Did you have a good summer?
It definitely was not a normal summer for us. The good news is that while our club’s Volunteers were hampered from getting out on the trails by our government’s pandemic response, we managed to keep the bulk of our trails maintained and open to our riders. We also deferred our spring annual general meeting (AGM) to the autumn. Since the Government of Ontario still recommends staying at home and not gathering in large groups, we will be holding this year’s AGM using online conferencing.
Join us online for DGATV’s annual general meeting. Connect with Executive members and other ATV and side-by-side enthusiasts. Learn about our club and what we do for you. Get your questions answered. Vote for next season’s Directors and/or volunteer to 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 should come up for election each year so ideally DGATV never has an entirely new Board of Directors.
However, this year seven (7) Directors positions are up for election with a mix of one (1) and two (2) year terms.
Candidates must be a DGATV member on record for at least three (3) months.
Under the current by-law the Board needs at least four (4) new candidates. Three (3) of the current Directors have agreed to stand again.
If four (4) new candidates do not step forward, the Board will officially recognize that keeping nine (9) Directors positions filled is a difficult task and will put forward a resolution to reduce the number of Directors positions from nine (9) to seven (7), reverting to DGATV’s Board of Directors structure prior to 2017. With acceptance of the resolution, two (2) new candidates will be sought accordingly.
NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc. is scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 1:00pm.
Location: Online using telephone or internet access:
By telephone: call 1.833.569.0242 conf. 2699372 # (permit number required)
By computer with mic & speaker: DGATV AGM 2020
- To receive the Report of the Executive for 2019 and the summer season of 2020.
- To hear the Treasurer’s Report.
- To elect (7) Directors positions for one (1) or two (2) year terms to be determined with the goal of a 50% split.
- If all Directors positions cannot be filled, then a 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. To elect five (5) Directors positions accordingly.
- Due to the online forum, votes will be recorded.
- New business.
Requirement: All Members of the Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc. are welcome and permit number will be requested for verification.
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 community and family friendly 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.
Walters Falls Tract remains closed pending renewal of the Landowner’s Agreement.
Please honour DGATV’s agreements and promises to protect landowners’ best interests by staying off the property.
Riding or damaging the land makes the club lose credibility and angers landowners, which loses trails. Please consider the future of ATVing in Ontario and stay out of Walters Falls tract for now.
Side by Sides
Ontario Regulation 316/03 has been amended as of July 1st, 2020. The Act now includes off-road motorcycles (green plated), and amended descriptions of all off-road vehicles (ORVs). The amendment permits off-road motorcycles access to many of Ontario’s provincial roadways. The amendment also permits local Municipalities to decide whether to allow off-road motorcycles on their roadways, the same situation as when ATVs were first introduced.
Click here for more details on Ontario Regulation 316/03.
Dirt Bikes & Motorcycles
DGATV is pleased to announce that the Harkaway Forest Tract is open to straddled bikes effective June 27, 2020.
Harkaway Forest is east of the Robson Road trail and is owned by Grey County. Parking is located off the Townline just north of Markdale.
Side-by-sides are not permitted on Grey County owned properties so please continue to use the marked bypass trails (hang tight SxS owners … we present your case to Council in a few weeks!)
A nature trail through hardwoods and evergreens, this 2-km multi-use trail is used by hikers, horseback riders; ATVs in the summer, and snowmobiles in the winter.
Harkaway Forest is open to hunters at certain times of the year.
For ATVs, Harkaway Forest trail opens mid-June (after accommodating the wild turkey hunt) to October 15th (or snow, whatever comes first).
Riders, please respect our landowner agreement in the use of this forest. Your participation is crucial in keeping this tract available to us.
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 – opens mid-June (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