DGATV’s 15th Anniversary! (Dec. 6, 2021)

We’ve come a long way since that first meeting in the Shelburne legion in early 2006 when local riders got together to explore the possibility of launching a local family friendly ATV riding club.

The initial days as an informal Headwaters ATV Club under President Bill Hill brought us together with Centre Grey ATV Club under President Vera Lloyd to form a combined and newly minted Dufferin Grey ATV Club formally incorporated on December 6, 2006 and registered as a club in good standing with the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV).

With a lot of enthusiasm and much going on, we have barely looked back.

So we take this time to give thanks.

We thank our Volunteers.

DGATV’s Executive Board has generally consisted of seven (7) Directors with two-year terms, half standing for election in alternate years. Most of our keenest riders have volunteered as Directors at some time or another,  and under their guidance the club has grown from a mere 50 members to around 630 today.

Volunteers maintain, monitor and Warden around 500 kms of trail extending and looping from north of Orangeville almost to Owen Sound along the former rail line backbone through two counties and multiple municipalities.  Volunteers also administer the club, liaise with local municipalities and law enforcement, and provide representation at trade shows and at the OFATV regional level.

We also thank our Sponsors.  Our Sponsors have been there providing help, funds, prizes, entertainment and advice kindly and consistently upon request and often electively.

We thank our Land Owners & Stewards for the use of their land ensuring our rides are scenic, interesting and enjoyable.

We thank our Members.  By choosing DGATV you provide us with funds to develop the trails, and incentive to keep going.

This club would not exist without all of you.

Today, going into our 16th season, we hold true to our mission statement with as much verve and commitment as ever:

Our club’s mission is to provide a safe, responsible, environmentally sound and enjoyable outdoor experience for our riders. In doing so, we will benefit both our riders and our local communities. We will promote the safe and responsible operation of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs, side-by-sides) protecting riders and non-riders alike. We will promote environmental awareness, protecting the natural resources we all want to enjoy. We will promote tourism, providing our riders with places of interest to visit and our communities with the economic benefits that result.

Come Ride With Us!

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Quad Permit Placement

Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) is associated with the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV).

The OFATV administers all the club memberships.  Click here to buy your annual membership or permit and be sure to specify DGATV if you want to be a member of our club.

When you buy your annual membership a permit sticker will be sent to you in the mail.  The permit sticker is to be affixed to the front left of the ATV, from the perspective of the operator sitting on the ATV. The recommended placement position is on the side of the front left fender.

The sticker should be displayed in a location easily viewed by oncoming authorities.  This allows an approaching Trail Warden, County Official, Police Officer or Ministry of Natural Resources Officer to view the pass, inspect the dates and get you on your way as quickly as possible. Having the pass in other locations or hidden means you will be stopped longer and susceptible to further inspection.

Permit position is front left fender.

Permit position is front left fender.

Photos courtesy of Rob L.

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Side-by-Side Bypass Trail

Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) welcomes riders of side-by-sides (up to 65″) as members and on our trails.

For machines with widths equal to or less than 54″ see Side-by-Sides Welcome on Rail Trail (2021).

Side-by-sides with widths ranging from 55″ to 65″ are not allowed on county-owned properties such as the rail line and  Harkaway Forest. DGATV’s volunteers have marked a by-pass trail so that larger side-by-sides (up to 65″) can travel without going on the rail trail.  The by-pass signs have a blue streak across either the top or bottom as shown:

Parking is available in Dundalk and Markdale.

Side-by-side Riders, Come Ride With Us!

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Side-by-Sides Welcome on Rail Trail (2021)

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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 info@dgatv.ca 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!

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Hastings County Welcomes OFATV Riders (2021)

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

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