Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc (DGATV) was established in 2006 as a volunteer organization focusing on bringing fun family riding to the counties of Dufferin and Grey. Over the years a succession of keen riders have taken the helm of DGATV’s Board of Directors, and we thank each and every one, past and present, for their contribution to the successful operation of our club.
The Board of Directors are responsible for directing DGATV’s operations. The Board sets the policies, priorities, strategy, and upcoming events for the season. The Board is responsible for dealing with the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV), all levels of government, the police, landowners, sponsors, communities and members.
DGATV’s Board of Directors meet at 7pm on the third Wednesday of every month excluding December. The Dundalk Legion (Branch #285) is located at 109 Proton St. N. in Dundalk. Other Volunteers, members and prospective members are welcome. Our first meeting of this year is Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
We have 9 Directors with two-year terms (4-5 split in alternate years). If you are interested in becoming a Director you must be a member on record with DGATV for at least 3 months and stand at our annual general meeting (scheduled for March 24, 2019). The Directors vote for the President and Vice-President on an annual basis.
To find out more about our monthly meeting, keep an eye on our social media.
Winter is Here
What a great summer! Despite a delayed season start due to a wet spring, DGATV had a fantastic riding season. We were happy to start the season by opening our side-by-side by-pass trail. We raised funds in our first ride “Ride for Dundalk Schools” with proceeds directed toward Highpoint Community School and Dundalk & Proton Community School for their respective breakfast clubs. We had a fab ride on our annual Canada Day ride (July 1st). In September we helped the Grey Highlands Fire Fighters raise funds to purchase and equip a rescue utility vehicle, and to that end we held a lottery throughout the summer for terrific prizes including funds for a new set of tires. In October we held a ride raising funds and food for the Shepherd’s Cupboard Food Bank in Shelburne. Our riders have big hearts!
Throughout our season and in between big feature rides, we gathered for fun “flash” rides being quickly organized, little advertised rides convened over social media. If you are interested, check out our facebook page “Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc.” and if you are an OFATV member, checkout our private facebook group “Dufferin Grey ATV Club (Group)” for more information. We are also available on Twitter and Instagram.
Looking ahead to the 2019 season, ATVing on the public trails generally starts around May 1st (weather-permitting) and stays open to November 30th or until snow cover.
Harkaway Forest opens to ATVs mid-June and closes on October 15th
Grey County roads opens to ATVs on May 1st and closes on November 17th.
All public ATV trails and roadways close on 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. Riders must have an OFATV membership. It is recommended that appropriate safety precautions be taken in this remote location, especially in the winter. Tracks on your bike 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 or lower, 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 information about riding in 2019, and in the meantime, enjoy your winter and holiday season!
*** UPDATE: Ride is today (Sunday). Looking like a sunny albeit cool day. See you before 10am ***
Is it snowing? Is there snow on the ground? If not then let’s ride!
Join us for this fun and final ride of the season.
When: Sunday, November 4, 2018 – 9:00am registration/10:00am ride (weather dependent)
Where/Parking: Markdale CP Trail Parking Lot, 205 Main St. West / County Road 12 west of Markdale with access to the side-by-side bypass trail.
Trail Route: Primarily road, some public and private properties.
Participants: This ride is open to OFATV/EOTA members and non-members. A day pass for non-members cost $20. Annual memberships ($150) and day passes will be available for purchase.
Two-up riding is allowed, and side-by-sides will be accommodated.
Other: As with any ride, it is advisable to dress appropriately (warmly) and 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 the area.
For more information contact DGATV’s Events Coordinator at 519.266.3559 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, October 13, 2018, DGATV held a ride raising food and funds for the Shepherd’s Cupboard Food Bank in Shelburne. Along with donations of non-perishable food items, DGATV matched the funds raised for a total of $540. Shown in the photo above, a cheque was presented to the food bank by DGATV’s President Tim Allen and Events Coordinator Jamie Thurman.
Thank you to all ride participants! Great job!
Harkaway Forest is closed please follow Harkaway Forest bypass signs.
Harkaway Forest Trail Closed for the Winter
Grey County has closed Harkaway Forest to ATVs effective October 15, 2018.
Riders, please respect our landowner agreement and keep your ATV out of the forest.
Your participation is crucial in keeping this tract available to us.
Harkaway Forest is expected to re-open June 22nd (in order to accommodate the turkey hunt).