Ontario Regulation 316/03 (July 1, 2020)

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.

See also:

Dirt Bikes & Motorcycles

Young Riders



Introduction for Side-by-Side Riders

DGATV is pleased to welcome ATVs and side-by-sides with a maximum width of 54″* on our trails and in our club rides.

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!

(* revised from 65″ to 54″ effective April 22, 2021)


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.

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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 info@dgatv.ca.

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