Month: April 2017

ATV Ride for Mom is 50% Sold

Spring is here and we are out inspecting the trails. The ATV Ride for Mom is eight weeks away and is fast approaching We are already 50% sold as of April, 12th, consider registering early and book your spots for this up and coming ride.

Please remember to collect those pledges for the cause. 100% of the pledges go directly to CancerCare Manitoba.

 “Riding for a Cause – Breast Cancer”  REGISTER TODAY ! Click Here  

For more information on this event please visit our event website.

Ste.Anne Announces Fire Ban

Written by Shannon Dueck

The Reeve of Ste.Anne says they are being proactive as things start to dry.

2012 10 ross fire1Art Bergmann notes the municipality has issued a fire ban, effective immediately. That means no burning trash or grass.

“There was opportunity in the last few weeks to do it with care,” notes Bergmann. “But now we are asking people that they refrain from burning trash and grass and so forth around their yards.”

However, he says they will allow backyard fires in an enclosed pit as long as it is completely doused once you are done with it.

Bergmann says even though their fire trucks are not being called out to grass fires, the municipality is trying to be proactive. He notes they will remove the ban once things turn green.

4-year-old girl dead after ATV crash south of Winnipeg

RCMP are investigating after a four-year-old girl died following an ATV crash Wednesday afternoon.

File / Global News

A four-year-old girl was killed after an ATV crash south of Winnipeg Wednesday afternoon. Around 3:30 p.m., RCMP received a report that the girl was taken to hospital by her 32-year-old father after the crash. RCMP went to the hospital and spoke with the father from Marchand, Man., who said his daughter was seated in front of him as they were driving up a hill on an ATV. That’s when the ATV flipped backwards onto both the father and daughter. It then continued to roll down the hill. The crash happened in the Marchard area, about 80 km southeast of Winnipeg. The girl later died as a result of the crash. That father was not injured.  Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. RCMP said the girl was wearing a helmet.

Off-road vehicle fees to help fund trail upgrades, enhance rural economies

Government of British Columbia

B.C.’s network of off-road vehicle-friendly backcountry trails is getting a boost, thanks to a new provincial government fund, Minister of State for Rural Economic Development Donna Barnett announced today on behalf of Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson.

The ORV Trail Management Sub-Account is financed through a portion of fees ORV owners pay to ICBC when registering their vehicles. The $320,000-and-growing fund is dedicated to supporting projects that build new — and maintain existing — vehicle-friendly recreation trails in remote and rural areas throughout the province and to promoting safe and responsible ORV use.

In 2015, the Province introduced mandatory registration for off-road vehicles operated on Crown land. Since then, British Columbians have registered more than 100,000 ORVs, at a one-time fee of $48 per vehicle.

The fee is designed to support the Province’s off-road vehicle management framework, an integrated plan designed that ensures off-road vehicles – including snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or “quads”, dirt bikes and side-by-sides – are driven in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, through its Recreation Sites and Trails branch, will administer the fund. Staff are developing formal project guidelines that will be available to First Nations and stakeholder groups for review this fall. No projects will be selected until the formal guidelines and application process are in place.


Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations –

“The new ORV trail fund will support the construction and maintenance of vehicle-friendly recreational trails in remote and rural areas, providing local jobs and supporting our goal of enhancing a world-class trail network that provides opportunities for all users groups.”

Donna Barnett, Minister of State for Rural Economic Development –

“Many towns in rural B.C. are turning to recreation as an important way to attract and retain residents and help diversified local economies. The new fund doesn’t just mean that our off-road trails will be safer and better maintained, it represents real support for rural communities, and will help create jobs and enhance regional tourism opportunities.”

Jeremy McCall, executive director, Outdoor Recreation Council – 

“The new fund is a positive step for our outdoor recreational users and helps support the responsible use of B.C.’s outdoors while enhancing public recreation opportunities in B.C.’s back-country. We look forward to supporting the great work that is going to be done upgrading and advancing B.C.’s trail system.”

Richard Cronier, president, B.C. Snowmobile Federation –

“We are very pleased with the new fund and we look forward to working closely with government and other recreational partners to enhance our motorized off-road trail system and recreational opportunities for organized snowmobiling in B.C.”

Moira Jaatteenmaki, president, Quad Riders ATV Association –

“We are pleased to support the ORV registration and licensing process, and are happy that we now have a fund in place that will assist us to focus on connecting and maintaining trail networks and increasing the opportunities for riders to get out and responsibly enjoy the activities we love.”

Quick Facts:

  • Projects supported by the new fund will be in line with B.C.’s trails strategy, which guides the Province as it works to sustain a network of environmentally responsible backcountry trails. B.C. developed the strategy in consultation with First Nations, local and regional governments, recreational organizations and industry.
  • B.C.’s recreation sites and trails receive around 9.7 million visitors each year and contribute $112 million to the provincial GDP.
  • B.C.’s recreation sites and trails support 2,700 full-time jobs in rural and remote locations throughout B.C.
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