Oct 01

Explore Winter Like Never Before!

Some people are sad to say goodbye to summer, but snowmobilers in Ontario are revving up for the 2018 snowmobiling season. BEAST is working hard to ensure trails are prepped for when the snow comes. There’s lots of trail work that needs doing and new volunteers are always welcome. So it must also be permit buying time and here’s what riders need to know.

After four years at the same fee, all 2018 Seasonal Snowmobile Trail Permits (including Classic) have increased by only $10. This follows the approval of a spring recommendation from the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), which authorizes permit fees. Faced with rising operational expenses to deliver snowmobile trails and in support its of clubs and volunteers, the OFSC made a strong and urgent business case for the new fees, which barely cover the annual rate of inflation since 2013. The OFSC business plan also spoke to new fees being necessary to help cover the higher cost of continuing to purchase new groomers to improve trail quality and consistency. Since the 2015-16 season, the OFSC has invested $8.5 million to buy 35 new grooming units as part of its recently approved More On The Snow initiative.

Snowmobilers can take advantage of 30% savings on their 2018 Ontario Seasonal Snowmobile Permit. For the low fee of $190 they can enjoy a winter full of adventure on any of the available 30,000 km of trails connecting communities throughout the province. This early rate is only available for a limited time. The fees go up at midnight EST on November 1, 2017.

Once again. all permit sales will be online only. “Providing consumers with enhanced security, flexibility and convenience are just a few of the benefits of buying your permit online” says Remi Sauve, President of the OFSC. “Thank you for your support of organized snowmobiling in the province and we look forward to seeing you out on the trails this winter.”

2018 Permit Pricing: .

Permit Type Full By Dec 1 By Nov 1
Seasonal $270 $220 $190
Classic $190 $150

Other OFSC Fees:

Other Fees Cost
Multi-day (charge per day) $35
Replacement Fee $15
Seasonal-classic Administration Fee $7.50
Tracked Shipping Canada $10
Tracked Shipping USA $20
Special Event $35
Try our Trails Free

Sep 08

2017-2018 Board and Key Coordinators

Thanks to everyone that attended our 2017-2018 Annual General Meeting last night! We are glad to announce that we have a full volunteer board and would like to welcome two new members to the board: Chrystal as VP and James as the South East Trail Director. A special thanks to Gord Servant and Rob Campbell for their efforts over the past year on the board. We know they are not going very far! A full list of the board may be found here: http://www.thebeast.ca/?page_id=439


We are now in the process of confirming volunteers for key Coordinator positions. If you are interested in filling a vacant position, let us know. A full list may be found here: http://www.thebeast.ca/?page_id=874. If you are interested in volunteering, trail work, Trail Patrol, grooming, communications, sponsorship, etc please contact one of the board members or our new Volunteer Coordinator, Wanda Bowes.

We are looking forward to a great season!

Darin McRae

Sep 06

BEAST Update Sep 4, 2017

BEAST Annual General Meeting Thurs, Sept 7, 2017

Regular Meeting 8pm, AGM 9pm

Jim’s Garage, 1405 7th Line of Beckwith, 613-253-5486

See below poster for info. At this meeting we elect the following positions. President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Trail Directors(SE, NE, SW, NW)

We also have several important supporting coordinator positions. VIA(Volunteers in Action), Sponsorship, BEAST Map, Trail Patrol, Communications. Please consider if you would like to get more involved in volunteering with our club and apply for or help out with any of these positions.

BEAST By-Laws 
In accordance with our current BEAST Bylaws, dated 2 October 2014, paragraph 7,  we made notice at least 14 days in advance of our AGM (notice was sent out on August 13). We are making the following updates to our BEAST by-laws, and planning to vote for approval of those changes at our AGM. The proposed changes are summarized as follows:

  • Para 2a – Addition of the following municipalities in which we operate trails: Beckwith Township, Montague Township, and Mississippi Mills.
  • Para 4 – Updates to the requirements to be a board of director and updated terms of reference for each board position.
  • Para 4 – Addition of a Grooming Director and Trails Director and identification who on our Board will be the Club contacts with the District for Board Meetings, Finance, Grooming, and Trails.
  • Para 10 – Adjustment to the timeline for budget submission and how expenses will be approved and processed.

Stay tuned for posts like this one, and our website www.thebeast.caand our FaceBook page. Contact us at info@thebeast.ca for any questions, or if you would like to see a copy of the by-laws.

Jun 28

2017 BEAST Core Volunteers BBQ

2017BEASTCoreVolunteersBBQ Another Beast BBQ hosted at the Crawford/Harvey cottage on White Lake is a great success! Such a fun group of sledders didn’t not let a few raindrops interrupt the festivities!! Thank you so much Mike and Denise!

Apr 07

Fundraiser Casino Night

Come out for a night of fun!

Mar 05

BEAST Poker Rally – 2017 – Photo’s

Thanks to Danby’s Bar and Grill for hosting us at the BEAST Poker Rally!
Thanks Dave Poaps for once again organizing this event!
62 Participants
1st prize; $500 Paul Barber four kings
2nd prize; $300 Bruce Brydges straight – king high
3rd prize; $125 Jeff Palmer three eights
4th prize; $75 Keith Wilson three threes

Route set up; Darin McRae, Gord Servant
Registration; Dave Poaps, Carrie Desormeaux
Checkpoints; Rodney Blackburn plus girlfriend, Chris Saindon, Jill MacLaurin, Wanda Bowes, James McCurdy
Door prizes; Danby’s Bar & Grill, Randz Automotive, BEAST

Glad to have our OFSC District 1 Governor at the big event!

Mar 03

Corporate Ride 2017 – Photo’s

The 2017 Corporate Ride was help on Feb 17-19, and we travelled to Mattawa, stayed at the Valois Motel and Restaurant, and had some great sledding, and a lot of fun. Thanks to Debbie Lackey for organizing this event once again, our Annual BEAST Corporate Ride, and for the great photo’s.

First many of us met at the Antrim Truck Stop, Arnprior,  for breakfast on the Friday morning.

Friday to Mattawa – After meeting for breakfast at Antrim Truck Stop, we trailered to Mattawa –  Looks like we got us a convoy!



Friday Ride around Mattawa – Some of us went out for a ride on Friday afternoon

Saturday Ride around Mattawa – We took the A112A trail, north out of Mattawa, and we stopped at the Mattawa Mica Mine

Saturday Ride around Mattawa – We continued on the A112A trail,  towards North Bay, and we stopped at one of the lookouts.

More pictures from Saturday throughout the day.

More pictures from Saturday throughout the day.

Jan 06

2017 eTrail Guide

Download this new 2017 BEAST Trail Guide.


We will not be printing any of these Trail Guides this year.

Jan 05

Beauties of the BEAST Ride 2017

The Beauties of the BEAST Ride for 2017, is coming up on Feb 4,5.

Register with Julie-Anne at 613-256-2973 or jabedard@storm.ca

Dec 24

Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail Open Houses

We expect a BIG showing for each of the four open houses hosted by Lanark County to discuss the future of the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail. We currently use a portion for the new BEAST 311 from Carleton Place to Smiths Falls.

Mark your calendars:
– 19 Jan 17 – Rosedale Hall in Montague
– 26 Jan 17 – Beckwith Twp Office
– 2 Feb 17 – Carleton Place Town Hall
– 16 Feb 17 – Almonte Old Town Hall

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