Season 2021 Will Trails Open on May 1st?

DGATV’s trail system is scheduled to open on May 1st, however, with the governments’ heightened pandemic response regarding gathering limits and social distancing, we are not sure that the landowners will allow access.

DGATV’s President, Tim Allen, is meeting with some of the landowners to discuss the situation.

Please stay off the trails so DGATV’s relationships with the landowners are not jeopardized.

Keep in mind that should the trails be open as planned, Harkaway Forest trail remains closed until the Tuesday following Victoria Day long weekend.

Tim has promised to provide an update after his Grey County meeting on Thursday so stay tuned to our website for further information.


UPDATE:  Apr 30 21:  DGATV trails to remain Closed:

DGATV trails will not open May 1.

Grey County and the Grey County Health Unit have declared under the current lockdown.  “ATV Trails to remain closed”.  We will keep you posted as to any changes.

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Side-by-Side Bypass Trail

Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) welcomes riders of side-by-sides (up to 65″) as members and on our trails.

For machines with widths equal to or less than 54″ see Side-by-Sides Welcome on Rail Trail (2021).

Side-by-sides with widths ranging from 55″ to 65″ are not allowed on county-owned properties such as the rail line and  Harkaway Forest. DGATV’s volunteers have marked a by-pass trail so that larger side-by-sides (up to 65″) can travel without going on the rail trail.  The by-pass signs have a blue streak across either the top or bottom as shown:

Parking is available in Dundalk and Markdale.

Side-by-side Riders, Come Ride With Us!

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Side-by-Sides Welcome on Rail Trail (2021)

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Dufferin Grey ATV Club, the County of Dufferin and the County of Grey are pleased to announce that side-by-sides (maximum width 54″) are welcome on the rail trail and in Harkaway Forest when this riding season begins.

After several years of negotiations with impressive perseverance, DGATV’s Board of Directors are happy to make this announcement — a crowning achievement to celebrate DGATV’s 15th Anniversary!

Side-by-side owners have shown a lot of interest in making full use of DGATV’s trails and we expect that the club will garner new members as a result of this terrific news.

Adjustments will be made to the trails to accommodate the width limit (i.e. gate tweaks) over the summer season.  If you see an area that needs attention please contact info@dgatv.ca with location and specifics.

Larger side-by-sides (maximum width 65″) are still welcome to use the blue-markered rail trail by-pass.

While side-by-sides are generally welcome on Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) trails, remember to check with the local club before you ride to ensure that side-by-sides are accepted on their trails.

Looking forward to a great season ATV & Side-by-side Riders!

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Hastings County Welcomes OFATV Riders (2021)

Hastings County Council welcomes ATV riders by advancing an agreement between Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA) and the Ontario Federation of All-Terrain Vehicles (OFATV).  The Memorandum of Understanding regarding the use of Hastings County Trails allows OFATV riders to use Hastings County trails as part of an OFATV membership.

More specifically these trails are the Hastings County Heritage Trail from Lake St. Peter in the north to the Trent River to the south in Hastings County and the Trans Canada Rail trail from Hastings counties Western to the Eastern border.

The trails connect multiple clubs and trail systems making our vision of a provincial connected trail system one step closer. Our hope is that this will benefit riders both local and visiting while providing a significant economic boost to the tourism industry in Hastings County and beyond.

The trails will be added to OFATV’s provincial QuadON mapping system that can be found at http://QuadON.ca or by downloading the QuadON App on your Android or Apple device.

OFATV thanks Eastern Ontario Trail Alliance and Hastings County for their collaboration on this agreement. The two organizations look forward to working together on a more connected Ontario.

Article in The Intelligencer

Article in the Quinte News

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Ontario Trumpeter Swans (2021)

Seeing trumpeter swans near the trail is always a highlight of a ride.  These beautiful birds are picturesque and evidence of a healthy ecosystem.  If we’re lucky the swans come back each summer to raise their families, and we get to know these lovely neighbours as the cygnets flourish under the watchful eye of their parents.

Last year DGATV members were upset to hear that irresponsible rail trail use resulted in harm to a family of swans.  The injuries to the mother swan resulted in her death so we’re not sure if the swans will return this season.  We know the father swan was last seen in Toronto on his southward migration so we are hopeful that we’ll see him again.  As a result of this incident, DGATV’s Board of Directors pledged support for the swans and made a donation to the Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration program (facebook group).

We ask ATVers to ride safely and carefully, and to be respectful when driving by people, pets and wildlife alike.

Riding the trails are a privilege and not a right.  Abuse it and lose it.

*** UPDATE:  We are happy to announce that the male swan has returned to the area with another female.  We consider ourselves lucky!  Please ride carefully around the swans.