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Northland Paradise Lodge is situated directly on the OFSC sanctioned Trans Canada "A" trail with signage to the lodge from North Bay (south), Sudbury (west) and New Liskeard (north). Petro-Can gasoline (regular and high-test) and yearly/weekly OFSC trail passes are available in town. We have safe, worry-free sled parking on site and plenty of free weekly trailer parking for our guests. We are Temagami's preferred starting point for overnight or weekly loops as we will drive your truck/trailer to meet you anywhere (with road access) if you experience either a mechanical breakdown or a sudden change in trail conditions due to freezing ice or a loss of snow from an unexpected spring thaw. Just leave your keys with us before you go.

For first-time sledders in northeastern Ontario, travel times to the lodge from 1)North Bay is 3 hours, 2)Sudbury is 6 hours, 3) New Liskeard is 2 hours and Timmins/Cochrane is 8 hours. Actual traveling times can vary greatly due to weather and trail conditions. Breaks for meals and fuel were not included in these estimates.

Our meals are always ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT and are included in the following prices! Group discounts are available. After dinner, relax by the fire in our games room with a game of snooker/billiards or shuffleboard. Or, watch the big game on our satellite TV.


Neither us nor any other business in the Temagami area has snowmobile rentals this year. However, you're not completely out of luck because there are two choices for rentals, both of which are located south of here in the North Bay area. After picking up your sled, Northland Paradise Lodge can easily be reached within a day's ride from either of these locations.

The first place for rentals is just east of North Bay in Bonfield. Sampson's Rentals (see this year's NNTA/OFSC map) carry the Ski-Doo line of snowmobile rentals as well as clothing & accessories along with parts, sales and service for their sleds. Their website is www.sampsonsales.com and they can be reached by email at sampsonsales@on.aibn.com and by phone at 1-705-776-2687 or by fax at 1-705-776-2205. They're located right on the A102D trail.

The other rental place is at the Eagle Lake Narrows store, South River (see this year's NNTA/OFSC map). Along with the rentals, they have fuel, a snack bar and convenience store. Their website is www.eaglelakenarrows.com and they can be reached by email at the_narrows@onlink.net or by phone at 1-705-386-0056.

Please mention our name when making any inquiries or reservations.


For anyone riding the trail system, permits are required by law. These can be purchased online at www.ofsc.on.ca, printed off and then attached to the snowmobile windshield with any adhesive tape. We will gladly assist our guests with this process upon arrival at the lodge. Three day permits are $75.00 and full week permits are $140.00. As of the 2016/2017 season, we are now located in District 14 and it would be appreciated if you indicated this district when applying for your permit so that the funds from the sale of these permits can be used locally. However, all provincial trails are accessible with permits for the current year. Only snowmobiles are allowed on OFSC trails, This does not include, horses, cars, pick-ups, or ATV's (with or without optional tracks). If you see any other vehicle than a snowmobile on the trail, snap a quick pic of their license plate and then notify the police as to the time and location of the incident so they can charge these idiots that are messing up the groomed trails that you are paying to ride on. There are very few exceptions where permits are not required. These include all trappers and any locals that are going directly to an area lake for ice fishing purposes.


As you may have noticed, there are no Visa or Mastercard symbols on the website now. I have cancelled these two payment options because of their ridiculous user fees and also because of the limited timeframe for tourism opportunities which is seasonal at best and since covid appearred, the number of annual transactions have also decreased. I still accept cold hard cash (who doesn't?), certified checks (which are rarely used anymore) and e-transfers which most people today are quite fond of and these are the most common payments I receive all year. I am not making any apologies for this change. Please keep this in mind when arriving at the lodge.


We continue to find pack sacks (containing clothing for your trip which have fallen off your sleds) on the trails. Once in a blue moon, it has some identification in it so that it can be returned to the rightful owner back in southern Ontario or one of the many U.S. states. Please, please, please ..... leave some identification (your name, cell phone number, etc.) on a piece of paper in a plastic bag just inside the top of your packs. Also, a clearly documented trip plan would also prove beneficial so we can determine in which direction you were heading when it fell off. For example.... I left Burks Falls on Saturday morning, I will be staying in Temagami at (specific lodge location) on Saturday night, I will be at (location, again ) in Kirkland Lake on Sunday, in Cochrane at (location) on Monday evening, etc., etc. If you are a member of a group of sledders, please include the name of the person that booked the accommodations for the trip as this will assist us when we call ahead to your next night's scheduled rendezvous. When your lost luggage is found on the trail, it can then be passed on to a reliable source of transportation to be carried in that direction. This could be any of our regular repeat customers, the OPP or even a courier service who could possibly have your clothes at your destination before you get there! It's a small price to pay for necessary items. Needless to say, we can phone ahead to that destination and leave a message at the front desk saying that your socks and underwear are on the way.

A repeat feature this winter is our up-to-date snowmobile trail report on local trail conditions for snowmobilers (see below) and ice fishing conditions (found on the ice fishing page) which will attempt to address some of our customers' concerns. Any information that I receive from the local OFSC club pertaining to grooming operations, snow conditions and other relevant data will be listed here. Trail conditions as reported to me from my customers traveling anywhere in northeastern Ontario will also be noted.  Snow depth, slush conditions and anything "out of the ordinary" will be posted. Needless to say, both good and less than good reports will be tabled.


With the increase in popularity of helmet cams (Go-Pros, etc.) and the opportunities to see and capture wildlife with these electronic devices, we encourage our guests to share these pics with other sledders. I will post any photos that are clear & sharp and then emailed to me to be posted on this page. Photo credits (your name, date and town/trail) will be given. Subject matter could include anything from a small ermine to a majestic moose or even just scenic vistas of snow-covered trees, open water streams or wide open expanses of marked trails.

RIDE programs, trail speed enforcement areas and safety checks locations on OFSC trails WILL NOT be listed.

For more trail information on areas north of Temagami through to Cochrane, visit www.tata-bestsnowmobiling.com

For trail reports from Burks Falls, Mattawa and the west end of Lake Nipissing through North Bay to Temagami, visit www.nnta.net.

Would you like to know what the weather is like in Temagami? Go to the useful links at the top of this page and then click on the Temagami Weather Page.

From time to time, some of our guests are looking to either buy or sell a snowmobile. When this happens, I try to help them with this by posting a note and picture on this website on the Items For Sale page which can be accessed from the top of this page. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in buying a snowmobile or associated items, please look here first.

Check-in times for weekly packages are after 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and check-out times are before 11:00 a.m. on the following Saturdays. For overnight packages, the same times apply for each day. Please inquire about any variations that can be made to these time schedules.

Responsible use of alcoholic beverages is allowed on lodge property. However, we are not a licensed outlet for the sale of these beverages.

Pets are always welcome.



This information should only be viewed as a guideline and should never be misinterpreted as cold hard facts in any sense of legal obligations. Absolutely no liability will be associated with this and all users assume all responsibility and consequences resulting from their own actions taken from this information.

2022/2023 REPORT

Friday, April 7 2023. The trails are now officially CLOSED both south and north of town.There's still snow but the wet rains have turned everything into a thick sheet of ice and travel can be dangerous with loss of steering & control as well as having nothing to grease the sliders. Lake travel is still good with no loss of shoreline access and degradation of ice getting onto the lakes which, again, are a solid sheet of snow/ice. All trail signage on the lakes will be removed in the near future.The lodge is still open for both meals and accommodations for travellers wanting to drive farther north to enjoy that "one last ride". For all of the guests that did spend a night or more here this past winter, thank you for stopping in. It was great to see past friends again and to meet new guests on their first trip through the area. I anticipate seeing all of you either later this summer for a family vacation or again next winter for more sledding. This will probably be my last posting in here for this winter. Again, thanks to everyone.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023. This past weekend brought a wonderful accumulation of about 6 to 8" of more snow. Light snowfall is predicted today and more snow is coming our way on Friday. Trails are in excellent shape and I haven't noticed a lot of traffic lately. Inquire about accommodations for the coming weekend as reservations are coming in every day.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023. We have had decent snowfalls over the past week or two and trails are still in great shape. I'ver been told that trails south of North Bay are now closed. However we still have lots on the ground here. Lakes are easily accessible without poor shoreline access or signs of any slush anywhere. With a bit of luck, we just might have good trails to ride on for another 3 or 4 weeks. I have vacancies so call for reservations and then come on up for some late winter enjoyment.

Friday, March 10, 2023. Trails are holding up quite well and the groomer is out on a regular basis. More snow is predicted over the next week which will only help to extend our favorite winter sport. Lake crossings are excellent without any slush reported anywhere. Even my yard and parking lot are not showing any signs of gravel yet. Trail traffic is steady and I still have some accommodations available for most days. A phone call or email will confirm reservations. For anyone going fishing, there's another week left until Sunday, March 19 when season closes for everything except stocked lakes for speckles, lakers and splake.

Friday, February 24, 2023. Lots of cold nights and a few days as well have eliminated all the slush on both trails and lake crossings. A couple nice snow falls this past week has brought the trails back into excellent shape. The groomer is busy keeping up with the traffic. I have vacancies for this evening and from Sunday onwards but tomorrow night, Saturday, is full house. Again, phone calls receive quicker replies than emails.

Thursday, February 16, 2023. Like a lot of other area south of here, we had a lot of warm temps in the + side over the past week and then we had rain yesterday. Yes, everything got wet but the trails have survived quite well and with the cold temps last night and through the rest of the coming week, the lakes are freezing up quickly and the slush is setting up. Trails are still open from here north. Due to cancellations from sledders that couldn't ride up from locations to the south, I have accommodations and meals available tonight and also from Saturday onward after that. Tomorrow night, Friday, I do not have any vacancies. Phone calls are preferred over emails,

Sunday, February 5, 2023. First, my apologies for the extended delay in maintaining this weekly trail report. There was the proverbial "glitch in the system" but I think we have finally got all the bugs out of it. So here goes.... There has been a noticable lack of snow across northern Ontrio this winter and a lot of trails are just opening over the past couple weeks or so. Temagami was no exception. Our trail system is open and being groomed on a regular basis but we would certailny welcome a lot more snow. Traffic has been light to date. Lake crossings have sufficient ice but there could be slush if you wander off the marked trails signs. I have availability for meals and accommodations but next weekend is the opening of winter ice fishing seasons for lake trout so reserve early.

2021/2022 REPORT

Weddnesday, March 30, 2022. Trails are still marked as yellow from Temagami north on the OFSC trail map. Granted, they are not in the great shape that everyone enjoyed all winter but they are decent and I've noticed riders going across the lake every day. The slush is basically all froze up now and shorelines are still solid. It is snowing hard this afternoon so this will only add to the base we have. I have pleanty of accommodations so come on up for another late season ride, excellent meals, a warm bed and lots of free parking for guests.

Saturday, February 5, 2022. Trails are now open, the lake pipe markers have been installed and the groomer is out on a regular basis. Lake crossings are good and solid but it would be wise to stay on hard packed trails along the orange markers as there was slush coming up a week ago but it is mostly froze now with a few wet spots still showing. With the covid restrictions slowly being reduced, the lodge is open for business for both meals and accommodations but masks are still required as is the 2 meter distancing between people.

Tuesday, January 24, 2022. We've had lots of snow over the past couple weeks and trails are beginning to open across the district. The trails around Temagami probably will be open by this weekend as the groomer has been out packing the snow that everybody has been riding on lately. When I see that the orange posts have been installed on the lake in front of the lodge, I will post that in here also.

Friday, December 31, 2021. Trails are still officially closed but we have good snow for riding on now. The orange trail lake markers should be going out soon. There's at least a foot in the bush and 6 inches or more on area lakes that have up to 10 inches of clear hard ice without any slush anywhere. Cold weather is predicted for the next week or more so ice will only get better. Reservations for the upcoming winter are coming in so call me as soon as you have your vacation dates picked out so you can enjoy another great vacation here at the lodge with all-you-can-eat meals, free trailer parking as well as free pick-ups if you experience any problems on the trails. I'm looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you again in the new year.

Sunday, November 28, 2021. Like most of Ontario, we have had an exceptionally warm fall this year and winter is just arriving now. On this past Thursday, we got our first real snowfall of 5 to 6 inches. When we went to bed on Friday night, the bay was still completely free of ice but come Saturday morning, it was solid ice from shore to shore. An overnight temperature of -19 C might have had something to do with that. It's still a long ways from sledding but at least winter has started. Watch this site for further updates all winter.

2016/17 REPORT

For the first time in over 25 years, I will not be driving the trail groomer this winter. There has been a change to the OFSC district borders and Temagami is no longer a part of the Near North Trail Association (District 11, North Bay) and we now are under the authority of the Temiskaming Abitibi Trail Association (District 14, New Liskeard). They asked me to drive their groomer this winter and in order for me to access the trail system south of Temagami, I would have been required to drive it along the shoulder of Highway 11 from the local PetroCan gas station and past Finlayson Provincial Park in a blind curve with insufficient shoulders to allow safe passage of fast moving vehicular traffic (big trucks) at all hours of the day and night in both directions ... and they were mad when I refused to do that so they will now have to find another person that wants to put his/her life on the line. I wish that person all the best for the coming winter. There is another easily accessible trail route that could be used for groomer accesss only that avoids all highway usage of the said groomer and only requires the re-installation of wood timbers betweeen the ONR track rails but the OFSC, the Municipality of Temagami and the ONR will not get together to enhance safety issues for tourism opportunities in the Temagami area. Enough said.

Key Benefits

  • Located directly on the OFSC "A" Trail

  • Big, bright and clear directional signage

  • No-cost-to-you pick-up service for unforeseen breakdowns

  • Home made and home-cooked ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT meals



Per person
(2 meals and accommodations)

Group Rates
(6 or more)

Daily Rates



Multi-Day Rates



Snowshoe Rental

$25.00 a day /$150.00 a week
(damage deposit req'd)

Ice Hut Rental

No hut rentals.
BYO pop-up tent & tackle.
Bait is available.

All reservations require a 50% deposit by e-tranfer or certified check at time of booking.
Cancellations with refunds are accepted up to 30 days before arrival. Service charges may apply.
The final 50% is due 30 days before arrival and there are no refunds after that.

No monetary refunds for early returns on rentals.

Send mail to paradise@onlink.net with questions or comments about this web site.
Effective immediately, we are only accepting payment by cash, certified checks or e-transfers.
For all e-transfers, please include the booking dates (BD) and person making the payment in the subject line:
whethere it is a reservation deposit (RD) or a payment deposit (PD),
and the name of the person making the reservation if different from the person making the payment.
Example: BD January 1, 2, 3 -23, RD for John Doe, PD made by Jane Smith.

This little bit of info will help to keep my book keeper off my back. Thanks.