We’re Making a Difference
KATVA started as a small club in 1998 and is now the largest single ATV club in Ontario. With more than 900 members the club has grown in numbers and in impact on the sport.
Our club Vice-President, Carolyn Richards and Bruce Murphy, President of Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs represent Ontario on the All Terrain Quad Council of Canada (AQCC). The AQCC addresses issues facing the sport across Canada and meets annually in a different province each year. You may know them for managing CASI, a nationally recognized rider training program. Active involvement allows KATVA to share its experiences with others and to learn from different jurisdictions too. Additionally, our joint participation on the AQCC has helped us strengthen our connection to the OFATV. Carolyn Richards said, “We’re in a better position to help advance our sport locally and to help build into the sport across Canada – that’s great for all enthusiasts and supporters of the sport.” The next conference is scheduled for September in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
We participate frequently at trade shows that promote ATV use, the outdoors, and tourism. We now regularly attend the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show and the Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV and Powersports Show. At those shows we promote both our sport and our tourism industry. We’ll be attending the first ever Bass Pro Shop ATV Exhibition in April. Locally, the club is a strong advocate for alcohol free, family friendly, and safe riding. However, that does not overshadow our goal of ensuring riding opportunities are both fun and challenging. The club is committed to helping improve our trails and to ensuring safe riding practices. We contribute club dollars and time to projects that benefit all trail user groups. A recent example includes our donation of an ATV to the City of Kawartha Lakes Municipal ByLaw Enforcement Unit for trail monitoring. This Spring we will again help clean-up Lindsay’s Rotary Trail. These and other projects aimed at enhancing local and visitor experiences on all Kawartha trails underscore the club’s commitment at all levels.
If you are interested in becoming more involved in KATVA initiatives, email us at email@example.com