Ahh, the plaintive cry: “Are we there, yet?” But around here inspiring places can be reached by interesting means; stunning vistas are complemented by the thrill of journeying there in exciting ways – the means and ways can only be done by snowmobiling. Each Signature Loop in the Upper Canada Snowmobile Region, (located in Eastern Ontario), offers snowmobilers the opportunity to capture a favorite piece of our diverse region while visiting this beautiful part of Ontario.
Most sledders in Eastern Ontario communities live an active lifestyle. With stunning landscapes and endless possibilities for sledding right in front of their own garage, it’s only natural to come to sled Eastern Ontario Society of Snowmobilers! One constant is for certain, let’s be sure, no matter where your ride begins, our trail system connects many thrills, incredible scenery, and a ride to a taste of Eastern Ontario sledding adventures. So don’t fret, there’s plenty to go around. And yes you can now say “We are there” after five or six days, the Signature Loops are designed to be your most unforgettable vacation in Ontario, Yours to Discover.
|The French Connection||310 km||1-2 day loop||Morrisburg, Winchester, Metcalfe, Carlsbad Springs, Hammond, Plantagenet, Vankleek Hill, Alexandria, Monkland, and Ingleside|
|Rideau – St. Lawrence||240 km||1-day loop||Smiths Falls, North Gower, Oxford Station, Prescott, Maynard, and Athens|
|Upper Canada Circuit||275 km||1-2 day loop||Morrisburg, Osgoode, Metcalfe, Larose Forest, Casselman, Moosecreek, Monkland, and St Andrews W|
|Ottawa Valley River||500 km||1, 2, or 3-day loop||Ottawa, Arnprior, Pembroke, Golden Lake, Eganville, Calabogie, and White Lake|
|Rails & Trails Ontario East Loop||267 km||1, 2, or 3- day loop||Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Almonte, Pakenham, Arnprior, Renfrew, Calabogie, Snow Road, Sharbot Lake, and Perth|
French Connection Loop
Our French Connection Loop is 302 km (185 miles) of pure paradise as you ride into an atmosphere of proud French hospitality, warmth, and friendliness of the social traditions carried by the local snowmobile clubs.
Your starting point for Snowmobiler friendly accommodations can be found in Morrisburg at the McIntosh Country Inn 1-888-229-2850, just south of Highway 401, located on TOP E105. The community of Morrisburg also offers restaurants, service stations, automotive garages, a pharmacy, and a Ski-Doo dealer, all located right on Top E105.
This two-day loop will take you through woodlots and open fields as you travel east on TOP E105 and A104 towards the town of Alexandria. Make sure to bring your sunglasses as you ride east into a sunny day of full enjoyment. The town of Alexandria can be your first stop with trailside amenities of food, fuel and sled dealers for Polaris and Ski-Doo located all on TOP A trail. As you head northeast on TOP A from Alexandria you will turn onto an abandoned rail bed (still TOP A trail) which will lead you west to the town of Plantagenet and an overnight stay at the Motel de Champlain 613 673 5220 with a restaurant attached to the motel and fuel just next door, makes this a snowmobilers haven located just off TOP A. This first-day ride will give you the chance to see many of Ontario’s wildlife in the winter months from White Tail Deer to Moose along with our local Coyotes and Foxes, so please drive with care and have your camera ready.
Your next day’s travel will send you west on TOP A to the town of Metcalfe for fuel, food, or service at an Arctic Cat dealer all located on the trail with signage in place to find your needs. Stop if need be and turn south onto TOP A212 to the town of Winchester for a Tim Hortons stop on TOP A104. Once you leave with your Timmys, your travel will take you through open farmland on the wide, safe groomed trail of TOP A104 to connect back to TOP E105 and then a short jaunt back to your starting point of Morrisburg. Throughout your two-day ride, you will come across a variety of forested trails to open farmland with some unopened road allowances and rail bed trails all on smooth groomed, signed, and safe trails.
Rideau – St. Lawrence
The Rideau St. Lawrence Run is approximately 275 km (171 miles) of awesome sledding. This one day loop will take you through rolling hills of woodlots, open fields, pipeline corridors and abandoned rail lines. It will give you the chance to see many of Ontario’s wildlife in the winter months as you sled on the well-groomed and signed trails.
Your starting point for accommodations can be found in Smiths Falls at the Best Western located just off the Top E. The community of Smiths Falls also offers restaurants, service stations, automotive garages, a pharmacy. The Cataraqui Trail is home to a large portion of the Top E trail with great views along this old rail line.
Your next stop will be North Gower following the famous Rideau River. North Gower has food and fuel. Make sure you stop into the Marlborough restaurant for some wings.
Your next stop will be the Kemptville Snowmobile Klub clubhouse located just off he A014 on the K38 at the corner of O’Neill Rd and Pattersons Corners Rd. The clubhouse offer snacks, drinks and light meals. Check for hours before going.
Your next stop will be just north of Maynard at the Grenville Snowmobile Association clubhouse located just off he E105 on the Charlieville Rd. The clubhouse offer snacks, drinks and light meals. Check for hours before going.
Your next stop will be in Athens at the Athens and District Snowmobile Club clubhouse located just off the A1 where it meets E105 on 10th Line Rd. The clubhouse offer snacks, drinks and light meals. The club is famous for ‘Jim’s Wings’. Check for hours before going.
Upper Canada Circuit
The Upper Canada Circuit is one of four tour loops in the Upper Canada Snowmobile Region. The loop is approximately 275 km (171 miles) of pure sledding.
This one day or two day loop will take you into an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie associated with our snowmobile friendly communities. This loop will take you through woodlots, open fields, pipeline corridors and abandoned rail lines.
Your starting point for accommodations can be found in Morrisburg at the McIntosh Country Inn just off Hwy 401, located on the E015. The community of Morrisburg also offers restaurants, service stations, automotive garages, a local snowmobile sales and service shop.
Your next stop will be Osgoode, following the famous Rideau River, along the KOC and A214 trails. Great food awaits at the famous Red Dot Café where you can sled right up to the door and fuel is nearby. In the nearby town of Metcalfe, you can get service for Artic Cat sleds.
As you head east your travel will take you over Hwy 417 and through the beautiful and well-know Larose Forest on wide, safe, groomed trails.
Your next stop will be Casselman along Hwy 417 and heading south on A213. Casselman offers fuel many options for meals including Pizza Hut, Burger King and KFC.
On your way south to Monkland along the A213, don’t forget to stop at the famous covered bridge for photos. The bridge is located just north of Monkland. In Monkland, you can access food and fuel. On your way home you will cross over Hwy 401 for an amazing view. Your last stop before returning to Morrisburg is the Riverside Snowmobile Club clubhouse located just off he A104 in Riverside Heights Park. Check for hours before going.
Ottawa Valley River Loop (New 2022)
Come and ride Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley. The Ottawa Valley River Loop offers snowmobilers the opportunity to capture a favorite piece of our diverse region and lifestyle along the Ottawa River. The loop is approximately 500 km (311 miles) of pure sledding as you ride into an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie associated with our snowmobile friendly communities.
This one, two, or three day loop will take you through rolling hills of woodlots, open fields, pipeline corridors and abandoned rail lines. It will give you the chance to see many of Ontario’s wildlife in the winter months as you sled on the well-groomed, signed trails provided by the volunteers of the many clubs that make up Snow Country Snowmobile Region and the Upper Canada Snowmobile Region.
Your starting point for Snowmobiler friendly accommodations is the Brooksteet Hotel, which can be found in heart of Ottawa in the suburb of Kanata, at the most southern tip of the WCSTA W1 trail. The Brookstreet offers shuttles to local shopping, Senators games and Canadian Tire Centre events. Hotel amenities include on-site restaurants and café, fitness studio, indoor saltwater pool, WiFi, children’s wading pool & hot tubs, and games room and kids activities. Why not stay at the Brookstreet and take in a hockey game?
Your next stop will be the Days Inn, Renfrew. The Hotel is just steps from the trail with lots of parking. The hotel’s amenities include a fitness center and business centre and on-site restaurant. The hotel is located right on the WWSG 107. The hotel is close to food and fuel.
Your next stop will be the Best Western Pembroke Inn. The Hotel is just steps from the trail with lots of parking. The hotel’s recreational amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub and a fitness center. The hotel is located right on the Top B Trail.
Your next stop is Calabogie at the Calabogie Peaks Resort located just off CDSC 105 and E105A. The resort is located in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, at the foot of Dickson Mountain. Maybe mix some skiing in to your trip? The resort’s amenities include a fully equipped fitness center, indoor saltwater pool, an outdoor hot tub, WiFi, continental breakfast, and on-site restaurant. The community of Calabogie offers restaurants, service stations, automotive garages and a pharmacy, all located right on or off the TOP E105A.
Contact UCSR at www.ucsra.ca or 1-613-543-0374 and/or SCSR at www.snowcountrysnowmobileregion.ca or 613-735-8882 for more information.
Rails & Trails Ontario East Loop
Brand new to Eastern Ontario, the Rails and Trails Ontario East Loop takes snowmobilers through rugged Lanark County and Ottawa Valley countryside, peppered with scenic small towns to warm up in. The loop is approximately 267 kms of beautiful wintry terrain on the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail (OVRT), crisscrossing the Mississippi River in Carleton Place, Almonte and Pakenham, before heading north to the Ottawa Valley and then looping south down the K&P trail through hilly Canadian Shield territory to Calabogie and Sharboit Lake. This one, two, or three-day tour will take you through Lanark County’s snowmobile friendly communities, where local businesses are ready to warm you from the inside out. Travel through a winter wonderland, picture-perfect small towns and protected wildlife corridors along trails and former railbeds.
Launch your exploration of Lanark County’s snow territory at any one of the small towns peppered along the route: Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Almonte, Pakenham, Arnprior, Renfrew, Calabogie, Snow Road, Sharbot Lake, and Perth. Along the way, stop into the Snow Road Snowmobile Club clubhouse. There are ample places to park at any of these locations and the shopping, food and drink, and other amenities will invite you to explore before pulling on your helmet for your ride. Plan your route to include lengthy stops or overnight stays in one of these communities, where you’ll find quality food and drink, artisan chocolate makers, coffee roasters and more. Boutique shops on heritage downtown streets are within walking distance to most snowmobile-friendly accommodations.
In Carleton Place, the brand-new Comfort Inn, offers a safe parking area, and is close to groceries, restaurants, and entertainment. In Perth, there are a number of options to park your sled at the end of the day along Highway 7, including the Aquarius Motel, Colonial Inn and Tay Inn. In Smiths Falls the Best Western is within walking distance of everything you need for a good night’s rest – groceries, restaurants, fuel, and walking trails along the historic Rideau Canal.