Snowmobiling

The Northumberland County Forest is a celebrated space for recreation in our community. The Forest has an extensive network of recreational trails, including 47 kilometers of trail designated for motorized sports like snowmobiling.

Trail Closure Notice: Timber harvest operations are currently underway. Please note Kinglet Loop is temporarily closed and will reopen when safe to do so.
Map showing Kinglet Loop trail closure in Beavemeadow Conifer Harvest area

Download the Snowmobile Trails Map

Guidelines for safe snowmobiling in the County Forest

  • Trails are open to snowmobilers - when there is enough snow to be groomed by the Great Pine Ridge Snowmobile Association (GPRSA) - from November 1 to March 31. 
  • Snowmobilers must have an Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs membership to use the forest trails.
  • Riders must be plated, insured and comply with all applicable provincial and municipal laws.
  • Snowmobiling in Ontario is governed by provincial legislation, commonly referred to as the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act of Ontario or MSVA.
  • Please respect private property and other users of the Forest.
  • Snowmobiles must not operate at speed greater than 50 kilometers per hour. 
  • Please do not litter.
  • Campfires are not permitted.
  • Comply with all application laws and by-laws.

The Northumberland O.P.P. and municipal by-law enforcement officers patrol the Northumberland County Forest. 

Important notices 

Off-trail riding strictly forbidden

Warning: The operation of any snowmobile off of any authorized snowmobile trail within the County Forest is strictly prohibited. The County does not inspect, maintain or otherwise repair areas “off-trail” for snowmobiles, and those who choose to engage in such activity do so at their own risk. Serious injury or death may occur to anyone who operates a snowmobile off of an authorized trail within the County Forest, including but not limited to accidents arising from collisions with objects hidden beneath the snow, ice, ungroomed areas, uneven ground, and other hazards not found on a groomed authorized snowmobile trail. Please stay on the authorized trails and stay safe! 

Parking lots not regularly maintained

Warning: The County does not regularly inspect, maintain or otherwise repair the parking lots within the County Forest during the Winter Season, (i.e. between October 1 to March 31) and anyone who chooses to use such areas does so at their own risk. Serious injury or death may occur to anyone who chooses to use any parking lot within the County Forest during such times.