2019 Season Newsletter


Hi Folks!

As this cold weather has been around quite a bid the last few weeks, we at the NRSA thought we would take a break from the bitter cold and howling wind and let the membership know what has been going on behind the scenes in preparation for the season. Plus a few in-season activities that have been planned for NRSA!

NRSA Snowmobile Poker Run – Chalk River Winter Carnival Weekend. Saturday February 2, 2019 - REGISTRATION: Chalk River Lions Halls - 9:00 am to 11:00 am, Entry Fee: $20.00 / Poker Hand PRIZES: 1st, 2nd, 3rd cash prizes - Poker hands drawn at the time of registration. Winner will be notified by phone or email. Come out to the Stopping Place for Dougies’ Dogs!

NRSA Snowmobile Poker Run – Deep River Winter Carnival Weekend. Saturday February 9, 2019 - REGISTRATION: Bear’ Den - 9:30 am to 12:00 pm – Entry Fee: $20.00 / Poker Hand PRIZES: 1st, 2nd, 3rd cash prizes & door prizes. Return to the Bear’s Den by 4:30 pm to draw your hand. Check points and fun out on the trail! Plus, goodies at the check points and Dougies’ Dogs!

Contact Karen at 613-586-1951 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Believe it or not, preparations for this season began shortly after the 2018 riding season ended. No rest for the dedicated volunteers at North Renfrew Snowmobile Association, as they seem to live and breathe snowmobiling for 12 months of the year! Their mantra is “If you can’t ride, you might as well be planning to ride!”
Our groomer shed relocation team had been researching locations for the last few years and felt that the Deep River property adjacent to the Park & Ride would be an excellent location. In late March, Paul Kelly (President) & Simon Lawson (Vice President) presented a proposal to the Town of Deep River Council, regarding moving our groomer shed adjacent to the Deep River Park & Ride. Deep River council were very receptive for NRSA to relocate the groomer shed to this location.

NRSA annual general meeting took place on Thursday April 12! After over 10 years as our commander & chief Paul Kelly stepped down from the president’s roll. Paul was an exceptional president and was very instrumental in rejuvenating our club. In his time as our president, he was also served as District 6 – President (2 years) and District 6 Vice-President (2 years). Paul now has taken a leap into the groomer driver seat! Paul Kelly was named District 6 Volunteer of the Year for Season 2018! Thank you, Paul, for all your hard work and dedication to NRSA and this District!


Paul Kelly – District 6 Volunteer of the Year!

Simon Lawson stepped up from vice-president and is our president, Karen Crain is vice-president/secretary, John Montin is treasurer, directors are Bruce Boucher, Clair Cox, Doug Pinard, Marvin Dupuis and Rick Pyke. Our new trail coordinator is now Craig Parr.

The groomer shed relocation team members were Clair Cox, Bruce Boucher, Andrew Ahokas, Marvin Dupuis & Simon Lawson. These dedicated volunteers were the back bone to ensure that our new groomer shed was up and ready for this season. Welder Extraordinaire”, Andrew Ahokas skillfully built the framework for the garage door of our new groomer shed. A big thank you to Andrew Gieger who was our lead electrician, master planner & builder Clair Cox! Plus, all the other volunteers who made this project such a success!

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Groomer maintenance is another activity that NRSA volunteers spend their time doing during the off- season. This year saw several upgrades as well as a full complement of preventive maintenance take place under the coordination of Clair Cox and Phillipe Ducharme, the NRSA Groomer Coordinator and Maintenance Rep. respectively. With tracks removed and on inspecting the bearings a couple of them needed replacement, then greased up and ready for the next challenge! Yes, installing new tracks on our 2014 Prinoth Husky, to ensure it’s ready for another super season! Last season was a late start for NRSA, out of the 31 days in January, 15 days the groomer sat idle but grooming hours were 497 down from Season 17 which was 656 hours.


As summer drew to a close, it was time to attend the OFSC AGM 2018 held in Deer Hurst. Attending from NRSA this year was Paul Kelly (Past President & District 6 Volunteer of the Year) & his wife Maggie, Simon Lawson (President) & his wife Dana, Karen Crain (Vice-president) and Doug Pinard (Director).


The end of September at NRSA is traditionally a busy time, our Craig Parr Trail Coordinator begins to ramp up the trail improvement projects decided upon by the Trail Improvement Committee. This year was no different and there was an ambitious list of improvements planned for completion to aid in providing the best trails possible. Craig Parr and his team rocked even when old man winter through a curve with heavy snow & rain in late December after we thought trails were ready! These volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure the trails were again groomer ready! Thanks Guys!As you can see the reroute on the TOPS A trail from east of Moore Lake Station to the Hydro Corridor sure is nice to eliminate that section of bad corners! Plus widening of the 132 near the Algonquin Park line! That’s just to name a few trail improvements. Again, this year though the use of a rented backhoe trail work consisted of un-blocking culverts, removing rocks and repairing trails that were washed out. A big thanks to Craig and his team of dedicated volunteers!

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As you can see, many things take place behind the scenes and during the off season. Thanks to the continued support of you the permit buying members coupled with the efforts of an enthusiastic group of volunteers, everything is in place and we are all enjoying the SNOW and trails!

Please contact Karen at 613-586-1951 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), if you are interested in becoming a club volunteers.

Happy Trails!

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