C114 outside of Bala Feb 1st 2016

Opening a section of C114 outside of Bala this afternoon

This is a screen shot of the video Feb 1 2016

The Vid would not load here but you can see it here




Grooming Information MLSTA Muskoka

Received some  updated information from Rene’ to answer recent question.

The MLSTA has 3 qualified drivers and a few in heavy training.  The job is tireless can be dangerous and just hard work dealing with beaver dams and brush.    Once the initial trail is down (again) they can start grooming from 4 PM to 8 AM.  every day!  Many of the groomer operators have full time jobs making it more difficult.

Most of the trails should be done by the weekend  This Friday Feb. 3 and team will be out measuring ice thickness on Brandy Lake and Silver Lake on the MLSTA trails.   Things look pretty good so we will probably stake them as well.

This is going to be a long hard week for our groomer operators..

MOTHER NATURE!!!!  Our sleds are sick of this warm just sitting view..!!!



Muskoka Trails January 2017

MLSTA groomers out on Friday putting in the trail around the Bala Storage.

Our trails have not been groomed and are still all closed. There is just too much water flowing through and across the trails. The mud holes have been deep enough to swallow a sled whole! It is not safe for sleds!

After this weekend’s colder weather we hope to be able to start actual grooming this week.

NOTICE:  Was out packing some trails today the small ones.. trails are closed thou……Riders are continually riding off trail on farm land in the MLSTA area and more..what are we going to do about this..the trial WILL BE CLOSED…keep an eye out or whatever is legal..


From our American sledders


Muskoka Snow Trails

All packing operations have stopped as it is just too soft now.

Looks like we will be in a “HOLD” position for about a week. We have only about 7 miles of C trail north to open and Trail 21. Everything else is packed.

When the weather gets cold again we plan on starting grooming operations on one trail at a time so that we can start opening them to the public. We will likely start on C102D from Brandy Lake to Glen Orchard first and then on to MacTier, Bala and all other points on the system.

This is not set in stone as the opening will again depend on which trails we can again access.

Not Exactly A Trail Ride

Two Things


Trails are still closed in the MLSTA area due to standing ponds…if you want to take a short Muskoka zip and eat…….you may be able to at Bracebridge Yamaha Demo rides…

January 14th between 10-4 to try out the 2017 Yamaha line-up of snowmobiles.
You must bring with you proper riding gear; helmet, gloves, jacket, pants, boots, etc. as well as a valid licence.

Coffee, timbits, hotdogs, sausages and burgers will be available throughout the day.













Update Steve`s post for Sunday Jan 15

The order of the day is to do some brushing from the trail at Young’s Road in Glen Orchard south to the Bob Kenwright Memorial Trail in Bala. We hope that the cold weather coming on Friday will help to tighten up the swamps and make the day more manageable. Looking forward to seeing some of you….


Groomer Operators… The Job

Tony Molica represented the MLSTA at the recent MSR groomer training program.   This is what he had to say.

With respect to the groomer operator course, I was trained on a number of groomer administrator issues such as payroll, signage, policies, health and safety, incident reports, etc.  I will be holding a meeting with the 5 MLSTA groomer operators next week to bring them up to speed.  This course is mandatory for the operators and a sign in sheet must be completed and submitted.  Procedures and note taking have never been more important with the groomer operators because of liability and ensuring due diligence.  Again, this goes back to safety and ensuring that risk is minimized on the trails.

I have not been as involved with other snowmobile clubs as I have with the MLSTA and district 7.  The effort that our volunteers make and the time they put into our sport is truly commendable.  We should all tip our helmets to these volunteers.


Port Carling Sled Bridge

A picture(s) is worth a thousand words.  Thank you all!!!   We had good representation from a lady (who never stopped) and a bunch of guys.

Without the Trillium Plowing we would have had trouble getting in so thank you.   Tractor man ..well he saved the day…

Hopefully Steve the other Steve and Sean can add some pics as well.

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Muskoka Snowmobile 2016/17

After a rough summer fighting off the effects of Bill 100 we are making some progress.  Looks like we are back in business and we are busy getting things done.   If anyone has  time Dec 17 starting at around 9AM we could use your help.   Introduce yourself to Fred K our new president.

The pictures show what it will look like and where we are today.

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Keeping our Muskoka Trails Open

Keeping our Muskoka trails open rests heavily on a dedicated group of volunteers.  In this post session we would like to thank Tony Molica and his team.  Tony’s work on this matter was so complicated I had to ask him what he did and to send me his process.

MLSTA new president, Fred Kelsey, made the statement “we need to get our land owners on board before we can proceed with anything else”. After a misunderstood season our team has stepped up to the plate.

Tony’s first thought about developing a Q&A about Bill 100 was initiated at the July 2 MLSTA meeting.  Past President Rene updated the board on the misunderstandings by landowners and others about this Bill at that meeting.

The board agreed that a Q&A was in order and made available to the landowners and further that the process and facts be free from any bias – that it be factual and not based on opinions.  Tony suggested that we attempt to contact the office of the Minister of Tourism and use their fact sheets if possible, which was agreed upon.

Tony then emailed the minister at that time, the Honorable Michael Couteau, requesting information on the Bill and for any public information.  He was hoping for Fact Sheets from his office, or Questions and Answers they may use in the house.  It took about 3 weeks for a response from the minister’s office but in the mean time he took it upon myself to look at the reports from The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and other sources, on this Bill.

It is within the Legislative Assembly reports that Tony found facts about Bill 100 which were discussed in the House by then Minister Michael Couteau and other MPP’s, including Steve Clark and Norm Miller.  Tony did hear back from the Ministers Office late July and the new minister was the Honorable Eleanor McMahon, Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.

Minister McMahon’s email to Tony explained that Sarah Jackson Policy Analyst with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport from her office would be our contact person and he did make contact with Sara whom was most helpful.  In the meantime, it was suggested by Rene that we have Mike Webb, from our club, assist us since he was very knowledgeable on Landowner issues.  As a result, we had our first “landowner committee” meeting on August 1 at Mike’s house.  The minutes of that meeting outline details.  It was decided at the July meeting that a Landowners Committee be established and that both Steve Elliot and Tony co-chair this committee.

Sara Jackson was very helpful in that she vetted our Q&A, kept it factual, and overall supported our efforts.  Additionally, she explained that her office was preparing a Fact Sheet on Bill 100 and would make sure that we received a copy of this public document as soon as it was available — which she did.

Mike was most helpful in this process.  He suggested that we meet with Norm Miller our MPP and set up the meeting.  He lead the meeting and was a successful meeting.  Rene’ Leenaars, Mike Webb, and Tony Molica met with Norm Miller on September 9.

It should be noted that Tony drafted the Q&A from facts from the Legislative Assembly, input from Sara Jackson, and most importantly from input from our Landowner Committee Members, which include Mike Webb.

Steve Elliott wordsmithed the document and made it look professional.

It should be noted that Rene Leenaars has been our guiding light through this process from beginning to end.

Myself (Bob Hogg) and Steve Elliott talked to Mr. Steve Clarke and The Honourable  Eleanor McMahon were at the OFSC annual AGM and discussed Bill 100 and forwarded the information to Tony.

Even with this work Rene’ is still working with landowners issues and designing new trails as required.