News | 2020
Looking for that perfect gift? We’ve got it!
Buy your someone special a Single Annual Membership gift certificate for $125. Memberships are good for 12 months from date or redemption.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and learn how to purchase a gift certificate from KATVA. If ordered by December 15th, you will receive it in the mail by Christmas (pending Canada Post).
This is just a reminder that KATVA trail permits are good for 12 months from the date of purchase so you can still buy them now and they are good until this time next year. Our trail permits are recognized on the following trail systems:
- Kawartha ATV Association
- Algonquin West ATV Club
- Lake of Bays ATV Club
- Haliburton ATV Association
- Quad Niagara
The County of Peterborough’s Transportation Master Plan Update and Off-Road Vehicle Study
The County is seeking your feedback to help better understand the different needs between active transportation users (i.e., pedestrians, cyclists, etc.) and ORV users, and help to further refine areas of concern or opportunity.
Here’s a summary of how this study affects Kawartha ATV trails:
- North Kawartha: If the county were to open Cty Rd 36 & 49, that would coincide with our current project to open roads in Bobcaygeon and would allow riders access to gas and food in Bobcaygeon when they are coming out of the 5 Points trails. It would also allow users to rent a cottage or cabin anywhere from Bobcaygeon to Buckhorn and then ride to the trails in the 5 Points.
- South Kawartha: County Roads 10 & 21 are key roads if we manage to open up some of the municipal roads in Cavan Township. Again, this would assist us with our goal to gain access to food and gas for our riders and allow the possibility of connections to the other trail systems such as Northumberland Forest and the Ganaraska Forest.
- Online comment form
- email to email@example.com
- Download and complete a comment form and return to the Township Office at 988 County Road 10, Millbrook, ON L0A 1G0
Mayor: Scott McFadden
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 705-201-1026
- Text: 705-772-0360
Deputy Mayor: Mathew Graham
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (705) 418-1628
- Text: (705) 418-1628
Cavan Ward Councillor: Cathy Moore
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (705) 760-3554
- Text: (705) 760-3554
Millbrook Ward Councillor: Ryan Huntley
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (705) 932-2757
- Text: (705) 760-1476
North Monaghan Ward Councillor: Tim Belch
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (705) 742-3185
- Text: (705) 741-6976
It’s only the first step but it’s a big step! This week in council the City of Kawartha Lakes councilors voted unanimously in support of forming a task force committee regarding off road vehicle (ORV) use on municipal roads across Kawartha Lakes. We have asked the councilors to look at opening up more roads in the municipality to help us connect the villages and communities to the trails. This is the first time in our history that the council has unanimously voted in support of ORV’s and taken so many big steps forward in recognizing the value of off road vehicles to the local economy. They have seen and continue to recognize the positive contributions we as a club have made to the community as a whole in not only the management and maintenance of the trails but also the education of the riders and our members. They not only recognize the tourism benefits from visitors to the trails but they are listening to the residents who have made it clear that they want to be able to ride their ATVs and SxS to the trails from their homes and cottages. This is a great opportunity so please do your part in assisting us by riding responsibly and respecting the local residents and landowners. Thank you again to council for taking this step forward with us. Thank you to council for being open minded and willing to move forward and a special thank you to councilor Tracy Richardson and KATVA President Carolyn Graham Richards for the countless hours they have put into spearheading this project. We look forward to seeing the outcome in time for the 2021 riding season.
We’re one step closer to making this a reality. Our president Carolyn Richards has been working hard behind the scenes with councilors to look at opening more roads in the City of Kawartha Lakes when Bill 107 takes effect January 1st, 2021 and setting up a task force would be a great next step. It opens the door to valuable collaborative discussions between councilors, municipal staff, law enforcement, other stakeholders and our club, giving everyone a chance to voice their opinions and come up with recommendations for council to consider and vote on. Our team has been working on opening more roads for a number of years now and we can honestly say that this current council has been the most honest and open-minded council we’ve ever worked with. We’ll keep you informed on our progress as much as we can.
Reminder to all…Trail 50 is now closed to all ATVs , UTVs, and dirt bikes!! This is private property used for hunting. Please respect the landowners rights to their property!!
As hunting season approaches please remember that as of October 1st KATVA trail #50 will be closed to all motorized users. The is at the request of the multiple landowners on that trail who made this a condition of allowing us to keep a trail through their property and we completely respect their request. This is the trail that goes from the 5 points to Crystal Lake Rd and connects with the village of Kinmount. Please respect our landowners and stay off this trail as of October 1st until the trails reopen next spring.
Each individual should verify the hunting season dates for their specific areas. The hunting season dates for those areas including our trails are as follows:
- September 1 – November 30
- Rife, Shotgun, etc: October 24 – 30
- Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzle Loader and Bow: November 2 to 15
- Black Powder: November 30 – December 6
- Bow only: October 1 – November 1, November 16 – 29, December 7 – 31
***Update …our course is fully booked, if you are still interested let us know and we’ll put you on the wait list in case of a cancellation or for the next course***
KATVA is offering a one day CASI ATV Safety Training Course! This course is available for youths ages 12-17 and adults who want to become CASI certified. This is a great chance for new, young, inexperienced or experienced riders to learn or brush up on their skills for safe ATVing! The day will consist of in-class lessons as well as hands on training. This is a Canada wide recognized training program! Don’t miss your chance!
Cost for the course is $85.00 for youth and $125 for adults, current members receive an additional 15% savings for themselves, their children and their grandchildren.
Register today so you don’t miss your chance! Spaces are limited! To register, please email our training coordinator Don Chapman at email@example.com
We have planned a few (5) club led rides for September and October. We have to ask everyone to pre-register for the rides – all of them are restricted in number – please check out the rode level and only register for the ride if you match the criteria. In all cases, the rides are limited to specific numbers – which we cannot exceed – so register early if you want to be sure of a place on the ride. Pre-register at katva.ca – register for a ride. You will receive an email late in the week before to inform you where to meet and what time and what to bring.
The rides are 1) a new member/beginner ride (limited to 2 groups of 20);
2) a night ride in the 5-points (expert ride) limited to 20;
3) A ladies Ride – limited to 20 intermediate level
4) A SxS only ride – limited to 20 intermediate and expert – no beginners
5) end of season ride to Haliburton – limited to 2 groups of 20 – beginner and intermediate levels.
All rides will follow strict COVID Protocols – social distancing and masks when not riding.
Pre-Register at KATVA.CA !!!!!
Just a reminder that SxS are not allowed on the Victoria Rail Trail south of Northline Road. If you are trying to get into Fenelon Falls you can legally leave the trail at Northline Road and follow the roads into town. City staff will be posting these signs along the trail as a reminder for SxS to stay off of the trail.
The Victoria Rail Trail in the area of Kinmount is re-opened after being closed due to trees blocking it from August 2nd’s tornado.
A big thank you to our Volunteers for their quick and thorough work! Great job!
The speed limit on the Victoria Rail Trail from Garnet Graham Park in Fenelon Falls to Northline Road is 20km per hour.
The Victoria Rail Trail is a shared-use trail system that we are privileged to use. It is not a right, and as such, we can lose it. It is up all ATV riders to know and follow the speed limit and show respect for other users on the trail.
Specifically, the section of trail from Garnet Graham Park to Northline Road in Fenelon Falls sees a lot of use from motorized and non-motorized enthusiasts alike. We must all be respectful of each other’s right to use the trail – no speeding, minimize dust, pull off to the side to let others pass, etc.
Not only is this section of trail one of the nicest, most scenic sections of the VRT, it is an important link to Fenelon Falls. Without it, riders would have to do the long ride on the roads from Northline Rd down into Fenelon Falls. This will especially affect those who have kids who ride their own machines as they will not be able to get to town any longer.
So please, no speeding and show respect for other users. You risk receiving a fine or worse, and the club risks losing the trail.