Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) is pleased to announce the limited opening of our trails effective Sunday, May 17, 2020.
**** UPDATE: May 21st — Thanks to the great work of our Trail Wardens Dufferin C.P. Rail Trail (Dundalk to Orangeville) is open under a caution. There are trail repairs taking place behind the Shelburne school north of Hwy 89, also construction just below Victoria St. at Dundalk. Please obey cautions in these two areas. Be prepared to stop. Follow instruction from workers to get by. Shelburne parking lot is now open!
Our Wardens and trail maintenance crews have worked with limited time to inspect the trails, clearing winter debris and changing over from OFSC snowmobile signage. Wardens will continue to be present on the trails to ensure any maintenance and safety issues are addressed.
DGATV hereby announces that limited trails are open.
Exceptions – remaining closed are:
Grey Highlands Sideroad 10B (use bypass route)
Harkaway Forest (use bypass route)
Walter’s Falls Tract
All scenic areas (waterfalls and rest stops) controlled under Parks and Conservation Authorities remain closed. Please adhere to the notices as posted.
Side-by-sides are welcome on DGATV’s trails except for County owned properties of C.P. Rail Trail and Harkaway Forest. Side-by-sides are NOT permitted on those two trails.
Limited parking is available at Dundalk and Markdale parking lots only. Shelburne parking remains closed.
Use side by side by-pass routes (blue signs) to avoid the C.P Trail from both open parking areas. Please follow the by-route to access and return to/from the main trails.
Note that the Province of Ontario has not lifted the state of emergency although restrictions are being eased. We therefore ask that you limit your group to 5 participants and continue to adhere to social distancing measures (stay 2 metres away from others in public).
Understand that due to the pandemic response normal services from permit sellers, restaurants, gas stations, mechanics, accommodations, etc. may be curbside only or may not be available so research before you ride.
DGATV recommends that you ride with a friend and ensure that someone else knows where you are going and when you are expected to return.
Riding hours are sunrise to sunset.
An OFATV/DGATV trail pass is required. You must be a member in good standing to ride our trails. Passes and 3-day passes are available online or at open vendors.
See our website www.dgatv.ca for membership and permit information.
Come Ride With Us!
Dufferin Grey ATV Club
*** MEETING IS POSTPONED, DATE & TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED ***
Ready to start riding? Spring is almost here! We start our season with a review of last year and to make plans for the upcoming summer.
Join us for DGATV’s annual general meeting (AGM). 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.
DGATV’s Board of Directors consists of nine (9) Directors with two (2) year terms. Theoretically, no more than 50% of the Board comes up for election each year so ideally DGATV never has an entirely new Board of Directors.
However, this year six (6) Directors positions are up for election. Three (3) Directors remain with one (1) year terms.
Three (3) Directors have given notice that they will not be standing again so the Board will need at least three (3) new candidates. Candidates must be a DGATV member on record for at least three (3) months.
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.
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 15, 2020 at 1:00pm.
Location: Dundalk Legion, 109 Proton St. N., Dundalk, ON
- To receive the Report of the Executive for 2019.
- To hear the Treasurer’s Report.
- To elect one (1) Director for one (1) year term.
- To elect five (5) Directors for two (2) year terms.
- If all Directors positions cannot be filled, then a Special Resolution to decrease the number of Directors from nine (9) to seven (7) of whom four (4) shall constitute a quorum and ensuring a 50% split over two (2) year terms.
- New business.
All Members of the Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc. are welcome.
Walters Falls tract is closed until further notice
DGATV asks for your consideration
Please honour DGATV’s agreements and promises to protect landowners’ best interests. It is too wet to ride Walters Falls tract at this point without doing a lot of damage. Continuing to ride in the wet costs DGATV & OFATV money to repair the trails, which increases the cost of permits. Damaging the land also angers landowners, which loses trails. Please consider the future of ATVing in Ontario and stay out of Walters Falls tract for now.
Public trails are expected to open May 1st weather permitting.
Side by Sides
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:
Each organization has their own memberships and permits, administration and volunteers, to maintain their own trail system.
Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) is associated with the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV). An OFATV/DGATV membership allows riders to use the trails of all OFATV-associated clubs.
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)
Click here to buy an OFATV/DGATV permit or membership.
DGATV’s trail riding season is winding down, cut short by early snowfall.
In keeping with our land owner agreements: The CP Rail Trail in both Dufferin and Grey County is now closed due to snow cover. Please respect our agreements so we can continue use of the trail in the future.
Main trail routes stay open until November 30th except for Harkaway Forest, which closed to ATVs effective October 15th. Additionally, Grey County roads close to ATVs on November 15th.
Looking ahead to the 2020 season, ATVing on the public trails generally starts around May 1st (weather-permitting) and stays open to November 30th or until snow cover, whichever comes first. Once the snow plows are out, ATV rider safety becomes an issue.
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 15th.
Throughout our season and in between big feature rides, we gather 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.
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 2020, and in the meantime, enjoy your winter and holiday season!