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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 Filayson 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.
Friday, April 7, 2017. Although the trails have been officially closed for some time now and we've still been able to ride them, it's time to call it quits for another year. Lakes are melting along the shorelines and the ice appears as soggy everywhere. There's still a lot of snow in the bush but rocks are showing on the sunny hills and clearings. Overall, it was definitely a different winter for sledding. Countless warm spells followed by brutal cold snaps did not make for the perfect snow that we all hope for each winter. It was a much shorter season than we've had in several years and the fact that the New Liskeard groomer that is now in charge of this area only came through Temagami once all winter. That's right, just once! Chat lines were busy advising everyone to be prepared for bumpy trails from Marten River to New Liskeard. Needless to say, us and all other businesses in town didn't have a very busy winter. Then the trails were labelled red (closed) from Marten River to Liskeard because "there's 8 km. of bare gravel on Wilson Road" which is 15 km. south of town. They could have showed it as green going from town north for another 6 weeks before season was really over. OFSC is aware of my concerns on these matters. We're planning on being open and welcoming all sledders next winter but I will have to give it some serious thought on whether I will be advertising with the OFSC if this is the service we can expect from them again.
Friday, March 24, 2017. We have snow again! Last night, we got about 3 inches of new snow so the trails will have sufficient snow for the sliders this weekend ... and maybe longer. Nothing has been groomed in a month (grrrr) but you won't have to worry about rocks, just the bumps. Lakes are solid at the shorelines and trucks are driving everywhere on 24 to 30" of ice. Whitefish and stocked trout lakes are still open but everything else is closed for fishing. Lots of rooms are availabe so call and come.
Monday, March 13, 2017. We still have lots of snow but it is a bit stiff with hardly any loose material to grease the sliders. We certainly could use a few inches of white stuff and it would be great riding again. Trails are still "red" but I think they should be upgraded to "yellow" as they are passable with caution. Lakes have some snow on them and absolutely no slush is to be found anywhere. This is the time of year for cottagers to move construction materials for next summer's projects to the island camps as travel is excellent right now.
Friday, March 3, 2017. I have no idea why the trail map shows the local trail system as closed, or red. We had a very heavy snowstorm on Wednesday which dumped plenty of snow on top of the frozen base from the previous weeks's meltdown. If the groomer isn't working, then it certainly should be. The area lakes are solid and without any slush being reported back to me from my ice fishing clients. In other words, all systems should be up and running. Come on up, we're definitely open, accommodations are available and there's plenty of room in the parking lot to leave your truck & trailers and enjoy our winter wonderland.
Sunday, February 26, 2017. Like most of Ontario, we have had a major meltdown during the past week and accompanied with lots of rain. Fortunately, the inclement weather kept sledders off the trails and the trails are still in fair shape. Frigid temperatures are predicted for the next few days so they will stiffen up quickly and when the snow comes after that, the groomers will definitely be out again. There will be a lot of fast flowing water under the ice now so stay away from creek or river mouths in the lakes. Trails south of Temagamni have been closed (red) because of thin snow, visible rocks and bare gravel roads. North of here, the trails are limited (yellow). Let's hope this cold weather will bring more snow and all trails will be changed back to green in the very near future.
Sunday, February 19, 2017. Area trails are being groomed a few times every week but with the warm weather and the heavier than normal traffic on the Family Day Weekend, they are showing the predictable wear and tear. More warm weather is predicted for the next few days but the nights are to be below greezing so hopefully they will come throughh this in fairly good shape. Lake crossing are very slushy again so stay on well travelled trails and you won't get stuck. Moose are starting to move now and although nobody has reported seeing the "swamp donkeys", there are lots of tracks both on the trails and in close proximity to them so caution is advised as they are not a predictable animal and they do like to kick.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017. I was talking to the groomer driver today when he came south and he says that all of our trails are groomed now from Wilson Lake Road at the south end of the area to everything north through town, Latchford and New Liskeard. A nice 8 to 10 inches of new snow yesterday helped a lot and the bare ground that the MNR messed up is now snow packed.
Sunday, February 5, 2017. There's not many changes to report since last week. Cooler temperatures have prevailed and more snow fell last night again. Lake travel is excellent since the slush is now completely frozen everywhere. However, more snow is needed to cover up the mess that the MNR made of the trail between Cassels Lake and the Net Creek bridge (north of town) when they bulldozed it down to bare gravel so they could add safety guard rails to the bridge crossing. More info on this fiasco can be found of the January 22 posting found below. I did get a phone call from the mayor concerning my thoughts posted (in bold type, above) concerning the safety issue of the groomer driver having to travel along Highway 11 in both directions and she wants me to remove that posting because it "gives the town a bad image". When I told her that I would remove it after she fixed the problem, she hung up on me so I doubt if we see any positive results being taken to address my suggestions for the rest of this year. The groomer still hasn't come south of Latchford and through Temagami so trails could be a little bumpy down to the Wilson Lake Road/Highway 11 crossing.
Sunday, January 29, 2017. During the past week, temperatures have once again fallen to normal winter levels and this has stiffened up the slush on area lakes. Much colder weather is predicted for later in the coming week. You can now play in fresh snow without falling through into the slush below it. We have also had a light snowfall of about 3 inches of fluffy snow in the last couple days so there is suffuicient snow to grease your sliders. Exercice caution when crossing old sled tracks which are still visible under this new snow on lakes as they could be bumpy and could cause damage to both you and your sled. I would assume the groomer will be out soon and trails should be open or "green" in the very near future.
Sunday, January 22, 2017. There is nothing positive to report and trails are still not open around Temagami. Unusually warm weather with above freezing temperatures both day & night have softened the snow and in some places there are rocks showing again. On top of that, the MNR just had to bulldoze all the snow off the mile of trail leading up to the new bridge they installed over Net Creek a couple years ago and install side guard railings so that .... are you ready for this?.... so that nobody could drive sideways off the bridge and fall into the creek. I've lived here for over 30 years and nobody has ever drove sidewways off the bridge yet but they just had to do it in the middle of our winter tourism season and it couldn't possibly have been completed last fall when there weren't any moose hunters here (nobody had any tags) or it couldn't wait until spring when the snow had melted and they could have driven up to the bridge for this all-important construction job and saved the cost of the bulldozer work. And you just know that they won't be pushing all the snow back onto the trail to enhance tourism opportunities when they leave the site. It could be a while before the only trail through the Temagami area (OFSC A Trail) will be open and safe to ride on again. Thanks again, MNR, for screwing up not only my business but every other business in the Temagami area and points both north and south of town.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017. We have lots of snow now that probably measures a foot and a half to two feet everywhere. Lake ice is 6 to 10" in most places but there is a dreadful amount of slush above it and below the heavy snow cover. When crossing lakes, stay on other sled tracks or don't slow down in slushy areas.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016. All area trials are still closed but we do have snow on the ground a couple weeks earlier than last year (our first snow was Christmas night). Lakes are mostly frozen except in the centers of the real big ones. Ice depths are unknown but are probably less than an inch or two and there's at least 6" of snow on top of that so it's not making ice very quickly. Stay safe and stay off! We will require at least 6 inches of good ice for sled traffic and another foot of snow for the groomer to use before trails will be open to the public. Hopefully, this could happen early in the New Year.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Unusual cold temperatures combined with several snowfalls over the past couple weeks have helped to keep the snow on area trails. Lakes are still solid at the shorelines and although all the old snow on both the lakes and trails have turned to ice/snow, there is plenty of fresh snow to grease the sliders. We should be good for perhaps 2 more weekends of riding if you want to get that last good trip in for the season.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Trails are OFFICIALLY CLOSED across most of northeastern Ontario now because of the recent warm spells. Water crossings, including creeks and lakes, are showing poor and thin ice. Southward facing hills (pipelines) will have plenty of rocks showing and all roads that were plowed in the winter by road crews or lumber companies are bare gravel. This was one of the shortest sled seasons that we have seen in the 30 years of owing this lodge. However, we did have several return customers and we met some great new guests that promised to be back next winter. Marg and I would like to say thanks to everyone who shared family photos and stories with us. And unless things change, I will be out in my "new-to-me" OFSC groomer again next winter helping all of you enjoy the most scenic trails that you will ride anywhere in Ontario. See you next year!
Sunday, March 13, 2016. Trails everywhere are all icy. A prolonged warm spell for the past week that turned the fresh groomed snow to ice has make sledding impossible. The good side is that there hasn't been any traffic to chew up the icy snow. If we could get a decent snowfall of 4 inches or more, we could upgrade the trail conditions from yellow to green again and I could groom them so all sled-heads could get one more ride in for the year.
Sunday, March 6, 2016. I missed the usual early week grooming trip due to mechanical malfunctions with the old drag at the end of last week's tour. Problems were quickly solved after a few phone calls and as of Thursday, I now have a newer groomer and a much better drag to tow behind it. Needless to say, the trails were in poor conditions after a full week of heavy sled traffic. I made the initial test run with it late Thursday afternoon and the trails were in their usual great shape once again before midnight. Lots of sleds were seen on Friday and Saturday and after talking with some riders in town last night, I decided to make another pass with it at sunrise this morning. Warm weather is predicted for all of this coming week and if traffic is light, things should hold up well until normal temperatures return.
Saturday, February 27, 2016. Lots and lots of snow during the past week has greatly improved all the area trails. Last weekend's melt quickly froze up on Monday so I groomed that evening but all I could accomplish was trying to knock a few of the crests off the moguls. Tuesday and Wednesday brought the snow so after Thursday night, things were flat and hard behind me once again. More snow is predicted for early next week and all trails are in great shape.
Saturday, February 20, 2016. A couple of nights of -38 and -40 C early in the week stiffened up the last remaining slush on area lakes but now the temperature is hovering around 0 C with sleet and freezing rain turning the trail system into mush. I did groom the local trails on Friday night but it never got cold enough to keep them in good shape. There has been a constant line of sleds in both directions all day today so I'd imagine the moguls are back again. It's supposed to drop well below freezing over the next few days so I will be back out again with the groomer as soon as the snow is dry enough to work with.
Friday, February 12, 2016. It's been a much colder week with lots of new snow. Trails are excellent with only an average amount of traffic on them. The New Liskeard groomer came down to Temagami last night and I went south with this groomer today. This is the Family Day holiday weekend with free passes for the OFSC trail system and free ice fishing for non-sledders. It is also going to be the coldest temperatures we've had for the entire winter so far with the mercury hanging around the -30 C range. Bundle up, get outside and enjoy some of winter's best vistas. Traffic could be heavy and the cops will certainly be clocking all sledders. Drive accordingly.
Friday, February 5, 2016. Rain earlier in the week turned to lots of wet & heavy snow and countless tree branches, heavy with the extra weight, are hanging over the edges of the trails. Caution is urged as oncoming traffic could possibly be riding closer to the center of the trail. Photo opportunites exist everywhere for that once-in-a-lifetime Christmas card picture to share with friends and family. All that snow has made for some of the best riding we will have for this winter so get out and enjoy it while it lasts. I groomed the trails south of town last night and the New Liskeard club came down to Temagami earlier today. Cold nights this past week have froze up most of the lake slush but caution is urged if you're playing off the marked trails as sink holes still exist.
Saturday, January 30, 2016. More snow during the past week has helped the trail base and I ran the groomer across them on Thursday evening. Traffic was noticably busier on Saturday due in part to the New Liskeard club having their trails groomed and open down to Temagami. The entire trail system from North Bay through to New Liskeard is now marked as open/limited (yellow on the map) and are groomed. However, snow cover can be thin in some areas such as hills and caution is urged in these locations. The designation will turn to green as soon as there is more snow on the ground. Due to warmer weather temperatures close to the freezing mark, lakes are slushy especially if you leave the packed & marked trails.
Saturday, January 23, 2016. I've finished installing all the signage on the local OFSC trails and the land trails have been groomed once. Most of the rocks are covered up but caution is urged on the big hills on the pipeline between the 2 Lowell Lake Road crossings. Also, in this same pipeline area south of Lowell Lake Road, there are 3 swamps that I broke through with the groomer (due to thin ice) and small detours around them are signed. Lake trails on both Cassels and Temagami Lakes have considerable slush areas that have froze up and it is bumpy. Use caution, slow down and stay close to the orange pipes on the marked trail. The skidoo trail through Finlayson Park is in the same location as last year and orange snow fence marks off restricted areas. Park staff are vigilant and charges are pending against sledders that chose to ignore trail signage.
Saturday, Tuesday, January 5, 2016. This past weekend, we've finished brushing the trails both north and south of town (by ATVs). We are still waiting for a lot more snow to cover up the rocks and bumps in the trails before we put sleds on them. Also, lakes are still considered as unsafe due to the varying thickness of ice with open water showing in the centers of the larger lakes. Most places still have only 2 or 3" of ice and lots of slush because of the weight of the snow on it. Night temperatures of -20 to -25 C are helping but warmer temps around freezing are predicted for the coming weekend. Please be patient, it will come.
Saturday, Friday, January 1, 2016. We do have snow on the ground but not enough to do anything with yet. There wasn't a flake anywhere a week ago on Christmas Day but we have received 6 or 8" since then. There was a terrible windstorm that knocked power out and toppled countless trees on Dec. 24 and we've been busy getting all the same trails brushed again. Lake ice is still unsafe at an inch or two and with that same 6 to 8" of snow on top of it, it will be quite a while before I open up area trails for sled traffic.
Saturday, December 19, 2015. There is no snow. Like other areas across most of Ontario, we have had a very unusual and warm autumn and winter has never set in yet. What little snow we have had has melted weeks ago and there are only skiffs remaining in a few places. Warm temperatures of +10 C are expected before Christmas and no apprecitable accumulation is predicted before the new year. Area lakes are all ice-free everywhere. It could easily be February before we have enough snow for me to take the groomer for a ride this winter. In the meantime, myself and a few other volunteers are attending to trail maintenance work, removing standing deadfalls due to the spruce budworm invasion of 3 or 4 years ago and brushing new sapling growth along the sides of the trails so that you, our customers, can have a worry-free ride on area trails when the snow arrives and trails are declared open for another winter of sledding. Stay tuned right here for the latest updates.
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