Author: Donald Eidse

Eastman ATV March 2022 Update

Big Year Ahead * Reboot – Ride for Mom *  Regular Family Rides * Leisure Family Rides

Eastman ATV 2022 Features

  • ATV Ride for Mom: is  currently the 2nd largest ATV event in Western Canada . It’s a  big year for re-booting  the RFM, up to 800 riders expected!
  • Full ride schedule for regular Family Ride Schedule  (Schedule to be out in March )
  • Addition of trial Leisure Family Rides Schedule, intended for youth or individuals who prefer a slower paced ride.
    • Along with being a shorter ride and route; it will be a bit of an info ride, with a variety of topics covered on each ride, more on that to follow.
    • We are having a trial of 4 scheduled Leisure Family Rides for 2022. These rides will be on the same day and location as our Regular Family Ride only with a different start time and route. This is a trial for this year, to support a wider range of members. Your membership, attendance and feedback will determine its success.
  • ATV updates, Club updates, Membership package – Trail Pass /  Club Membership decal(s), 5 year and 10 year club member decal, & ATVMB decal.
  • Eastman ATV AGM –  to be sure you have the opportunity to guide your club’s direction.  
  • Club merchandise, –  to share the Eastman ATV enthusiasm of the enjoyable people in our club.
  • October Club Windup  – A great time, Steak Spud and a Bud, good times!
  • In purchasing a $50 membership, you are showing that you support organized trail building and maintenance in Manitoba.
    • Being part of a club is the only way we have a voice; please join today!


Hello Eastman ATV, our membership is off to a good start for 2022. A number have re-joined already. Remember, every membership counts to double our club money with grant money used for trail maintenance. Please continue to support Eastman ATV, and if you have not joined a club, please do! Your support really makes a difference! Now is the time to join. The link below will allow you to easily obtain a membership.

Please show your support for building trails, maintaining trails, and of course, enjoying big loops and main connections of trail riding. $50 online today will help protect your trail riding tomorrow; please join. 

Eastman ATV is growing every year. If you have missed a few years we encourage you to come back. Read below: we want this organization to be what you want it to be. Come help guide your club into the super club it’s becoming. 


Some ATV organizations have had challenges because of Covid. Eastman ATV has had challenges too, but we are increasing in numbers and expect further growth this year. As we expand, we recognize we need some talented people to help us.  Come and be a part of a successful team, driven by a consensus board, that makes it work well. We have asked for help with IT and we have very skilled volunteers. We asked for a photo/ video support person and now have a member who stepped up. Thank you Eastman ATV, What a very impressive community of support we have here!

I have one other request for help; regarding merchandise, like T-shirts, hoodies and hats.  The role  could easily be divided into three parts depending on who wants to do what.

Person 1.) Distribution of sales, collection of payments. All offline at rides you attend.

Person 2.) Taking orders, keeping track of all orders and monies collected.

Person 3.) Managing  online stores for garments. The division of roles is very flexible. This could be one person who does it all, or two people who split it ,or  three people, as mentioned above.  

Manitoba Outdoor Show March 11-13, 2022

ATVMB will be attending and EATV will be there supporting ATVMB in addition to promoting Eastman ATV. We will keep you posted on the others.

1)Manitoba Outdoors Show – March 11-13th (Limited Space Available)

2) The Great Outdoors Expo – April 30 – May 1st – Lac Du Bonnet

3) Interlake Outdoors Show – September 10 – 11th – Arborg

Today is the day to join Eastman ATV 

Eastman ATV February 2022 Update

Hello to all ATV, SxS, and trail bike, or ORV  people! Unless you have tracks or a sled, about the only thing ATV you can do is look at videos. While you are there, join a n ATV club.  Actually I am able to plow my driveway, it’s fun, challenging, fun.

A decision regarding the fate of this year’s “Eastman ATV Ride for Mom” will be made on March 1st, 2022. We will update you, the following day, and let you know if the ride is a “go” for June 4th.

I am happy to say my request to obtain an “IT” person  for Eastman ATV was answered. A big thank you to everyone who stepped up.  We are now stronger than ever and very fortunate to have talented volunteers working on our website and backend of the store, which allows us to do the billing for large events like the RFM.

(Volunteer required*) “2022 Eastman ATV Photo / Video Director”

Taking photos or videos on our rides and events, so far, has been a “hit and miss” ; on some occasions we have a lot of photos and on some we don’t have any. We need a better approach, which is why I’m looking for a volunteer willing to help our club and take on the role as “2022 Eastman ATV Photo / Video Director”. Responsibilities would be to manage, edit, direct, organize and coordinate with both club members and friends of the club regarding photo opportunities. The club will also be working with professional drone videographers, so a volunteer who would feel comfortable helping out in this manner and look forward to embracing this opportunity would be of great benefit to the club.

This is a big task, and will take up some of your free time. Ideally the candidate would become the contact person for  members to send in their photos or videos. Having a coherent collection of photos and videos, would allow us to show more of our rides and events for our website, social media and events. The photo director would also be working with new or existing board members. Please let me know if you are interested, or have any questions.
Call Don E. – cell 204.558.5690

*This position does not need to be limited to one person. Perhaps it would work to have different tasks delegated to different individuals? If so, it is something we can discuss together. Please talk, text, or email me. The position has the potential to be quite enjoyable, while capturing some great moments in history.

We have the rough draft for our Eastman ATV 2022 Ride Schedule and will have the final out in February. In addition to the regular ride,a slower paced young family ride will be offered on the same day; a shorter ride,with more stops, and a slower pace. As this group may have some less experienced riders, we want to bring safety even more to the forefront. All safety and legal practices will be reviewed and  followed to enjoy the safest of rides.

Registration for 2022 Eastman ATV Membership  is open
Go to   
Please join and support your riding area.

Membership has increased from $45 to $50. I don’t think anyone thinks this is unjustified, if you do please let me know. All of our club costs have doubled, and in some cases,more than doubled. The additional five dollars this year is necessary and reasonable. I understand we have a large number of members who support us with membership for trail maintenance. Many ride with their own groups and times, and out of respect for that, we need to keep the increase prudent. 

We are  incredibly grateful for the many members that support us by purchasing memberships. We use the majority of membership dues to be matched dollars in grants. EATV wants to be known for taking care of great trails. We are all part of that, thank you!

Eastman ATV January 2022 Update

Best wishes for the New Year for all, 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 in each other. Eat well, enjoy those around you, and we can all look forward to seeing each other in the 2022 riding season.

2022 Eastman ATV memberships are available online, sales are now open for the 2022 riding season. Due to ongoing increase in our costs we are increasing membership dues to $50. Membership is now open and we have already had a few members sign up to test the system, all is working. We are early, I know the club will grow a little more this year, so It’s good to start rebuilding our membership so we can make the best ride plan for the year. We will again provide a full ride season schedule with locations and dates for the year. 

Give a friend or relative the gift of membership,  we have exciting announcements on offering additional  rides styles, stay tuned.

Eastman ATV December Update

With another ATV season behind us, I hope everyone was able to get out with your riding group, and enjoy some great ATV experiences. Fortunately, there were a substantial  number of good days that permitted backwoods travel after being closed all summer. The Eastman ATV Ride Schedule had many challenges. First, we had to deal with COVID and group size. Scheduling became a real scramble and required a lot of planning. Following COVID guidelines required us to split the group into two to meet group meetings outdoors regulation. A second challenge was the fire ban, which was in place for part of June, all of July and Aug. Once again, we were fortunate to be able to reschedule in September and provide members with a new ride schedule. We had 30 machines or more for all rides with some over 60. All rides were scheduled to take place on different routes. We rode  mostly what seemed easy routes for most this past year. The water level being so low this year allowed different riding. The bottom line is the  Ride Crew worked hard and delivered a full ride season!   Thank you Ride Crew!!!

Eastman ATV had its 2nd Annual Steak & Spud Windup at the Lorette Hotel. It was a fantastic success! A big thank you to everyone who attended, and a special “thank you” to all the companies that donated all the great door prizes! At the 1st Windup we sold 80 tickets. This year we sold 140 tickets and raised $5,200. for Eastman ATV. WOW! It turned out extremely well, better than imagined. I hope next year we can lose the masks and mingle after all the prizes have been handed out. Thanks again to Roland Fillion for putting this event together, and, the rest of the team, for helping out. So nice to see so many good friends.

Sled season is here, so our trails are closed. There are many riders who ATV year around. For instance, in Quebec the winter ATV season is bigger than the summer ATV season! Someday it would be nice to have our own snow groomer for ATV trails. Nothing wrong with dreaming! 

Seasons Greetings & have a great December

Eastman ATV November Update

Hello Eastman ATV, and Friends of Eastman ATV in the Manitoba ORV community. I hope you have enjoyed your offroad experiences this year. The dry conditions put a halt on riding for July and Aug. Equipment was in short supply, for some models, making it a challenging summer to start to ride. Regardless of that, more and more people are enjoying their SxS or ATV, by getting out for the day with friends and/or family. It’s nice to see the growth of the ORV community in a safe family oriented environment.

The weather turned around in September, and fortunately Eastman ATV was able to reschedule the lost summer rides to the Fall.The Fall ride dates provided a full schedule of rides, less one. With the hard work of the Ride Crew, we had our last ride of the season this past Saturday.The weather was perfect. Without any rain or dust, the ride was very enjoyable in the Belair Forest.

Shannon Blair answered Eastman ATVs call for IT help. Shannon is now the administrator for both Eastman and RFM websites and will take over all the tasks required in  running our site.. Shannon and Ryan are also joining our ATV Ride for Mom Committee. Thank you Shannon & Ryan!

Membership with the Eastman ATV community, provides opportunities to enjoy riding the trails with a friendly, sociable group of people. Our rides are rain or shine, except for freezing rain. Otherwise, we ride in all types of weather. It has been a rich year of experiences, on and off the trail with Eastman. I have developed new friendships and along with my old friends,we have enjoyed this riding season. Because of our ride schedule and the ability to follow Eastman ATV on Facebook, we have a record number of memberships.

Currently, we are in hunting season, so consider waiting until December to ride. If you are intending to ride, for safety reasons, consider wearing bright colors, not camo.

The ATV Ride for Mom has had its kick off meeting, the event is scheduled for June 4th 2022. We are looking for a few people to lead. Donations, Media, Photo / Videographer, and Parking are four positions that we need help with.

Eastman ATV October Ride Update

Our riding season is still looking nice, the Seddon’s Corner ride last Saturday was great, 30 machines 2 groups, it’s turning out to be a great fall riding season!  Having the trails closed due to fire hazards for most of the summer  was frustrating, but we were able to achieve very close to the original number of rides scheduled, a big thank you to our Ride Director and support team. We are all grateful to have 2 more rides this fall, we hope.

Contact Roland and get your tickets for the Eastman wind up. Bring a friend, bring your family, we need to know steak or chicken for the meal. We are also putting a one time order in for hoodies, freezer jackets, hats whatever the majority want, send me your request and I can advise costs and information

The ATV Ride for Mom is a committee of Eastman ATV,  ATV Ride for Mom has raised over $64,000  for Cancer Care Manitoba over the past 5 years, this is a sustainable purpose for our organization.    We are organizing 2022, please consider helping out.  Eastman ATV continues to look for like minded members to  become active with our board or committees. 

I want to stop and say ” Thank You” to our greater community, there are many people who are not current club members who do big and little things to support Eastman ATV. It’s an enjoyable experience to be a part of the great people who make this organization in and around the club. The volunteer work for Eastman ATV is very rewarding in many ways as we continue our growth.

Oct.16 – SaturdayMarchand / Woodridge
Oct.27 – WednesdayRFM MeetingGive me a call if you want to be part of the team for the 2022 ATV Ride for Mom, call Don
Oct.30 – SaturdayBelair RideMembers ride
Nov.12 – FridayWindup Spud & SteakAll welcome to attend!
Nov.20 – SaturdayEastman ATV AGMAll welcome! Only members can vote

Duration; March 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022
$45 online for membership at 
All members receive a “Membership / Voluntary Trail Pass ” decal, 2021 Eastman ATV Membership card, and an official Eastman ATV Trail map.

Eastman ATV Ride & Event Schedule – Fall 2021

Sep.11 – SaturdayTrail Cleanup & RideAll welcome, email to get free lunch & water
Sep.18 – SaturdayWoodridge / PineyMembers ride
Oct.2 – SaturdaySeddon’s Corner RideMembers ride
Oct.12 – TuesdayEastman ATV Board MeetingEastman ATV members welcome, call me to arrange – Don
Oct.16 – SaturdayMarchand / Woodridge
Oct.27 – WednesdayRFM MeetingGive me a call if you want to be part of the team for the 2022 ATV Ride for Mom, call Don
Oct.30 – SaturdayBelair RideMembers ride
Nov.12 – FridayWindup Spud & SteakAll welcome to attend!
Nov.20 – SaturdayEastman ATV AGMAll welcome! Only members can vote

The events speak for themselves, if you are a member of Eastman ATV you will be getting more specific or detailed updates on this. members are getting their rides back! Lets ride! This Saturday; all are welcome to attend – let Bill know at the email above. 

150 Members
For 2021 we have 150 membership purchases as of Sept 9th. This is a big deal for any ATV Club. A big thank you to those of you who helped build this club, have helped in some way through the years, and the new members building onto this club today. We have our ducks in a row, we need more members willing to step up to the board to help develop opportunities. 

Please support your riding area. Join the many people that see the $45 online, for membership at  as  your choice to improve your trails. 

All members receive a “Membership / Voluntary Trail Pass ” decal, 2021 Eastman ATV Membership card, and an official Eastman ATV Trail map. 

Eastman ATV Trail Cleanup Ride

We are having our Eastman ATV/ Unsmoke Canada trail clean up and ride this Saturday Sept 11/21. The event will start at 9am at the Eastman staging area just off hwy 1.

There will be coffee and donuts to get things started and a trail lunch provided for the first 50 people to attend. (We normally don’t get 50 so come out). We are excited to be partnered with Unsmoke Canada for this event.

We will be forming groups and the first part of the day will be doing the clean up followed by the trail lunch then we will conclude with a ride.  I look forward to seeing everyone and meeting some of our newest members. This is the first time we have a sponsor for our Trail Clean Up, I’m sure it won’t be our last. See you all on Saturday Sept 11th !!!

Please contact Bill Marsh and let him know if you are planning to attend, (that way we can order more sandwiches if we need) or just come out.Come out and meet your friends in the outdoors, we would like to see each other.

Eastman ATV September Update

It’s been a wacky year for many of us, let’s go riding! 

The backwoods travel ban was lifted Friday Aug 21st, too late for our scheduled ride the following day. Many still made it out to ride and enjoyed a few rides since. Im really looking forward to our scheduled Sept. 18 ride, we will be sending a ride update in the next week to club members for ride details. We are going to try to make up at least some of the rides missed due to the fire travel ban. If you want to help Eastman ATV with rides let us know.

I expect we will combine the AGM with a ride again. Our AGM is for you to ask questions, voice concerns and provide your board with guidance as to what you want for your club. Club membership allows you to have a voice with both the government and the organized ORV community. I will provide more information in the next 2 weeks on this event.

Trail maintenance is ongoing, big projects underway demanding time and money from our  volunteer Trail crew. A big thanks to them for their hard work. Fortunately our club is in a reasonable position to buy the needed materials and equipment rentals with one of the 2 grants we worked hard to aquire.

For 2021 we have 144 membership purchases as of Sept 1st, that beats all of 2020. Please support your riding area. Join the many people that see the $45 online, for membership at  as  your choice to improve your trails. All members receive a “Membership / Voluntary Trail Pass ” decal, 2021 Eastman ATV Membership card, and an official Eastman ATV Trail map. 

Unsmoke Canada
Trail Clean Up, come out and enjoy our trail clean up. We are going to make a day of it, give groups an area to clean and see what we can do. Good day to meet members, and again, more information to follow.

We are considering additional rides or combo events to get more rides this year, I will be sending an Eastman ATV Ride update to members within the next 2 weeks

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