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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Nice to see some snow again!!πŸ‘

However, not enough for us to get some colour back on the ITG. We did lose a good chunk of our base and the swampy areas opened up and haven't frozen up hard yet. 😒

4" of snow equals to less than 1" when compressed to add to our base. Our terrain demands a thick base. There is currently a lot of exposed Canadian Shield and there is a lack of material(snow) to work with.

We have Stage 1 and 2 complete. We need more Stage 3, 4 and 5!

We are sledders as well and we are frustrated too!!😠

Go visit our neighbours to the northeast. They have some trails available!πŸ‘

We wish you a happy Family Day weekend!The cold weather has returned and Clubs are doing everything they can to make trails available where possible.

While some areas had sufficient base to survive the recent warm weather, others were less fortunate. So where does that leave things?

Most Clubs are finding themselves in stage 4 or 5 of What It Takes to make trails ready to ride. Solid trail bases are needed and enough snow to make a durable foundation.

We thank everyone for their patience and keeping off any OFSC trails showing red on the Interactive Trail Guide (ITG).

Weather forecasts are calling for snow in some parts of the province over the next few days. Once sufficient snow arrives, trails will need to be packed and groomed so please only ride trails once they show yellow or green on the ITG.

In the meantime, let's keep the faith and do snow dances. Bring on the snow!

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Nice to see some snow again!!πŸ‘

However, not enough for us to get some colour back on the ITG. We did lose a good chunk of our base and the swampy areas opened up and havent frozen up hard yet. 😒

4 of snow equals to less than 1 when compressed to add to our base.  Our terrain demands a thick base. There is currently a lot of exposed Canadian Shield and there is a lack of material(snow) to work with.

We have Stage 1 and 2 complete. We need more Stage 3, 4 and 5!

We are sledders as well and we are frustrated too!!😠

Go visit our neighbours to the northeast. They have some trails available!πŸ‘

We wish you a happy Family Day weekend!

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Hello. First of all thanks for the post.. I was hoping someone at the BDSC can explain things a bit better.. On Feb 15 we received approx 15-20cm of Snow.. According to the post above it was not enough snow to groom / Open the the trials.. So the family day weekend went by and we received a dusting of snow on Sunday evening.. So no significant snow fall since the 15th. So I have to say I was really confused when I seen the trails groomed Monday Afternoon (502).. (after saying there wasn't enough snow) Ok. Stuff happens. The issue is, the trails remained closed, Monday, and Tuesday.. When I check the trail status this morning Wednesday morning, I noticed the BDSC trails are now open, one day before they are calling for rain. What gives here.. Why weren't the trails opened earlier? The 502 was fine, over the weekend.. Seems a ton of tracks on the 502 and no open water,, Seems like BDSC opens trails on Tuesdays only, but in actuality they can be opened earlier. This pattern also occurred on Tuesday Jan 23th. Trails where groomed on Friday Jan 19th and remained closed (even though they were quite rideable) all the way til Tuesday (Jan 23) noon when they were opened.. Then closed Jan 25th because of Rain.. Again trying to understand why this is happening. With the really crappy Winter we are having the priority should be to open the trails like other clubs.. Please enlighten us club supporters..

I agree the trails should at lease turned to yellow

Monthly Meeting Feb 15
Cancelled

BDSC is cancelling/postponing our monthly meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday Feb 15.

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Guess it got cancelled because they aren't going to groom as usual.

It's Rant Day!!

Rant 1
ATVs on snowmobile trails.
Some entitled quality human being(s), who walk amongst us, decided that their enjoyment of BDSC snowmobile trails on their ATV(s) trumps all of us sledders. They started at P2 and rode the 506 all the way to the E108 and then north for a bit and then back. There are now deep frozen ruts that go right through the base to the dirt/rock underneath in that entire area! The sun is having a field day with the exposed parts!! Of course they got stuck in many areas and made sure to tear up large sections of the great smooth base that we spent many hours and $$$ building. It will be hard to build that base back up and make it a smooth trail again. Needless to say, our groomer operators are very pleased that all their time spent building that base is now ruined. SMH
Just got another message this morning that someone also decided to run down the E211 south of P1 with either a large SxS or truck/jeep and then ran down the 502. Wow!! Thanks!!😠🏳️

Rant 2
"It's Crown Land so I can ride it" mentality.
We also had another ATV guy running the E108 up by Pencil Lake a couple of days ago. One of our groomer operators happened to be coming through and stopped him. He had a "nice" chat with this fine gentleman, an older fella too, who was destroying the trail he just finished grooming, as he thought he could ride his ATV anywhere he wants, whenever he wants as it's Crown Land. He now knows differently.
Anybody riding on an OFSC Prescribed Trail on Crown Land on an ATV, in a car, truck, non-permitted snowmobile, etc during the snowmobile season is doing so illegally and can be charged with trespassing. There are very few exceptions!
The OFSC takes over "ownership", for lack of a better term, of the trail on Crown Land if it is an OFSC Prescribed Trail!!
For the people in the back, it means STAY OFF!!!

Rant 3
Tearing up trails marked RED.
It's one thing riding on closed trails. It's an entirely different animal trenching out closed trails! Thank you to the individuals that tore up the E108 up at the north end of our system all the way to the Paudash trails! They spun their tracks right down to the dirt when it was warm and now the previous smooth base is a complete frozen mess and the exposed areas(dirt) are melting in the sun. Good job!! Your parents must be proud!!πŸ˜²πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž

It's very frustrating that in this day and age, with all the knowledge and information available at one's fingertips, that we still have to deal with the ignorance of some.
The weather so far this year is a big enough kick in the teeth. Let's not add more to it!πŸ‘

Rant over...

Carry on with your dayπŸ˜‰
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Its Rant Day!!

Rant 1
ATVs on snowmobile trails.
Some entitled quality human being(s), who walk amongst us, decided that their enjoyment of BDSC snowmobile trails on their ATV(s) trumps all of us sledders. They started at P2 and rode the 506 all the way to the E108 and then north for a bit and then back. There are now deep frozen ruts that go right through the base to the dirt/rock underneath in that entire area! The sun is having a field day with the exposed parts!! Of course they got stuck in many areas and made sure to tear up large sections of the great smooth base that we spent many hours and $$$ building. It will be hard to build that base back up and make it a smooth trail again. Needless to say, our groomer operators are very pleased that all their time spent building that base is now ruined. SMH
Just got another message this morning that someone also decided to run down the E211 south of P1 with either a large SxS or truck/jeep and then ran down the 502. Wow!! Thanks!!😠🏳️

Rant 2
Its Crown Land so I can ride it mentality.  
We also had another ATV guy running the E108 up by Pencil Lake a couple of days ago. One of our groomer operators happened to be coming through and stopped him. He had a nice chat with this fine gentleman, an older fella too, who was destroying the trail he just finished grooming, as he thought he could ride his ATV anywhere he wants, whenever he wants as its Crown Land. He now knows differently.
Anybody riding on an OFSC Prescribed Trail on Crown Land on an ATV, in a car, truck, non-permitted snowmobile, etc during the snowmobile season is doing so illegally and can be charged with trespassing. There are very few exceptions!
The OFSC takes over ownership, for lack of a better term, of the trail on Crown Land if it is an OFSC Prescribed Trail!!
For the people in the back, it means STAY OFF!!! 

Rant 3
Tearing up trails marked RED.
Its one thing riding on closed trails. Its an entirely different animal trenching out closed trails! Thank you to the individuals that tore up the E108 up at the north end of our system all the way to the Paudash trails! They spun their tracks right down to the dirt when it was warm and now the previous smooth base is a complete frozen mess and the exposed areas(dirt) are melting in the sun. Good job!! Your parents must be proud!!πŸ˜²πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž

Its very frustrating that in this day and age, with all the knowledge and information available at ones fingertips, that we still have to deal with the ignorance of some. 
The weather so far this year is a big enough kick in the teeth. Lets not add more to it!πŸ‘

Rant over...

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We share your frustration. Hard to fathom the selfishness. We need more enforcement and bigger fines to help to deter these nuisance few.

When clubs like this encourage atv riding on EOTA trails in the winter then I’m afraid more of this is gonna happen all over the province. Different snowmobile clubs around the area have been posting the same type of posts. It’s very unfortunate as I ride both atv’s and sleds, but park my atv’s for the winter!

Pretty sad to read all these posts.

Not all ATV operators are this inconsiderate on the contrary I’ve encountered many an inconsiderate ofsc sledder (I’ll stop there). I’m a trapper and I run tracks on my atv. Quite often, in fact more often than not I’m driving the trail long before the groomer arrives and I will continue to do so. Mostly on a short section of the E-108. I’m considerate enough to drive slow and cautiously and my tracks do far less damage than idiot OFSC operators who think they’re driving on a closed course. Touché

Frustrating! Please know the rest of us appreciate all your hard work and 🀞we will be back on the trails in 2024!

The opp were were sitting on the 507 at the catch restaurant Sunday stopping a few sxs from going in the trail as we pay a lot of money for passes to ride snowmobiles on the trails we enjoy both sxs and snowmobiling but winter is for snowmobiles I understand everyone is very frustrated with this weather but let’s keep our base cause hopefully the snow will come so we can get out and ride

While I agree that no one but sledders should be on the trails this time of year out of respect, it’s definitely NOT ILLEGAL to do so on crown land. As someone who owns land up in the area I can assure you that I’ve done my research and even someone at the OFSC and MNRF confirmed that the OFSC does not have exclusive use of crown land trails in winter. The issue up there is that there is so much private property throughout the trails it’s easy to be trespassing on someone’s property and not know it.

Atvs also on the 503 going from looncall towards the E107 Can see the ruts from anstruther lake road

It's time to start laying trespassing charges! It's the blatant lack of respect from some people who think they're entitled to do whatever they want.

This sounds alot like some licensed icemen going Little Clear Lake just in north of Picard Lake off E108. I'm sure P2 is the nearest access point for both those lakes. The MNR and OFAH websites both have good write ups on this topic that are worth checking out

I see this all the time on atv pages. Guys will ask if they are allowed to ride such and such a trail and when they are told no there are always a bunch that say they can. They seem to think they can ride trails on crown land and also that ATVs do minimal damage to the trails.

It always seems to take just a couple of ignorant, self entitled individuals to ruin it for everyone else. So unfortunate.

That's the butch about a free country eh....guess u need more regulations and secular exclusive Lil fkkn clubs eh......

You have to wonder why the non-sledders are on a snowmobile club page? πŸ€”

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It sucks bc a lot of ATV clubs such as Lake of Bays ATV say there are no such land use agreements. This just adds fuel to the fire.

Look at these clowns riding ATVs on snowmobile trails! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

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Weekly Update

Caution: heavy on the pics..lol..

The BDSC volunteer team were out last week working on the 503 and 509. Big thank you to Andrew(new volunteerπŸ‘), Randy, Geoff, Mark, John, Gord and Dan for your time and help!!!

Our groomer operators Wib and Al have been out as much as possible, packing and working their magic to smooth out our base.
Incredibly, our base is still decent on the trails north of P1. As of right now, it won't take much snow to get the trails open again!
South of P1 is a different story. Still lots of water holes and swamps that haven't froze over or are opening up again. 😒
Al attempted to pack the E211 from P1 down to Mort's Pond with the BR180 and packer. Unfortunately he had to turn around before he got to Mississauga Lake Road as it was just too soft and wet.

503
We said we would come and we did!!!πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ..lol..
Four of us went out and started from the E107 and went west. There was quite a bit of brushing and fallen tree removal that needed to be done. The signage was dramatically improved as well!!
Note: It appears that "SLOW" signs are popular in this area for shotgun target practice, as most of them were victimized.πŸ˜²πŸ‘ŽπŸ˜’
The first big swamp was surprisingly frozen and we were able to get across it. However, just over 5kms in, we came across a very wet and swampy section that we knew we couldn't get across so we turned around there. We didn't make it to Anstruther Lake Road.

509
Six volunteers brushed and removed fallen trees on the 509 from the TM495 to the HCSA 9 trail, basically the whole trail!πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ
The signage here was also vastly improved!
Wib followed us up in BB2(T6) and packed the trail all the way up!πŸ‘ πŸ‘Š He did break through a few water holes along the way.
The trail has a decent base now but still a few wet areas further south and some nasty rocky areas to the north that will need more snow to fill them in.

Overall, we still have a fairly good base on about 70% of our trails. It shouldn't take much snow to get going again. Definitely need the colder temps for the swampy/wet areas on the southern trails.
Thank you to all of our volunteers!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘ŠπŸ†

For any of you who would like to come out and play on our great team, please email our volunteer coordinator John at
ofscbdsc@gmail.com
and he will keep you in the loop of upcoming work days.

#givealittlehelpsalot
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Weekly Update

Caution: heavy on the pics..lol..

The BDSC volunteer team were out last week working on the 503 and 509. Big thank you to Andrew(new volunteerπŸ‘), Randy, Geoff, Mark, John, Gord and Dan for your time and help!!!

Our groomer operators Wib and Al have been out as much as possible, packing and working their magic to smooth out our base. 
Incredibly, our base is still decent on the trails north of P1. As of right now, it wont take much snow to get the trails open again!
South of P1 is a different story. Still lots of water holes and swamps that havent froze over or are opening up again. 😒
Al attempted to pack the E211 from P1 down to Morts Pond with the BR180 and packer. Unfortunately he had to turn around before he got to Mississauga Lake Road as it was just too soft and wet.

503
We said we would come and we did!!!πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ..lol..
Four of us went out and started from the E107 and went west. There was quite a bit of brushing and fallen tree removal that needed to be done. The signage was dramatically improved as well!! 
Note: It appears that SLOW signs are popular in this area for shotgun target practice, as most of them were victimized.πŸ˜²πŸ‘ŽπŸ˜’
The first big swamp was surprisingly frozen and we were able to get across it. However, just over 5kms in, we came across a very wet and swampy section that we knew we couldnt get across so we turned around there. We didnt make it to Anstruther Lake Road. 

509
Six volunteers brushed and removed fallen trees on the 509 from the TM495 to the HCSA 9 trail, basically the whole trail!πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ 
The signage here was also vastly improved! 
Wib followed us up in BB2(T6) and packed the trail all the way up!πŸ‘ πŸ‘Š He did break through a few water holes along the way. 
The trail has a decent base now but still a few wet areas further south and some nasty rocky areas to the north that will need more snow to fill them in.

Overall, we still have a fairly good base on about 70% of our trails. It shouldnt take much snow to get going again. Definitely need the colder temps for the swampy/wet areas on the southern trails. 
Thank you to all of our volunteers!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘ŠπŸ†

For any of you who would like to come out and play on our great team, please email our volunteer coordinator John at
ofscbdsc@gmail.com
and he will keep you in the loop of upcoming work days.

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We are running out of winter and the trails are closed.

Great work guys!😁 Can’t wait to get out on the trails.

You guys are awesome!!!!

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