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.
Sunday, March 18, 2018. The area trails are holding up quite well in these cold nights lately. Temperatures have consistently been in the -20 to -25 C range and the groomer is still out on a regular basis. I haven't seen any rocks showing yet and traffic has been moderate to light so you can forget about moguls on the trails. Any more snow that might come would be a blessing and greatly appreciated by all sledders. Lakes are solid with very little slush showing anywhere now. We should be good for a few more weeks of sledding before it's over for another year.
Thursday, March 8, 2018. Trails are still in great shape with lots of snow from Temagami north towards the Cochrane area. The groommer was out again a couple nights ago. 2 or 3 inches of new snow has fallen over the last few days and more is predicted before this weekend. We are full house through the coming weekend but starting Monday, rooms are available. Lake travel is good if you remain on designated trails but there's slush if you get off of them to play in the snow.
Saturday, February 24, 2018. It's been another week without any appreciable amount of new snow but trials are holding up quite well. More snow is in the forecast for the next week. Temperatures have fluctuated between close to thawing and -20C at nights. Lake travel is still good and slush can be found off the beaten paths but even then, it's not much of a problem. The groomer has been out on a regular basis all week. With family day behind us, traffic will be lighter now in both the mid-week and on weekends.
Friday, February 16, 2018. We've only had a day or two of light snow this past week but traffic has been light so trails are in good shape. The groomer has been out on a regular basis both south and north of town. More snow would be greatly appreciated. Lakes are hard with no reports of any slush on the packed marked trails. I only found one small stretch of slush about 30 yards long on a small lake on my trap line. A one day warm spell up around the freezing mark a couple days ago did nothing to hurt the base we have.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018. It's been a beautiful week with mostly sunny skies, cold temperatures both day and night and light snow. Trails are in excellent shape but I haven't seen a lot of sleds on them yet. Lakes are dry and travel is good there also.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018. More snow has come our way this week with today's prediction of flurries turning into 5 or 6 inches of new "flurries" on the ground and it's still coming down right now. The weather report is calling for more flurries tomorrow. Trails are good and I have no idea why they are still listed as "limited" or yellow on the map when there is a good base to ride on. The lake slush that was expected never happened and travel is good everywhere. However, if you don't know the lake and where you're going, follow existing tracks and don't make new ones. There could be a good reason (poor ice, pressure cracks, river mouths, etc.) as to why other people haven't gone through there ahead of you.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018. We finally got the snow last night that we were waiting for and now have 8 to 10 inches of new powder to play in. Hopefully, this will be enough to groom and open the trails. Lakes have about 2 feet of solid ice everywhere so I doubt if this snow will bring up the slush. I'll keep an eye on it and report any changes.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018. We've had lots of cold and windy temperatures over the past few days to stiffen up all the slush on the lakes so sled travel is good again. Trails have seen light traffic but we need more snow to lubricate the sliders. Nothing has been groomed yet to both the north and south of town. Signage is out but the trails are not officially open as of today.
Friday, January 12, 2018. The past week has seen unbelievable temperatures of +7 to -5C mixed with light rains and sun. Needless to say, the trails have taken a beating and are not in good shape. Lakes have 1 to 2 feet of slush in most places. Signage has been placed on the trails and the orange pipes are on the lakes but we are not encouraging any sled traffic until everything stiffens up on both the lakes and land trails, hopefully within a week or so.
Saturday, January 6, 2018. Another 8 inches of new snow this past week has provided a good base of close to 2 feet for sled travel on area trails now. Lakes are solid with 15 to 20 inches of ice and no slush showing anywhere. I don't know when anyone will be putting out the trail and lake signage and opening the trails but it won't be me doing it again this year. If you know where you're going, come on up and enjoy some early season sledding with little or no traffic to worry about.
Monday, December 25, 2017. We've had lots of cold weather over the past few weeks which has really helped make good ice on the lakes. There is very little slush anywhere and travelling is good. It will be a while before trails are officially open as we need more snow to pack for the groomer but this isn't stopping a lot of people from using them now.
Friday, December 1, 2017. It's been a whole year since I asked the Municipality of Temagami, the OFSC and the MNR to work together and get a simple crossing installed on the track for trail groomer access only. As you can imagine, these discussions have not even been started, yet alone been completed so the groomer driver will again have to put his life on the line and travel along Highway 11 to access the trail system south of town. It will not be me sitting in the groomer. As for snow conditions, we don't have any significant amount on the ground yet. Colder temperatures are predicted in another week and then lakes will freeze over and snow can come after that. Hopefully, trails will open early in the New Year.
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.
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