Warden training is planned for Saturday, May 4 and Sunday May 5, 2019. The session starts at 10am and runs until lunch time. Bring your lunch. Afterwards, a ride and field training so feel free to bring your bike (weather-permitting). There is no charge for the training. RSVP.
Location: Markdale Agricultural Services Centre, 206 Toronto Street South, Markdale, ON, N0C 1H0 (back of building)
Registration: Contact Dan Liedtke, Chief Warden, at 519.266.3559 (extension 5) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Becoming a Warden is a great way to Volunteer. You can help monitor the trails, answer visiting riders’ questions and represent DGATV on the trail. It’s also a great excuse to meet fellow riding enthusiasts and to get out for a ride!
Click here to learn more about what a becoming a Warden does for our club.
More about Wardens
*** UPDATE: As at June 5th, 2019, DGATV’s trails are open except for Harkaway Forest. Walters Falls tract is now open. Enjoy your ride! ***
The following list of Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) events is subject to change. Please stay tuned to DGATV’s social media (dgatv.ca, facebook, twitter, google calendar) closer to the event date for confirmation.
Trails open May 1st (weather-permitting) and close November 30th or when snow covered, with some exceptions.
- May 4 – DGATV Warden Training, Markdale Ag Centre – bring your bike (weather-permitting) & your lunch
- May 5 – DGATV Warden Training, Markdale Ag Centre – bring your bike (weather-permitting) & your lunch
- May 25 – DGATV Breakfast Club Ride, Flesherton – proceeds to Macphail Memorial Elementary School
- June 22 – Harkaway Forest opens to ATVs
- July 1 – DGATV Canada Day Ride, Markdale – show your true colours!
- August 11 – DGATV Sunday Fun Ride, Dundalk
- September 14 – DGATV Ride for MRI, Markdale – proceeds to Centre Grey Health Services Foundation
- October 6 – DGATV Sunday Fun Ride, Flesherton – proceeds to Chatsworth Food Bank
- October 15 – Harkaway Forest closes to ATVs
- November 2 – DGATV Fun & Final Ride, Markdale – weather dependent
- November 17 – Grey County roads close to ATVs
- November 30 – DGATVs trails close, except Walters Falls
Side-by-sides are welcome / side-by-side by-pass trail
Show up ready to ride … Come Ride With Us!
It’s official! Spring is almost here so we start our season with a review of last year and plans for the upcoming summer. Join us for DGATV’s annual general meeting.
Would you like to see ATVing promoted in Ontario? Do you have ideas? Join us as a Member, a Volunteer or a Director to advance the sport of ATVing. The ultimate goal is a web of trails spanning the province but we need people like YOU to make that dream come true.
Meet last year’s Executive members and other ATVing enthusiasts. Learn about our club and what we do for you. Vote for this year’s Directors or step up and join the Executive.
More information can be found at www.dgatv.ca or call 519.266.3559.
NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc. is scheduled for Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 1:00pm.
Location: Dundalk Legion, 109 Proton St. N., Dundalk, ON
- To receive the Report of the Executive for 2018
- To hear the Accountant’s Report
- To elect four (4) Directors
All Members of the Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc. are welcome.
Photo courtesy of Ken Gray
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 31, 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 email@example.com.