Trail Closure (2019) – ATV Season

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.

Next Season

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.

Exceptions are:
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. fb-002-teeny  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!

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DGATV Fun & Final Ride (Sat., Nov. 2, 2019)

UPDATE:  THIS RIDE IS CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW.  IT WAS A GREAT SEASON SO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Is it snowing? Is there snow on the ground? If not then let’s ride!

Join us for this fun and final ride of the season.

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 – 9:00am registration / 10:00am ride (weather permitting)

Where/Parking: Markdale CP Trail Parking Lot, 205 Main St. West / County Road 12 west of Markdale with access to the side-by-side bypass trail.

Trail Route: Primarily road, some public and private properties.

Participants: This ride is open to OFATV members and non-members. A day pass for non-members can be purchased at registration for $20.

Side-by-side vehicles are welcome.

Factory built two-up riding is legal. Single-rider bikes with added-on seats are not legal to carry a passenger.

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 unlicenced operators riding on the roads.

Young passengers must wear proper fitting DOT-certified helmet and appropriate safety equipment on a factory built two-up. The law states that the youth must be able to reach hand and foot rests.

As with any ride, please have a full tank of fuel. It is advisable to have extra fuel, drinking water, snack, rain gear, basic repair tools, bandaids, compass, map and cell phone on hand.

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

For more information contact DGATV’s Events Coordinator at 519.266.3559 or info@dgatv.ca.

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DGATV Autumn Ride (2019) Donation

 

Our Club President, Tim Allen and Events Coordinator, Jamie Thurman were proud to present $420 and over 100 lbs of food to Marian Doyle of the Gentle Shepherd food bank on behalf of all of our club members and guests who came out to our #RideForHunger last week.

It warms our hearts when we see like-minded outdoor enthusiasts getting together for such a great cause.

A special thank you to all who came out and hope to see you again soon!

Marian says “Thanks Dufferin Grey ATV Club for your support for the Flesherton Food Bank. Your donation will help us to purchase hamburg and milk for the next month and half.”

We’re glad to help!


Thanks to all our Volunteers, Directors, Wardens, Landowners, Sponsors and Riders … we couldn’t do it without You!

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DGATV Autumn Ride (2019)

Join us for DGATV’s autumn colour ride!

On Sunday, October 6, 2019, DGATV will be staging from the Markdale lot (205 Main St. W., Markdale) and riding out once again to admire Grey County’s fall colours.

Registration starts at 9 a.m.  Ride leaves at 10 a.m.

In appreciation for our good fortune and this year’s harvest, riders are asked to contribute a non-perishable food item or monetary donation at the registration desk.  Proceeds will be directed to the Flesherton food bank operated by the Gentle Shepherd Community Church.

This ride is open to OFATV members and non-members. A day pass for non-members can be purchased at registration for $20.

Side-by-side vehicles are welcome.

Factory built two-up riding is legal. Single-rider bikes with added-on seats are not legal to carry a passenger.

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 unlicenced operators riding on the roads.

Young passengers must wear proper fitting DOT-certified helmet and appropriate safety equipment on a factory built two-up. The law states that the youth must be able to reach hand and foot rests.

As with any ride, please have a full tank of fuel. It is advisable to have extra fuel, drinking water, snack, rain gear, basic repair tools, bandaids, compass, map and cell phone on hand.

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


About Gentle Shepherd …

Gentle Shepherd Community Church is a Christian Ministry outreach to the community to compassionately assist families in need.

  • Average distribution is 61 boxes monthly.
  • In 2017 we distributed 731 boxes for 53 families with 93 adults and 70 children.
  • 80% of food is purchased at a monthly cost of $2,750.
  • Food is purchased twice per month for distribution.
  • Single people on disability benefits are 44% of our clients.
  • Food bank use has increased 13% from 2016.
  • All staff are Volunteers.
  • Food bank receives no government funding.

Thanks to all our Volunteers, Directors, Wardens, Landowners, Sponsors and Riders … we couldn’t do it without You!

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Ride for MRI / CGHS Foundation Fundraiser (2019)

What a Fabulous Day!

On September 14, 2019, Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) happily hosted a charity ride for Centre Grey Health Services Foundation with the assistance of Volunteers from Grey Highlands Fire & Emergency Services who provided a hot lunch. Riders brought in $1,350 in donations, which DGATV matched for a total of $2,700 going directly towards the new MRI machine for Owen Sound Hospital.

We had 50 machines out and our ride was approximately 80 kms, which was completed with no incidents or bad weather. Fun was had by all and and it was nice to see not just familiar faces but some new ones too!

We want to thank everyone who came out, and those who helped but were unable to be with us. Many items were donated and our raffle seemed to go on forever with some great donations from local businesses and supporters.

Thanks again to all our Directors, Wardens and Members for the hard work in putting together these rides, and thanks to all our Landowners, Sponsors, Supporters, and Riders. We have just as much fun putting on the events as you do coming to them!

Hope to see you all at the next one!


Our Directors Say …


Great work by all the executives of DGATV on our MRI ride today. Over 50 machines participated in the ride and generously donated $1,350 to help in the purchase of a new MRI unit for Grey Bruce Health services. The club then matched that donation which enables us to make a total donation of $2,700.

We also had Grey Highlands firefighters bbq lunch for the riders which raised $400 for them.

Our club members and guest riders are some of the most generous people around and are always willing to support our community!

And lastly, my grandson Brecken came along to help us run the event and won a door prize, which turned out to be one of his favorite things, tools! What an awesome day and ride!

Pete L.


What a fabulous day!..Our members with big hearts we will be presenting a cheque of $2,700 to Centre Grey Health Services Foundation..DGATV directors would like to thank all who participated in the “ride for MRI”…Would like to thank.our wardens who participated and thank you to the foundation people who came out and helped at registration also a big thank you to all who donated prizes..wont mention as there was many, I would be afraid I would miss someone…a special thank you to Larry’s for the amazing gift basket..the lucky winner of that was Barry LeMaitre of Hamilton.

Jamie T.


From the President’s Chair…..

DGATV MRI Ride Sept 14 2019….. A Success!!

We would like to thank the participants of the event. We hope you enjoyed such a beautiful day with good friends old and new. We hope you had a enjoyable ride with some fun in the process. Thank You All!! for your participation and contributions to this cause!!!

Sponsors/Vendors whom contributed to the event with prizes, donations and displays. We also thank you so very much for assisting us with this ride!

A special Thank You goes out to the Grey Highlands Fire Dept for the lunch preparations on the trail, the burgers were great!

Directors and Trail Wardens; Congrats!! A very successful charity ride. Many months of work went into organizing this event, the team work and organization of the event was astounding!! Great job!!!

DGATV will be presenting a cheque to the Grey Bruce Health services MRI fund in the amount of $2700.00

Again:

Thank you all!

Tim Allen


Thanks to all our Volunteers, Directors, Wardens, Landowners, Sponsors and Riders … we couldn’t do it without You!

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