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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Cleaning up the Mess
Trail Loss – Inconsiderate Riders
Volunteering to Help
Becoming a Trail Warden