Trail Closure (2017) – ATV Season

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!

Typically:
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.

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FAQs



 

Cancelled: DGATV Last Chance Club Ride (Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017)

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 info@www.dgatv.ca 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!
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LadyBalls Ride to Support Ovarian Cancer Cda (2017)

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!

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Events

FAQs



 

“LadyBalls” Ride to Fight Ovarian Cancer (Oct. 21, 2017)

DGATV’s Events Committee is finalized the details of this autumn ride, and it sure sounds like fun!

The ride will be staging from the park pavilion at 3 St Vincent St, Meaford, ON N4L 1B8 down by the waterfront at 10am.

We’ll be riding the Meaford trails for the first time!

There will be a winery tour, BBQ, and door prizes.

Funds will be raised through the sale of 50/50 tickets, the registration fee and rider pledge sheets.

Registration for OFATV Members is $30 or $100 in pledges per rider.   An additional $20 day pass is required for non-members.

Side-by-sides are welcome.

Passengers are asked to make a donation to the charity organization.

To Volunteer for this ride please contact info@dgatv.ca.

This is the second year that DGATV will be supporting Ovarian Cancer Canada.

See also:

OCC Pledge Sheet (.pdf)

Ovarian Cancer Canada DGATV Event Listing

Community

FAQs



 

Trail Closure – Harkaway Forest (2017)

Harkaway Forest Trail Closed for the Winter

Grey County has closed Harkaway Forest to ATVs effective October 15, 2017.

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 15th (in order to accommodate the turkey hunt).

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FAQs



 

DGATV Fun Ride (Sat. September 16, 2017)

Ride Co-ordinator: Jamie Thurman, Events Co-ordinator

When: Saturday, September 16th, 2017 – 9:00am registration / 10:00am ride

Where/Parking: CP Trail Parking Lot, 205 Main St. W., Markdale. For more information re: parking, click here.
Be ready to ride at the Markdale CP Rail Trail parking lot (County Road 12 west of Markdale) at 10am (registration 9am). This is a flash ride thrown together by our keen riders to enjoy the trails simply and without much ado. No promises, no formality, just riding.

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.

Two-up riding is allowed, and side-by-sides will be accommodated.

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: 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.

We look forward to seeing you on the trail and hope you have a great ride!

See also:

Parking

Maps

FAQs