Money raised at our first ride of the season on Saturday, May 26, 2018 ride was matched by DGATV so that each school could receive $330.
Join us on this popular (albeit usually wet) Canada Day Ride!
Registration for the ride is 9am, with scheduled start at 10am.
Meet us at the Markdale parking lot.
Bring $10 for lunch at the Chatsworth Legion.
The trail route is a mix of public and private properties including the rail trail and some road running.
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 are 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.
As with any ride, it is advisable to dress appropriately and have extra fuel, drinking water, snack, drinks, rain gear, bug spray, basic repair tools, bandaids, compass, map and cell phone on hand. Note that there may not be cell service in the area. Prepare for it to be HOT & DUSTY if this weather keeps up. Bring lots of water and face covering (goggles & bandanna or full helmet recommended).
We look forward to seeing you on the trail and hope you have a great ride!
Someone took down the “Trail Closed” sign at the west end of Harkaway Forest and threw it into the bush.
The blatant disrespect of this person for DGATV, OFATV and a valued property owner has jeopardized use of the forest for everyone.
Grey County owns the forest and they have specified that the tract remain closed until June 22nd. Obviously, riders must accommodate the land-owner if we wish to use the land. DGATV & OFATV are legally bound to do so.
DGATV Volunteers installed the “Trail Closed” sign in the spring — on their own time on riders’ behalf. Why should Volunteers labour only to have their trail maintenance work destroyed?
Why should DGATV’s Executive Volunteers spend their time advocating for more trails when riders cannot follow the agreements?
If you disagree with this particular closure then we suggest you contact Grey County directly — making your comments politely to Grey County Warden Stewart Halliday or a local councillor or the tourism department. Please be nice because your efforts will be perceived as being indicative of all ATV riders.
It is a fact that this trail system — that has taken years to establish — can be destroyed with one thoughtless rider. It means we all need to be vigilant when riding the trails. If you see a sign down or an area that needs maintenance, please fix the problem or let us know at email@example.com.
If you ride regularly and want to help support the club (or need a great excuse to get out on the trails), become a Warden.
If you are the handyman-type, wanting to ride and preferring to work here and there, talk to our Trail Captain (519.266.3559 ext. 3).
Your work, for the most part, is appreciated.
Someone has made our Trail Captain angry. We quote:
To the clowns that were playing in the Beaver River off Graham’s Hill, you have just given another black eye to atving.
1. You were in the river.
2. You were destroying a spawning area of the river. You where close to the source of the Beaver River and a sensitive ecological area.
3. You were trespassing.
4. You left the Club to deal with an angry and upset Landowner.
5. We have only been allowed to use that road for a couple of years and you have put continued use of this road and others at risk. You have made it more difficult for the Club to keep the trails we have and obtain permission to use other areas.
Man or woman-up and next time you are that way apologize to the Landowners. Everyone please use your brains when you get on your atv.
DGATV can’t stress enough how riders need to be on their best behaviour to establish an ATV trail system in this area and across the province. Recreational ATVing is a new sport. The trails we have are no more than 10 years old. Every season — every day — is a trial period for us. All it takes is one rider to close down a property, and close down a trail.
Word gets out. If the Landowners start to hear about problems, disrespect or “simply more trouble than its worth” they will shut us out.
The only incentive a Landowner has to let the trail cross their property is courtesy and kindness to others. Please show our Landowners the courtesy and kindness they deserve.