Kawartha ATV Association

You are welcome to join KATVA and ride with us. We are a community-based ATV club that proudly promotes and offers, safe and enjoyable ATVing, in Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough County. We are centrally located in the heart of Ontario ATV country. KATVA members enjoy dense forest tracts, natural vistas, historic stops, wildlife viewing and majestic outlooks. Our membership respects the environment and the recreational pursuits of other trail users. We are the foremost advocates for safe and responsible use of ATVs in Kawartha Lakes.


Club History

In the spring of 1998, three Kawartha Lakes residents were discussing their recent ATV rides. During the course of that conversation the idea for a club was born.  The first members called themselves the Kawartha Trail Riders, created a club logo, and ordered some hats. Club numbers grew quickly to 50. Today the club, now includes men, women, and youth – more than 900 members strong. Membership is expected to surpass 1,000 well before the end of this decade.

The popularity of ATVs brought about increased calls for regulations, safety, and trails. These complexities led the club to focus more on its organizational priorities, both to increase its visibility and build credibility. Collectively, those efforts were centred on attracting riders, creating partnerships, and building into the trail system. Numerous political and legal issues led the club to become an official Chapter of the Haliburton ATV Association (HATVA) in 2003. By 2006 and through 2007, there were several calls from members to further support the trail network in the Kawartha Lakes. Soon thereafter, local riders split from the HATVA and formed the Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA). 

In recent years, as KATVA has evolved, efforts to educate riders, businesses, and political interests were expanded. It became increasingly apparent that long-term success for KATVA required concerted efforts to build programs around safe riding practices, trail maintenance, and tourism promotion. The club is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization. KATVA is committed to responsible use of Kawartha trails and to working with other user groups to enhance the trail network for everyone to enjoy.


Message from the KATVA President

We made tremendous strides over the past couple of years to grow our membership and event base, contribute to Kawartha trail safety and maintenance, to strengthen our relationships with other trail user groups, and to work with other ATV interests throughout Ontario to promote the sport. I anticipate the next couple of years will again be focussed on all those fronts. Before addressing recent successes and future plans, I want to thank outgoing president, Bruce Watson for his contributions to KATVA during his tenure. I know he will continue to offer his knowledge and support as we move forward.

Our website and newsletter have been well received by the majority of members. Coupled with our social media platforms, i.e. Facebook and Twitter, we have several ways to keep all members and affiliates up-to-date with our activities. Our annual presence at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show and the Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV and Powersports Show, gives us opportunities to connect with a broad base of trail users, both local and afar. At the first ever Bass Pro Shop ATV Exhibition we connected with even more ATV riders and outdoors enthusiasts. These shows provided great exposure for KATVA and our commitment to promote not only our sport, but our community and its trails. At the same time, we continue to be one of the single largest contributors of financial assistance and volunteer manpower to trail maintenance and safe riding practices in this region. An ATV contribution to the City of Kawartha Lakes (By-Law Enforcement Unit) underscored that commitment. Unfortunately, our efforts to win support for a practical solution allowing trail riders to travel between the North and South sections of the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor, without trailering, did not receive the endorsement we wanted. We will continue to pursue a workable solution for both riders and other parties.

We want to build into our sport by educating ATV enthusiasts and others alike. Moreover, we want to work with other trail user groups to make the most of our trails and the opportunities they present. At more than 900 members, KATVA is now the single largest ATV club in Ontario and largest organized single user group of trails in Kawartha Lakes. While that is a tremendous accomplishment and we are very proud of KATVA’s success, we have a role to play on several fronts. Specifically, we want to influence further progress for our sport. To that end, I am now serving the interests of our club and trail users everywhere, by joining Bruce Murphy, President of Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs to represent Ontario on the All Terrain Quad Council of Canada (AQCC). The AQCC addresses issues facing the sport across Canada. I expect ATV safety and rider skills training to be at the forefront of national discussions, as those issues matter to everyone. Regionally, I want to maintain our good relations with neighbouring clubs and affiliates. Locally, I want to continue to champion positive partnerships with other trail user groups.

I am proud to represent KATVA and progress for our sport.
Carolyn Richards,


Mission Statement

To be an advocate within our community for the purpose of promoting safe and responsible use of ATVs and to develop collaborative partnerships while respecting the environment and the interest of others.

Vision Statement

KATVA will strive to achieve the following for their members:

  • to develop, maintain and sustain trail connectivity
  • to promote and improve the public image of KATVA and the sport of ATVing
  • to develop and maintain positive working relationships with key stakeholders
  • to promote and educate the community about the healthy benefits of ATVing as a recreational activity
  • to dispel the myths in regards to the environmental impact of ATVs
  • to promote KATVA and ATVing, in a positive way, through the organization of and the participation in rides, special events and trade shows
  • to make ATVing available to all people of all abilities and ages (as the law allows)
  • to provide fun, safe and responsible family/group riding experiences for riders of all abilities and skill levels



KATVA’s primary alliances are with both the Haliburtion ATV Association (HATVA) and the City of Kawartha Lakes. KATVA also maintains memberships and relationships with several other organizations and businesses.

HATVA (Reciprocal Agreement)

KATVA has maintained a strong relationship with HATVA that continues to this day. In 2008, KATVA struck a formal agreement with HATVA to permit each Association’s members trail privileges in their respective jurisdictions. This arrangement is honoured by the respective municipalities, who in turn recognize valid KATVA or HATVA trail permits. The agreement is renewed annually. The Corporation of the County of Haliburton By-law # 3149 is a by-law to authorize an agreement with with the HATVA and other provincial Power Pass members under the direct supervision of the HATVA. Click to view agreement.

City of Kawartha Lakes

KATVA is proud of its partnerships with the City of Kawartha Lakes and other local municipalities. Trails are maintained by KATVA members, volunteers and our community partners. KATVA has over 20 volunteer Trail Patrol that work with City of Kawartha Lakes By-Law Enforcement to ensure a safe and responsible trail riding experience.

Ontario Provincial Police

KATVA maintains an active relationship with the City of Kawartha Lakes O.P.P. Uniformed police officers patrol the trails to ensure ATV operators are in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act. Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and the Off-Road Vehicle Act. They enforce provincial legislation, especially licensing and insurance, speed and careless operation. You may also encounter By-Law Enforcement Officers of the City of Kawartha Lakes who ensure various municipal by-laws. KATVA’s own Trail Patrol frequents the trails to ensure that ATV riders possess a valid permit and are operating their vehicle in accordance with rules and regulations, but also to address questions that riders may have about trail use. All parties want to ensure safe and responsible use of ATVs and our trails. Be sure to review possess a valid trail permit and to familiarize yourself with trail rules.


Protecting Your Privacy

Kawartha ATV Association is committed to protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information. In order to comply with privacy legislation, we have developed this Privacy Policy. Any personally identifiable information about a member is considered personal information (“Personal Information”) and will be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy.


Kawartha ATV Association only collects, uses and discloses Personal Information for the following purposes:

  • offering and providing trail permits to you
  • establishing and maintaining communications with you
  • verifying your identity and the accuracy of your Personal Information with government agencies,
  • facilitating your payment of membership dues
  • complying with the law or the requests of law enforcement agencies or regulators


Your knowledge and consent of Kawartha ATV Association collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information is critical. We rely on the following actions by you as indications of your consent to our existing and future Personal Information practices:

  • your voluntary provision of Personal Information directly to Kawartha ATV Association for the purpose of applying form membership or related service or product
  • your express consent or acknowledgment contained within a written, verbal or electronic application process
  • your consent solicited by Kawartha ATV Association or it’s representative for a specified purpose
  • your receipt of this Privacy Policy, until you notify Kawartha ATV Association of a withdrawal of this consent
  • your consent given through your authorized representative such as a legal guardian, agent or holder of a power of attorney

Subject to certain legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice, you may withdraw this consent at any time. Kawartha ATV Association will inform you of the consequences of withdrawing your consent.

In some cases, refusing to provide certain Personal Information or withdrawing consent for Kawartha ATV Association to collect, use or disclose your Personal Information could mean that we cannot provide you with a membership or related products, service or information. If you wish to withdraw your consent to be notified of marketing initiatives by us or our affiliates for products or service, please contact the membership chairman, Gary Charlton membership@katva.ca


Kawartha ATV Association will only collect, use, or disclose Personal Information that is necessary for the Identified Purposes or as required by law. If we require Personal Information for any other purpose, you will be notified of the new purpose, and subject to your consent, that new purpose will become an Identified Purpose. Kawartha ATV Association will only collect Personal Information by fair and lawful means.


Kawartha ATV Association will maintain your Personal Information as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as is necessary for the Identified Purposes.


Kawartha ATV Association will protect your Personal Information by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. Safeguards will vary depending on the sensitivity, format, location and storage of the Personal Information.


Kawartha ATV Association is responsible for all Personal Information under it’s control and has designated a Privacy Officer who is accountable for compliance with this Privacy Policy.

A copy of this Privacy Policy (and any future updates) can be obtained from our website at www.kawarthaatv.com. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or your Personal Information, please call us. When you call us, we may confirm your identity by asking you to confirm certain Personal Information and you may be directed to send us certain requests in writing.


If you are not satisfied with Kawartha ATV Association response to a privacy-related inquiry or complaint, you may contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada during business hours at 1-800-282-1376 or at www.privcom.gc.ca



In keeping with the club’s efforts to promote its membership and safe recreational ATVing, the club embraced a rebranding in 2010. KATVA members are now more easily identified when on trails and in the community.

The club logo was developed to replace the existing black and red shield (crest) that had previously been in use.It was determined the club’s identity needed to reflect clearly the name of the organization and its connection to the environment. Blue and Green were selected as primary colours for that purpose. This logo is used on the permit decal and will be used for promotional apparel.

A secondary “corporate” logo was developed for business use on club stationery, documentation (legal), and the website. The logo design places greater emphasis on the club name.

KATVA is a community-based, family friendly organization. The current identifiers are easily recognizable by both members and non-members.




Member Benefits

KATVA is an incorporated, not for profit organization that strives to be an advocate within its community for the purpose of promoting the safe and responsible use of ATVs and to develop collaborative partnerships, while respecting the environment and the interests of others. KATVA is a family based organization that promotes a strong environmental policy and trail etiquette, that all members are proud to adhere to and promote.

Membership Benefits Include

  • KATVA Trail Permit
  • KATVA Trail Map
  • Entry to all KATVA Rides and Events
  • Access to all KATVA and HATVA Sanctioned Trails
  • Road Access through Fenelon Falls
  • Municipal Road Access in Galway and Cavendish Township
  • Access to Municipal Roads North of Pigeon Lake in Harvey Township

Anyone wishing to join KATVA and not ride must register as an “Associate Member”. The cost is $22.00.