Dec 23

SLOW DOWN ON THE TCT!!

Hi all,

The club has been getting complaints of speeding sleds on the Trans Canada Trail. Please remember that this is a shared multi-use trail and sledders must respect other users of the trail.

This is a delicate situation as the City of Ottawa is reviewing the use of snowmobiles on another shared multi-use trail near Osgoode.  We do not need to give them amunition to review the contract that the BEAST has with the City of Ottawa to use the TCT.

It should also be noted that as part of our Licence of Occupation Agreement with the City of Ottawa, snowmobile use is permitted only on the section from West Ridge Drive and heading west towards Carelton Place. Snowmobiling on the TCT and heading east of West Ridge Drive towards Stittsville Main Street and beyond to Kanata is NOT PERMITTED.

Please use some common sense and pass by other users of the TCT very slowly. Keep the hot roddin for some other out of the way place.

Dec. 2010

Jan 21

Trailer Safety Tips from the OPP

FROM/DE: OPP Highway Safety Division DATE: January 19, 2010

 

OPP AND OFSC SAY “DON’T LET POOR SNOWMOBILE OPERATION AND HAULING SPOIL YOUR DAY OF FUN ON THE TRAILS”

 

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) says it’s important to ensure your snowmobile trailer is in top notch shape and that you operate it safely so that your fun day on the trails doesn’t unexpectedly get cut short.

 

Overweight trailers need to shed some pounds!

 

Having the right trailer weight for your sled(s) is very important and the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) has specific requirements when it comes to the weight of the trailer being towed. Being in compliance with the weight requirements for your trailer is therefore a must.

 

Make your snowmobile feel secure!

 

While on a trailer, a snowmobile should be secure with no less than three means of attachment to ensure the snowmobile does not shift in transit or become dislodged in the event of an accident.

 

There’s much to gain from the right ball & chain!

 

There are many similar-looking ball-hitches that are NOT the same size. Make sure that the ball hitch is the same size as the receiver on the trailer. A second means of attachment (trailer “safety chains”) are often overlooked, inadequate, damaged, improperly repaired, dragging or attached with open “S” hooks that fall out. Make sure you have proper hooks with closure capability.

 

Light up your blinks and stops!

 

Directional signals and stop lights should be checked prior to every trip to ensure they are working properly. The connections often become faulty due to exposure to weather and elements.

 

Get your bearings on safe wheels and tires!

 

The sun and cold tend to dry out and crack trailer tires. Even with proper inflation and adequate tread, tires will disintegrate over time and need to be replaced. Lubricate the bearings and tighten wheel lugs at least once a season.

 

Keep MTO in the know!

 

Make sure the trailer is plated and registered with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). Even home built trailers have to be registered and plated.

 

Haul with proper mirrors – not smoke and mirrors!

 

Having the right sized and properly positioned side mirrors is crucial to safe trailering because your mirrors are what you rely on for safe lane changing and keeping an eye on your snowmobile/trailer while you’re hauling it.

 

For more information regarding trailering visit

 

e-laws.gov.on.ca. or www. mto.gov.on.ca.

 

Jan 05

Classic Permit Sales

This is a reminder that classic permits (for snowmobiles 15 years or older) are only available from the District office in Morrisburg.

 

To order your classic permit please download and complete the application http://www.district1ofsc.ca/classicpermit20092010.pdf

 

Fax the completed application along with a copy of the sled ownership to the District Office at (613) 543-3644 and your application will be processed and returned by mail.

 

Alternatively, you can visit the office in person with the completed application and ownership located in Morrisburg.  Note you must call in advance to schedule an appointment. (613) 543-0374

Dec 29

BEAST Week 4 – A bit of history

Dec 07

BEAST Week 3 – I AM A VOLUNTEER

This week Brent Phifer talks to us about why he volunteers.

Dec 03

BEAST Participates In 2010 Carleton Place & Stittsville Christmas Parades

On Saturday, 27 November, the BEAST participated in both theCarlton Placeand Stittsville Christmas parades.  This marked our third consecutive appearance inCarleton Place, and our first in Stittsville.  The float design represented family snowmobiling, with a trail stop by a working campfire, complete with four snowmobiles, pickets, various signage, decorated Christmas trees and lights, all on a simulated snow base.  The float was accompanied by three generations of BEAST members, and the large crowds appeared very appreciative, especially the little ones, who shared in over 3,000 pieces of candy.

 

On Friday night, the float was put together and all lighting tested at Rob’s Truck Service and Hydraulics (RTS), just outside of Carp.  Given the float was going to travel Highway 7 several times on Saturday, a four place trailer was used to act as support and storage for the decorations.  At noon on Saturday, we headed down the highway in order to get at the front of the line inCarleton Place.  The parade started promptly at 5pm.  The crowd was large and enthusiastic, perhaps because of the mild weather, which was good for parade viewing, but not much good for sledding.  On completion of the parade route at about 6pm, the float was quickly dismantled and stored in the trailer, and we were back on the highway headed for Stittsville.  On arrival, the whole process of decorating the float was again repeated, and we were in the parade line by 7pm.  Again, there was a large crowd, with the parade route lasting roughly 2 hours.  It was then time to again disassemble, and return the float to Carp.  Sunday morning involved complete tear down, and storage of our accumulating decorations for another year.

 

Many thanks to Rob Brydges, RTS, for float design, production and use of his shop, Derek Crosby,  Derek Crosby Trucking, for the use of the truck cab, CDS Moving for the float, and to the BEAST volunteers who handed out the candy or sat on the float waving merrily to the crowds.  Participation in the parades was yet another successful BEAST community involvement initiative powered by volunteers.

Nov 30

BEAST Week 2 – E104A Snowmobile Trail Work Day

This week Brian explains what was accomplished in the ADSA South sector during the first official group work day for the 2009/2010 Trail preparation season.

Nov 24

BEAST Week 1 – Corduroy Road

This is the first of a mini series in which we follow the many volunteers within The BEAST (Beautiful Eastern Association of Snowmobile Trails).  Each week we will bring you a glimpse of a major project, event or other highlight / news in which the volunteers are involved.

This week we are showcasing a trail re-route which involved approximately 10 volunteers and took two years to complete and will help keep us out of a section of ditch on the E104A near Lanark Ontario.

Don’t forget, we are always looking for additional volunteers regardless of age, gender or skillsets!

Nov 24

Get Involved, Volunteer!

This video was produced by the Port Parry Snowmobile club and is a great example of what volunteers do when there isn’t any snow on the ground.  Enjoy, I know I did!

Nov 24

BEAST Picket Party

This video was created last season as we were installing pickets along the Main A trail between Almonte and Carleton Place.