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Snowmobile clubs open northern route

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

A map of the route that now connects the area trail system to Ear Falls.

By Dryden Observer Staff

Snowmobile clubs from Dryden Ear Falls and Red Lake area celebrated the long-awaited opening of a new recreational link between our communities, March 3.

The Northwestern Ontario Snowmobile Trails Association (NWOSTA) hosted a gathering north of Dryden at the junction of the ‘A’ Trail and the recently constructed L301 trail which runs 120 kilometres north to Ear Falls and continues another 74 kilometres to Red Lake.

About 60 riders turned up to enjoy the fruits of significant labours of club members in the three communities who have worked over the past two years to plan, build and brush the trail corridor. The trail covers a varied landscape offering great views and a mix of winding terrain and fast straight stretches.

At the trail’s mid-way point a large caravan of riders stopped for hot dogs and hot chocolate, sponsored by Canada Safeway. The Dryden Power Toboggan Club plan to construct a warm-up shelter at the trail’s mid-point.

A group of riders from Dryden ventured to Ear Falls for lunch and the riders from the Red Lake District Trailmasters spent the evening in Dryden.

Ontarion Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trail permits sold through the Dryden club have paid for any expenses incurred along with funds from Patricia Area Community Endeavours (PACE) and NWOSTA. The Dryden Power Toboggan Club would like to remind riders there is limited cell service on this trail and always ride with a buddy.

Cutting the ribbon on the L301 trail to Ear Falls and Red Lake were (from right to left) Gail Sayers, president of the Northwestern Ontario Snowmobile Trails Association; Larry Lyle, president of the Dryden Power Toboggan Club; Audrey Robb, administrator of NWOSTA and DPTC Club treasurer; Lawrence Labelle, vice-president of the Dryden Power Toboggan Club and operations director for NWOSTA. Photos submitted

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