KM
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING
TRAILS IN THE INNISFIL AREA FOR 2017-2018:
Bonsecour trails on the East side of Highway 400
no longer exist. These trails have been closed
permanently. Developers have recently purchased
large tracts of land around Stroud, and their
lawyers have instructed them to discontinue allowing
use of their land for trails. The trails have
been decommissioned, and the landowners will be
persuing trespass charges in order to protect
themselves. Rerouting around these properties
became impossible due in part to the fact that
some ridders do not stay on the marked trail.
Noisy sled exhausts, and bad behaviour on the
part of some riders, were also factors which soured
the possiblity of rerouting.
only positive news for the coming season is that
the Holly/South Barrie trail has been reopened,
but it only heads South towards Alliston. There
are no trails leading to, or crossing Highway
90. The issues explained below are still factors
affecting a Highway 90 crossing. Sledders are
reminded to stay on the trail or we will be posting
more notices like this!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TRAILS
IN THE INNISFIL AREA FOR 2016-2017:
Township of Essa received a petition regarding
the snowmobile trail in the area of 30 Sideroad
and the 8th Line. Essa did not act on the petition,
but did give us one more season (last year). Some
irresponsible snowmobilers driving at a high rate
of speed caused the petition submission. The option
is to go north on the Hydro Corridor, above Essa
30 sideroad...which would involve the construction
a bridge for snowmobiles over the Barrie-Collingwood
Rail line, as it passes through the corridor and
there is no ground access over...a costly undertaking.
rebuild of County Rd 90 to 5 lanes, provides no
safe access for crossing this highway; there are
no traffic lights in place at the 8th Line. The
bridge on the Hydro Corridor (B103) has been vandalized
and now closed off with guard rails and concrete.
Even if we carried out the repair, costing thousands
of dollars, there would be no trail to use.
With the trail out of Holly/South Barrie (#527),
the Club recently lost a 'key' landowner and at
this time, there is no alternative route available.
A few weekends ago, the trail team installed the
required 'Closed trail' signage.
As you may know...the McKay Rd/10th Line bridge
no longer exists over Hwy 400 (B103)...a major
linking trail to get north and around Barrie ...estimated
replacement Fall 2017. Alternate routes have been
sought; i.e. railway tunnel north of Innisfil
Beach Rd. ..2 tracks and a switch in the way,
owned by the City of Barrie , MTO fencing, etc.
The 2nd option was the 6th Line of Innisfil which
goes under Hwy 400...Landowners would not allow
snowmobile trails on their property. No east-west
trail or connection this season.
These are the reasons that our trails are not
on the District 8 or 4 Trail Guide...with a note
to check the OFSC Interactive website. We have
sent the update into the District 8 office for
forwarding on to the OFSC. The Interactive Trail
Guide now shows the remaining trails only.
On the west side of Hwy 400, the Thornton-Cookstown
rail trail (#522) will be open along with a side
trail (#524) to the west from Thornton , towards
the Alliston & District trails (#424)...you
may have to travel west to go north. Alliston
Club has now lost land use on their trail (#425)
to Angus, eliminating a connecting trail and an
optional route around Barrie . We understand that
the Snovoyageurs (Barrie) have also lost land
use on the north side of County Rd 90, #411 opposite
the Alliston trail; as well as, land issues where
Interprovincial Trail B103 around Barrie is located.
On the east side of Hwy 400, the trail (B103)
will be from the 9th line at the lake, heading
west to connect to the south trail (#521) to the
2nd line at the lake...creating a north-south
trail. For land on the 4th line, the Club is waiting
for a Land Use Permission form to be received;
in the meanwhile, a temporary solution has been
worked out with an additional 1 ½ mi of
road to run.
After the readings and review of the initial presentation
of Bill 100/Ontario Trails Act by the ministry/government,
there were easement revisions made to respect
the rights of the Landowners. It is the main cause
of land use permission being withdrawn across
the province...some have changed their positions
but others remain wary, refusing winter access.
Most likely the riders will be frustrated, but
no more disappointed than the club volunteers,
who ride as well, have real jobs, and are attempting
to establish a trail system with what land is
available this season...1/3rd. The Club suggests
that the riders respect the trail closures that
have been posted as such. Ignoring the warnings
and signage can cause more loss of land-use the