Construction Work on the VRTC

May 28, 2020

Construction has now begun on the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (VRTC) from Northline Road to north of the Burnt River Bridge. The trail isn’t necessarily closed but from time to time they may have it blocked off for safety reasons so please use caution and respect the crews out there working.

They are going to do what they can to address the washboard section from the 3rd concession going north but because the trail is built on a swamp the repairs on that section may not last.

This project was contracted in 2019 but weather and other issues pushed the job out and the contractor couldn’t start the project until now. The cost of the project is $100,000 and is being split 50/50 between the City of Kawartha Lakes and KATVA. The KATVA team commits $50,000 annually to the resurfacing and repair of the VRTC and has done so for a number of years to make the trail more enjoyable and safe for all users including walkers and cyclists. The VRTC is 85 kms long and is a never ending project. We have spent over $200,000 on the VRTC since 2016 including this project. We are looking at doing some work on the VRTC in the Bethany area next. We try to focus on the areas that need it the most first.

Please obey the speed limits and watch the trail ahead of you when riding.

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Haliburton Rail Trail Remains Closed

May 28, 2020

Unfortunately we just received the following notice directly from the County of Haliburton….” The Rail Trail remains closed to use by motorized vehicles as long as we remain under a Provincial State of Emergency. ”

This means that the Haliburton Rail trail will not open this weekend, May 30th, as we had hoped it would.  Please respect this decision at this time and we will keep you posted of changes as they happen.

The Victoria Rail Trail remains open to motorized users.

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Victoria Rail Trail Maintenance – May 27, 2020

May 26, 2020

Important Notice that a section of the VRTC between Fenelon Falls and Northline Road will be closed to all traffic on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 for the removal of a large hazardous tree. Please avoid that section of the trail for the day.

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Where Can You Ride With Your KATVA Pass?

May 21, 2020

Are you wondering where you can ride with your KATVA trail pass? Let us clear up any confusion for you…..

Over 10 years ago Kawartha ATV Association and Haliburton ATV Association formed a reciprocal agreement to allow our members to ride each others trails. It’s the longest and most successful reciprocal agreement in Ontario to this day.

Over the years other organizations have come on board
– Algonquin West ATV Club
– Lake of Bays ATV Club
– Quad Niagara

We all run on reciprocal agreements and run our clubs individually but work together behind the scenes to provide our collective membership the best connected trail system in Ontario. What this does for us is it allows to be able to build and open new trails every single year.

We offer over 3000 kms of mapped trails for our members and by that we mean “real” trails, not roads. The road access is just a bonus. We have everything from rail beds to white knuckle rock climbs and everything in between. If you’re looking for mud holes we have plenty of those too. Not to leave out Quad Niagara because they are an equally important part of our group. It amazes us every day that this club has been able to secure trails in an area such as there’s and we are happy to have them on board with us.

We even own some of our trail system. Yes that’s right, in 2019 KATVA purchased our first block of land within the 5 points trail system to guarantee our riders would never lose access to those trails.

We all work well together because we respect each other and all want the best for our members. We also pool our resources and volunteers at times to work on larger trail projects. We are trail partners and most importantly friends.

So for $125.00 membership fee you can be a part of our “Family of Clubs” and ride our amazing trail systems. What are you waiting for?……………..

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Mapping Tool now available – Polaris Ride Command

May 20, 2020

We’ve done it again!!! KATVA has partnered with Polaris Ride Command to offer our members access to a mapping tool that’s available for use on your PC as well as in a free app. Just go to the app store and search Polaris Ride Command or google it on your PC. Once you’re in the map search Kawartha ATV Association and it will direct you to our trails. There’s also a link there to take you to our website to buy your trail pass.

Polaris is still developing and updating this product all the time so we look forward to seeing what changes they come out with. There are some limitations such as we cannot clearly distinguish roads from trails but if you zoom in you will see the KATVA trail number or name of the road appear. The roads we have identified are the ones that are the quickest and safest links between trails. Use the legend to distinguish the difference between trails that are large enough for all OHVs up to 64 inch SxS and those that are only wide enough for ATVs and 50 inch SxS.

Please remember that this is only a tool and if you have any questions about the trails, access or level of difficulty you should always refer to our website or contact us for more information.

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KATVA Trails Open – some restrictions and exceptions !!

May 12, 2020

The day is finally here!!! The trails are officially open. Before heading out please make sure you understand the following and adhere to it:
– Passes will only be sold online until further notice. If you are not already a member or are due to renew your membership go to www.katva.ca to purchase your membership and print off your paypal receipt along with the temporary pass and carry them with you or be sure they are accessible on your smart phone.
– If you do not already have a residence here please make sure that you bring your own food and plenty of gas for duration of your stay as we have limited services available and do not want to overburden our communities
– Do not ride around in the towns such as Fenelon Falls and Kinmount unless it’s just to connect between the trails.
– Do not ride in groups of more than 4 as tickets will be issued by law enforcement when necessary
– Do not congregate in parking lots, parks, staging areas or on the trails, again provincial restrictions still apply
– The fine for riding without a trail pass has been increased to $305 and will be enforced
– There will be a heavier presence of non-motorized users on the trails so please reduce your speeds and be mindful of others on the trail for everyone’s safety and enjoyment of the trails
– SxS are only allowed on the trails from Northline Road north to Kinmount and in the Somerville Forest and the 5 points
– The maximum width for a SxS allowed is 64 inches
– All passengers on ATV and SxS must be a minimum of 8 years of age
The following trails are still temporarily closed:
Trail 96 – Millenium Trail
Trail 93 – Millenium Trail
Trail 50 – 5 Points
If you see any problems on the trails please take photos if possible and text them to 705-328-0931 or send us a pm

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Trails Open May 12, 2020

May 6, 2020

May 12th is the date!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After many discussions between ourselves, municipal staff and council members The City of Kawartha Lakes has confirmed that the trails will open to motorized users as of May 12th and therefore we will also be opening the 5 points trails as of the same date. There will however be some guidelines that will have to be followed to make this successful for everyone involved so that we can continue to protect our local communities:

– Passes will only be sold online until further notice. If you are not already a member or are due to renew your membership go to www.katva.ca to purchase your membership and print off your paypal receipt along with the temporary pass and carry them with you or be sure they are accessible on your smart phone.
– If you do not already have a residence here please make sure that you bring your own food and plenty of gas for duration of your stay as we have limited services available and do not want to overburden our communities
– Do not ride around in the towns such as Fenelon Falls and Kinmount unless it’s just to connect between the trails.
– Do not ride in groups of more than 5 as provincial restrictions also apply to the trails and parks and tickets will be issued by law enforcement when necessary
– Do not congregate in parking lots, parks, staging areas or on the trails, again provincial restrictions still apply
– The fine for riding without a trail pass has been increased to $305 and will be enforced
– There will be a heavier presence of non-motorized users on the trails so please reduce your speeds and be mindful of others on the trail for everyone’s safety and enjoyment of the trails

You will see a heavier presence of trail patrol, bylaw officers and the OPP on the trails and in the park areas to make sure that these guidelines are being followed. This is a trial opening of the trails and if riders don’t respect these rules and guidelines then the municipality is prepared to close the trails down again.

We have permission to extend the pilot project allowing the use of SxS on the trails from Fenelon Falls north to Kinmount (stay off the trail and use the roads from Garnet Graham Park to Northline Rd) until we are able to go back to council to have it passed permanently.
– Remember the width restriction is still 64 inches
– All passengers on an ATV or SxS must be a minimum of 8 years of age or older and be able to be secured by the harnessing system in a SxS, and they must have an approved helmet on, no bicycle helmets

“This announcement follows consultation with our community partners and aligns with the recent directives from the province for the reopening of some seasonal and outdoor businesses. Physical distancing and safety protocols must be followed at all times. Affected services will be monitored closely and you can expect to see an increased presence of local law enforcement to ensure public safety is maintained.” …from the City of Kawartha Lakes

We respect and appreciate the City of Kawartha Lakes staff and council members for allowing us the opportunity to get back out on the trails during such difficult times. As always they have been great to work with and we appreciate their reasonable approach and their confidence in our organization to be able to manage the opening of the trails and keep the trails safe for all users. Now it’s our turn as members to show them our gratitude by riding safely and responsibly.

Carolyn Richards,
President

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Volunteer of the Year – Jim Laporte

May 5, 2020

The KATVA Team is proud to announce our 2020 Volunteer of the Year Recipient – Jim Laporte
Our team had a plan to recognize Jim at our 2020 AGM this year but sadly we lost Jim to cancer before we had the chance. Anyone who knew Jim knew that his family and friends came first but he was also so very passionate about KATVA. He was a tireless and dedicated volunteer who did everything that was ever asked of him and more. There wasn’t one part of the KATVA operations that Jim wasn’t involved in somehow. He was an avid ATV Safety trainer and the kids who worked with him adored him almost as much as he enjoyed them. He could be seen on the trails putting up signs or using a shovel and in the KATVA booth at every show greeting members and promoting the trails to the general public. He was a wealth of knowledge and experience and such a valuable part of our club but more than that he was a member of the KATVA family. Our club will never been the same without him and we thank him for all of his years of dedication to making this club a success. Thank you Jim!

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It’s May 1st – KATVA Trails are not opening on time !!! Trying for May 12th – watch this space !!

May 1, 2020

May 1st is here and for the first time in the 10 years I’ve been involved with the club the trails are not opening on time. I just want you to know that we are actively working on a solution to open the trails soon. I’ve had many discussions with City staff and councilors, and they in turn have been working with the health unit over the last week addressing any concerns they may have about opening the trails. We are hoping to come up with a plan that will allow us to open the trails while still keeping our community safe. There are so many variables that have to be considered, it’s not as simple as some of you may think. It’s not just about whether you are safe once you are on the trails, it’s about people traveling from other areas to our community to ride, purchasing passes at retailers, the safety of our trail patrol teams, increased pedestrian traffic on the trails, and the list goes on. We understand that for some riding is an important part of their mental health especially at times like this, but we also have to protect our most vulnerable residents and members. We are still working towards an opening date on May 12th and will keep you posted. I do ask that you respect those of us who give up so much of our personal time and work so hard to give you some of the best trails in Ontario to ride and stay off the trails until they are officially opened. Don’t make our jobs harder than they already are. Thank you to those who are mindful and showing their support.

Carolyn Richards
President

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KATVA Trails closed – may open May 12th – depending on Province Guidelines

April 27, 2020

Important Notice! We’ve had several conversations with City of Kawartha Lakes staff and the mayor and staff have confirmed that they are hoping to open the trails on May 12th if the state of emergency is lifted at that time. We will follow the same guidelines with the opening of the 5 points trails, including our own property. Please remember that this is a goal date and anything can happen to change that date between now and then. There is absolutely no guarantee. Please respect the rules and stay off the trails until they are officially opened. We will keep you posted as things change.
Carolyn Richards,
President, KATVA

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Rides Cancelled / Postponed

April 7, 2020

Due to current measures in place restricting the gathering of more than 5 people as a result of covid-19, rides scheduled during the months of April, May and June have been postponed or possibly cancelled at this time.

The affected rides are:

  • Rail Trail Clean-up
  • 5-Points Ride
  • Mud Run
  • New Member/Spouse Ride
  • Charity Poker Run
  • VRT South Run

We hope to reschedule when the risk level for holding large events is deemed to be acceptable by Public Health. If we are able to re-schedule a ride, you will be required to re-register for the new date. Please continue to monitor this website for updates as we are able to provide them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via info@katva.ca

Stay safe,

KATVA Board of Directors

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Covid-19 Update

March 30, 2020

Due to the current and ongoing COVID 19 crisis, and taking into account the recent mandated non essential business shutdowns, we just wanted to bring you up to date on the status of our events and trail permits:
– All future board meetings will be held through teleconferencing so the public will not be able to attend meetings until we are able to go back to face to face meetings
– The June Poker Run fundraiser for the Ross Memorial Hospital is cancelled. We will find a way to continue to support the hospital foundation at a later date
– Club organized rides and events are postponed until further notice. As soon as we are able to we will reschedule club rides the information will be posted.
– The rail trail cleanup has been postponed until further notice.
– We will not be distributing trail pass permit books to retailers until further notice
– All permits can be purchased online through our website at www.katva.ca and they are still being processed.
– As of this past week the municipality has not indicated that the trails will not open as scheduled for May 1st, if this changes we’ll post the information.
– Trail Patrol orientation is postponed but we will be looking at other methods to hold orientation so anyone interested in becoming a member of trail patrol please email us at info@katva.ca
– We did have dates scheduled for CASI ATV safety training but are not going to post those dates at this time as they will very likely change, but please know that as soon as we can we will be holding the courses again
Those looking to purchase or renew trail permits are encouraged to buy online. If that’s not possible contact the Club by email at membership@katva.ca and we can look at alternative methods such as mailed applications, cheques, etransfer and credit card over the phone.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us at info@katva.ca

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All KATVA Trails are closed – stay off

March 27, 2020

Yesterday I received a call from City staff regarding ATVs on the trails and the amount of damage that’s being caused to the trails. Damage that we will have to pay to repair from funds we have set aside for other projects in 2020 such as building new trails and putting up signage in the Somerville forest. This letter came from the same staff who work with us every year to make sure that you have amazing trails to ride. They are also the same staff who are working with us to give SxS access to the trails and authorize us to build new trails. We have built an amazing relationship with the staff and council in this municipality and it’s time for those who continue to ruin it for the rest of us to stop their selfish behaviour. Show some respect to our organization and to the municipality and stay off the trails! Absolutely NO KATVA trails are open to ATVs or off road motorcycles until May 1st. If you know someone who is riding the trails, speak up and let them know it’s not ok. They are jeopardizing your privilege to ride the trails when the season opens and they are costing you new trails to ride. Whether we are paying for repairs or paying for paid duty OPP enforcement, your membership dollars are paying for their selfish behavior! Trail patrol and enforcement will be out starting today and anyone seen on the trails will be reported.

Carolyn Richards,
President

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KATVA AGM Cancelled / Postponed

March 16, 2020

KATVA AGM Cancelled / Postponed:
Due to the health concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the KATVA AGM that was planned for 5th of April at The OPS Community Centre has been cancelled.
We will reschedule the AGM when the risk level for holding large events is deemed to be acceptable by Public Health.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via info@katva.ca
Sincerely,
KATVA Board of Directors.

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All KATVA Trails close December 1st – reopen May 2020

November 27, 2019

All KATVA Trails close to ATVs and SUVs on December 1st. We share a lot of the snowmobile trails and they are theirs for the winter months. Do not ride!!! It causes damage to the snowmobile trails groomed by the snowmobile clubs !!

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End of Season 5-points Ride reschedule from October 19th to October 12th

October 1, 2019

To anyone who has registered for the ride originally scheduled for October 19th – it is being rescheduled to October 12th – this is to avoid the opening day of Moose Hunting Season – you should have received an email explaining this – and asking you to reply if you can make the new date – the 12th…
Note that we will be holding 2 rides that day and the 5-points ride has limited space – so if you have also registered for the Ride to Haliburton on the 12th – you should attend that one..sorry for any confusion !!!

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Hunting Season Starts Soon – Use Caution – Trail 50 closed to all

September 30, 2019

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 follow:
Black Bear – from September 1 to November 30
Moose – from October 19 to 25
Deer – rifle – November 4 to 17
– bow and Black Powder – December 2 to 8
– Bow Only – October 1 – Nov 3, Nov 18 to Dec 1, Dec 9 to 15

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Trail 50 Closed for Season starting October 1st!! Do not trespass !!

September 26, 2019

Signage has been installed at the top of trail 50 for the impending closure for the season on Oct 1. The landowners have very graciously allowed us to ride their properties for the lion’s share of our season. They have closed the trail so they can have some time to quietly enjoy their properties. They also do not want anyone trespassing during the hunting season. Please make note of this annual closure if you are planning a Five Points ride after the end of this month.

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KATVA – Things to keep in mind – Register for a Ride –

July 3, 2019

KATVA ride schedule – register for a ride !!!!! To all riders looking to join a club led ride – these are found on our website katva.ca under ride schedule. We ask that you register for the ride – and please not last minute. The demand for our rides has really grown to the stage that we need to limit the number of riders on some of the rides – this is a safety and practicality issue – we have only so many volunteers as ride leaders, sweep, and helpers for these rides and too many riders just makes the ride unmanageable. Gone are the days when you could just show up and join the ride – When you register pay close attention to the ride details – if the ride is a beginner ride – it goes at a slower pace – and will not include really difficult trails, and mud wherever possible. this makes it a bit boring for expert riders. if it is an expert ride — then beginners would have great difficulty on the ride – stick to those rides that match your skill level. Don’t be disappointed – register for the ride as early as you can – this week we have had to turn some away from the July 6th ride – there were just too many for our volunteers to handle !!!!

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KATVA Poker/Charity Run – for Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation – Saturday June 1st from Log Chateau Park

May 10, 2019

Join us for a great day of riding on some of Ontario’s most sought after trails, with a poker run, prizes, dinner and so much more, all while helping to raise money for the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation for our local community!

Ride Registration: 8:00am to 9:30am, Log Chateau Park, Fenelon Falls.
Registration is $50 per rider or participating passenger
$15 fee for passengers or guests coming for dinner only

First place poker hand $500, second place $250, third place $150
Riders depart 8:30am to 9:30am from Log Chateau
Return to Burnt River Community Centre for dinner, 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

ATV’s and Side by Sides, including passengers are welcome at this event. There will be some road riding so all riders must have a minimum G2 license and all passengers must be at least 8 years of age.

On site camping available. Contact Log Chateau Park to reserve your campsite.

A KATVA, HATVA or Quad Niagara trail pass is required for this event. Passengers do not require a trail pass.
Day passes are available online for pre-purchase before the event (fastest option) as well as available to purchase day of the ride at registration for $20

Silent auction, find the joker 50/50, door prizes after the ride as well as your chance to buy KATVA gear.
Please bring a lunch, drinking water and extra gas. Make sure your rad is clean or you will overheat and not make it through the ride. Alcohol is prohibited at this event.

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