Trail Crew – Jeopardizing our Trails (June 2018)

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 info@dgatv.ca.

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.

See also:

Cleaning up the Mess

Trail Loss – Inconsiderate Riders

Volunteering to Help

Becoming a Trail Warden

FAQs



 

Trail Crew – No Excuse to Play in the River (June 2018)

Someone has made our Trail Captain angry.  We quote:

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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.

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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.

See also:

Jeopardizing our Trails

Cleaning up the Mess

Trail Loss – Inconsiderate Riders

Volunteering to Help

Becoming a Trail Warden

FAQs



 

Walters Falls Tract Open (May 2018)

Happily Walters Falls Tract has been declared dry enough and safe enough to ride.

There is a fallen tree at the lower east access but the upper access (top of hill) is clear.

Side-by-sides are welcome and the tract is great for family riding.  Some of the trails are narrow and require some skill.

Picnic and portapotty facilities available courtesy of the club.  Please take care of this equipment, as members, we own it!

Ride with care.

See also:

Side by sides

FAQs



 

DGATV May 26th Ride (2018)

Join us for this fun first club ride of the season!

9:00am Registration / 10:00am Ride

Staging from DGATV’s Dundalk parking area (located off Grey St. on the west side of Dundalk. The field is alongside the C.P Trail at the corner of Grey and Proton Streets; between Dundalk St. and Proton St.), we will be checking out the newly marked side-by-side by-pass trail as well as some favourite sites. We’ll ride an easy mix of public and private properties including road running.

Members and non-members; ATV and side-by-side riders are welcome.

Bring your lunch and some cash. As with any ride, it is advised 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. (New Riders)

Annual permits ($150) and day passes ($20) will be available for purchase. (Membership Info)

Also DGATV/ Firefighter raffle tickets ($5 each) and 50/50 tickets will be for sale.

Ride participants will be asked to make a donation to charity. Proceeds will be directed to Dundalk Public School’s Breakfast Club, helping to ensure that students start their day with a healthy breakfast. Last year proceeds from this ride resulted in $620 going to the Beavercrest Community School.

Come Ride With Us!

See also:

Accommodations

Side-by-Sides

Parking

FAQs



 

Side-By-Side By-Pass Trail (2018)

Introducing DGATV’s Side-By-Side Bypass Trail

Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) welcomes side-by-sides riders as members and on the trail.

To-date, our local counties have not authorized side-by-sides on county properties.  Grey County is undertaking a Recreational Trails Master Plan to help manage the trails and plan for the future — the report is due any day now.  The rail trail and county forests will be addressed in that plan.

Whether or not Grey County allows side-by-sides on the trail (or ATVs for that matter), it is expected that Dufferin County will follow suit.

In the meantime, DGATV’s volunteers have marked a by-pass trail so that side-by-sides can travel without going on the rail trail.  The by-pass signs have a blue streak across either the top or bottom as shown:

Parking is available in Dundalk and Markdale.

So now it’s official — Side-by-side Riders, Come Ride With Us!

See also:

Side-by-Sides

FAQs