Invasive Species are Spreading
According to the Government of Ontario, invasive species are a menace to our environment, our economy and our health. When an invasive species arrives in an area, it is almost impossible to get rid of, causing damage that we can never repair.
How You Can Help
You can help stop the spread of invasive species by:
- reporting sightings
- properly manage any species you find on your property
- knowing and following the rules for invasive species
- report any illegal activity involving invasive species
- cleaning your ATV before and after riding in a new area.
If you have a question about Ontario’s invasive species rules, call the Natural Resources Information Centre at 1-800-667-1940.
Click here for more information.
See also: www.ontario.ca
Kimberley Forest extends roughly from the Beaver River west to the 7th Line, and north from the Beaver Valley Ski Club almost to the former Talisman Ski Resort. ATV riding is not permitted. Map courtesy of Google.
Stretching for close to 1,000 acres and nearly two and a half kilometers along the west side of the Beaver Valley, the Kimberley Forest extends north from the Beaver Valley Ski Club nearly to the former Talisman Ski Resort. For the most part, this large tract of public land extends up the escarpment from the Beaver River in the valley west to the 7th Line.
North and west of the provincial Crown lands managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) are the Wodehouse Karst property, owned by the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, and Kimberley Springs, owned by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. The entire area is located in the Municipality of Grey Highlands. In the past this area was loosely referred to as the Wodehouse Karst but for convenience the entire area is now being referred to as the ‘Kimberley Forest’.
The Friends of Kimberley Forest
Representatives of all the major user groups – hikers, horseback riders, mountain-bikers, hunters, snowshoers, XC skiers, snowmobilers and ATV’ers, as well as Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) and the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) have joined together to participate in a volunteer steering committee called “The Friends of Kimberley Forest”. The committee meets monthly in co-operative agreement to improve forest management and provide management options for community consideration.
Dufferin Grey ATV Club has agreed to stay out of Kimberley Forest and asks members and other ATV riders to honour our commitment. Please recognize that some areas are simply off limits and if we want to keep riding then we must play by the rules or risk losing everything. DGATV thanks you for your consideration.
Let’s Talk About The Money
Your Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) annual membership costs $150, which is $132.74 plus HST.
75% of your membership dollars are used to build and maintain trails.
25% of your membership dollars pays for administration — $15 million landowners liability insurance, government lobbying, safety programs, youth training, special projects and the operating expenses of the OFATV.
To see money spent on your favourite trails, join the local club and buy where you ride.
Buy an annual membership through Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc. (DGATV) and:
$65 is retained by DGATV
$85 is forwarded to the OFATV with approximately $45 returned to DGATV as payment for maintaining each km of verified trail (currently around 350 kms off-road). This trail verification payment is a trail building incentive managed by the OFATV and varies for each club.
DGATV is run entirely by volunteers. OFATV has one paid Administrator and is managed by Volunteers. To learn more and have a voice in the future of recreational ATVing, get involved. Many hands make light work!
See also: VOLUNTEERS MEMBERSHIP INFO ATV SEASON BENEFITS SIDE-BY-SIDES
In 2015, the City of Owen Sound was approached by Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) and South Bruce Peninsula ATV Club (SBPATV) to request access to the city for food, fuel and accommodation, and to create a road link between the two clubs.
In 2016, the city created a temporary by-law allowing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-road vehicles (ORVs) on certain streets within the city. This makes it possible to cross through the city and ride to the Bruce Peninsula.
Copies of the map and by-law are available at www.owensound.ca.
Note that the CP Rail Trail from Sunny Valley Road northward into Owen Sound is not currently open. Part of the trail goes through the Niagara Escarpment and needs special permission, which is being requested. Additionally, Grey County is developing a Recreational Trails Master Plan and will not consider approving the trail until after the report is made available in the autumn.
In the interim, Owen Sound, Georgian Bluffs and the Township of Chatsworth have by-laws in place detailing where ATVs are permitted on certain roads. Grey County has also passed a by-law that will permit use on certain County roads. These by-laws will allow an ATV rider to access the amenities within Owen Sound while the CP Rail Trail and other property requests are being considered.
Links to the by-laws:
If you would like to participate in Grey County’s Recreational Trails Master Plan process, please contact Sarah.Johnson@grey.ca.
June 15, 2016 – Owen Sound’s ATV bylaw gets green light
Dufferin Grey ATV Club’s (DGATV) southern trail starts in Orangeville running 110km north to just beyond Chatsworth. The main backbone of the trail is the former CP rail line, known as the CP Trail, which travels through Dufferin County in the south and Grey County in the north. There are many offshoot loops particularly in the north where trails have been longer established.
We are happy to announce that Jim Brown Trucking (JBT) has approved use of a corner of their property to load, unload and park vehicles.
Location: The western corner of the trucking lot at 18 Shannon Court. The area is adjacent to CP Trail and County Road 11. Between the concrete blocks and CP Trail. Please stay to this corner.
Please do NOT block trucking/truck parking areas. ATV riding is NOT permitted outside the designated unloading/parking area.
Advance notice and approval is required by DGATV and JBT for overnight parking.
See also: PARKING MAPS
Are You New to the Sport of ATVing?
Without a doubt, ATVing in Ontario is a confusing recreation. Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act leaves it up to the municipalities to establish where and when an ATV can be operated. In other words, each Township must pass a by-law before ATVs are allowed to use the roads. Melancthon Township, near Shelburne, has allowed ATVs access to the roads. As well, the Township of Chatsworth, Municipality of Grey Highlands, Township of Southgate and the Municipality of West Grey have ATV by-laws allowing some form of road access. However, to be absolutely sure, off-trail riders should check the by-laws of the area in which they are going to ride. With the internet these days, this research is fairly easily done. (See Other Links.)
Dufferin Grey ATV Club’s (DGATV) mandate is to bring safe recreational family-oriented ATV riding to the counties of Dufferin and Grey with a view to benefiting both riders and our local communities. DGATV promotes environmental awareness, protecting the natural resources that we all want to enjoy, and promotes tourism, providing our riders with places of interest to visit and our communities with the economic benefits that result. Our club is responsible for organizing social riding events, lobbying for ATV access within local municipalities, building and maintaining trails, and educating riders about safety, environmental consideration and trail etiquette.
DGATV is organized entirely by Volunteers and a Board of Directors that meet monthly.
For the most part DGATV marked trails are suitable for new riders. You can drive around the more difficult spots. (MAPS / PARKING)
A few things to remember:
- Ride with a friend just in case you get in to trouble
- Let someone know where you are going
- Wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet and appropriate clothing
- Know where you are and how to contact help — in rural areas you are not always in cell phone range
ATVing is an inherently risky venture. You will be crossing roads and rough terrain so be careful. ATVs are not toys.
Don’t ride with a passenger until you get a feel for the 2-up bike. Be safe and enjoy!
Oh, and if you want someone to ride with checkout DGATV’s facebook group. Simply search “Dufferin Grey ATV Club (Group)” in facebook and ask to join.
What Do I Wear?
Your helmet is mandatory and must be approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). If your helmet is old or has ever been dropped, then it is time for a new one.
A full helmet or dust mask is more comfortable when the weather is hot and dusty, especially along the rail trail.
Other recommended equipment includes googles, gloves, and boots.
As for “appropriate” clothing, well, that depends on the route. Some people wear running shoes, shorts and a T-shirt but for the most part that attire is unsuitable.
Dress to protect yourself from branches, stones, dust, bugs, wind, sun, rain; from just simply being outdoors.
Dress comfortably because you will likely be straddling a bike for hours.
Dress in layers for the weather and the terrain — add a few items when you’re cold or its raining, take off a few when you’re hot.
Also it is good to have extra fuel, drinking water, snack, rain gear, bug spray, basic repair tools, band-aids, compass, map and cell phone on hand. Note that there may not be cell service in all areas.
ATVing is a lot of fun. You get to go to places that you have never been before, travelling through some very beautiful areas. Enjoy your time in the great outdoors. Stay safe and have a good ride!
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