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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! Group discounts are available. After dinner, relax by the fire in our games room with a game of snooker/billiards or shuffleboard. Or, enjoy a sauna and then watch the big game on our satellite TV.


SNOWMOBILE RENTALS

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.


TRAIL PERMITS:

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.


METHODS OF PAYMENT:

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 about a year ago, 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 this is 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.


A SUGGESTION TO ALL SNOWMOBILERS:

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.


TRAIL & WILDLIFE PHOTOS

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.

    


WINTER SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT

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.

2020/2021 REPORT

Monday, March 15, 2021. I hate to say this guys but it's over for another year. All trails are now closed across the province and this has ben one of the shortest sledding seasons since I came to Temagami 35 years ago. There's rocks showing on trails and lake ice is just one big sheet of glass with a few patches of snow here and there which is barely enough to grease the sliders. That snow could be gone this coming weekend if we get the warm weather that's predicted for later this week. All I can say is thanks to the few guests that were here and for all the regulars that didn't get to ride, I hope next winter is colder and I look forward to seeing you then. This is probably the laat post in here for this seson.

Thursday, March 11, 2021. A freak warm spell over the past few days has seriously affected all trails across north eastern Ontario. Temperatures of +9 during the day and +5 at night accompanied by 2 days of rain has melted a lot of surface snow which has now turned to ice with the cooler temperatures again. To the best of my knowledge, trails are still open but check before heading north. No snow is predicted before the weekend so there's nothing to grease the sliders from here to Cochrane. If we do get any snow at all, I have plenty of accommodations available, even on a real short notice.

Saturday, March 6, 2021. Trails are excellent and the groomer is out on a regular basis. I was up on the power line north of town (the A trail) earlier this week tending my trap line and a customer that was riding behind me on my sled spotted a timber wolf right along the trail. I was busy driving and just coming into a curve so I missed it. Her face mask didn't do much to muffle her excitement but I think my ear drums will recover ... eventually. There are still a few reservation spots available over the next couple weeks so come on up and enjoy winter's favorite passtime.

Monday, Febuary 22, 2021. Although North Bay trails are still closed, everything from Temagami north is now open, signed and groomed.You can park here and ride as far north as you want to go. There's lots of parking as well as accommodations with our all-you-can-eat home-made and home-cooked meals available at the lodge. Leave the keys here and if any breakdowns occur anywhere on OFSC trails, just call me and I can go pick you up. As you are well aware, social distancing and masks are required here as in the rest of the province. Call early for preferred reservations.

Friday, January 22, 2021. As most of you have heard, all sled trails in the North Bay district which includes up to Temagami have been closed due to the covid cooties running around out in the wilderness. Nothing has been signed nor groomed, although there is not nearly enough snow to groom anyways. Lakes are very slushy and sink holes are plentiful. When things change around and we can open for trails and customers, I'll post the news in here.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020. We do have sufficient snow to ride on lakes (expect a few slush areas) and there is an average of 6" of ice in most locations. Land trails have snow but more would be nice. Most, but not all, rocks are now covered up on the power line trail north of town. Nothing has been groomed on the land or marked on the lakes yet.

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

Prices

Description

Per person
(2 meals and accommodations)

Group Rates
(8 or more)

Daily Rates

$94.95

$89.95

Multi-Day Rates

$89.95

$89.95

Snowshoe Rental

$20.00 a day /$100.00 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.