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  1. No input on Thunder Bay. But the last comment ( Corolla...gas ) made me think about an article I read about EVs and northwestern Ontario. Apparently, they need many more metered ( public ) EV chargers. Folks pull up to what should be a working EV charger - not. Call a tow truck. No other choice vFlatheads did a good business hauling EVs ( summer ).


    Tough in a car. I'd imagine some  great planning necessary for sledding up there. Email the District. 


    Good luck. And really hoping someone here has input. Bucket list destination.




  2. I just occurred to me - with all these 'efficiencies' in ticketing ...are there fewer government employees? "No-one' is sending out renewal notices. Where'd that staff move to? The robust "Collections" department for those who forgot "1 year or 2 year renewal"? 

  3. Thanks. They're a regular source of our fuel (Hwy 400).


    Oddly, never 'felt the love' further north, at the Petro Canada south of Parry Sound. Drama with trailer parking (yes/no? For the day; overnight? Even had to park in a secluded 'Park n Ride' in the vicinity one year. Not like the old days at that Petro Canada station).


    Wolf Energy (Exit: Iroquois Cranberry Growers Drive) expanded last summer. Our go to for northern gas.


  4. I snowmobiled in D'ville last April. The hotel was (and is) a great supporter of sledders. They hold more rooms 'open' for sledders than our numbers may warrant. Should you plan ahead - yes. Like any hotel business, they cater to 'business' people and in this case it's often management from local industries. They're in for a few days, a week - whatever.  Stay there. Talk to them. They're excited about natural resources in the area.


    Plan ahead. GREAT area to ride. 

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  5. The show seemed smaller. We got through it quite fast this year. Saw a few sledders from prior rides, volunteers I knew in the 'club' section. 


    While smaller (vendor - wise imo) , it did seem more crowded. Saturday a.m., opening bell might be the reason for that. 


    My buddy commented on the 'financial planners' prevelant at the show. "We" are an aging demographic, and certain industries have picked up on that. Best line from one of the young ladies promoting banking services "Is your portfolio as green as your jacket"? (I wear Arctic Cat green - hate to be a 'Doo guy and hear what she says to you "Old Yeller' chaps :) )


    All in all, a couple of hours well spent.

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  6. On 11/6/2023 at 12:34 PM, Strong Farmer said:

    Dinner bell usually is good for overnight parking. I usually call ahead and clarify if it’s ok. I always eat in resturant before heading out or when I come back in. 
    Never used any of above options for overnight. 
    I have also parked over at golf and ski in mattawa. Mike usually pretty good about it. Lots of sledders ride in there which frees up parking. 
    That being said weekends would be tough at both spots during week you are usually good. 


    Great info re: Sand Dam road. Thanks. Sounds like the OP has a solution.


    I've also parked at the huge parking lot at Dinner Bell. Same model as above - purhcase meals when we park, meals when we pick up - and often a stay over evening on the last day of our trip. HUGE parking lot. I'd imagine 'safer' than roadside parking, but to each, his own.

  7. Never ordered tracking. Expectation is - ordered placed, order received. No drama.


    Will review available options when placing this year. 


    Never had an issue with permit delivery. Still miss my trip north to buy passes in person. 

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  8. TrakMaps customer. Received the following from the company.


    Dear Valued TrakMaps Customers,


    We regret to inform you that The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) has terminated its partnership with TrakMaps for the production of GPS maps covering the OFSC trails.


    This means the following regrettable consequences:


    We can no longer offer Ontario (OFSC) snowmobile trails maps for GPS product.
    We can no longer offer official updates for this GPS product.

    This product is discontinued and is no longer available for purchase.

    While your current Snowmobile Ontario product will continue to function on your GPS unit, please be aware that there will be no further updates available. This said, we never recommend riding with trail maps that are out of date.


    It would be best to contact the OFSC for other available mapping options.


    We understand that the news is disappointing to our dedicated snowmobiling community, and we want to express our gratitude for your continued support over the years.


    While this particular collaboration has come to an end, please rest assured that TrakMaps remains committed to providing you with top-notch navigation solutions for all your outdoor adventures (ATV, Hunting, Hiking, Fishing, Boating, Snowmobile and so much more).


    If you have any questions about this decision or would like to share your feedback, we encourage you to reach out to the OFSC:

    Phone: 705-739-7669 (press 0)
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    This one's a head scratcher. How can removing pinpoint location in Ontario's north be safe? 

  9. What I've always found interesting is the fact that it's spending which ( often ) benefits remote communities, where sledders buying a restaurant meal, groceries, sled repairs, lodging, even fuel....keep the lights on when summer tourists have left. 

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  10. And the Quebec trails will be filled with students :)


    "( Quebec is) short more than 8,000 teachers, and has rather lowered its standards to fill the gap. "You have a BA in history, mathematics, chemistry or French? You want to try your hand at a new career? We have place for you now," says Drainville. "You will become an unlicensed teacher." He stopped short of offering a free toaster to entice more applicants."


    LMV should teach. I'd love to read about it in the local newspaper 🤣🥸

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  11. What are you  doing for boat fuel  this year? Marina is far away.  Currently  stopping at marina with gas cans on the way north, but that's messed up - driving by car to the marina, to fill cans with gas. 


    Old Yamaha 100 4 stroke.


    And 40 hp Merc 2 stroke.



  12. On 7/16/2023 at 10:46 PM, Strong Farmer said:

    I am starting to think premium isn’t safe to buy any more, because it’s slow moving and contains E. That’s perfect recipe for extra water into fuel no doubt. 


    I've had the same feeling at low - traffic gas stations. Still use premium in the sled in that scenario, but it's a " hmmm " moment. 



  13. 6 hours ago, Strong Farmer said:

    Yamaha dealers will go artic cat then and they can double market share over night. 🤷🏽‍♂️


    Won't territory rights impede? In our area, Georgian Bay Yamaha on Hwy 12 is unlikely to become an Arctic Cat dealer with Team Powerports Arctic Cat on Hwy 400  ( exisiting rights) so close .


    But who knows. Would be nice for the Yamaha dealers to sell and service Arctic Cat. They've got the repair technology,  equipment already,  by and large.

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