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Barrie - October 2015

Snowmobilers can catch a big savings break by purchasing 2016 Seasonal Snowmobile Trail Permits earlier than usual. The not-for-profit Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is pleased with the province's recent decision to approve a new fee of only $180 for 2016 Seasonal Permits bought on or before November 1, 2015. This limited offer is only available for permit transactions completed online* at www.ofsc.on.ca.

"The $180-Nov. 1 option for the 2016 season represents a 30% saving off the regular Seasonal fee of $260, providing Ontario snowmobilers with exceptional value for the coming winter," "It's our way of saying 'thank you' to loyal buyers for their support and to welcome them back to OFSC trails this season."

According to recent consumer surveys undertaken by the OFSC, the majority of respondents said that Ontario snowmobiling is very enjoyable. So the OFSC is confident that the $180-Nov. 1 permit option will also provide a significant incentive for new participants and former riders to discover the fun of today's snowmobiling for themselves this winter.

Available this season on or before November 1, the $180 permit is a transitional step and part of a major, ongoing review of its business model for trail operations by the OFSC. At their recent annual general meeting in September, OFSC member clubs approved a recommendation called "A Framework For Change". The new plan outlines a comprehensive direction, including more permit types with varied fees, allocating more money where it snows each winter, and promoting efficient trail operations across the province.

"Like many others, the snowmobiling industry was impacted by the global economic downturn following 2008. That's why the OFSC continues to explore alternatives for doing business smarter and more effectively," said OFSC Executive Director Paul Shaughnessy. "We also think it's important to keep snowmobiling as accessible as possible for Ontario families as well as for visitors from outside the province. So we're working on a variety of other enhancements for consideration at our 2016 AGM next September, but now, at least for the coming season, our customers have a new permit choice."

The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs is a volunteer led not-for-profit association, which through strong leadership, provides a wide range of quality programs and services to, and on behalf of, its member organizations. Our provincial network of organized snowmobile trails connects Ontario communities providing responsible riding experiences that are safe, enjoyable and environmentally sustainable.

*Processing fee applies. Full vehicle registration details required at time of purchase.


The Mirror: January 2010

TAY TOWNSHIP- Members of the Georgian Bay Snowriders, along with representatives from Midland Police Services, Southern Georgian Bay OPP, Tay Township, and the Town of Midland, celebrate the completion of the Top "C" snowmobile trail re-route. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place January 22, 2010 at the section of the trail that makes its way past the Wye Marsh. The trail was funded through the National Trails Coalition as part of the federal government's economic action plan, and by Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs trail permit sales.


News Release. October 06, 2009

(Elmvale, ON) -On September 24, 2009 District 8, Georgian Bay Snowriders began construction of the Top C Trail re-route through Tay Township from the wooden trestle bridge located over the Wye river easterly to Highway 12 at Triple Bay Road. 

This trail re-route will parallel portions of the paved Tay Shore Trail as well as cross the paved trail in a couple of areas.  A 60 feet bridge is being installed near the Wye Marsh in order to traverse a large wet area.  This trail re-route will then utilize the former spur rail line from the Tay Shore Trail to Triple Bay road and then run parallel along Triple Bay road to Highway 12.  The re-route then connects with the Top C Trail located on the former CP rail lands which are owned by the Georgian Bay Snowriders,  near the hole in the wall (former Highway 12 tunnel).

Thanks is owed to the National Trails Coalition (NTC) federal government funding program under the 2009-2010 National Trails Infrastructure Program, a key partner in Canada’s Economic Action Plan, as well as the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs for their financial contributions.  In addition the Township of Tay and the Georgian Bay Snowriders are owed thanks for all their efforts in spearheading this project.

This trail re-route reestablishes a land based route for the Top C trail which connects Midland and Penetanguishene to the snowmobile trails to the north and east.  This project will augment and expand seasonal full time positions for trail maintenance, signing and grooming activities, as well as significant tourism spin off employment created in the service business sector, including restaurants, gas stations, and accommodations.

Picture below is section of completed trail in front of Wye Marsh.