Winter life on Drummond Island is a wonderful adventure that the whole family can enjoy. The number of activities is endless. There is snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and Siberian Husky dog sled races, just to mention a few. If you are looking for a great place to ride your snow sled, Drummond Island should be your #1 choice. You can ride nearly 80 miles of trails and much of the time you don’t have to be bothered by the crowds. The nice thing about the trails is that the Drummond Island Grooming Association has two grooming machines that maintain the trails in excellent riding conditions. The trails on the island are open from December 1 thru March 31
For cross-country ski and snow shoe information, visit the DIXCC website.
Since 1967, the Drummond Island Snowmobile Club, Inc., a non-profit organization, has been providing guided safari rides, potluck dinner meetings, Christmas parties, and summer steak cookouts. This family oriented, fun loving group enjoys riding the trails on Drummond Island and in the surrounding area. Safari rides are enjoyed by members throughout the snowmobiling season. The Club meets the first and third Wednesdays at 6:00PM during the winter months at the Drummond Island Township Hall. Come, join the fun, join the club. Visitors welcome.
Drummond Island also offers an “Ice Bridge to Canada.” Once the ice has frozen to a safe depth, many of the folks on Drummond Island and neighboring Canadian communities get together and delineate the ice bridge route. The ice bridge starts on Drummond Island and is marked with “Christmas trees” across the ice all the way to Canada to prevent snowmobilers from getting lost while in the dark or during inclement weather.
One of the stops is St. Joseph Island. The trip from Drummond Island is approximately 11 miles. The unique aspect of the trip is that if the weather is clear you will always have sight of land as you make your way through the chain of islands. Once you have made your trip across to the Canadian side you must check in with the Canadian Customs. Don’t forget! Bring your passport, sled registration, liability insurance, driver’s license and you will have to buy a Canadian Trail Permit.
Photo by D. Borth
Another fun-filled event is the G.L.A.S.S. snowmobile races on the island, featuring vintage, single cylinder, LeMans style, enduro races of 150-250 laps. The island community of Drummond welcomes all race onlookers. The weekend event is fun for all ages. During this weekend the island businesses create “specials” for all who come for the fun.
The dog sled races provide you with a close-up look at the dogs, drivers, and excitement of multiple dog sled races. The public is invited to the two day event. Admission is free. There will be a warming area with hot beverages for sale.
Photo by D. Borth
Another winter island activity is ice fishing. Below are some photos of just a few of the “monstrous” fish. The complete fish report can be viewed by visiting www.diyachthaven.com.
Photo by J. Kelley
The island has many places to stay and all offer many different amenities. Please visit the Drummond Island Tourism Association at www.drummondislandchamber.com. for a list of places to stay. Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center offers to their guests free of charge; cross-country skis, snowshoes, ice skates, snow tubes and sleds. The resort also has a fleet of snowmobiles that the guests can rent. Please visit www.drummondisland.com for more information.
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Drummond Island is a great place to visit during any season but winter offers so much that all can enjoy. To get to the island you will board a ferry which departs every hour 40 minutes past the hour. The complete schedule is posted at www.drummondislandchamber.com. Your trip across the St. Marys River is about 10 minutes. Once on the island please visit the Visitors Information Center at the Four Corners in town. 906-493-5245 or 1-800-737-8666