All Trails in 5 Points Officially Open

May 31, 2020

A big shout out to all our landowners! All the trails in the 5 points are now officially open! We had one trail that was still gated but it’s open now. Thank you to all the landowners in the 5 points who support motorized users including ATVs, snowmobiles, off road trucks and dirt bikes for letting us share your land with you and thank you to the MNRF for recognizing the trail user groups such as us as land stewards. We wouldn’t have a complete trail system without all of you. Thank you to the other trail organizations such as TMSC, BDSC, OF4WD, OFTR and COORJC for being our trail partners. We’re looking forward to another great year working together managing and maintaining the trails for all our our collective members.

To all of our riders, don’t forget that it’s because of the generosity of the landowners whether they are private citizens that we have access to some of the best trails in Southern Ontario. Please respect the gift they have given us by opening their trails to us.

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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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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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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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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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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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New Trails Update April 30/2019 – VRT closed from Kinmount to Haliburton ++

April 30, 2019

Update – message from Haliburton County Public Works Department

“Good Afternoon all,
Please be advised that the Haliburton County Rail Trail will not open tomorrow May 1 2019. Due to trail conditions it will be closed until further notice.”
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Update – News Release from the City of Kawartha Lakes – April 30/19.

“MNRF advises extreme caution when using forest access roads for outdoor activities. Many are seasonally inundated with water, prone to washouts, and may be impassable due to current water levels. The public should avoid crossing any submerged roads as there may be a risk to traveler safety.”
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Update as of April 29/19
As of today all trails will open on schedule May 1st with the following exceptions due to rain and flooding:
– Trail 30 – Millenium Trail closed – to be reassessed June 1st
– Trail 96 – Millenium Trail (Expert bypass) closed – to be reassessed June 1st
– Trail 50 – route from Kinmount to 5 Points closed, the gates will remain closed and locked until further notice – to be reassessed May 15th
At the moment all other trails will open on time May 1st but please use caution when riding to prevent any damage as there may be other trails that are soft
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Update!! Anyone traveling the rail trail from Superior north please be careful around the 6th concession and stay to the right side. The left or west side is quite wet.
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We will provide further updates as we have them so please check this post or our website before heading out on the trails!

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KATVA Trails Open May 1st with the following exceptions…

April 30, 2019


Update as of April 29/19 – As of today all trails will open on schedule May 1st with the following exceptions due to rain and flooding:
– Trail 30 – Millenium Trail closed – to be reassessed June 1st
– Trail 96 – Millenium Trail (Expert bypass) closed – to be reassessed June 1st
– Trail 50 – route from Kinmount to 5 Points closed, the gates will remain closed and locked until further notice – to be reassessed May 15th
At the moment all other trails will open on time May 1st but please use caution when riding to prevent any damage as there may be other trails that are soft

We will provide further updates as we have them so please check this post or our website before heading out on the trails!

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CKL Approves new Bylaw for SxS trial period – May 1st to Nov 30th –

April 24, 2019


Great News Everyone!!! CKL council approved our request to amend the road bylaw which will allow side by sides to travel on any road in the City of Kawartha Lakes where ATVs are currently allowed to travel. This will allow you to ride from Kinmount all the way down into Fenelon Falls for food or gas. The only difference between ATVs and Side By Sides in the CoKL bylaws now is that ONLY ATV’s are allowed on the VRTC between Northline Rd and Garnet Graham Park, and ONLY ATV’s are allowed south of the village of Fenelon Falls on the VRTC during this 7 month trial period. No SXS are allowed south of Fenelon Falls, or on the small section of VRTC from Northline Rd to Garnet Graham Park, under any circumstances. Please respect the rules as this is only for a trial period and we are at risk of losing this privilege if we have irresponsible riders breaking the rules. We’ll post more information before the trails open on May 1st. Congratulations everyone and thank you again to our councilors, city staff, Somerville Forest committee and president Carolyn Richards for making this happen. It’s been a two year project to get this far, let’s make it a permanent bylaw change !!!!!

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Side by Sides allowed on Victoria Rail Trail north of Fenelon and in Somerville Forest for this season – a trial period

March 27, 2019

Today the City of Kawartha Lakes Council voted unanimously in favor of our proposal to allow side by sides on the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor from Superior Propane staging area north to Kinmount, as well as in the Sommerville Forest Tract on a one year trial period. There will be a width restriction of 64 inches including all modifications and a minimum age requirement of 8 years of age for all passengers, which is modeled after Reg 316/03 and applies to ATVs as well. They also discussed our request to amend the road bylaw to allow them on all roads that ATVs are currently allowed on and that will go back to council in April for a vote. Thank you to those of you who wrote letters or emails of support. We have seen those letters as well as those who were opposed and want to say how happy we are with the respectful manner in which you addressed this issue with the councilors and mayor. Thank you to all the councilors for seeing the big picture and putting your faith in our members. I have to say that the current council has been the most welcoming and receptive council I’ve ever worked with as a whole. The mayor has also been very supportive of this initiative since the beginning. A special note of thanks to councilors Kathleen Seymour-Fagan and Doug Elmslie who helped push this initiative forward at council. Last but definitely not least I want to thank former councilor and fellow Somerville Forest Committee member Dave Hodgson. Dave and I have been working together on this initiative for almost a year with countless hours spent in meetings, phone calls and emails trying to make sure we haven’t left anything out that would leave doubt in the councilors minds. We’ve done our job and now it’s up to you to do yours. We have one year to prove to council that they were right in supporting us so let’s not disappoint them or give them a reason not to make this access permanent. Before the trails open we will post more details and guidelines for the sxs use on these trails and roads. Until then, please respect the volunteers and landowners and stay off of the trails.
Regards,
Carolyn Richards
President

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All KATVA Trails close December 1st – reopen May 2020

November 13, 2018

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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KATVA 5-points Land Purchase – Press Release –

November 5, 2018

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