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!
Click for more information on: PARKING MEMBERSHIP MAPS YOUNG RIDERS EVENTS
Established in 2006, a succession of keen riders have taken the helm of Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc (DGATV) on the Board of Directors. 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.
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 (typically held in March). 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 facebook page: www.facebook.com/DGATV
Do you like to ride? Need an excuse to get out on the trails? Becoming a Warden may fit the bill …
First, in mid-April, help us prepare DGATV’s trails for the season. Get together with other Wardens and Trail Committee members to ride the trail and report/fix any problem areas. Help clear brush, fix holes, post signage, create maps, ensure the safety of all riders.
Second, your duty would be to ride! Represent DGATV and the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) by being an obvious source of help, as well as a deterrent against breaking the rules.
Third, DGATV needs riders on the trail who are familiar with the area and who can be an effective agent for our club. As a Warden you would be responsible for seeking out other riders to answer any questions, educate riders on the benefits of being a club member, carry and sell permits, report any problems with the trail, and file a report after each trip to assure our land-owners that their interests are our priority.
Fourth, we ask that you participate in our social events — mark a trail, lead a group, see to it that all riders have a safe and happy riding experience.
Finally, in November, help us close the trail in preparation for winter shutdown and the start of snowmobile season.
By becoming a Warden Volunteer you help make ATVing a viable recreational sport within Dufferin and Grey counties, and in Ontario as a whole. We can’t do it without you!
Contact Warden@dgatv.ca if you are interested in the half-day training session required to become a Warden.
See also: Warden Reporting Volunteers DGATV’s Executive / Board of Directors
Once you have taken your Warden training, you will be given a handbook, vest, and identity card.
You will also be expected to join our private closed facebook group “DGATV Wardens”. This is one of the ways you can contact the Executive, ask and answer questions, and make your reports.
You can also send your information by e-mail to Warden@dgatv.ca
Be sure you include this information:
- Date and time
- Location (specifically County)
- Incident details and/or trail status — note the weather, how many riders you have seen, whether they had passes, the condition of the trail, any other vehicles, etc.
- Your Name (if not obvious)
Get into the habit of making a report every time you ride. We need to know problems, but we also want to know that everything is OK. In fact, if we are all doing our jobs, then everything should be OK.
It is important that our landowners know we are riding regularly and looking out for their best interests.
So please file a report. Our Chief Warden will monitor the e-mail address and scan the facebook group to copy and paste your pertinent information into a monthly Executive report.
If you have any questions, contact Warden@dgatv.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org
See also: Warden Responsibilities Volunteers FAQs