Decades ago, the Government of Ontario opened the province to snowmobiles. That allowed the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) to be established in 1972 with a provincial mandate. The OFSC is an umbrella organization to all Ontario clubs allowing snowmobilers to use the extensive province wide system under one permit.
However, province-wide access did not happen for ATVs and side-by-sides. Instead the government deferred the decision as to whether off-road vehicles should be allowed to each local municipality with “no” as the default.
Provincial legislation regulating ATVs and side-by-sides is:
So each individual municipality has had to create a local by-law to address the issue of ATVs and side-by-sides. (It is advised that you research and read these by-laws before you ride. See other links.)
This fragmented approach led to establishment of several independent organizations such as:
- Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA) (www.thetrail.ca)
- Elliot Lake ATV Club Inc. (facebook)
- Halliburton ATV Association (www.haliburtonatv.com)
- Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (www.ofatv.org)
Each organization has their own memberships and permits, administration and volunteers, to maintain their own trail system.
OFATV used to have a reciprocal riding agreement with EOTA but that was cancelled in 2018. (See news release.)
Today OFATV has provincial reciprocal riding agreements with New Brunswick All-Terrain Vehicle Federation (NBATVF) and Prince Edward Island ATV Federation (PEI ATV). (article)