Tips and Essentials - Snowmobile

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Tips and Essentials

A few things your need to know before you get your sled out on the trails in Ontario.


To snowmobile legally in Ontario, you must have a valid Driver's Licence or Snow Vehicle Operator's Permit. The OFSC is authorized as an agent to issue snow vehicle operator's licences. For more details visit the OFSC Driver Training Program.
You will also need proof of snowmobile ownership, registration, proof of insurance, a helmet and a snowmobile trail permit.
Ontario residents must register their motorized snow vehicles (MSV) with the Ministry of Transportation, display the registration numbers and show proof of insurance. Non-residents must produce evidence of insurance and registration, or bill of sale and comply with Ontario's snowmobile regulations.


For the 2017 season, Seasonal Trail Permits ($260) and Classic Permits ($170) can be purchased online only at If you’re buying your permit and ready to hit the trails, you will receive a temporary permit at the time of purchase valid for 2 weeks or until your permit arrives in the mail.

Visitors to any part of the trail network in Ontario can take advantage of Multi-Day permits for only $35/day and a minimum of 2 consecutive days. Multi-day permits are ‘Buy, Print and Ride’ and can be purchased the day of your planned trip or in advance, enter the dates of your trip at time of purchase and the permit will be valid for the specified dates. These permits are available from December 2nd onwards.

Get more on Permits and Licencing.


Safety is critical! Wear reflective clothing, a helmet and face shield, waterproof, insulated boots and leather snowmobile mitts. Polypropylene and thermal under layers release moisture while retaining heat. Consider a buoyant snowmobile suit and carry extra clothing, socks, boot liners and mitts for layering.
Don't drink and ride. Operating your sled under the influence of alcohol is punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada. If convicted of driving a snowmobile while impaired, you could lose all driving privileges (car, truck, motorcycle, off-road vehicles and snowmobile).

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Group snowmobiling past OFSC sign on trail.


Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations around snowmobiling in Ontario.
A snowmobiler enjoying the trails.


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