ABOUT US

Comprising Simcoe County and what is historically known as "Huronia", OFSC District 8 is consistently blessed with an abundance of lake effect snow due to its close proximity to Georgian Bay. This popular winter playground located west of Lake Simcoe encompasses breathtaking outlooks of the picturesque Niagara Escarpment and connects many well serviced rural and lakeshore communities with its over 1300km of scenic trails. 

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©2020 by Blue Mountain Snow Drifters Snowmobile Club

Under the authority of the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act (MSVA) The Minister of Transportation (MTO) has authorized the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) as an agent to issue snowmobile operator's licenses. The OFSC provides members of the public with the knowledge and skills required to safely operate a snowmobile. The Ministry provides the curriculum and all revisions to the curriculum.

Age requirement: The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs has a contract with the Ministry of Transportation to train students in the safe operation of a snowmobile. In order to register, a student must be 12 years of age or over on the day the course is held.

Course material: All course material is approved by the Ministry of Transportation.

Course fees: The course fee is set by the Ministry of Transportation and includes the cost of the student's books. The Driver Training Program is self-supporting from the registration fee and requires no funding from either the OFSC or the MTO. The course fee is currently set at $40.00 by the MTO and includes all course materials.

Length of course: The course is a minimum of six hours of classroom instruction.

Number of students: The course size is limited to a maximum of 20 students at each training session.

Course Content:

  • History and development of Snowmobiles

  • Motorized snow vehicle laws of Ontario

  • Trespass to property Act

  • Occupies Liability Act

  • General Features and Theory of Operation of a Snowmobile

  • Operation and general maintenance of a snowmobile

  • Preparation of a snowmobile for safe operation

  • Pre-Ride Inspection Procedure

  • Trouble Shooting

  • Operation of the snowmobile and recognizing hazards

  • Snowmobile Clothing

  • Coping with emergencies and cold weather survival

  • Promoting a more positive and responsible attitude and behaviour when operating a snowmobile

Certificates/Licenses: Upon the successful completion of the driver training course including a written exam, a student is issued a Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator's Licence. The students who possess a valid Ontario Drivers Licence of any class at the time of taking the course are given a card certifying completion of the course. A motorized Snow Vehicle Licence or a valid Ontario Drivers Licence of any class is required by anyone who operates a snowmobile off their own property.

 

Where to get training: OFSC approved driver training courses

Know before you go.  Check the trail staus to be sure the trails are open.  Red means closed.  Although it may appear there is enough snow for sledding.  We respect the private property owners who are gracious enough to allow us access to their land.  Snow may not be the only reason a trail is closed

We are fortunate to be able to supply 2 staging areas in Collingwood

Familiarize yourself with the local by-laws for on street rinding as well as what routes are permissible for accessing the local trail system

We hope you find our site useful and look forward to seeing you on our trails.  BMSD is just one of 230 clubs across Ontario and we encourage you to explore everything Ontario and this great sport has to offer