• This is not just your typical ride, as the riders travel over thousands of kilometers through rough terrain. Riders come from all over Canada to participate in this sold out event. The trails are not for the faint of heart, but the breathtaking views are worth the trek.

• The ride is sponsored by businesses, and the riders are expected to bring in additional pledges. To date, the ride has raised over $2.5 million. The funds raised stay in the community to support the unfunded programs at Lansdowne.

• Bob really loves this program, as it allows children with special needs to have fun, participate in recreation, meet new friends, gain self-esteem and give their parents some well-deserved respite.

The Annual Great Northern Ride

Ride History


The Great Northern Ride was founded over 19 years ago by Bob Caissie, a local businessman, and has become the largest snowmobile event in Canada. Bob founded the ride because he wanted to support Lansdowne Children’s Centre. As an avid outdoorsman, he wanted to create an event that would engage the community and raise significant funds for the Centre. He appeals to his friends and business connections to support a charity snowmobile ride each year.