Provincial Riding (Ontario)

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.

See also:



Trail Crew – Jeopardizing our Trails (June 2018)

Someone took down the “Trail Closed” sign at the west end of Harkaway Forest and threw it into the bush.

The blatant disrespect of this person for DGATV, OFATV and a valued property owner has jeopardized use of the forest for everyone.

Grey County owns the forest and they have specified that the tract remain closed until June 22nd.  Obviously, riders must accommodate the land-owner if we wish to use the land.  DGATV & OFATV are legally bound to do so.

DGATV Volunteers installed the “Trail Closed” sign in the spring — on their own time on riders’ behalf. Why should Volunteers labour only to have their trail maintenance work destroyed?

Why should DGATV’s Executive Volunteers spend their time advocating for more trails when riders cannot follow the agreements?

If you disagree with this particular closure then we suggest you contact Grey County directly — making your comments politely to Grey County Warden Stewart Halliday or a local councillor or the tourism department.  Please be nice because your efforts will be perceived as being indicative of all ATV riders.

It is a fact that this trail system — that has taken years to establish — can be destroyed with one thoughtless rider.  It means we all need to be vigilant when riding the trails.  If you see a sign down or an area that needs maintenance, please fix the problem or let us know at

If you ride regularly and want to help support the club (or need a great excuse to get out on the trails), become a Warden.

If you are the handyman-type, wanting to ride and preferring to work here and there, talk to our Trail Captain (519.266.3559 ext. 3).

Your work, for the most part, is appreciated.

See also:

Cleaning up the Mess

Trail Loss – Inconsiderate Riders

Volunteering to Help

Becoming a Trail Warden



Trail Crew – No Excuse to Play in the River (June 2018)

Someone has made our Trail Captain angry.  We quote:


To the clowns that were playing in the Beaver River off Graham’s Hill, you have just given another black eye to atving.

1. You were in the river.
2. You were destroying a spawning area of the river. You where close to the source of the Beaver River and a sensitive ecological area.
3. You were trespassing.
4. You left the Club to deal with an angry and upset Landowner.
5. We have only been allowed to use that road for a couple of years and you have put continued use of this road and others at risk. You have made it more difficult for the Club to keep the trails we have and obtain permission to use other areas.

Man or woman-up and next time you are that way apologize to the Landowners. Everyone please use your brains when you get on your atv.


DGATV can’t stress enough how riders need to be on their best behaviour to establish an ATV trail system in this area and across the province. Recreational ATVing is a new sport. The trails we have are no more than 10 years old. Every season — every day — is a trial period for us. All it takes is one rider to close down a property, and close down a trail.

Word gets out. If the Landowners start to hear about problems, disrespect or “simply more trouble than its worth” they will shut us out.

The only incentive a Landowner has to let the trail cross their property is courtesy and kindness to others. Please show our Landowners the courtesy and kindness they deserve.

See also:

Jeopardizing our Trails

Cleaning up the Mess

Trail Loss – Inconsiderate Riders

Volunteering to Help

Becoming a Trail Warden



OFATV Trail Permit (2018)


To buy an Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) permit you need proof of a plated and insured ATV or side-by-side. To ride on the roads, a minimum G2/M2 licence is required.  To ride on public trails such as the rail trail or private property such as the Walters Falls tract, a driver’s licence is not required, however, a training certificate is recommended.

OFATV Permit

When you buy an Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) permit you receive three (3) papers. The first is your OFATV sticker, punched with the expiration month and year, that you put on the front left of your machine. Second is the wallet card that has to be carried by the rider of the machine, which can be used by multiple people. Thus the sticker goes on the machine and the card goes with the rider. The third paper is the pink print, which is the buyer’s receipt.

Your OFATV permit is valid on all OFATV trails in Ontario.  Note some clubs have restrictions for side-by-sides. Your permit is also valid in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

Replacement Card

Should you need a replacement card, take as much information as you can (sticker, wallet card, receipt where possible) to your permit seller.  The cost of a replacement permit is $12. The replacement pass only replaces the old pass so it’s the same time frame.

Provincial Permit

While every Ontario rider would love to have a provincial permit — one permit for all ATV trails — unfortunately it is not yet available.  Many issues need to be resolved before one permit can be enacted including but not limited to club structure (whether paid or volunteer staffing for instance), permit fee, landowner agreements, government relationships, etc.)  DGATV’s neighbouring clubs to the west have an Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA) association.  Park to Park is also associated with EOTA.

See also:

New Riders

Young Riders




The Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) is a not for profit organization that strives to establish and organize safe recreational ATVing in Ontario.  The goal of the OFATV is a province-wide ATV trail system similiar to the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC).

The OFATV consists of a group of ATV clubs in Ontario and is managed by volunteers with the goal of providing safe, legal and sustainable trails across the province. OFATV staff and volunteers are constantly working with the provincial government and municipalities to champion the rights of ATV riders. The organization endeavours to help the general public understand that riding members are environmentally conscious outdoor enthusiasts who respect other outdoor sports.

Dufferin Grey ATV Club is a member of the OFATV along with these neighbouring clubs:

fb-002-teeny Central Ontario ATV Club /

fb-002-teeny West Grey ATV Club /

See for a complete list of OFATV clubs.

To ride the below-noted neighbouring clubs’ trails requires a separate purchase of another organization’s permit:

Huron Shores ATV Club / (need an EOTA pass)

fb-002-teeny South Bruce Peninsula ATV Club / (need an EOTA pass)

ATV trails in Ontario consist of private and public properties and roads.  Most of the routes have special agreements with the landowner/custodian(s).  You must be an OFATV club member to ride OFATV trails, otherwise you are trespassing.  Please click here to learn more about becoming an OFATV/DGATV member rider.  Joining an OFATV club gives you the opportunity to shape the future of ATVing in Ontario.

Join a club, get involved & go riding!

See also:

Side by Sides



DGATV’s Annual General Meeting (March 18, 2018)

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.

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.

More information can be found at or call 519.266.3559.

Location:  Dundalk Legion, 109 Proton St. N., Dundalk, ON

NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc. is scheduled for Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 1:00pm.

  • To receive the Report of the Executive for 2017
  • To hear the Accountant’s Report
  • To elect five (5) Directors

All Members of the Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc. are welcome.