Article by Jeff McGirr

I’m going to warn you that reading this article will both make you hungry and ignite your soul to get out and ride!

Snowmobiling is just as much about the destinations as it is about the rides we embark on, the combination of Ontario’s world class snowmobile trails that connects Ontario communities and the locally owned business make every outing unique. In Ontario you can start each day with a great breakfast, you’ll find scrumptious hot lunches and mouth watering dinners no matter which direction you ride!

There are so many great restaurants that connect to Ontario’s snowmobile trails, in this article I pick a handful of favorites in each category along with my top pick on what to order! I’ll note that many of these fine establishments have menus with dishes that fit in every category, however for this article I’ve picked just one! Best off all you ride to each of these great businesses on your snowmobile!

Note: When you get ready to head out on a snowmobile adventure, make sure you do your best to keep yourself and everybody else safe. Follow all public health measures wherever you go.

Best Burgers, Sandwiches & Fries

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Sitting around a table in a friendly trailside restaurant and enjoying burgers with your buddies is a perfect mid-day break for snowmobilers. Below are my favorite stops for burgers, sandwiches, and French fries.
  1. Mattawa - Valois Motel & Restaurant
    • What To Order: Mount Antoine Burger
  2. Dorset - Cast Iron Bar and Grill
    • What To Order: Smoker Ground Chuck Cheeseburger
  3. Nestor Falls - Lecuyers Lodge
    • What To Order: Canada Dan Burger
  4. Mattawa - Mattawa Golf & Ski Resort
    • What To Order: Bacon Cheese Burger & Homemade Fries with Gravy
  5. Hearst - Companion Sports Bar
    • What To Order: Gourmets Burger
  6. Deep River - Bears Den Lounge
    • What To Order: Grizzly Burger
  7. Kearney - Edgewater Park Lodge
    • What To Order: Southern Fried Chicken
  8. Maxville - Kilted Canuck Pub & Eatery
    • What To Order: Kilted Canuck Poutine
  9. Haliburton - Mckecks Tap & Grill
    • What To Order: The Highland Storm
  10. Temagami - Temagami Shores Inn & Resort
    • What To Order: Chicken Cesar Wrap & Fries
Best Pub Fare & Pizzas

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If you are in the mood for something a little different than burgers and fries, there are no shortage of options available for snowmobilers in Ontario. Below I look at the best trailside restaurants for pizza and pub fare.
  1. North Bay - The Portage
    • What To Order: Jumbo Wings
  2. Mactier - Bass Lake Roadhouse
    • What To Order: Crispy Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
  3. Minden - The Mill Pond Restaurant
    • What To Order: The Antwon
  4. Dryden - BnB Roadhouse
    • What To Order: Nachos Grande -
  5. Waterford - Godfathers Pizza
    • What To Order: The Donatello Pizza
  6. Capreol - Firehouse Bar and Grill
    • What To Order: Fireman Poutine
  7. Mattawa - Myrts Family Restaurant
    • What To Order: Canadian Panzerotti
  8. Sioux Lookout - The Forest Bar & Grill
    • What To Order: Irish Nachos
  9. Dwight - The Cookhouse Saloon
    • What To Order: BBQ Philly Cheese Melt
  10. Leeds & Grenvile - Paul's Bistro
    • What To Order: Spicy Sausage Pizza
Best Steaks, Ribs & Wings

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After a long day of riding hard on the trails, it may be time to eat like a carnivore to get filled and ready to ride again the next day. With that in mind, here are my favorite trailside restaurants for steaks, ribs, and chicken wings.
  1. Cochrane - JR’s BBQ Ranch
    • What To Order: Ribs and Chicken Combo Platter
  2. Kapuskasing - O’Brien’s Classic Grill
    • What To Order: O’Briens Ave. Wings
  3. Hastins - McGillicafey's Pub and Eatery
    • What To Order: Smoked Pork Back Ribs
  4. Madawaka - Spectacle Lake Lodge
    • What To Order: Smokey Striploin
  5. Cochrane - Terry’s Steakhouse
    • What To Order: Peppercorn Steak
  6. Wasaga Beach - Chucks Road House
    • What To Order: Wednesday Rib Day
  7. Markdale - Stevens BBQ Restaurant
    • What To Order: Striploin Steak & Lobster Tail
  8. Killarney - Sportsman’s Inn
    • What To Order: Sporto’s Grill Wings
  9. Elliot Lake - Dunlop Lake Lodge
    • What To Order: Dunlop Burger & Fries
Best Fine Dining

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Sometimes you just need to live a little and celebrate with a memorable meal at a fancy restaurant. Maybe that means a night out after a great day on the trails with your significant other or just a night out the your friends. Either way, in Ontario you can find some amazing fine dining options right next to the snowmobile trails!
  1. Killarney - Killarney Mountain Lodge
    • What To Order: Beef Tenderloin
  2. Muskoka - JW Marriot The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
    • What To Order: Prime Rib
  3. Gowganda - Auld Reekie Lodge
    • What To Order: Steak & Baked Potatoes
  4. Whitney - Couples Resort
    • What To Order: Gastronomic 5 Course Meal
  5. North Bay - Average Joes
    • What To Order: AAA Striploin
  6. Timmins - Cedar Meadows Resort
    • What To Order: Prime Rib
  7. Mattawa - Le Voyageur Inn
    • What To Order: Thai Stir Fry Chicken and Cashew Nut
  8. North Bay - Farina Ristorante
    • What To Order: Sicilian Pickerel
  9. Huntsville - Deerhurst Resort Eclipse Restaurant and Terrace
    • What To Order: Braised Lamb Shank
  10. Waubaushene - Rawley Resort
    • What To Order: Featured Entrée of the Day
Best Breakfasts

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Ontario offers many multiple-day snowmobile tours and the best way to start off each day is with a hot breakfast to fuel you up. Below are my favorite breakfast spots in the province.
  1. Between Sault Ste Marie & Wawa - Halfway Haven
    • What To Order: Halfway Haven Breakfast
  2. Bonfield - Dinner Bell Restaurant & Motel
    • What To Order: Toasted Western Sandwich
  3. Wawa - Wawa Goose Bar & Grill
    • What To Order: Northern Breakfast
  4. Port Loring - Jakes Place
    • What To Order: Western Omelet
  5. Mactier - Blakes Memories of Muskoka
    • What To Order: Blakes Big Breakfast
  6. Sudbury - Sportsman’s Lodge
    • What To Order: Homemade Eggs, Bacon and Hashbrowns
  7. Warren - Kate’s Kountry Kitchen
    • What To Order: Double Bacon Cheeseburger & Fries
  8. Golden Lake – The Sands on Golden Lake
    • What To Order: Sand’s Traditional Eggs Benedict
  9. Eagle Lake - Sir Sams Inn & Waterspa
    • What To Order: The Highland Breakfast
  10. Cloyne - Mazinaw Lakeside Resort
    • What To Order: The Favorite Breakfast Special
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