Author: Donald Eidse

Eastman ATV March Update

The days get longer and the sun feels warmer, big thanks to all the groomer operators and repair guys for the groomers, sled season still has some weeks left, thanks to the efforts of a volunteer workforce. Many in the ATV community are also involved in the sled community, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of your sled riding season. 

Our ATV planning has begun for 2023


 Our online membership available now, online $50 payment, then we send out your membership package, Includes; membership card which gives you a reduced insurance rate from “You Got Toys Insurance.” your Eastman ATV Membership / Trail Pass decal, brochure/ map of our trail,  and a separate 5 year membership or 10 year membership depending on how many years you have been a member as a thank you for supporting Eastman ATV. Included is a decal from our provincial federation ATVMB, as becoming a member of Eastman ATV, you are also a member of ATVMB and have a vote at the AGM

The ride schedule will be sent out to all members by the end of March, maybe sooner.

ATV Ride for Mom

Book your calendar for the ATV Ride for Mom, we want to do a better job of raising money so we will have online pledge available this year. 

I will send a separate message in the next few weeks looking for volunteers for The ATV Ride for Mom. This is a fun event to volunteer at just the one day and it’s raising money for cancer Care Manitoba. 

Most sincerely

Don C. Eidse

January 2023 Eastman ATV Update

Happy New Year to you and your families. I hope you were able to spend time together and see friends and loved ones. My family brings to mind my ATV family, and the many friends we all have with each other. Eat well, enjoy those around you, and we can all look forward to seeing each other in the 2023 riding season.

Eastman ATV welcomes the new year with interest and excitement. 


It’s looking like ATVMB will  get provincial funding based on a proposal ATVMB put forward a number of years ago. The proposal was  inclusive with the snowmobile federation. The bill that has passed 1st reading will help both federations. It is still a year or 2 before we see an impact, if the bill passes. So great news but nothing is final yet.

Why join an ATV club?

In Eastman ATVs Constitution and Bylaws we have;

Article 2. Purpose To promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible ATV riding, to protect ATV access to public land, (in summary). The Number of members in organized ORV clubs is becoming more important now than ever before,especially  as we move forward with the ATVMB.

2023 Eastman ATV membershipswill soon be available online and will have an attached survey.  We appreciate your help in building a club identity. Once you are a member,you will get both the Eastman ATV Monthly Update ( this email ), and the Eastman ATV Ride Update, sent out 7 to 3 days before our rides, pending storms. Give a friend or relative the gift of membership.  

We will again provide the Ride Schedule once we have membership open. It will give the scheduled locations with dates for the ATV rides for the year. We know we have a large number of members that attend few, if any rides, and may not be involved at all in the club. Thank you for joining or re-joining; your membership support is greatly appreciated. For those of you joining us for the rides, Let the good times Roll, it’s going to be a fun year!  

See our store for hats, T-shirts, jackets and our 2023 Calendar, I love it. Give a friend or relative the gift of membership.  We have exciting announcements on offering additional  ride styles, stay tuned.

Its is going to be a fantastic year


Don C. Eidse

Eastman ATV December Update

Hello to Eastman ATV and friends
Seasons Greetings!

It’s been a good riding season, we were able to complete all but one of our rides, we had great times on the rides and at the Eastman Bud Spud Fundraiser Dinner. Over all very sucessful.  I think our rides get a little better every year and being organized makes it a safer experience too.

The Trail was closed for an unprecedented high water level in a number of areas on our trail, never seen it like this before. Not a lot we can or could have done about it, one thing for sure, every year is different on our trail. As we acquire equipment we will be able to restore the trail to make it passable sooner than later.

We paid off our Tractor!!! through our various fundraising requests. A big Thank you to everyone for supporting Eastman ATV!!!  Thank you to the Eastman ATV board for decisive action and supporting of those actions with everything to do with this deal. It’s the perfect piece of equipment for us now, a great match to our dump buggy. There are lots of photos already of the many hours of work it has done. Congratulations Eastman ATV!!!

Great ideas and actions were taken to make this happen and by paying this off briskly we continue to demonstrate responsible business ethics. EATV is in a strong financial situation as far as managing the fundraising and grants that we have worked hard to to develop. We try to match every single dollar to matched grants where we can.  Whether it is 30% or 50% matched, whatever we can apply for. The tractor had no grant assistance, just smart and hard work.

Our board is now 10 voting members. We are preparing for a new season and I will be sending a volunteer task list out in the new year.  Being specific in our tasks for volunteers has helped people decide if it’s a fit for them or not. Please don’t be afraid,  meeting new people is healthy, meeting new people and being helpful is rewarding with Eastman ATV.

The RM Ditch Clean Up was a repeatable success, Wow what a home run event, looking forward to doing it again next year.!

I wish everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season this December, and we have some great news coming up….

Don C. Eidse

Eastman ATV September 2022 Update

What a difference a year can make.

Last year we had a backcountry travel ban because of the dry weather and this year we were held up by too much deep standing & running water. All the rainfall seriously damaged trails. It seems the wet weather is ongoing and our volunteers are putting more time in than they have in the past. It is a daunting task to manage these trails. Part of the solution in overcoming trail management is having access to the right tractor that we ( Eastman ATV ) are fundraising to pay for. We have asked the club membership for support and some members have really stepped up. Thank you for your donations big and small, they all count! We still have a long way to go to completely cover the cost. I will provide updates along the way starting in November after our next board meeting. This tractor is an amazing piece of equipment for the club that has helped greatly as it is most suited to do the tasks at hand, and it is within our reach to pay for. 

Eastman ATV is a healthy organization with a full ride schedule. We have a few rides left for this season along with our wind-up. Our board has more members than it ever has.

However, there are a lot of different ways to help.  Maybe you’d like to help with organizing, or perhaps you would like to come out on our pre-rides to help out, or you might like to help with trail repairs and tree clearing.

Do you have any free time during the week?

While purchasing a membership is a big help and greatly appreciated, volunteering can give you a little stewardship which is what brings Eastman ATV members together. When you see “Own the Trail”, we think of trail stewardship. It’s a great feeling! Join Eastman ATV  

ATV Ride for Mom 

The Fundraising total was  $11,820 for Cancer Care Manitoba, which is close to what we have raised in the past. Considering this ride was put together in 3 months, we are happy we pulled it off and that we are maintaining the funding stream for Cancer Care Manitoba. This year was more work than anyone would have imagined. After not having the ride for 2 years, it took everything we had to make it work. We had enormous challenges with nature (water) like no other year.  Interesting fact, none of the ATV Ride for Mom prize winners were from Winnipeg. They were all from the country or a small town MB. Have a look at the Ride for Mom video on our YouTube channel. We are looking forward to next year’s event.

A special thank you to our Sponsors. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Eastman ATV 2022 Wind Up October 28th

Tickets are on sale now.  Purchase them on the next club ride. Great door prizes again! Thank you to the many many sponsors for this! Looking forward to a few more good rides this year, see you there!

Eastman ATV 2022 Mid July Update

A big thank you to everyone for attending the ATV Ride for Mom. It was a very successful event, everyone I asked  enjoyed the food, the ride, the uplifting atmosphere everyone created. Seeing so many other enthusiasts come out to support the ATV Ride for Mom was heartwarming to say the least.

The lunch area was an enjoyable place to hang out, to see and hear the many very nice machines that were showing up, along with old and new friends.  Everyone enjoyed the incredible weather we had that day, no rain and all blue skies. All positive comments, no accidents or injuries reported, or that we are aware of and that’s a win too!

The volunteers were committed to make the ride, and event safe, job well done! A very special thank you to all the volunteers, you made the event happen by working hard hard and having fun. I hear most volunteers plan on coming back next year.

I would also like to thank our many sponsors, our ATV community sees your support, and many are your customers. We are grateful to our sponsors who provide the funding to put on the event, to the volunteers of Eastman ATV that provide the manpower to run the event and provide a signed route for the day, and to you, the ridder, who enjoys the ride, and makes a donation to support our cause, “Cancer Care Manitoba”.

Eastman ATV had a ride this last Saturday, Mars Hill / Gull Lake. Epic ride, so much fun, great trails, some hilltop scenic sites, lunch stop at Gull with washrooms and beach for a swim. Close to the end of the ride we found a trail with a good water level that you could easily bypass on dry if you wanted, all in gravel so the water was fairly clean, being familiar with the depth, a few ATVs had some clean fun in the water.

Eastman ATV Next Ride Aug 20th at Seddons Corner
We have many rides to look forward to. All members get email updates on specifics of all rides. From beginner to experienced, come enjoy the full day rides with Eastman ATV. Feel free to ask any questions before or after you join.

The following  link  will allow you access membership to Eastman ATV

Eastman ATV is doing trail maintenance work with a tractor, some of the most aggressive repairs we have ever done. We want to purchase the equipment and not rent anymore. If your company considers a donation of $250- $500 or more, we will put your logo on our Eastman ATV website. Contact me if you are interested in helping Eastman ATV Association Inc.

Do you have a New riding area or Best riding area? Mine would be the Marchand – Woodridge valley ride. We are all interested to know what your favorite ride is, and if I can share your comment.

Eastman Ride for Mom Prize Winners!

Congratulations to all our prize winners!

Congrats to the winner of our photo frame contest – Charlene Quinlan !!
We had a random number generator pick the number associated with this photo and it’s the winner of the $150 Gift card to Open Road Outlet.
The 50/50 raised $1640 and the prize is $820.
Our 50/50 raffle winning ticket has been drawn! If this is your ticket please respond to Donald Eidse and claim your prize!
$250 Adventure Power Products
Greg L
S.A.R. Sport and Recreation
Joel P
Enns Brothers
Derek F

Did you enjoy the ATV Ride for Mom?

The main reason we have this event is to raise awareness for Breast Cancer, and to financially support Cancer Care Manitoba. This was our 5th successful ATV Ride for Mom. We have one last thing to do before starting to prepare for next year.

Each year we want to provide the same or more funding to Cancer Care Manitoba so that we can be considered a reliable Provincial partner by providing a stream of revenue. This year we have had a generous donation from the Manitoba Metis Federation for $5,000 dollars to CCM. A big Thank you to Manitoba Metis Federation. You are a good friend of ours, and of Cancer Care Manitoba. Now it’s the ATV communities turn to match this $5,000 dollar donation. We are over half way there, with about $3,000 in personal donations, for Cancer Care Manitoba , through Eastman ATV. Please go to our website and make a donation or mail us a cheque for Cancer Care Manitoba, to fight the battle against Breast Cancer. Cancer Care Manitoba has made enormous wins and is such a wonderful help for so many families in the hardest of times. It is one of the best foundations to support!

A message from Don Eidse, Ride for Mom Co-Chair and Eastman ATV President.

Eastman ATV June Update

TV Ride for Mom is this Saturday, book now so we can be sure to have your Danny Whole Hog lunch included. The ride is on, the route is much different than the original plan as there is an unusual amount of water in places.

Register online

Volunteer here:

Registration will go up to $65 Friday & Saturday . Book now for $50

We still need volunteers please!!! you will be able to ride the ride after if you would like to. You will be needed at the start only. Contact Bill at give him your phone number and he will help you out. Or go straight to and sign up.

We have great news at Eastman ATV and will be making an announcement in the next few weeks.  Membership is ahead of last year with much excitement to our Ride Schedule with the many rides we will have this year.
For today it’s all about The ATV Ride for Mom. Fighting breast cancer is a hard road with no guarantees. The ATV Ride for Mom is our Bold Kick to cancer! A huge thank you to all the volunteers that are working hard now, today and yesterday to give you the best ride we can. You wouldn’t believe the days that go into this. Please come out this sunny Saturday and make a donation  to Cancer Care Manitobawhen you buy your ticket to the ATV Ride for Mom. 

Don C. Eidse

Co-Chair ATV Ride for Mom

May 28th Ride Update

Very sorry to say our 2nd ride of the season is getting bumped. A large part of our trail system is under 2 to 4 feet of water, with Saturday being a rain forecast the prudent choice is to ride another day.

Come out to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer by joining the ATV Ride for Mom June 4th. It’s forecast to be sunny, register in advance so we can get enough Danny’s Whole Hog meals. They are included with the ride.

ATV Ride for MomSaturday June 4th near Marchand

 register online

Book now as the price is going up 2 days before the event.

May 7 Ride Plans

In addition to the normal ride starting at the Eastman staging area at 10am, we will also have our first leisure/family ride.

This ride will also start from the Eastman staging area, but we will be heading out at 10:30am. It will be slower then the regular ride, with more stops and a shorter route.

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