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  1. One thing that is hurting places like HH and Base Camp is that sleds are getting better and better on fuel than they did 20 years ago and with the popularity of Linq style cans a lot of guys can make these loops without getting fuel or if they need to stop, buying very little fuel. I remember back even in the early 2000s, all you could safely get is 100 miles out of a tank of fuel. Even Cochrane to Kap required a splash of fuel in SRF. Now, 120miles/200kms is very easy to do with a modern sled. With guys not needing fuel at all or just needing 10 litres to complete the loop it is making it really hard for these outposts to justify staying open. The last time I was at HH, which was the day it closed for the season last year, I topped up my sled even though I know I could have gotten away with 10 litres. That being said, I used my Linq can to finish the Abitibi Canyon loop the same weekend when the guy told me $60 for 10L of fuel.
    12 points
  2. 1. 6 Day New Brunswick/ Gaspe trip. Will spend 3 days in each province. We did this trip last year. Same loop this year with different group of guys. 2. A five day loop, Saint Raymond, Lac St Jean, Mont Valin loop. 3. Another week during March Break couples trip. Haven’t decided yet where we wil spend this week. Will be Quebec or possibly NB
    9 points
  3. I am hoping to pick this up eventually once Polaris lets me.
    5 points
  4. https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1002333/ontario-enhancing-snowmobile-trails-in-the-north Nice to see the top C re-route and the issues north of Dubreuville on the list.
    4 points
  5. So, by all evidence that we can find, there are no commercial flights out of Cochran. So, you have a private plane as well? .
    3 points
  6. Let me know when, willing to guide the area anytime!
    3 points
  7. Have a couple of ideas. Hoping for snow between Christmas and New Years - so we can shake the rust off. Last winter - my son had a hockey game in Zurich, Ontario - there was good snow and lots of trails around - arena was s drop spot, I see on his schedule - we are there in February again this year, so I have told him we'll take the sleds if the weather is good - play his game - then ride after - would be a new area - good area for him as a young rider - *( fields - in/out etc. ) Looking to do a small trip with him once hockey schedule allows it. Other than that - a whole lot of sitting in the garage
    3 points
  8. Gas was $3.25 at HH when we were there and I didnt feel like I was being raped considering gas at the pumps was $2.00-$2.10 everywhere else that weekend. The 6 bucks/litre at Basecamp pissed me off though.
    3 points
  9. We should all support halfway when through there. The costs are legit. Base camp on the other hand. Pack your fuel caddy and breeze on by until they stop the gouging.
    3 points
  10. Both wife and I ordered ours this morning. Good omen is that it was -3 in Timmins this morning!
    2 points
  11. I think most of the guys on OC at least, have their sleds equipped to their liking and want to ride them when they go north. It doesn't make sense to own an expensive sled with associated costs and leave it sitting at home. In a lot of cases there are there are 2-4 people going north together and sharing the costs of fuel and rooms so its likely still much cheaper than flying and renting. In our groups case, the trip up and home gives us a chance to enjoy the conversations and being with friends.
    2 points
  12. Got my permit ordered. It opened at 9 AM. I have received my confirmation email but can't decipher permit # from the coding.
    2 points
  13. Just tried myself, still not available as of 8:15 am. Guess the website is having issues or someone forgot to press the "GO" button
    2 points
  14. You can fly to Timmins from Toronto Island every day. My buddy bought a new C8 from the Chevy Dealer in Timmins and flew up there to pick it up and drive it home. It was around $150 to fly 1 way and he was there in 90 mins. I have a client who has his own plane and has a cabin outside of Timmins. He flies up every weekend to sled.
    2 points
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  16. Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permit Fee Increase Posted on 29 Sep 2022 | by OFSC (Barrie, ON: September 29, 2022) – The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is announcing a $5 permit fee increase for 2023 Seasonal and Classic Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permits. The increase does not apply to Multi-Day or Special Event Trail Permits. Permits and Permit Gift Cards sales commence online October 1, 2022. Well below Canada’s current inflation rate of 7.0%, this modest permit fee increase ensures that trail riding will remain as affordable as possible for Ontario snowmobilers this season. At the same time, it also enables the Federation to keep pace with rising operational costs and allows us to make considerable investments in the groomers, trails, and infrastructure required to deliver Ontario’s premier winter tourism activity. “The OFSC remains committed to providing the best snowmobiling experience possible and that means continued investments in all aspects of our operations,” said CEO Ryan Eickmeier. “We are confident that this is a fair and balanced approach, with additional revenue being invested directly on the snow. We look forward to seeing everyone enjoy the 30,000km+ of OFSC trails this winter, made possible by thousands of club volunteers.” The fees for 2023 Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permits are: Seasonal Permit Purchased prior to November 2, 2022: $200 Purchased November 2, 2022 to December 1, 2022: $230 December 2, 2022 onwards: $280. Classic Permit Purchased prior to November 2, 2022: $160 Purchased November 2, 2022 to December 1, 20221: $160 December 2, 2022 onwards: $190 Special Event Permits $45 The permit fee increase was endorsed by the OFSC membership and based on an approved business case submitted to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. Ontario law requires a snowmobile entering an OFSC Prescribed Snowmobile Trail for recreational riding purposes to display a valid Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permit. For questions to schedule a media interview with the OFSC please contact Andrew Walasek at awalasek@ofsc.on.ca or by phone at 705-739-7669 x251.
    2 points
  17. Actually just saw him last weekend at the highway men car show place was packed saw another sledder. Had a bad accident last year prepping for grass drags. Full recovery.
    2 points
  18. So with Oct just around the corner, what plans do people have in the works or thinking of doing for the upcoming season? I think I’ll be making the trek to NB this year for a trip - nothing concrete yet. Taking the kids on some rides for sure too. Not sure what else. Sled needs upgraded torsion springs for when taking the kids. I think that’s about it.
    1 point
  19. Got our two. sooo nice not having to worry this year of having sleds arrive before the snow flys (both did NOT last year).
    1 point
  20. Look at you guys, early bird gets the worm…or perhaps something else..lol.
    1 point
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  22. 1 point
  23. Do any airlines provide regular flights to/from in the winter from our area or TO?
    1 point
  24. Yes two day minimum but not real cheap. 45 a day last year. So 90 for a two day minimum 😎. Download and print online from home before your trip. Pretty easy actually.
    1 point
  25. I’ve never complained about the price of a permit and never will, won’t have a trail network without it
    1 point
  26. But you have/had a sled?!?!? I was not expecting a place that rented sleds in Cochrane.
    1 point
  27. $1350.00 including tax for 4 days and they have a 600 Indy at Cochrane Rentals.
    1 point
  28. We do less trail riding now and more through the swamps and out on the ice. Have to decide which trail sled I'll sell the Renegade or the Mach, certainly don't need both. Spent more time on my GTX fan running around the swamps, think next year I'll order a Tundra type sled.
    1 point
  29. It’s actually a 2022 that I held at dealer for summer. At least it’s in their showroom blocking space they need so update should get done once available
    1 point
  30. sorry my bad I hijacked the thread somehow
    1 point
  31. In the Monkey Barrel?
    1 point
  32. Winter of 2018 when I last toured area with my dad. We did big loop and it was fourth week of march.
    1 point
  33. There is a stop ride on them until the recall is fixed on them, Personally as I have sold my 2022 XCR am going to wait to finalize the purchase and same for the 2023 on order till this is all dealt with. Hands are kinda of tied right now
    1 point
  34. All I have heard is there is a fix for the recall and they are waiting to get approval for it and sourcing the parts needed to deal with the recall, Really hoping this doesn't mess up this upcoming season
    1 point
  35. He sure was. When you went for a ride with Ed you better be prepared for a 400km day. I haven’t seen him much since we went for a ride late Jan ‘21. He rode my backup sled which I sold shortly after. I have talked to him on the phone a couple times but not lately.
    1 point
  36. You would have to find him first V2. He has been very illusive since he sold the clubhouse and property. Ed was a long rider for being in his mid 70's.
    1 point
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  38. In fairness the first Doo that I had last year didn’t turn as crisp as my cat did, but after some messing around, works good now. I’m usually pretty shocked at people that get new sleds and it works to their liking based on dealer prep - I’ve just never experienced that, but even if it did, I know I’d think it could be better and start messing around….lol
    1 point
  39. Things are changing in Quebec like Ontario. I was reading a post on QR not long ago from a guy doing a bike trip on the north shore of Gaspe. Basically saying that some regular sled stops have posted that they won't be open this winter, some are closed certain days now or have shortened open hours due to lack of employees. Sounds like trip planners this winter may have to be on the phone more checking out food/fuel availability and maybe pre-booking accommodations if you haven't in the past.
    1 point
  40. Staffing seemed to be one of their issues last season. Maybe they only need a couple of guys there if they are sellling gas. Maybe they see the lucrative market in boiled hot dogs that the Base Camp serves and are pivoting their business model to emulate BC.
    1 point
  41. OFSC Agm is this weekend coming. Nothing official regarding permit cost for this season..
    1 point
  42. Lol, yep….the cheap Ontario pass making it an easy pill to swallow, for some…. Definitely nice if your group all commits - seems to be an issue for us when we plan, everyone is guns a blazing months before until date is closer, than start dropping like flies….lol If I recall, 355 last year was closed during week for logging, open weekends - but I’d imagine unless they receive a dump of snow on Friday, trail conditions may suck on weekends. We avoided it last year because of that.
    0 points
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