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.
DGATV’s trail riding season is winding down, cut short by early snowfall.
In keeping with our land owner agreements: The CP Rail Trail in both Dufferin and Grey County is now closed due to snow cover. Please respect our agreements so we can continue use of the trail in the future.
Main trail routes stay open until November 30th except for Harkaway Forest, which closed to ATVs effective October 15th. Additionally, Grey County roads close to ATVs on November 15th.
Looking ahead to the 2020 season, ATVing on the public trails generally starts around May 1st (weather-permitting) and stays open to November 30th or until snow cover, whichever comes first. Once the snow plows are out, ATV rider safety becomes an issue.
Harkaway Forest opens to ATVs mid-June and closes on October 15th.
Grey County roads opens to ATVs on May 1st and closes on November 15th.
Throughout our season and in between big feature rides, we gather for fun “flash” rides being quickly organized, little advertised rides convened over social media. If you are interested, check out our facebook page “Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc.” and if you are an OFATV member, checkout our private facebook group “Dufferin Grey ATV Club (Group)” for more information. We are also available on Twitter and Instagram.
On the private trails at Walters Falls, ATVs can be used year-round. Riders must have an OFATV membership. It is recommended that appropriate safety precautions be taken in this remote location, especially in the winter. Tracks on your bike are recommended in winter. Ride with a companion and let people know where you are going. Cell phone service may not always be available. Note that when temperatures dip into the single digits or lower, riding an ATV becomes extremely cold similar to riding a snowmobile. Don’t forget to dress for the weather. More about what to wear for new riders.
Please keep an eye on our social media for information about riding in 2020, and in the meantime, enjoy your winter and holiday season!
UPDATE: THIS RIDE IS CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW. IT WAS A GREAT SEASON SO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
Is it snowing? Is there snow on the ground? If not then let’s ride!
Join us for this fun and final ride of the season.
When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 – 9:00am registration / 10:00am ride (weather permitting)
Where/Parking: Markdale CP Trail Parking Lot, 205 Main St. West / County Road 12 west of Markdale with access to the side-by-side bypass trail.
Trail Route: Primarily road, some public and private properties.
Participants: This ride is open to OFATV members and non-members. A day pass for non-members can be purchased at registration for $20.
Side-by-side vehicles are welcome.
Factory built two-up riding is legal. Single-rider bikes with added-on seats are not legal to carry a passenger.
For young operators, aged 12 to 16, the ATV should be sized appropriately for the child’s weight. The child must be accompanied by an adult on the trail. Legally, the child cannot ride on the road without a valid Ontario driver’s license (G2/M2). DGATV does not condone unlicenced operators riding on the roads.
Young passengers must wear proper fitting DOT-certified helmet and appropriate safety equipment on a factory built two-up. The law states that the youth must be able to reach hand and foot rests.
As with any ride, please have a full tank of fuel. It is advisable to have extra fuel, drinking water, snack, rain gear, basic repair tools, bandaids, compass, map and cell phone on hand.
We look forward to seeing you on the trail and hope you have a great ride!
For more information contact DGATV’s Events Coordinator at 519.266.3559 or email@example.com.