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How To Plan One of Ontario’s Self Guided Snow Tours…

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ontario's self guided snow toursWhat are Ontario’s self guided snow tours? Ontario has over 30,000 kilometres (16,000 miles) of snowmobile trails across a province that’s bigger than Texas. But what rider can really fathom this huge number of OFSC trails that appears as the world’s largest system on the Provincial Snowmobile Trail Guide? I mean, if you want to go snowmobiling, what you’re looking for is a handful of best snowmobile trails that you can actually ride in a day, weekend or snowmobile vacation for your Ontario snowmobile tour. So while it’s nice to know that you have lots of choices with more than 30,000 kilometres, the reality is that you always select a manageable chunk – a small piece of the whole network – to ride at any given time on your Ontario snowmobile tour. The rest of the system simply doesn’t matter until it’s time to choose your next destination for another ride.

Ontario’s Self Guided Snow Tours Make It Easy To Choose

ontario's self guided snow tours

Photo ©2016 by Craig Nicholson

Sure, you can zero in a little from the big picture helicopter view by consulting one of the more regionalized district trail guides, but if you’re not familiar with that area or its trails, you are still confronting with the challenge of selecting the best snow conditions and locality for your snow machine ride.

For many, especially those visiting from out of area or out of province or for families looking for shorter rides, that search is too much of a crapshoot. After all, you don’t want to get lost, run out of gas, be unable to find a restaurant or lodgings, or suffer through a ride that turns out to be much longer or more difficult than anticipated…but that’s what can happen if you have to choose an Ontario snowmobile tour haphazardly.

ontario's self guided snow tours

Photo ©2016 by Craig Nicholson

So why not take the anxiety out of deciding where to ride? OFSC-Promoted Snow Tours help do just that – no more guesswork. There are 36 self guided Snow Tours available across Ontario for this winter. Each clearly identified snow tour is laid out on established OFSC trails and is well mapped, marked and maintained as part of a specially named and designated route that has a set distance, staging areas, trail access to services and district commitment to priority grooming. What’s more, each snow tour has a services list online that breaks the ride down trail section by section including distances and what services are available along that trail.

Some of Ontario’s self guided snow tours are longer saddlebag rides, while most are day rides. In many areas, several day ride snow tours can be combined for multiple days of sledding in the same region, staging out of one lcocation. So how do discover what snow tours you want to ride for your Ontario snowmobile tour?

How To Decide Which of Ontario’s Self Guided Snow Tours To Ride

ontario's self guided snow tours

Photo ©2016 by Craig Nicholson

You can start your snow tour selection process either with the printed OFSC Provincial Snowmobile Trail Guide or online at the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide. In print, Ontario’s 36 self guided snow tours are highlighted so a quick glance enables you to hone in on an area you’re interested in and can check out in more detail on the appropriate district print guide. Online at the Interactive Trail Guide, the snow tours are by region in a drop down menu, so whatever one you click on will be highlighted on the map face along with more info and links. Alternatively, you can check out the complete OFSC-Promoted Snow Tours list by clicking the Snow Tours logo on the OFSC home page. After reviewing this list, simply click on the district link provided for each tour to get more information and see its services list.

Rating Ontario’s Self Guided Snow Tours

After you ride one of Ontario’s self guided snow tours, why not go online and rate it? Kinda like Trip Advisor, you can share with other riders by letting them know what you experienced. As more ratings come in, each snow tour will get a one-to-five star rating to inform everyone how it’s doing. To have your say, simply visit the OFSC home page and click on the Snow Tours rating link.

No other snowmobiling jurisdiction in the world offers such turnkey, packaged and snowmobiler-friendly sledding routes to enhance your riding experience. Just one more good reason to make an Ontario snowmobile tour your number one choice for great snowmobiling this winter!

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