CKL Open Roads Task Force – SURVEY

March 20, 2021

Please take a moment to complete the survey for the City of Kawartha Lakes Open Roads Task Force.  We need your help if we’re going to make this happen.

http://CKL Task Force Survey

Thank you

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CKL Opening the Roads Task Force

March 20, 2021
We need your help!!!!!
As you are well aware we have spent more than 10 years trying to open up an ATV/SxS route through the town of Lindsay to connect the north and south VRTC as well as opening more rural roads to allow residents to access the trails from their homes or access gas and restaurants while on the trails. Our goal is and always will be to find ways for riders to safely access the trails using road links
Our members have been asking for a route through Lindsay for many years now and it’s time to help us make that happen. Now the time has come for you to do your part!!!
In order to help facilitate this process, they are looking for input from residents and visitors regarding the use of off road vehicles on municipal roads within Kawartha Lakes.
You have 3 options:
The ORV Task Force will be hosting its first public meeting on March 19, 2021 at 10am where the group will be seeking public input on the Task Force’s recommendations for which roads to use to connect existing trails in Kawartha Lakes for off road vehicle use.
Option 1 – Residents are invited to speak, but must register by noon on March 17, 2021 in order to participate in the meeting. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures, the meeting will be held virtually through Zoom. To register, please contact Brianne Harrison by emailing
Option 2 – residents can also register to use the Jump In platform to ask questions online directly to the Task Force.
Option 3 – If you aren’t a resident or are a resident but don’t want to speak up at the meeting we ask that you at least send an email to the task force in support of opening all rural and village roads as well as routes through the town of Lindsay to connect the trails. You can email the task force directly at
As always, the anti-ATV groups are hard at work trying to stop this from happening and now it’s up to you to show your support. The task force needs to hear from the responsible ATV and SxS riders out there who follow the rules, understand what’s at stake and want to make this trial project successful. They need to know how much money you spend in the community when you’re riding (food, gas, accommodations, etc) and how important this opportunity is to you and your family. Please send an email to the task force before March 19th so that your submission can be taken into consideration.
Thank you.
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Future of ORV Use in Cavan Monaghan

February 25, 2021

The numbers are in! As you know we’ve been advocating for opening the roads in Cavan Monaghan Township to ATVs and SXS. The Staff report has been posted and will been presented to Council this coming Monday (March 1st).


  • 423 Submissions: 277 for opening Cavan Ward to ORVs and 146 against
  • 3 Petitions received with a total of 674 names requesting opening the Township for ORVs

The ‘vote’ to open Cavan Ward and later look at the other 2 wards was almost 7 to 1!!! 

Link to the Staff Report: Cavan Monaghan ORV Staff Report – Feb 24, 2021

Thank You to All for your help to achieve these numbers on such short notice!  But we’re not done yet.


What’s next?

Council will be receiving the report this Monday, March 1, 2021 and will decide if they will just receive it or act on it now. We need Council to act on this at THIS meeting to be ready to ride legally this summer.

Mayor Scott McFadden and Councilor Tim Belch have supported opening the Township to OVR use in past votes.  Councilors Mathew Graham, Ryan Huntley and Cathy Moore have voted against.  However, Councilor Cathy Moore has stated publicly to many that she would “vote for ATVs if a majority of residents support it.’  We believe Councilor Moore’s vote is the swing vote.

We need you need to Act NOW.

Please email or text members of Council a quick, short but respectful note that you have read the Staff Report and are respectfully asking for immediate action to take place in order to allow legal ORV usage on Township properties in Cavan Ward by spring of this year.

Contact information is below.

Mayor: Scott McFadden


Text: 705-772-0360


Deputy Mayor: Mathew Graham


Text: (705) 418-1628


Cavan Ward Councillor: Cathy Moore


Text: (705) 760-3554


Millbrook Ward Councillor: Ryan Huntley


Text: (705) 760-1476


North Monaghan Ward Councillor: Tim Belch


Text: (705) 741-6976


Do this NOW – the Meeting is this coming Monday.


Once you and your family have done the above, please pass this information to your neighbours and friends. Let them know how important this issue is to you!

We stand united for Safe, Respectful, Responsible, Legal ORV Use in the Township.

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With a Little Help from our Friends

February 23, 2021

As you know, we are planning an awesome event this spring for our single track riders with KORMA.  We’ve just received a HUGE helping hand from Podium Grafix!

Amazing news! Podium Grafix is sponsoring our Kawartha Kraken ride on May 29, 2021 with route arrows, rider decals, banners and more. Thanks for the support Podium Grafix! Learn more about their dirtbike decals and products.

(If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this, or other upcoming events, please contact us – it’s excellent companies like this that keep our sport going and our members informed on great products and services).

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Off Road Vehicle Task Force

February 10, 2021

(Copied from the City of Kawartha Lakes website)

The first meeting for the Off Road Vehicle Task Force was held last week, where the team discussed first steps for reviewing current legislation and looked into developing educational content around important topics for ORV use. The goal of the Task Force is to provide advice and recommendations to Council on the use of off road vehicles, including all terrain vehicles and off road vehicles on municipal roads.

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Respect ALL Trail Users

February 2, 2021

It’s incredibly disappointing to have to say this again but we are getting complaints about ATVs and SxS on the snowmobile trails again. This is a reminder that ALL KATVA trails are closed until May 1st. We finally have some snow and the snowmobile clubs are hard at work trying to build a base and groom trails so that their members can enjoy what little time they have left of an incredibly short season. The ATVs and SxS are creating ruts and making the trails dangerous for sleds.

Remember, if you are on the trails you are TRESPASSING and can be charged. The Somerville Forest and VRTC are owned by the municipality and many of the 5 points trails are privately owned land. Continuing to trespass and we will lose the privilege of using these trails during our riding season. More importantly, show some respect for our snowmobile friends!


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OFTR Member Registration Open

January 20, 2021

Registration for the 2021 riding season is now open!

Its time to renew your OFTR memberships and don’t forget to pick KORMA as your club! All funds go back into building new trails and maintaining the existing trails.

Click here to go to OFTR website.

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Winter Riding with your KATVA Pass

January 4, 2021

For those of you looking for winter trails don’t forget that your KATVA pass is good on all Lake of Bays and Quad Niagara winter trails. Only the red trails at Lake of Bays are open at this time, they are working on grooming the green trails to get them ready to open and the black trails are off limits to ATVs as they are only open to sleds in winter. Safe Riding!

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Looking to have your voice heard?

January 4, 2021
Here’s a great opportunity to have your voice heard!
The City of Kawartha Lakes is creating a TASK FORCE for Off Road Vehicle Use within the City of Kawartha Lakes.  It’s an opportunity to ensure ATVers views are well represented to the council and staff of City of Kawartha Lakes. Applications are being accepted until January 8th.
Click the Link to find our more.
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Trails Closed – Thanks for a Great Riding Season

December 1, 2020
Almost as if on cue the snow is here and the trails are now closed and respectfully handed over to the snowmobile clubs and their members for their riding season.
Please respect our snowmobile trail partners and stay off of the trails. This includes the Somerville Forest and the 5 Points as our land use agreements do not include winter riding.
If you’re looking for some place to ride this winter remember that your KATVA pass allows you access to winter trails at the Lake of Bays ATV Club and Quad Niagara ATV Club. If you have any questions about their trails message them directly through their Facebook pages.
For those of you in the Kawartha’s and Haliburton County there is also some really great winter riding at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve. This is a private business so your KATVA and HATVA passes are not recognized there but their trails are worth taking the drive and buying a day pass. Check them out at
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Gift Certificates Make the Perfect Gift!

November 28, 2020

Looking for that perfect gift? We’ve got it!

Buy your someone special a Single Annual Membership gift certificate for $125.  Memberships are good for 12 months from date or redemption.

Contact and learn how to purchase a gift certificate from KATVA. If ordered by December 15th, you will receive it in the mail by Christmas (pending Canada Post).

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Annual Memberships Good for 12 Months

November 18, 2020

This is just a reminder that KATVA trail permits are good for 12 months from the date of purchase so you can still buy them now and they are good until this time next year. Our trail permits are recognized on the following trail systems:

  • Kawartha ATV Association
  • Algonquin West ATV Club
  • Lake of Bays ATV Club
  • Haliburton ATV Association
  • Quad Niagara

If you’re looking for winter trails our sister clubs Lake of Bays and Quad Niagara have groomed winter trails.

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Opening Roads Study – Master Plan :: County of Peterborough

November 18, 2020

The County of Peterborough’s Transportation Master Plan Update and Off-Road Vehicle Study

The County is seeking your feedback to help better understand the different needs between active transportation users (i.e., pedestrians, cyclists, etc.) and ORV users, and help to further refine areas of concern or opportunity.

Here’s a summary of how this study affects Kawartha ATV trails:

  • North Kawartha: If the county were to open Cty Rd 36 & 49, that would coincide with our current project to open roads in Bobcaygeon and would allow riders access to gas and food in Bobcaygeon when they are coming out of the 5 Points trails. It would also allow users to rent a cottage or cabin anywhere from Bobcaygeon to Buckhorn and then ride to the trails in the 5 Points.
  • South Kawartha: County Roads 10 & 21 are key roads if we manage to open up some of the municipal roads in Cavan Township. Again, this would assist us with our goal to gain access to food and gas for our riders and allow the possibility of connections to the other trail systems such as Northumberland Forest and the Ganaraska Forest.

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Show Your Support to Open Roads

November 2, 2020


Attention all residents of Cavan Township:
If you live in Cavan Township please take note that the public meeting for road use in the township has been scheduled.
This meeting will be a virtual meeting and will take place Monday November 30th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.. Anyone wishing to speak must register by November 23, 2020. Speakers are limited to residents of the Cavan Ward in the Township of Cavan Monaghan and each individual will be given a 3 minute time slot.
If you do not wish to speak but would like to provide comment please click on the link below and submit comments via one of the below listed methods:
  • Online comment form
  • email to
  • Download and complete a comment form and return to the Township Office at 988 County Road 10, Millbrook, ON L0A 1G0
Comments will be received up to December 4, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. As always, please keep your comments positive and respectful of everyone involved.
Please note: your comments will be summarized into a Staff Report to Council and as such, will be part of a public record. No names will be included in the report. If you are unable to attend the public meeting you can view it on the Township’s Youtube Channel either live or after the date.
Please share this so that we reach all residents in Cavan Township.
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Mayor: Scott McFadden

  • Email:
  • Phone: 705-201-1026
  • Text: 705-772-0360

Deputy Mayor: Mathew Graham

  • Email:
  • Phone: (705) 418-1628
  • Text: (705) 418-1628

Cavan Ward Councillor: Cathy Moore

  • Email:
  • Phone: (705) 760-3554
  • Text: (705) 760-3554

Millbrook Ward Councillor: Ryan Huntley

  • Email:
  • Phone: (705) 932-2757
  • Text: (705) 760-1476

North Monaghan Ward Councillor: Tim Belch

  • Email:
  • Phone: (705) 742-3185
  • Text: (705) 741-6976

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City of Kawartha Lakes to form Task Force Committee

October 22, 2020

It’s only the first step but it’s a big step! This week in council the City of Kawartha Lakes councilors voted unanimously in support of forming a task force committee regarding off road vehicle (ORV) use on municipal roads across Kawartha Lakes. We have asked the councilors to look at opening up more roads in the municipality to help us connect the villages and communities to the trails. This is the first time in our history that the council has unanimously voted in support of ORV’s and taken so many big steps forward in recognizing the value of off road vehicles to the local economy. They have seen and continue to recognize the positive contributions we as a club have made to the community as a whole in not only the management and maintenance of the trails but also the education of the riders and our members. They not only recognize the tourism benefits from visitors to the trails but they are listening to the residents who have made it clear that they want to be able to ride their ATVs and SxS to the trails from their homes and cottages. This is a great opportunity so please do your part in assisting us by riding responsibly and respecting the local residents and landowners. Thank you again to council for taking this step forward with us. Thank you to council for being open minded and willing to move forward and a special thank you to councilor Tracy Richardson​ and KATVA President Carolyn Graham Richards​ for the countless hours they have put into spearheading this project. We look forward to seeing the outcome in time for the 2021 riding season.

ATVs on road sign

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Reaching Us

October 19, 2020
KATVA and KORMA have grown so much over this last year that we found it necessary to add a second phone and a new person to our team to help with the work load.
You can reach someone with your questions as follows:
Carolyn Richards, President – 705-328-0931
Rhonda White, Office Coordinator – 705-328-4482
Membership inquires – email us at or contact Rhonda
Trail inquiries – email us at or contact Carolyn
All other general inquiries- email us at or contact Rhonda and she will forward the information or refer you to the appropriate person
You can call or text these numbers but please remember that we all have other full time jobs and can’t always get back to you right away.
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One Step Closer to Opening Roads

October 19, 2020

We’re one step closer to making this a reality. Our president Carolyn Richards has been working hard behind the scenes with councilors to look at opening more roads in the City of Kawartha Lakes when Bill 107 takes effect January 1st, 2021 and setting up a task force would be a great next step. It opens the door to valuable collaborative discussions between councilors, municipal staff, law enforcement, other stakeholders and our club, giving everyone a chance to voice their opinions and come up with recommendations for council to consider and vote on. Our team has been working on opening more roads for a number of years now and we can honestly say that this current council has been the most honest and open-minded council we’ve ever worked with. We’ll keep you informed on our progress as much as we can.

Dream of off-roading on more Kawartha Lakes roads stutters, stalls

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Contest Time – Help Name our Property!

September 28, 2020
It’s time for another contest and We want your help!
We want to give our property a real name that reflects our trails and our members, and we’re looking to our members for ideas. If we choose your idea then your next membership renewal is on us! If more than one person suggests the same name we will do a random draw from those entries to choose a winner. You must be a current KATVA member to participate.
Remember, the trails on our property are for ATVs, dirt bikes, jeeps and sleds so let’s make sure the name reflects the best inclusive trail system in southern Ontario!
The contest closes November 1st!
Send your ideas to
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Hunting Season Starts – Trail 50 Closed to All

September 17, 2020

As hunting season approaches please remember that as of October 1st KATVA trail #50 will be closed to all motorized users. The is at the request of the multiple landowners on that trail who made this a condition of allowing us to keep a trail through their property and we completely respect their request. This is the trail that goes from the 5 points to Crystal Lake Rd and connects with the village of Kinmount. Please respect our landowners and stay off this trail as of October 1st until the trails reopen next spring.

Each individual should verify the hunting season dates for their specific areas. The hunting season dates for those areas including our trails are as follows:


  • September 1 – November 30


  • Rife, Shotgun, etc: October 24 – 30


  • Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzle Loader and Bow: November 2 to 15
  • Black Powder: November 30 –  December 6
  • Bow only: October 1 – November 1, November 16 – 29, December 7 – 31


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CASI ATV Safety Training Course

September 9, 2020

***Update …our course is fully booked, if you are still interested let us know and we’ll put you on the wait list in case of a cancellation or for the next course***

KATVA is offering a one day CASI ATV Safety Training Course! This course is available for youths ages 12-17 and adults who want to become CASI certified. This is a great chance for new, young, inexperienced or experienced riders to learn or brush up on their skills for safe ATVing! The day will consist of in-class lessons as well as hands on training. This is a Canada wide recognized training program! Don’t miss your chance!
Cost for the course is $85.00 for youth and $125 for adults, current members receive an additional 15% savings for themselves, their children and their grandchildren.
Register today so you don’t miss your chance! Spaces are limited! To register, please email our training coordinator Don Chapman at

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