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.


 

DGATV’s Annual General Meeting (March 21, 2021)

Are you looking forward to summer?

While the Government of Ontario’s haphazard pandemic response still has us questioning our ability to setup club rides, we are hoping for the best and looking forward to a terrific season.

Last year was not a normal summer.  Our membership increased but our ability to provide social events was hampered.  Despite group gathering limits and other obstacles we managed to keep the bulk of our trails maintained and open to our riders.  We deferred our spring annual general meeting (AGM) to the autumn (Nov. 15, 2021) and held it by online conference.

Time to do it again.

Join us online for this year’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 the upcoming season’s Directors and/or volunteer to join the Executive!

DGATV’s Board of Directors consists of seven (7) 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.

Candidates must be on record as a DGATV member for at least three (3) months.


NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc. is scheduled for Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 1:00pm.

All Members of the Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc. are welcome and permit number will be requested for verification.

Time:  Registration opens at 12:30pm.

Location:  Online using telephone or internet access:

By computer with mic & speaker:  Click here to join the meeting

By telephone*:  **** UPDATE:  By telephone*:  1.833.569.0242,,854057724# (permit number required) or Toronto 1.437.703.4623,,854057724#

Phone Conference ID:  854 057 724#

Agenda:

  • To receive the Report of the Executive.
  • To hear the Treasurer’s Report.
  • To elect (3) Directors positions for two (2) year terms.
  • To address New Business.

Note that due to the online forum, votes will be recorded.

* Please check back closer to the date to ensure the login instructions have not changed.


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.

DGATV’s Executive

Volunteers

FAQs



 

Trail Closure (2020) – ATV Season

Hello Winter

Despite a somewhat chaotic summer, it was a good riding season.

While we could not offer club rides or other large events due to the ever-changing health regulations mandated by the government’s pandemic response, DGATV had record memberships with a lot of new riders looking to enjoy the great outdoors and learn the ropes.

We always advise new riders to communicate with our more experienced riders by utilizing our private facebook group “Dufferin Grey ATV Club (Group)”  fb-002-teeny

Also don’t forget to check out our facebook page “Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc.” for news from our Directors.

DGATV is also available on Twitter and Instagram.

Checkout www.dgatv.ca for official updates.

Looking ahead to the 2021 season, ATVing on the public trails generally starts May 1st (weather-permitting) and stays open to November 30th or until snow cover.  Once the snow plows are out, ATV rider safety becomes an issue.

Exceptions are:

  • Harkaway Forest opens to riding Tuesday-after-Victoria Day-weekend and closes on October 15th.
  • Grey County roads opens to riding on April 15th and closes on November 17th.
  • Owen Sound and Shelburne open to riding on April 15th.
Note:  All dates are tentative dependent on the current pandemic status and the “stay at home” order at the time of opening.

Municipal roads are open but don’t confuse Municipal and County roads … it could cost you a ticket. Check the municipal by-laws (other links) and google maps for clarification.  Please “know before you go”.

Unfortunately Walters Falls will be closed to winter riding this year.  Part of the property has been sold and we have yet to contact the new owner.

Remember to stay tuned to our social media at the start of season.

Enjoy your winter and holiday season!

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DGATV’s Annual General Meeting (Nov. 15, 2020)

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

Agenda:

  • 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.

FAQs



 

Walters Falls Tract Remains Closed (2020-2021)

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.

Thank you.

See also:

Side by Sides

FAQs



 

Ontario Regulation 316/03 (July 1, 2020)

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.

See also:

Dirt Bikes & Motorcycles

Young Riders

FAQs