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    OFSC's TOP Trails Named 'Ontario Trails of Distinction'

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs OFSC 50th Anniversary logoThis year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), but they have more than one reason to celebrate. For Ontario Trails Week (May 29-June 4), the province of Ontario has announced that it is honoring the OFSC’s Trans Ontario Provincial (TOP) Trails as the “Ontario Trails of Distinction” (OTD). The recognition falls under a new program that is launching this week.

    According to Eleanor McMahon, the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the OTD Program is a legacy initiative of the 150th anniversary of Ontario. It's designed to showcase and celebrate distinctive trails in the province. The OTD Program will also help promote Ontario trails as a premiere tourist destination.

    “This worthy recognition is a credit to the collective efforts of our clubs and volunteers who can be justly proud of delivering this amazing trail product over the past 50 years,” said OFSC Executive Director Paul Shaughnessy. “The Ontario Trails of Distinction designation will be beneficial to the future promotion and health of organized recreational snowmobiling across Ontario.”

    Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs OFSC TOP Trails logoThrough its member snowmobile clubs, the OFSC maintains more than 30,000 kilometers (18,600 miles) of snowmobile trails each winter, more than 50% of the total number of recreational trails in Ontario. More than 20% of the OFSC system is comprised of TOP Trails, which provide an integrated framework for the local and regional club trails that make up the rest of the system. Altogether, the OFSC trail network generates $1.7 billion of economic impact annually for Ontario.

    Launched in 1993, OFSC TOP Trails provide snowmobile access across the province to tourism regions and connect snowbelt communities. As primary snowmobile touring routes, TOP Trails have links to services and amenities, heritage features, club trails and also include 33 designated OFSC Snow Tours.

    For more on the OFSC, click here.

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