Touring Ontario – Elliot Lake and Algoma Country
It sometimes seems like ATV riders are embroiled in a constant fight over land usage in the United States. However, if you look north you’ll see not every ATV enthusiast has to deal with the same problems. ATV.com headed to Ontario, Canada to see what our neighbors to the north have to offer for off-road aficionados. What we found is almost too good to be true.Not only are ATVs and off-road vehicles (namely snowmobiles) welcomed, they are, in fact, embraced to a degree that’s hard to imagine. Snowmobilers are largely to thank for this. In case you didn’t know, Ontario has nearly 25,000 miles of mapped, groomed and maintained snowmobile trails that generate billions (not a misprint!) of dollars in revenue. Entire communities thrive off of this industry.What does all this have to do with ATVs? Well, contrary to what you may think, for the majority of the year snow is nowhere to be found in Ontario. Instead of having all the trails lay dormant for eight months each year, many snowmobile-dependent communities have turned to ATVs to fill the void. The result is a burgeoning ATV tourism industry.When it comes to planning an ATV trip to Ontario, the best place to start is the Go Ride Ontario website. The website breaks down the province into different areas and can help you plan out everything, from food and lodging to ATV tours.We’ve already made stops in Parry Sound and Haliburton. The third stop on our ATV tour of Ontario brings us to Elliot Lake. While Parry Sound and Haliburton are only about two hours from downtown Toronto, Ellliot Lake is a bit further off, but it is a drive very much worth making.Once you hop on Hwy. 400 North and get about an hour out of the city, the geography changes dramatically. Gone are the skyscrapers and urban sprawl. In its place are trees as far as the eye can see and fresh water lakes seemingly around every corner. Once you pass the city of Barrie, you just take Hwy. 69 North to Sudbury and Hwy. 17 West from there for more scenic driving across the Trans-Canada Highway – an absolutely beautiful drive in the Fall. Elliot Lake is off the main highway about 20 miles, but the route is well signed and easy to find.
I have been working exclusively in digital media since 1997. I started out with TSN.ca, spending nearly nine years creating and editing content on Canada's leading sports website. I left to join VerticalScope, Inc., one of the world's largest online publishers, to start a number of powersports publications. While at VerticalScope, I've helped create and oversee content for a wide variety of different publications, including ATV.com, Off-Road.com, ArcheryTalk.com, Tractor.com, RVGuide.com, and many more.
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