Snowmobiling and The Law

Safe Snowmobiling

Hand Signals


The OFSC Trail System

What are Top Trails?

Trail Riding & the User-Pay System

Snowmobiling & The Law

  • While operating a snowmobile, the same rules of the road and penalties apply as for driving a car, including possible fines, loss of driver's license, criminal record and/or imprisonment.
  • Ontario requires the mandatory use of CSA approved safety helmets while operating or riding a snowmobiling.
  • All Ontario residents must register their motorized snow vehicles (MSV) with the Ministry of Transportation, display the registration numbers and show proof of insurance.
  • All non-residents must produce evidence of insurance and registration or bill of sale and comply with Ontario's snowmobile regulations.
  • Non-Ontario residents who are not compelled to insure their snowmobile in their own state must be covered while in Ontario. They may do so through their car insurance.
  • All Ontario residents must display a current validation of their MSV.
  • Both resident and non resident drivers must be at least 12 years old and hold a motorized snow vehicle operator's license. Those
    16 and over can use a valid driver's license.
  • The Trail Permit is valid only when permanently affixed in the approved areas such that it is fully visible to a person standing 10 meters in front of the machine on its centerline. The best place is on the bottom part of the windshield.
  • The maximum legal speed limit on Ontario trails is 50 kilometres per hour (35mph)
In Summary; to snowmobile legally in Ontario, you must have:
  • A valid driver's license;
  • Proof of snowmobile ownership;
  • Registration;
  • Insurance; and
  • Helmets.