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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Purchasing a permit – Paypal is now working

May 3, 2019

PayPal is now functioning again with our permit apps. Please go ahead and purchase your permits !!!

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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.”
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.”
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
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.
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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KATVA – Partnering with OFTR –

April 15, 2019

The team here at KATVA pride ourselves on always thinking outside the box and we’re never afraid to try something new. In that spirit we are excited to announce another first for the off road motorsports groups in Ontario!!! After almost a year of planning we are partnering with the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR) to launch a new chapter club of the OFTR called the Kawartha Off Road Motorcycle Association (KORMA). KORMA will be run under the direction of the current KATVA board of directors and will operate under the umbrella of KATVA.
We saw an opportunity to open and promote our trails to off road motorcycle enthusiasts as we are seeing more and more families with both ATVs and dirt bikes who want to be able to ride together. While some of the trails in our area have been open to off road motorcycles for many years, none of the trails have been mapped or properly signed, but we’re going to change all that. We have plans to not only map the existing trails, but we will be building new single track trails in the future. We will also be working closely with our neighbors to the north, the Haliburton Trail Riders, and we look forward to learning best practices from them.
Stay tuned, we will continue to post more information as we continue to develop this new organization.

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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.
Carolyn Richards

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Join us at our AGM on April 14th – also a Volunteer Meet and Greet !!!

March 24, 2019

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on April 14th from 1pm to 3pm. This is open to all members in good standing. Come and get information about what we have accomplished in 2018 and what the plans are for 2019. We will be electing our Board of Directors for 2019.

Immediately after our meeting we will be having a volunteer meet and greet – hoping to line up our Trail Coordinators, Trail Patrol Leaders, and Board with those who have offered to help us out. We are a volunteer organization counting on our volunteers to help us establish new trails, maintain existing trails and keep things going!!! Come join us !!!!

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All KATVA Trails close December 1st – reopen May 2019

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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Hunting Season in KATVA Area

September 22, 2018
It’s hunting season in KATVA riding area. Most of our trails are in Wildlife Management Unit 60 which includes the Somerville Forest and the 5 Points, see attached map.
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.
Bear- Sept. 4-Nov. 30
Deer- with bow Oct 1 – Nov 4, Nov 19-Dec 2, Dec 10 – 31  with rifles & shotguns Nov 5 – Nov 18
Moose- Oct 20 – 26
From more information- http://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-hunting-regulations-summary
Use caution and be respectful of the hunters.katva hunting map
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KATVA – CASI ATV Safety Training – Saturday May 26, 2018

May 27, 2018

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 ‘ridesafe@katva.ca’ .

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KATVA June 2,2018 Charity Poker Run – All proceeds to Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay

May 9, 2018

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

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KATVA Trails – Pinery and Somerville Forest – closed until May 14th, 2018

May 2, 2018

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.

Carolyn Richards
KATVA President

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All KATVA Trails Open May 1st – except for the Pinery and Somerville Forest

May 1, 2018

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 !!

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VRT – Victoria Rail Trail Cleanup – Saturday April 28, 2018

April 17, 2018

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 !!!

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2017 KATVA Charity Poker Run – June 3rd – All proceeds to Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation

May 1, 2017

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 !!

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Volunteers needed for Trail Patrol/Wardens for 2017

April 3, 2017

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 ‘vp@katva.ca’ or call 905-434-0407.

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KATVA Billboards to promote Kawartha Lakes Tourism

April 3, 2017

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.



2016 katva billboard

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KATVA 2016 Fall Newletter

October 21, 2016

KATVA Club Bulletin


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The Trails We All Enjoy

KATVA plays a pivotal role in maintenance of ATV trails in Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough County, including sections of trail accessible to a range of other trail users.

Member Commitment

At any one time, 10-15 club members comprise our trail maintenance committee. Each person on the committee is responsible for a designated area or trail corridor. A team of volunteers working together ensures that their trail section is checked at least once a week, to ensure the trails are in their best possible condition for users. That permits regular monitoring and allows for minor clean-up and maintenance as necessary. If greater maintenance is required, the location is identified and the need is passed along to team leader of trail maintenance. Smaller tasks, like a fallen tree are usually addressed by a club work party. Requests for assistance are usually promoted through a Facebook posting inviting volunteers to join in. Larger tasks, particularly along the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor or the Somerville Forest Tracts, are forwarded to City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation to be addressed by staff or contractors as required.

Our trail maintenance committee has a base knowledge of trail requirements, such as width specifications. The club continues to invest in trail maintenance education and equipment for their volunteers, as well as an annual donation to the City of Kawartha Lakes for ongoing maintenance of the Victoria Rail Trail and Somerville Forest Tract.

Working with Others

KATVA is also part of the Five Points trail system’s user groups committee. If minor maintenance is required in the Five Points area, it is usually completed by our own trail maintenance crew. In Five Points, unlike other trail corridors, we operate a trail maintenance team (three person crew) to address small tasks. Our team was supplied with a Yamaha Viking Side X Side, which the club purchased to assist with maintenance. The vehicle is now equipped with various power and hand tools to expand their capabilities.

The Five Points trail system is used by several recreational groups, which requires co-operation. Currently, the Haliburton ATV Association (HATVA), Ontario Federation of 4WD Recreationists (OF4WD), and the Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club (TMSC), and more recently the Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club (BDSC), work with KATVA to maintain the system. The Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR) joined in our efforts to maintain that trail system. This consortium of clubs and interest groups meets annually to plan large scale projects in co-ordination with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and private land owners. All projects are executed within the protocols and guidelines established by the Ministry.

Investing in Trails

KATVA makes significant contributions to the health of our community trail systems. The annual Spring Clean-up of the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (including the Rotary Trail section) has resulted in collection and removal of in excess of 13 tons of garbage in just over five years. The task of maintaining trails is ongoing. It includes routine trimming of vegetation along all trails to permit safe travel of users.

Trail maintenance funding for KATVA comes entirely from membership fees and trail permits. Annually the club commits significantly to trail maintenance. In previous years, the club relied on members to use their own tools and equipment to conduct maintenance tasks, but that simply became too difficult and costly for a small group of members. In recent years, the club has budgeted for the purchase of necessary maintenance equipment, to make the job easier for volunteers. Our Yamaha Viking Side X Side purchase is one example, representing a true investment commitment in trail maintenance.

KATVA annually allocates $10,000 to the City of Kawartha Lakes for projects on the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor. In addition, the club and its supportive volunteers commit to ongoing maintenance projects for the benefit of all trail users.

Accomplishments to Date
 rebuilt or replaced several bridges, including:

  • two on the Millennium Trail, with Kawartha Lakes Snowmobile Club (KLSC),
  • one in the Five Points system with cooperation from the Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club and the OF4WD and
  • a second bridge in Five Points with Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club

 removal and clearing in 2013 – similar storm damage to 2011, in the north eastern section of the 5 Points, with hundreds of downed trees, cleared by KATVA volunteers, OF4WD, and BDSC over the course of two weeks

 rehabilitation and preventative maintenance on all trail systems

While the majority of trail maintenance occurs in less accessible areas, KATVA takes pride in contributing to the maintenance of key trail corridors we all enjoy.



Support For Kids’ Safety Training

KATVA is actively endorsing and promoting ATV rider safety training for youth 12 – 17. The reason is quite simply to help ensure that kids who ride ATVs learn safe and best riding practices early.

We have several member families with kids who ride or want to ride. Their safety and responsible riding has to be a priority for us. Our commitment to this initiative can help prevent unnecessary accidents and reduce risks on trails we manage. It will also help us develop future riders’ attitudes toward the recreation we all love.



Learn To Ride Responsibly

The campaign centres on the message “GEAR UP. GET TRAINED. GO RIDE.” This initiative of the Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI), a division of the All-Terrain Quad Council of Canada (AQCC), is being delivered across the country at educational venues and trade shows, vis-a-vis ATV clubs, and via the website. Most recently, the campaign message was presented at the Ottawa Sportsmen’s Show in February and at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show in March.

Trade Shows offer an opportunity to reach the maximum number of ATV enthusiasts at once. CASI’s campaign booth will be deployed at three-to-five more trade shows. Before the end of 2016, “Posters, handlebar hangers, and bookmarks are distributed wherever possible, including with assistance by clubs like yours. More than 3,000 discount coupons have already been distributed of the original 10,000 piece print run,” according to Wayne Daub, General Manager, AQCC.

If you have a school-aged child, 12 years or older, who rides an ATV or wants to, we encourage you to sign them up for safety training now. For a Full Day Course Hands On, the fee is $85 plus HST for youth. Simply visit canadianatvsafety.ca. On the left side of the browser window click on GET TRAINED to enroll your child in a course. Or simply email us at ridesafe@katva.ca.



Adult Safety Training Too

While the campaign centres on kids, adults learning to ride need good, basic instruction as well. For that matter, many, new and seasoned riders would benefit from safety training simply to help kick bad habits, reinforce what we already know, and improve our overall skill set. If you or someone you know would benefit from safety training, sign up or give them a gift of safety training. For a Full Day Course Hands On, the adult fee is  $125 plus HST. The course offers students an opportunity to increase their safety knowledge and to practice basic riding skills in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of a Certified Instructor.

In 2016, KATVA Certified Instructors provided ATV safety training to both City of Kawartha Lakes By-law officers and Ministry Natural Resources staff. And further to our commitment to safe enjoyment and use of the trails, the club president has recently become certified for ROHVA side by side training.



Carolyn Richards, KATVA President, is one of five certified trainers in the Kawartha Lakes – Peterborough Region. “I encourage new riders to take the course and I encourage seasoned riders to become certified trainers,” said Richards. We all know, it’s good for riders and the ATV industry to support the training. At some point, rider training and licensing may even become mandatory in Ontario.

If you want to learn more about this or other AQCC initiatives, visit atvquad.ca




KATVA Is Getting AttentionIf you follow KATVA on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen our posts and tweets about the campaign. Response from club members and others that saw them was positive.

Because of our marketing supplier, jacks communications group, we were able to negotiate a better media buy with bonus locations through Pattison Outdoor Advertising. One bonus location placed our message across from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The campaign was one more way to encourage people to check us out and to learn more about all we do to promote safe ATV use and the trails we all enjoy. It also supported the efforts of our regional tourism partners, including sponsors who welcome business from the ATV community.

If you saw one of our billboards during your travels, and happened to take a photograph of the billboard with or without yourself in it, send it to us and be sure to note the location. We’d love to share it on our website and social media platforms.



KATVA was represented at the international conference in Montana, USA

The International Off-Highway Vehicle Administrators Association (INOHVAA) held their annual conference in conjunction with the annual National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) conference, in Great Falls, Montana, on October 11 – 15, 2016. Representing Ontario, Carolyn Richards, President of KATVA and the Vice President of the All Terrain Quad Council of Canada participated as invited guest panelists.

It is with great pride and privilege that Carolyn Richards represented KATVA, sharing the association’s success as a vibrant young club of riding enthusiasts. The invitation came on the heels of tremendous progress the club made since its humble beginning in 1998. Accomplishments shared included the growing membership of 1300 (now the largest in Ontario), the working partnerships with other trail organizations, the contributions to municipal trail infrastructure, the club’s dedication to grow trail networks, and the promotion of safe and exciting trail riding.

NOHVCC, as a national body of OHV recreation enthusiasts, develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information, or “tools”, to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies in order to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation. They have volunteer State Partners throughout the United States – working to get all of the states covered.  They also have a Partnership with the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council, the All Terrain Quad Council of Canada, and the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada.

The International Off-Highway Vehicle Administrators Association (INOHVAA) is an organization founded by and for officials who manage OHV recreation in their areas.  In the U.S., the program managers can be on all levels: federal, state, county, municipalities, or private areas, but the focus is on state level organizations.



Ride for Dad 2016

KATVA Members Show Commitment
to a Fun and Significant Event

The 2016 TELUS Ride for Dad – Kawartha Chapter, ATV Poker Run took place June 4th with 252 riders leaving from Log Chateau Park, Fenelon Falls.   Participating riders enjoyed an adventurous day of riding the trails before returning to the Burnt River Community Centre for a full course dinner, prizes and camaraderie.

Over $23,000 was raised for the Prostrate Cancer Fight Foundation, through rider registration fees and pledges, sponsorships, and ride day fund raising events.  A very big thank you goes out to all who participated and contributed, including the hard working volunteers, for making this event such a success.

The mission of the TELUS Ride For Dad is to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease.  Funds are raised across the country through large-scale one-day motorcycle, snowmobile, watercraft and ATV ride events, and through ongoing public fundraising throughout the year.



New partnership with
The Cat Shack

KATVA is proud to announce a new partnership forged with The CAT SHACK in Peterborough. In addition to agreeing to sell 2017 ATV passes at their retail shop, Ryan Matthews and his team have provided two Arctic Cat demos to KATVA for use on the trails for maintenance work and other club business.

The Artic Cats will be at all upcoming rides and on display in the KATVA booth at the Toronto Snowmobile/ATV Show on October 21-23, 2016, as well as the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show in the Spring (March 15 -19, 2017). Come and visit us at the booth and take a look at these two incredible machines. KATVA and The Cat Shack look forward to a long and successful partnership.



Successful 2016 Season

Attendance at consumer shows continues to result in significant exposure for the Kawartha ATV Association and the ATV sport in general. The association and its members participate in these to raise the club’s profile and promote the amazing network of trails in Kawartha Lakes. Also, this presence allows the club to be recognized as a responsible and well-managed club, representing a growing membership.



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