New Mattawa Bridges Improve Snowmobiling

All too often, Ontario snowmobilers searching for that perfect weekend ride with great snowmobile conditions overlook a gem of an area located between North Bay and Mattawa. But with their new TOP Trail A112A designation in place for this winter, the Mattawa-Bonfield sector is fast positioning itself as one of Ontario’s must-visit snowmobiling destinations.

Just to show how seriously the Mattawa & Area Snowmobile Club is taking their commitment to providing top notch trails, they’ve just completed two new snowmobile bridges. One is located on A112A just north of Mattawa, a few kilometres before you get to the popular ‘Birds Eye View Lookout’. The other is farther along the same trail.

With a span of 38’ and 10-ton capacity, the new $33,000 bridge #1 allows access to the heights of the historic Laurentian mountain range. This high country terrain makes the special area between the east end of Lake Nipissing and the Ottawa River a lot of fun to ride. The $31,000 Bridge #2 has a 14’ span and also 10-ton capacity for this corridor, which doubles as Trail 11 of the Voyageur Multi Use Trail System in the non-winter months, complete with shelters and washrooms.

Read this article about the New Mattawa Snowmobile Bridge.

To plan your weekend getaway to the Mattawa-Bonfield area, grab an OFSC District 11 Trail Guide or go on the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide. Your itinerary can include TOP A to the south, TOP D to the west, the new TOP A112A to the north and a multitude of club trails that will even take you up to TOP A102Q is you to extend a loop.  You’ll be riding trails groomed by the North Bay Snowmobilers Club, the Bonfield Snowmobile Club and the aforementioned Mattawa & Area S.C.

Next, book your lodgings at these snowmobile-friendly establishments: Cedar Gables Lodge (Bonfield), Clarion Resort Pinewood Park (North Bay) or Mattawa Golf & Ski Resort.

And finally, if you’re coming from the GTA, trailer up Highways 400 and 11. If from the Ottawa area, drive up Highway 17. Whichever direction you arrive from, you’ll be sorry when it’s time to leave!

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Contributing partners for this Ontario snowmobiling site about great Ontario snowmobile trails and snowmobile conditions include: Intrepid Snowmobiler, Murphy Insurance, Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Ontario Tourism, Snow Goer Media, Supertrax Media.

About Craig Nicholson—The Intrepid Snowmobiler

Popularly known as The Intrepid Snowmobiler, Craig Nicholson is an International Snowmobile Hall of Fame journalist who specializes in recreational snowmobiling activities. Craig has snowmobiled in every region of Canada and many states. His one-of-a-kind tour book, “Canada’s Best Snowmobiling – The Ultimate Ride Guide”, chronicles his adventures, as does his website and Facebook page.

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