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Northern snowmobile trails getting a refresh

Province announces $834,904 for 10 projects across the North

In preparation for the winter tourism season, Northern Ontario's snowmobile trails are getting an infusion of cash to boost trail infrastructure.

On Sept. 28, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund announced $834,904 for 10 projects across Northern Ontario.

The work is expected to benefit locals who use the trails recreationally as well as tourists.

The list of projects includes: 

  • repairs and maintenance to the Pickerel River Bridge in Pickerel River;
  • decommissioning of bridges 76.8 and 73.2 and installation of culverts in their place near Mattawa;
  • replace the existing bridge over Whitson River in Greater Sudbury with a new 28-foot steel bridge;
  • bridge replacements over Morton River and McGrindle River near Hanmer in Greater Sudbury;
  • bridge refurbishment over Sheppard Creek on the Soo Highlands Loop in Searchmont;
  • trail reroute of 60 kilometres of trail D108A between Dubreuilville and Hornepayne;
  • trail reroute of 36 kilometres of Top C trail in the Municipality of Gogama;
  • bridge replacement over Little Black River north of Kirkland Lake;
  • installation of a culvert on Top A Trail near the Municipality of Mattice-Val Côté to eliminate the need for a snow bridge, resolving issues with melting and flooding of the trail; and
  • trail reroute of 25 kilometres of trail A113A near Atikokan.

According to the province, Ontario is home to 30,000 kilometres of snowmobile trails, and the industry generates up to $3.3 billion annually in economic activity.