Laws & Regulations

In Ontario, all snowmobile operators who are at least 12 years of age and under 16, or if you are 16 years of age and older but do not possess a valid Ontario Driver’s Licence, you are required to take an Ontario-approved Snowmobile Safety Course and obtain a Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator's Licence (MSVOL) before riding on public lands.

Snowmobile Safety Gear Requirements

In Ontario, all snowmobile operators MUST wear an approved helmet at ALL times when operating their snowmobile on public lands, regardless of age or experience level. A helmet is also mandatory for any passengers on the snowmobile.

It is highly recommended that all riders also wear gloves, long sleeved shirt, long pants and over-the-ankle boots that are designed to offer added protection for snowmobile operators.

Ride Safe and Legal!

Before heading out on Ontario's snowmobile trails, please remember the following tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride:

  • Always wear appropriate safety gear when riding.
  • Ensure your snowmobile is properly registered and insured
  • Ride at a safe speed and reduce speed at night, in reduced visibility, on the roadway and near resident areas
  • Obtain the landowner's permission before riding on private lands
  • Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Important Note

The laws and regulations on this page are meant as a quick reference for snowmobile riders. It is your responsibility to know ALL snowmobile laws before heading out on the trails. For a complete list of snowmobile laws and regulations in Ontario, please consult the Ontario Motorized Snow Vehicles Act.