Limited Trails Open (May 17, 2020)

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!

Tim Allen
President
Dufferin Grey ATV Club
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DGATV’s Annual General Meeting (March 15, 2020)

*** 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.

FAQs



 

Trail Closure – Walters Falls Tract (Spring 2020)

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.

ATV Season

Side by Sides

FAQs



 

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

FAQs



 

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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Community

Events

FAQs