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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Many Snowmobile Trails Closed

Regional | by Claire McCormack  

It's cold now, but January's thaw damaged trails and most still need to be rebuilt.

Most snowmobile trails remain closed this weekend.

The Local District (9) Office of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs says the January thaw means most trails need to be rebuilt before anyone can ride on them.

The only sections that are open are in the Tobermory Snowmobile Club Region (Miller Lake north to Tobermory).

District 9 is asking snowmobilers in all other areas to be patient and stay off OFSC Prescribed Snowmobile Trails.

Club officials are asking riders to remember that snow in driveways and on roadsides does not translate to available trails.

They say club volunteers need to re-inspect, pack, and rebuild trail bases that are safe for riders and will also protect the landowners’ property.

Club officials say it doesn't happen overnight, and in most cases there is significantly more snow required before trail building can commence, especially where clubs have trails through field areas.

They note riding on closed OFSC trails is illegal. Anyone found doing so may be charged with trespassing regardless of whether the rider has purchased a snowmobile permit.

Snowmobilers are asked to check trail status at for up to the minute trail condition updates.

OFSC District 9 has 26 member clubs, grooms and maintains over 2900 km of trail, and encompasses all of Bruce Grey and the northern parts of Perth, Huron and Wellington Counties.

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