KATVA CASI instructors had a full house today at our course in Lindsay. There was a good mix of students with some novices looking to gain the skills required for a lifetime of safe, enjoyable ATVing, and some experienced riders who were looking to brush up on existing skills. The promised rains held off, although ATVers are a tough lot whose spirits are not dampened by a bit of rain. Everyone came away with a Canada wide accepted certificate, a student handbook, smiles on their faces, and hopefully a great deal of respect for the handling of an ATV as well as for
the environment and the trails we ride. We know they will be great ambassadors for our sport.
We have 5 certified CASI Trainers. Let us know if you are interested in a course. They are held when there is enough demand to run one. we need 4 or 5 trainees to run the course. If you are interested email our trainers at ‘email@example.com’ .
Saturday, June 2 at 8 AM – 6 PM
Log Chateau Park Ltd Family Campground
1691 Cty Rd 121 RR#2, Fenelon Falls, Ontario K0M 1N0
Please pre-register on our website katva.ca under register for a ride – June 2nd 2018 – Charity Poker Run.
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 $40 per rider or participating passenger
$10 fee for passengers or guests coming for dinner only
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.
A KATVA or HATVA trail pass is required for this event
Day passes will are available online for pre-purchase before the event (fastest option) as well as available to purchase day of the ride at registration for $15
After much discussion with our trail maintenance crew and the City of Kawartha Lakes staff, we regret to advise of the following:
“The City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation Division would like to advise that trails in the Pinery /Somerville Forest will be closed until May 14th, 2018 to mitigate trail damage due to wet conditions. The Victoria Rail Trail Corridor will remain open to use during this period”
Please respect the volunteers who work so hard to maintain our trails, and the City staff by staying out of the Forest until it’s opened back up.
All KATVA Trails, with the exception of the Pinery and Somerville Forest are now open to ride. While ATVs are allowed throughout our trails, Side by Sides are not yet permitted on the Victoria Rail Trail, Somerville Forest or the Pinery – they are allowed on all out 5-points trails. All trails are very wet, some ice covered still, and lots of water !!
We are having our annual VRT cleanup Saturday April 28th starting at 9am. Please come out and give us a hand with this annual cleanup – we remove all sorts of garbage left on the VRT and beside it to get the year off to a clean start. Pre-register on our website here, under Register for a Ride so we know you are coming. We will have teams leaving from various points on the VRT: coming north from Bethany, going south from Lindsay, going north from Lindsay, going north from Fenelon Falls, and coming south from Kinmount and Burnt River…come out and give us a hand !!! hope to see you there !!!
During these times, hunters can drive their vehicles on the Somerville trails including the rail trail, north of Burnt River for the purpose of forest access and large game extraction during the legal hunting season.
Deer- with bow Oct 1-Nov. 6, with rifles & shotguns Nov. 7-20
Moose- Oct 17-22
Pheasant, grouse and partridge- Sept. 25-Dec.15
From more information- http://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-hunting-regulations-summaryUse caution and be respectful of the hunters.
KATVA 2017 Charity Poker Run !!! All Proceeds go to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation !!! When : Saturday June 3,2017 from Log Chateau Park. Riders will sign up and leave the park between 8am and 9am. Dinner afterwards at the Burnt River Community Centre from 4pm. We are working with the CKL to open up the VRT to Kinmount from Log Chateau Park for the day – this will permit SxS on our main route. We will keep all informed on this !!! Regardless we will have a SxS route for the day !!
We are looking for KATVA members to volunteer for the Trail Patrol for our 2017 ATV season from May 1st to November 30th. Volunteers will be scheduled according to their availability – a couple times a month over the season. Trail Patrol vests and training will be provided. For more information contact Shane Kelly – Trail Patrol Chief via email ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or call 905-434-0407.
Coming to a billboard near you…In our continued commitment to draw tourism to the City of Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough County, KATVA has partnered with a local company to place billboards throughout the GTA and other key areas over the next three months. We want riders and their families to come to enjoy our trails and see all the other great activities our communities have to offer. The Kawarthas have something to offer for everyone. We couldn’t be more proud to call the Kawarthas home for our club.
We would like to thank all the people who came out on Saturday to participate in our 4th annual Joint User Ride to benefit the Kinsmen Toy Drive. Thanks to our generous riders and guests, we raised $875 in cash and a car load of new toys. We had 42 jeeps and 29 ATV’s who participated. Thank you to our partners, OF4WD and Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club for helping to make this another successful year.
Member Pot Luck BBQ & Ride – Saturday August 6th. Log Chateau Park.
We have some great news for our KATVA members. TRAIL #50 HAS BEEN REOPENED TO KATVA/HATVA PASS HOLDERS. Notice the new signs at both ends of the Private Property. The Landowner has graciously allowed us to continue to use the trail – he insists that only KATVA (or HATVA) pass holders are permitted – all others would be trespassing !!! He also does not want dirt bikes or off road trucks or jeeps using the trail on his property. Thanks to Ron Genereaux and Gary VonRoden for wor…king out this arrangement with him. Note that the Landowner is frequently on the property and his fire pit and clearing are very close to trail. Please slow down and use caution when on his property. The section of trail going through his property is only 300 ft long, but the entire trail is on private property. There are 3 other landowners on that trail, so please stay on the trail.
Kawartha Ride For Dad – Congratulations to our First Place Poker Hand Winner Doug Vandiepen from London, Ontario. Second Place goes to Kevin Evenden, the winner of a Napoleon portable gas barbeque, and Third Place goes to Michael Hill, the winner of a Yamaha equipment bag on wheels.
Kawartha Ride For Dad – Congratulations to our top pledge earners. First Prize winner for the second year in a row is Rob Richards for collecting $1015 in pledges. He wins the Napoleon barbeque. Second Prize goes to Mike McKenzie for collecting $725 in pledges. Mike wins Napoleon portable gas barbeque. Third Prize goes to Steve DeHaas for collecting $625 in pledges. Steve wins the Polaris fire pit. The top team was “Tickle My Prostate”. A special thank you to all participants who collected pledges. Your hard work goes a long way to assist with prostate cancer awareness.
Kawartha Ride For Dad – On Saturday June 4th we held our second annual Ride For Dad Event. We had 252 registered riders plus additional guests attend the event…. We raised over $13,000 in registration and pledges. We also raised over $3000 in sponsorships, with more still coming in as we speak. Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to put this event together. A special thanks to our junior volunteers who worked so hard setting up and managing the souvenir booth. We would also like to recognize the following people for their outstanding efforts:
Log Chateau Park Ltd Family Campground for allowing us to host the event on their property.
Burnt River Ontario Community Centre for allowing us to host the dinner and pretty much take over this beautiful little hamlet with our ATV’s
Carolyn LaPorte and Jim Laporte for all their hard work with sponsorships and silent auction prizes
Tracey Spiller-Gilmore, Nicole Stocks, and Jen Hickson for doing such a great job organizing the registration tables
The Reeds family for helping with sponsorships and prizes as well
Terri McGregor for managing the door prizes
The Bastedo family for help setting up and organize the souvenir table
The Laporte-Jones family and friends for their help in many different areas
Joan Breault and Dave Breault for keeping all of the finances organized for us
KATVA trail patrol for signing the route and making sure everyone found their way back safely
KATVA board members for making this event a reality
The KATVA training team held their first CASI ATV safety training course for youth today at the Lindsay Fairgrounds. Everyone braved the elements from snow and rain, to high winds which challenged our marker cones.
All the students completed the course with smiles on their faces, and are now proud graduates of the CASI ATV Safety Course. Each student accepted their certificate as their parents watched with great pride.
We have two other course dates coming up. We have several spots open for June 25, and a couple of spots left for older youth and adults from the ages of 17 and up, on Tuesday June 7th. If you are interested, send us a note at
ridesafe@KATVA.ca and we will send you further information.
Saturday April 23rd was Victoria Rail Trail Cleanup day for the KATVA team of volunteers. More than 40 volunteers cleaned up garbage and debris along the entire 84 km length of the VRTC from Bethany to Kinmount. We get special permission from the City of Kawartha Lakes to be on the trail for one day to do the cleanup before the trails open May 1st.
While the VRTC is a multi-use trail, this cleanup day is an important community service we provide as the largest population of trail users i…n the City of Kawartha Lakes. We continue to strive to keep the trail clean and safe for all users including walkers, cyclists, horseback riders, snowmobilers and ATVers.
This is also an important day for many KATVA families who bring their young ones out to help with the cleanup, while learning a very important lesson about volunteering in their community. We also can’t forget the youth volunteers who came out on their own to earn volunteer hours. These young people are the future of our organization.
It’s days like this that make us all proud to be a part of the KATVA team.
As we begin our 2016 membership season, KATVA would like to take this time acknowledge our community partner – The Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Information Centre. Over the past 3 years KATVA has fostered a positive and rewarding relationship with this local business and tourism institution.
The Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce is contracted by KATVA to process membership. The Chamber has a fully staffed, insured and audited business office that is equipped to process our membership efficiently and effectively. They also provide a friendly face at the business office for riders to purchase passes, maps and to access information about local trails. The relationship has become a successful and valuable asset to our club and we look forward to working with them again this year.
Interestingly, the partnership has proven to have positive benefits beyond the business perspective. People take notice of things that they have a vested interest in. The local business community and local supporting government now have a first-hand understanding of the revenue and tourism opportunity that ATVing brings to this community. This has opened the door for advocacy and education that would not have been previously realized with this level of impact.
The bigger picture … this relationship is a WIN – WIN – WIN ! Thanks to everyone from both groups who have worked to make this successful for everyone.
Letter of Support from Ride For Dad National Office: