Seeing trumpeter swans near the trail is always a highlight of a ride. These beautiful birds are picturesque and evidence of a healthy ecosystem. If we’re lucky the swans come back each summer to raise their families, and we get to know these lovely neighbours as the cygnets flourish under the watchful eye of their parents.
Last year DGATV members were upset to hear that irresponsible rail trail use resulted in harm to a family of swans. The injuries to the mother swan resulted in her death so we’re not sure if the swans will return this season. We know the father swan was last seen in Toronto on his southward migration so we are hopeful that we’ll see him again. As a result of this incident, DGATV’s Board of Directors pledged support for the swans and made a donation to the Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration program (facebook group).
We ask ATVers to ride safely and carefully, and to be respectful when driving by people, pets and wildlife alike.
Riding the trails are a privilege and not a right. Abuse it and lose it.
*** UPDATE: We are happy to announce that the male swan has returned to the area with another female. We consider ourselves lucky! Please ride carefully around the swans.
Despite a somewhat chaotic summer, it was a good riding season.
While we could not offer club rides or other large events due to the ever-changing health regulations mandated by the government’s pandemic response, DGATV had record memberships with a lot of new riders looking to enjoy the great outdoors and learn the ropes.
We always advise new riders to communicate with our more experienced riders by utilizing our private facebook group “Dufferin Grey ATV Club (Group)”
Also don’t forget to check out our facebook page “Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc.” for news from our Directors.
DGATV is also available on Twitter and Instagram.
Checkout www.dgatv.ca for official updates.
Looking ahead to the 2021 season, ATVing on the public trails generally starts May 1st (weather-permitting) and stays open to November 30th or until snow cover. Once the snow plows are out, ATV rider safety becomes an issue.
- Harkaway Forest opens to riding Tuesday-after-Victoria Day-weekend and closes on October 15th.
- Grey County roads opens to riding on April 15th and closes on November 17th.
- Owen Sound and Shelburne open to riding on April 15th.
Note: All dates are tentative dependent on the current pandemic status and the “stay at home” order at the time of opening.
Municipal roads are open but don’t confuse Municipal and County roads … it could cost you a ticket. Check the municipal by-laws (other links) and google maps for clarification. Please “know before you go”.
Unfortunately Walters Falls will be closed to winter riding this year. Part of the property has been sold and we have yet to contact the new owner.
Remember to stay tuned to our social media at the start of season.
Enjoy your winter and holiday season!
Walters Falls Tract remains closed pending renewal of the Landowner’s Agreement.
Please honour DGATV’s agreements and promises to protect landowners’ best interests by staying off the property.
Riding or damaging the land makes the club lose credibility and angers landowners, which loses trails. Please consider the future of ATVing in Ontario and stay out of Walters Falls tract for now.
Side by Sides