CCSO Celebrates National Snowmobiling Day October 28
26 October 2023 – Klondike Snowmobile Association
It’s Time To Get Ready For the 2024 Season!
The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) and the Klondike Snowmobile Association (KSA) invite snowmobilers and other winter lovers to celebrate National Snowmobile Day on Saturday, October 28th. Canada has enjoyed a rich snowmobile heritage since Joseph-Armand Bombardier introduced the first “Ski-Doo” in 1959, an iconic debut that made 17th place on a CBC list of “The Greatest Canadian Inventions”.
Today, organized snowmobiling in Canada is a volunteer-driven, permit-funded, recreational activity managed by 12 provincial or territorial CCSO-member snowmobile associations representing 729 non-profit clubs. Over 1.5 million family participants enjoy 130,700 kilometres of marked, mapped and maintained recreational snowmobile trails connecting thousands of snowbelt communities, as well as many sanctioned riding areas, which together generate over $9.3 billion in economic impact and 41,000 related jobs annually.
“As the unified national voice of organized snowmobiling, the CCSO plays a leading role in supporting Canadian trail networks and riding areas, and we are proud that clubs, volunteers, landowners and communities from coast to coast to coast can partner for National Snowmobile Day,” said Brad Mann, CCSO President. “This day is a recognition of those who helped build Canadian snowmobiling over the years, a celebration of the work that continues today, and an opportunity for everyone to get ready for the 2024 season.”
To set the tone for National Snowmobiling Day, the CCSO hosted a “Celebration of Snowmobiling in Canada” on October 24th in Ottawa. The leaders of CCSO member associations met with MP’s from their areas throughout the day, followed by an evening reception for all MP’s with guest speakers and a unique display of industrial trail grooming equipment on the Sparks Street pedestrian mall.
For National Snowmobiling Day, the CCSO encourages snowmobilers to Take The Pledge, as part of the international campaign designed to help ensure snowmobilers protect existing riding areas and trail systems for current and future generations and landowners who give us access to their property. Meanwhile, the CCSO recommends that snowmobilers prepare for the upcoming season on National Snowmobiling Day by purchasing a 2024 provincial or territorial membership that ensures access to available snowmobile trails and riding areas throughout the winter months.
National Snowmobiling Day is also an ideal time to sign up for a snowmobile safety or avalanche training course, and to contact your local club about lending a hand with snowmobiling preparations this fall. Information about permits, courses and volunteering can be found online from CCSO provincial or territorial snowmobile association members:
Newfoundland/Labrador Snowmobile Association – www.nlsf.org
Prince Edward Island Snowmobile Association – www.peisa.ca
Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia – www.snowmobilersns.com
Snowmobile Motoneige New Brunswick – www.snowmobilenb.com
La Fédération des Clubs de Motoneige du Québec – www.fcmq.qc.ca
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs – www.ofsc.on.ca
Snowmobilers of Manitoba – www.snoman.mb.ca
Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association – www.sasksnow.com
Alberta Snowmobile Association – www.albertasnowmobile.ca
British Columbia Snowmobile Federation – www.bcsf.org
Klondike Snowmobile Association – www.ksa.yk.ca
Great Slave Lake Snowmobile Association Trail Riders – www.gssatrailriders.com
Yes, winter’s just around the corner – and National Snowmobiling Day is when the getting ready kicks into high gear from coast to coast to coast!
The CCSO is dedicated to providing leadership and support of safe, organized and environmentally responsible snowmobiling in Canada.