B.E.A.S.T. is the acronym for Beautiful Eastern Association of Snowmobile Trails. The BEAST is a snowmobile trails association that was made up of Volunteers from 3 local clubs most familiar to people as Ashton District Snowmobile Association (ADSA), Stittsville & Dwyer Hill Snowmobile Association (SDHSA), and Richmond Snow Rovers (RSR).
In 2010, the three founding clubs dissolved, and the BEAST has been sectioned into four managable operational units. Each sector has their own grooming unit and trail director, as well as an executive that sits on the BEAST board.
North West – Almonte, Clayton, Lanark and White Lake
North East – Stittsville, Munster area bording Ashton and Almonte
South West – Ashton south to Smith Falls including Carleton Place
South East – Richmond/Barrhaven
Basically, whenever you see the BEAST, you can relate any one of these clubs to this association.
In 1998/1999, the OFSC (Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs), produced a paper called “Winter Gold – Vision 2005”. In this document, the OFSC had a vision of forming as many clubs from the province into Trails Associations as possible. The goal was to reduce paperwork and administrative overhead at the club level and at the OFSC office. Winter Gold studies also proved that Trails Associations were able to produce larger revenues by merging clubs’ operating overhead into one group. Larger revenues meant that it was easier to buy and maintain large grooming equipment. This vision is still in place today.
Our 3 member clubs bought into this philosophy and started the groundwork to form the BEAST in 1999. The BEAST is incorporated as a non-profit organization complete with constitution/bylaw regulations and is registered with the OFSC. All 3 clubs have combined their permit revenues and operating expenses into a single financial system to maintain trail operations.
Make no mistake, even though the BEAST is the driving financial and operational planning force for these 3 clubs, each club has maintained their identity and relationships with volunteers, landowners and the OFSC. The BEAST wanted clubs to maintain their identities and welcome their ideas to help each of them deliver the best product possible. Landowner and volunteer relationships are of highest priority to the BEAST and we are prepared to do what we can to maintain this by working through the local clubs. The BEAST name may be new, but the concept and commitment to snowmobiling are values that were pioneered and maintained by the legacy clubs.