Over its 16 year history the Great Northern Ride has covered over 27,000 kilometers of snowmobile terrain. The participants have seen almost all of Northern Ontario including James Bay, the Abitibi River, and Timmins Kapuskasing and Hearst. They have traveled through Northern Quebec including the Gaspé Peninsula and Rimouski. They have met and experienced the very finest Native Guides to help them enjoy the terrain and seen gas dropped off in the middle of nowhere to keep their sleds running. They have had the times of their lives; in fact some of them have had the times of their lives – several times over. More importantly they have raised over $1.95 million which is an incredible sum of money.  The success of this event is due to the dedication of a wonderful group of riders, amazing sponsors and the support of the Rotary Club of Brantford. The funds from this event are kept within Brantford and Brant County for the benefit of young people with special needs who need the support.  Please help us push past 2 million this year by pledging your support to a 2017 rider.

The Annual Great Northern Ride

Ride History


It all started in February of 2001 when thirteen riders rode from Huntsville to Sudbury and back – a trip of about 500 kilometers. It originated when a group of Rotarians, led by Bob Caissie were looking for another way to raise money and deliver on the Rotarian mission to help local youth. It was a great combination of a love for snowmobiling, the outdoors and fellowship. It has grown, from the first year when an amazing $32,000 was raised to the 2016 ride that travelled to Northern Quebec and generated an amazing $167,000.  It has grown because it is truly a unique experience.” Riders return with a friend because they were looking for and received the sledding trip of a lifetime” says Bob Caissie who still takes a leadership role in making the ride a reality.