DGATV Autumn Food Bank Ride (Oct. 23, 2021)

DGATV invites you to Come Ride With Us!

See the autumn colours and enjoy the crisp cool air of a rural ride through the countryside.

Meet new people, hang out with old friends, and see the sights following the lead of our most experienced riders.

Staging from the Dundalk parking lot at 10am.

Rain is in the forecast (54% chance) and the weather is expected to be cool so dress appropriately.

Members and non-members welcome.

Please bring a non-perishable food item or financial donation for the Dundalk food bank.

When:  Saturday, October 23, 2021 – 9:00am registration / 10:00am ride

Where/Parking:  Staging from the lot located off Grey Street in the field alongside the rail trail, between Dundalk St. and Proton St. on the west side of Dundalk.

Trail Route:  A mix of public and private properties including the rail trail and road running.  Easy family friendly riding.

Participants:  This ride is open to OFATV members and non-members.  A day pass for non-members cost $20.  Memberships ($150) can be purchased online.  Side-by-sides are welcome.

Other:  As with any ride, it is advisable to dress appropriately and have extra fuel, drinking water, snack, drinks, rain gear, bug spray, basic repair tools, bandaids, compass, map and cell phone on hand.  Note that there may not be cell service in the area.

We look forward to seeing you on the trail and hope you have a great ride!

See also:




#dgatv #ofatv #atvontario #Thanksgiving2018 #somewhereinontario #ONtrails #OntarioQuadTrails #SideBySide

(originally published October 7, 2021)


Trail Closure – Harkaway Forest (2021)

It’s that time of year again — DGATV’s Harkaway Forest trail is now closed for the season.

Riders, please respect our landowner agreement and keep your machine out of the forest.

Your participation is crucial in keeping this tract available to us.

Please use the bypass trail.

Harkaway Forest is expected to re-open in June 2022 after the turkey hunt.

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DGATV’s Clean Trails Contest (2021)

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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 … websitefb-002-teeny

Markdale Flowers, 56 Main Street West, Markdale, ON … websitefb-002-teeny

Susan’s Delicatessen, 15 Main Street West, Markdale, ON … website

If you or your organization would like to donate to this effort, please contact info@dgatv.ca

Enjoy the trails!



DGATV’s Trails are OPEN (2021)

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!



DGATV’s Trails Remain Closed (2021)

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.