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.
Article in The Intelligencer
Article in the Quinte News
The Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) is pleased to offer reciprocal riding agreements with the New Brunswick All-Terrain Vehicle Federation (NBATVF) and Prince Edward Island ATV Federation (PEI ATV).
Each agreement recognizes the annual trail permits/memberships from the other province’s club making travel in each jurisdiction easier and less expensive.
This means an OFATV permit holder can ride in both New Brunswick and PEI at no extra charge.
Additionally the OFATV welcomes permitted riders from New Brunswick and PEI on OFATV trails.
Link to NB OFATV press release (.pdf) from June 3, 2016.
Link to PEI OFATV press release (.pdf) from December 22, 2017.
Additionally, OFATV members can ride in Quebec for a special $100 “top up” permit. Click here to buy the special interprovincial access permit.
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 welcomes side-by-sides (maximum width 65″) on our trails with the exception of county-owned properties (rail trail, Harkaway Forest).
DGATV is in discussion with the counties hoping to include side-by-sides in all agreements and will post on social media when any new information is available.
DGATV invites side-by-sides on club rides and accommodates the vehicles accordingly (either by requesting special permission on restricted trails or using by-pass trails).
Parking is available in Dundalk and Markdale.
Here are links to information for side-by-side riders:
Also checkout our facebook page “Dufferin Grey ATV Club” and join our facebook group “Dufferin Grey ATV Club (Group)” to talk to other riders.
Come Ride With Us!
(Last update: June 29, 2020)
Decades ago, the Government of Ontario opened the province to snowmobiles. That allowed the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) to be established in 1972 with a provincial mandate. The OFSC is an umbrella organization to all Ontario clubs allowing snowmobilers to use the extensive province wide system under one permit.
However, province-wide access did not happen for ATVs and side-by-sides. Instead the government deferred the decision as to whether off-road vehicles should be allowed to each local municipality with “no” as the default.
Provincial legislation regulating ATVs and side-by-sides is:
So each individual municipality has had to create a local by-law to address the issue of ATVs and side-by-sides. (It is advised that you research and read these by-laws before you ride. See other links.)
This fragmented approach led to establishment of several independent organizations such as:
Each organization has their own memberships and permits, administration and volunteers, to maintain their own trail system.
Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) is associated with the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV). An OFATV/DGATV membership allows riders to use the trails of all OFATV-associated clubs.
OFATV used to have a reciprocal riding agreement with EOTA but that was cancelled in 2018. (See news release.)
Today OFATV has provincial reciprocal riding agreements with New Brunswick All-Terrain Vehicle Federation (NBATVF) and Prince Edward Island ATV Federation (PEI ATV). (article)
Click here to buy an OFATV/DGATV permit or membership.