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Riders’ Rank Best Ontario Snowmobile Tour Destinations…

3 snowmobilers discovering Ontario snowmobiling tour destinations

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So what are the most popular Ontario snowmobile tour destinations? From years of snowmobiling, I’ve found my own favourites. But I also wanted to touch base with other snowmobilers for their opinions. So I recently posed the question on my Facebook page as part of my weekly “Have Your Say Mondays” poll. Snowmobilers are always more than willing to share their thoughts. So believe me, there was no shortage of excellent feedback…


By its very nature, the question assumed the recommended Ontario snowmobile tour destinations are likely to be places riders travel to for a special trail riding adventure. So each of these locations has a considerable number of OFSC trail options and loops. They all have good diversity of experiences and offer something special to make riding there memorable. Plus, they each offer plenty of snowmobile-friendly amenities, reliable snow and consistent grooming.

Trailering Distances

So in order of popularity, here are the top 5 Ontario snowmobile tour destinations as selected by you. Also, I should note that I’ve included the trailering distance to each destination from Toronto. Not because Toronto is the centre of the universe. But simply because Toronto’s the easiest reference point from which the most riders can estimate their own drive times.

Regional Ranking

And finally, here’s one more point. Typically, riders answered with a town name (e.g. Cochrane), not the broader region designation (e.g. Northern Corridor). Whenever this happened, I took it to mean the town they staged from to snowmobile throughout the surrounding area. So in compiling the results, I combined neighbouring town choices into their appropriate region and that’s what is listed below.

Top 5 Ontario Snowmobile Tour Destinations

#1 Northern Corridor

Ontario snowmobile tour destinations - riding Northern Corridor trail

Northern Corridor photo by Craig Nicholson

By far the most snowmobilers chose the Northern Corridor as their top pick among Ontario snowmobile tour destinations. Some voted for “Northern Corridor”, but most said Cochrane, Hearst or even Abitibi Canyon. But clearly, as anyone who has gone there knows, everyone rides TOP Trail A and its various loops at least as far as Kapuskasing if not all the way to Hearst and back.

#2 Ottawa Valley

2 snowmobilers, hill country snowmobile trail

Ottawa Valley Photo © by Craig Nicholson

The Ottawa Valley extends along either side of the Ottawa River from Mattawa in the west to almost the City of Ottawa. On its southwest side, it abuts the Madawaska Highlands, which riders ranked as the #3 among Ontario snowmobile tour destinations. In actuality, many riders tour both these adjacent regions. They only distinguish between them by the names of the towns they typically stage from to ride.

#3 Madawaska Highlands

5 snow machines at Tom's Lookout in Madawaska Highlands

Madawaska Highlands Photo © by Craig Nicholson

The Madawaska Highlands are immediately adjacent to, and for most of us inseparable from the Ottawa Valley, which riders ranked as #2 (see above). Together they comprise a huge swath of terrain that is ranked here as the premier Southern Ontario riding area among Ontario snowmobile tour destinations. But because the two are distinct areas at least in regional name and because snowmobilers answering my Have Your Say Mondays poll specifically named their favourite towns, I’ve listed them individually.

#4 Algoma North

Super highway like trail in Algoma North Region of Ontario snowmobile tour destinations

Algoma North Photo © by Craig Nicholson

Snowmobilers answering my Have Your Say Mondays poll about Ontario snowmobile tour destinations picked the area from Searchmont north to Hearst as #4. This in the northern half of the region known as Algoma Country, located north of Lake Huron and east of Lake Superior. For many years, it’s been a popular destination for American snowmobilers visiting Ontario via Sault Ste. Marie.

#5 Greater Sudbury Area

6 snowmobiles at Wolf Mountain on Chiniguchi Wolf Loop near Sudbury

Wolf Mountain Sudbury Photo © by Craig Nicholson

For snowmobiling purposes, a 150-kilometre circle around the City of Sudbury defines the Greater Sudbury Area. It encompasses the original Sudbury Trail Plan, one of most established and well-developed trail systems among Ontario snowmobile tour destinations. Sudbury is the only central destination on this list with trails fanning out like spokes on a wheel in every direction of the compass.

With over 30,000 kilometres of OFSC trails across the province, these Ontario snowmobile tour destinations are just a few of the great trail riding options available. So when Mother Nature cooperates, be sure to discover and explore a few new ones of your own!

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