the Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club

The Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club is based in Buckhorn, Ontario, about 25 minutes north of the City of Peterborough. We are a member club of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, and are one of seven clubs making up OFSC District 2.

BDSC volunteers and grooming staff maintain approximately 165 kilometres of trails through varying terrain, from the east shore of Chemong Lake in the south, to the Gooderham area in the north.

The bulk of our trails are in the Municpality of Trent Lakes, in an area of beautiful Canadian Shield forest once known as The Five Points Trail System – a throwback to the earliest days of organized snowmobiling.

To the west, our trails join those of the Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club in the Bobcaygeon area. On the east side of our system our trails connect with those of the Paudash Trail Blazers and the Stoney Lake Snoriders, leading to the Wilberforce and Apsley areas.

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Congratulations to Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club Vice-President, Gord Rance, recently named OFSC District 2 2021 Volunteer of the Year! A great recognition for the countless volunteer hours Gord has invested in the BDSC and the trails we manage.

Well-done, Gord! Thank you for your ongoing dedication to snowmobiling in the Buckhorn area.
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Congratulations to Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club Vice-President, Gord Rance, recently named OFSC District 2 2021 Volunteer of the Year!  A great recognition for the countless volunteer hours Gord has invested in the BDSC and the trails we manage.

Well-done, Gord!  Thank you for your ongoing dedication to snowmobiling in the Buckhorn area.

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Congratulations Gord. Well done.

Way to go Gord...BDSC volunteers rock...

U da man Gord!!! You inspire us all with your passion. Beers in order.

Great job Gord glad to see your involvement over the years so many can sled in your area!!

Well done, Gord! Thnak you!

Congrats! That is amazing!

Well deserved Gord! 🎉

Congratulations!

Way to go Gord!

Congratulations Gord .

Congratulations Gord. Well deserved!!

Nice job, Gord!

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OFF-ROAD VEHICLE USAGE IN PETERBOROUGH COUNTY

The Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA) and the Rice Lake Snow Drifters of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) would like to take the opportunity to review Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) usage in Peterborough County.

ORCA owns 10,300 acres of land throughout Peterborough County. These properties contain many important natural features and thousands of species of plants, animals, fish, birds, and other wildlife. Some species that live on the properties are classified as species of concern, rare, or endangered. It is important that we protect these areas and their inhabitants in their natural state. ORV's are not permitted on ORCA properties because they can cause substantial damage to these sensitive natural areas. They can cause damage to the forest floor, disturb wetlands, and threaten the health of ecosystems. Off-road vehicle use is also known to increase the spread of invasive species, which have a negative impact on the native species that live there.

ORV's are also not permitted on trails that are maintained by snowmobile clubs. In Ontario, volunteers and non-profit clubs maintain a snowmobile trail network of 30,000 km. The trail network provides access to rural communities and services, connections to neighbouring regions, and up to $3.3 billion in economic activity each year. Thanks to 18,000 generous landowners, the vast majority of snowmobile trails cross private property in southern Ontario. Snowmobile trails on private property are a privilege that volunteers and clubs work hard to maintain. Trespassing wheeled vehicles are the greatest threat to the trail system in our area. This illegal behaviour damages the trails in the winter and angers private property owners in the off-season.

Snowmobile clubs and landowners have entered into land-use agreements and are covered by comprehensive liability insurance. ORV operators are not covered under this insurance. Ontario law requires snowmobilers to purchase permits and these funds are used to build and maintain the trails. Landowners are also compensated by the snowmobile clubs for any damage to their property.
Any individual found to be operating an ORV on ORCA or OFSC properties may be charged under the Off-Road Vehicles Act, Trespass to Property Act or the Criminal Code of Canada. ORV's are permitted to be driven only on private property where the vehicle is owned or where permission has been granted by the owner of the property. If permission has been granted, proof of such permission must be carried with the driver of the ORV at all times.

Basic safety tips for ORV operators:
• Take an ORV safety course and learn to ride from an expert.
• Know your ORV and read its operator's manual before you ride.
• Graduated licensing requirements apply to young and novice drivers when driving on-road.
• Complete a pre-ride inspection and check lights, brakes, tire pressure, oil, gas and other fluid levels.
• Stay in control - never ride beyond your skill level or abilities.
• Always ride according to trail, road and weather conditions.
• Use extreme caution when turning, crossing, climbing and descending hills - always cross obstacles using the proper technique.
• Drive sober - it's against the law to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs - they will affect your judgement and slow your reaction time.
• Ride with others and always let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return.
• Be responsible and courteous. Respect others on the trail.
• Ride in designated areas only.
• Preserve the environment and keep noise levels low.

Remember:
• An ORV must be registered and display a rear licence plate except in exempt areas, such as far northern Ontario. ORV must also be insured under a motor vehicle liability policy. For off-road driving, the driver must be at least 12 years of age, unless they are under the direct supervision of an adult. For on-road driving, the operator must be at least 16 years of age and hold a valid G2 or M2 licence or greater.
• The Off-Road Vehicles Act of Ontario specifies that drivers and passengers must wear a helmet unless the vehicle is driven on property owned by the person driving the ORV. The driver and passenger must wear an approved motorcycle helmet that is securely fastened under the chin with a chin strap.
• Excess weight on the rear carrier rack of an ORV may cause it to tip backwards when climbing hills with even the slightest grade. Caution should be used when using an ORV for hauling.
• Never carry a passenger, unless the ORV is designed for two people.
• Always be prepared for the unexpected. Carry a tool kit, first aid supplies, tow rope, flashlight, tire repair kit, high-energy food and a fully charged cell phone. Also carry a map, compass or GPS unit, and know how to use them.

Visit www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/driver/drive-ATV.shtml and your local township website for more information regarding ORV's.
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Congratulations to one of our partner clubs in OFSC District 2, the Havelock District Snowmobile Club - OFSC Club of the Year! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club

Although the season is over and the trails are closed, our dedicated BDSC volunteers have been busy over that last week or so completing a number of season wrap-up jobs. Closing gates, removing snow fencing and signage on BDSC 502. Removing the protective rubber matting from the Military bridge on BDSC 501. Pulling the temporary culvert and and logs used to build the snow bridge on BDSC 509 and doing trail clean-up and bridge inspections on E108.

Thanks to BDSC volunteers, Doug, Gord, Grant, John, Ken S, Dan, Don, Phil and Terry for their efforts in getting these jobs done and those throughout the season. We are most fortunate to have had such an enthusiastic team of volunteers this year!!!
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Great work, thanks to all for doing this! Regardless of what some people might think, belonging to a snowmobile club and being a volunteer is or can be a year round commitment. Great to see the renewed commitment and new volunteers coming out to help all clubs this year

I see the work is still never-ending for BDSC and its awesome volunteers...thank you for removing the sign at the Welcome Centre once again.

Awesome job guys still the same amount of work on a short season time to keep the landowners happy so we all have trails next season. Thanks for everyone involved 👍👍

Your right trail work never ends.

Great work! Thank you!

Great job guys thanks all hard work u do

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