The Land of Snow

Why John Arkwright never passes up a chance to sled in Algoma

I never pass on an opportunity to visit and ride the trails of Ontario's Algoma Country as quite simply it offers some of the finest riding you will ever experience. During the years I worked for Supertrax I have probably visited and ridden in Algoma Country, I would surmise, at least 10 times. The beauty of this region is that there is never a lack of snow! Let's face it, with this region situated between two great lakes, Superior and Huron, snow is not an issue.

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The Algoma Region boasts over 3,200 km (2,000 miles) of very diverse well-groomed trails. You can take a week's holiday in the southern half of the region from the Sault to Spanish and Elliot Lake and absolutely experience some of the best trail riding you will ever run your carbides over. An excellent 2- or 3-day 503 km (300 miles) loop is the "North Shore Loop". Starting points for this ride could be either Spanish or Sault Ste. Marie and this area of Algoma in the interior of this loop offers easily another 2 days of riding where I have without a doubt experienced some of the finest riding you will find ever!

Another option is the "Island Getaway Loop" which can be started at Echo Bay to the West or Thessalon to the East. It is a 230-km (140 miles) run that takes in St. Joseph Island. It is a great ride but be SHARP! as whitetail deer are plentiful and like the trails too! If you are staying in the Sault the "Soo Highlands Loop" is a leisurely one-day ride of 185 km (110 miles) up through Goulais River to Searchmont. This is one of the most scenic rides there is. If Big Miles is your gig then this is your region with 2 awesome Top Trails, D and F heading Due North!

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The Trail D201F that goes north of Searchmont connects to Top Trail F North of Aubrey Falls. I rode this trail a couple of years ago in its infancy stage and it is a great addition to their network. When you hit Top "Trail F" you may want to take a detour south to Black Creek. This trail had essentially replaced the trail up to Wawa but with new ownership at Halfway Haven, Trail D is fully open with fuel, food and accommodations.

Find out what #Ontariosnowtrails are open at OFSC Trail Guide

About John Arkwright

Prolific writer/ adventurer for Supertrax Magazine, Dirt Trax Magazine, Go Snowmobiling Magazine, and New York Snowmobile Magazine.

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