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!

Events

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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.

See also:

Parking

Maps

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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)

Trail riders photo

Photo contributed by rider Andrew Pelvin

Come Ride With Us!

Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) is happy to help raise funds for Centre Grey Health Services (CGHS) Foundation supporting Grey Bruce Health Services and the Markdale and Owen Sound Hospitals.

The funds raised by this ride will be put towards the purchase of a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine:
– Current machine is 14 years old, is out of date, expensive to repair and hard to get parts
– One of the oldest MRIs in Canada
– More than 11,000 MRIs are performed in Owen Sound every year
– It is the ONLY MRI machine in Grey Bruce

Join us …

When:  Saturday, September 14, 2019

Time:  Registration starts at 9:30am and ride leaves at 10:00am.

Location:  Staging from Markdale Parking Lot, 199-151 Grey County Rd 12, Markdale, ON N0C 1H0

Participants:  This ride is open to OFATV members and non-members.  A day pass for non-members cost $20.

Side-by-side (SxS) vehicles are welcome.

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

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 young 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 footrests.

Cost:  OFATV pass is required for each machine.  A $20-day pass can be purchased at registration for non-members.

Ride cost is $20 per rider with 100% going to CGHSFoundation.com to assist in the purchase of a new MRI machine.

Lunch cost is $10 provided by Grey Highlands Fire Fighter Volunteers grilled especially for us in Harkaway Forest.

Route Map:  GPS file can be downloaded as a .kml/kmz or you can open it in Google Maps on your phone, tablet or computer.

Both ATV and SxS routes are listed and show the rail line and Harkaway Forest bypasses.

ATV – BLUE
SxS – RED

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?fbclid=IwAR05GGwaCO4zGELX7iAIGuqd7hkM5ej3sO4kY2EyytVu-dkAqScY-wD3P5k&mid=1CayTxY3fKWuSK3vwzr1DN6jkOnC-OQ38&ll=44.36374041458777%2C-80.663478&z=12

Comments:

This ride will be a controlled with Wardens leading and sweeping groups so you do not need to know the route before hand.

The route will be approximately 80 kms total with a mid-ride lunch stop at Harkaway Forest. If you choose to indulge in the fire service hosted hot lunch,  a ticket should be purchased at registration before you leave for the ride.

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 are expecting a great turn out and the ride will happen rain or shine. We are, of course, hoping for FANTASTIC weather!

If you have any questions please find our event posted on our DGATV facebook page or add a comment in our DGATV facebook discussion group, or contact the club directly at info@dgatv.ca / 519-266-3559.

See you on Saturday!

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Hey Nova Scotia, What’s Up?

Tim Allen and Tim Densmore

Tim Allen, President of Dufferin Grey ATV Club, Ontario with Tim Densmore, President of North Shore ATV Club, Nova Scotia

DGATV has friends everywhere!

This summer DGATV’s President, Tim Allen, took the opportunity to ride with Nova Scotia’s North Shore ATV Club.  Checking out the trails, swapping stories and picking up ideas were on the agenda for Tim’s holiday “out east”.

DGATV’s umbrella association, the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) has reciprocal riding agreements in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.  Who knows?  Maybe one day an agreement with Nova Scotia will appear … fingers crossed.

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DGATV Sunday Fun Ride (August 11, 2019)

DGATV Club Ride on Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Registration starts at 9am
Ride leaves at 10am

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE: 80 KM

We will be leaving from and returning to the Markdale Parking lot.

TRAVEL TIME SHOULD BE ABOUT 4 HOURS DEPENDING ON REST STOPS

The route will take us north through Berkeley and around Holland Centre. Through Harkaway forest and down along side the old talisman skill hill. We will have a planned stop at top ‘o’ the rock approximately at 1:30 pm for a late lunch / ice cream before returning back to Markdale.

PLEASE COME PREPARED FOR A FULL RIDE, ALL APPROPRIATE SAFETY GEAR, FULL TANK OF FUEL, SNACKS AND REFRESHMENTS.

DGATV will have trail wardens throughout the group for assistance if required, there is NO cost to join this ride other than an valid OFATV/DGATV permit. Day passes are available at Registration for $20

Hope to see you there !

#ComeRideWithUs