Dufferin Grey ATV Club and local businesses are happy to sponsor 2021’s Clean Trails Contest.
Let’s keep the trails nice and tidy!
Exclusively for DGATV’s Members, see garbage on the trail and take a picture of yourself in Volunteer mode. Post the pic of you cleaning up the trails on DGATV’s private facebook group or send your pic to Volunteer@dgatv.ca.
Your name will be entered into a draw at the end of the month.
Prizes will be awarded subject to DGATV member verification.
The Clean Trails Contest will continue until Hallowe’en 2021.
By the way, don’t forget to show your appreciation by supporting the following local businesses:
The Market Shoppe, 7 Toronto Street South, Markdale, ON … website /
Markdale Flowers, 56 Main Street West, Markdale, ON … website /
Susan’s Delicatessen, 15 Main Street West, Markdale, ON … website
If you or your organization would like to donate to this effort, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the trails!
DGATV’s Executive along with Grey and Dufferin counties are happy to announce that DGATV’s trails are OPEN effective Friday, June 11, 2021 for DGATV’s 15th season!
Dufferin Grey ATV Club’s (DGATV) typical season extends from May 1st to November 30th (or first snowfall). However, due to the governments’ pandemic response, DGATV’s trails were closed for the first part of the season.
The Government of Ontario’s province-wide Stay-at-Home order expired on June 2, 2021 but Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen plan didn’t take effect until June 11th (revised from June 14th) further delaying the opening.
Grey County reminds riders to be in compliance with the distancing rules, and to adhere to all other rules (e.g. limits on social gatherings, if sharing a machine must be from same household, etc.).
Now that the trails are open, don’t forget to check the OFATV trails map or the QuadON smart phone application for active updates re: construction and routes under maintenance.
Happy trails 🙂
Come Ride With Us!
Dufferin Grey ATV Club’s (DGATV) typical season extends from May 1st to November 30th (or first snowfall).
On March 1, 2021, the Government of Ontario returned to the COVID-19 Response Framework prompting the Grey Bruce Health Unit to move to the Green Prevent Level of the framework.
Due to the Government of Ontario’s stay-at-home order and enhanced public health shutdown measures the Grey Bruce Health Unit has recommended to Grey County that the trails be closed to recreational ATVing.
Grey County is a prominent landowner providing riders with access to the rail trail and Harkaway Forest. Please stay off DGATV’s trails in accord with landowner wishes to preserve a positive relationship with the landowner for future use.
The Government of Ontario’s declaration of emergency and province-wide Stay-at-Home order have been extended until June 2, 2021.
Keep an eye on our social media for update.
May 21, 2021 TRAIL UPDATE: Premier Doug Ford announced outdoor amenities will open tomorrow, The Grey County health unit has given the go ahead for outdoor amenities. Grey County Recreation and trails sent this link stating ATV’ing is not a listed activity therefore trails cannot open… We have contacted several councilors, the County Warden, our MPP and Doug Ford’s office.. unfortunately, it is unlikely we will receive a response by tomorrow morning … Tim Allen, DGATV President
May 22, 2021 UPDATE: As riders we are disappointed about the governments’ lockdown measures as well. As volunteers we are doing our best to deal with our governments to open the trails. Unfortunately responses are unlikely to come in until after the long weekend.
May 23, 2021 UPDATE: Wardens have been asked to patrol the trails to deter unauthorized riding and to perform spring trail maintenance. Please continue to stay off closed trails.
May 26, 2021 UPDATE: DGATV’s President Tim Allen has repeatedly contacted Grey County, local Councilors, our local MPP, and the Office of the Premier – “everything short of driving to Queen’s Park” himself. Since the re-opening does not specifically state “ATVing”, the trails will not be opened by the county. DGATV’s Executive have considered a partial trail opening, but after advice and careful consideration decided that a partial opening would work against the club for future riding access and possibly prompt a loss of agreements for county roads and trails. DGATV’s Executive continue to work on this issue and suggest that you contact your MPP asking for clarification under Ontario Regulation 344/21 “Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020” to include the recreational sport of ATVing.
May 31, 2021 UPDATE: Ontario Legislature votes to extend Ontario’s state of emergency to December 1, 2021. Of 124 seats the motion passed by 36 in favour; 22 opposed; 66 abstained.
- Bill Walker, Grey Bruce MPP did not vote.
- Jim Wilson, Simcoe County MPP did not vote.
DGATV’s Executive are following up with local municipal councils to determine the impact of this political decision on DGATV’s trails.
June 1, 2021 UPDATE: Government of Ontario News Release
June 2, 2021 UPDATE: CBC’s news coverage reports not much has changed despite reaching the deadline of Ontario’s Stay at Home order. Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen plan is not slated to start until June 14th leaving Ontarians subject to the provincewide emergency brake restrictions. DGATV’s Executive continue to pressure local and provincial governments to open DGATV’s trails. Stay tuned.
June 3, 2021 TRAILS UPDATE: We have received word from Grey County. They have received confirmation from the MPP’s office, Premier’s, and Health Unit that ORV/ATV trails may be listed in the law. We await the wording change…. This leaves us in a position to “potentially” open with STAGE 1 on June 14th. We will provide any updates as the date approaches … Tim Allen, DGATV President
June 7, 2021 UPDATE: Government of Ontario moves up Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen to June 11th. Note that recreational ATVing is not specifically listed in Step One so contact your MPP to request consideration.
June 10, 2021 UPDATE: DGATV trails will OPEN Friday, June 11, 2021 – Watch for updates for construction re: routes and trail sections currently under maintenance. Refer to the OFATV trails map or the QuadON app. for active updates Friday morning.
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.
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 email@example.com 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!
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.
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