Winter has Arrived
In general ATV season on the public trails starts around May 1st (weather-permitting) and goes to November 30th or until snow cover.
Snow has arrived early this year. That means that the CP Rail Trail is now closed. We have also cancelled our November 26th ride. See you in Spring 2018!
Harkaway Forest is closed to ATVs on October 15th (until June 15th).
Grey County roads close to ATVs on November 17th.
All other public trails and roadways stay open to ATVs until November 30th or snow cover, whichever comes first. Once the snow plows are out, ATV rider safety becomes an issue.
On the private trails at Walters Falls, ATVs can be used year-round. It is recommended that appropriate safety precautions be taken in this remote location, especially in the winter. Tracks are recommended in winter. Ride with a companion and let people know where you are going. Cell phone service may not always be available.
Note that when temperatures dip into the single digits, riding an ATV becomes extremely cold similar to riding a snowmobile. Don’t forget to dress for the weather. More about what to wear for new riders.
Please keep an eye on our social media for confirmation of this seasonal schedule.
Invitation to the Last Club Ride of the 2017 Season!
*** This ride is cancelled due to the arrival of winter 🙁 ***
Mark Sunday, November 26, 2017 on your calendar! This date is reserved for a DGATV event and arrangements are underway but not finalized. For more information or to get involved to make this event happen contact email@example.com or 519.266.3559. This ride is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. Please check our social media before making the trip to our area.
Time: 9am registration/10am ride
Staging: CP Trail Parking Lot, 205 Main Street West, Markdale, ON (County Road 12 west of Markdale at the former rail line)
Trail Route: A mix of public and private properties including the rail trail and some road running.
Participants: This ride is open to OFATV/EOTA members and non-members. A day pass for non-members cost $20. Memberships ($150) and day passes will be available for purchase. Side-by-sides welcome.
For young operators, aged 12 to 16, the ATV should be sized appropriately for the child’s weight. The child must be accompanied by an adult on the trail. Legally, the child cannot ride on the road without a valid Ontario driver’s license (G2/M2). DGATV does not condone young operators riding on the roads.
Other: It is advised to dress appropriately for cold and unpredictable weather. Also have extra fuel, drinking water, snack, drinks, rain gear, basic repair tools, bandaids, compass, map and cell phone on hand. Note that there may not be cell service in all areas.
We look forward to seeing you on the trail and hope you have a great ride!
It is one thing for our volunteer Trail Crew to be out keeping the trail clear of fallen trees, filling ruts, and picking up rail spikes.
It is another thing to be picking up someone else’s dumped garbage.
This photos show the before and after shot of the Markdale parking lot.
Thanks to our Trail Captain who personally cleaned up the mess.
Trail Crew – Hard at Work
Welcome to all our new Members!
We would like to remind everyone that we are a member of the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs. An OFATV trail permit is required to ride on all our trails.
“Buy Where You Ride” is the OFATV motto to support the clubs. Not only does the permit allow you to ride the trails, it also makes you a voting member, and a major portion of your permit funds goes to the club you selected to join.
Permit funds are used by the clubs for trail development, maintenance and repairs. Additionally, each club is responsible for getting road use and land-owner approvals in their area.
The bonus is that your trail permit allows access to all fifteen (15) OFATV clubs’ trail systems and all Eastern Ontario Trail Alliance (EOTA) trails as well. An awesome deal!
For more information see www.ofatv.org.
See you on the trails!
Tim Allen, President
What a Ride!
Saturday, October 21st was a fabulous day for the 2nd annual LadyBalls ride to support Ovarian Cancer Canada.
45 people and 39 ATVs including 4 side-by-sides came out to raise $2,000 for the cause and to enjoy the autumn colours.
For the first time, the ride started at the Meaford pavilion down by the waterfront and traveled the new Meaford trails.
We stopped for lunch at Boston Pizza in Owen Sound and for a tour of the Coffin Ridge Winery in Annan.
Terrific job by our Coordinators Jamie, Vera, Dan, and Tim. Kudos for such a successful event!