Author: Donald Eidse

Eastman ATV August Update

 It’s unusually dry. No… no backcountry travel is still in effect. We have had little rain, we need 50 ml or more to change the conditions. This is not the time to ride with such a high fire hazard. Do you need any service on your ride? Maybe this is the time to clean it up & spray with silicone to bring that color out.  Perhaps finally install that light bar,  horn, put the fire extinguisher back on, or take it in to get that done. I have finally pick up some extra fuses. I know we are all ready to go, our time will come.

Unsmoke Canada
We are having a trail clean up September 11th & 12th, please come out and support your riding area. You will receive a free t-shirt, water, and lunch from Unsmoke Canada our trail clean up sponsor. A very big Thank You to Unsmoke Canada for sponsoring this trail clean up event. Contact Bill Marsh and let him know what day works for you. We will be providing an update next month for you, mark it down on your calendar please, it will be an awesome social event also. 

We had a challenge with our contact list,  it was an internal crash, no security threat and we are in the process of recapturing the email addresses, please bear with us, if you get it at the wrong  email address or not at all, let us know, or you can rejoin our mailing list. We need your help with our email contact list, if you could go to our website and re-join if you do not get this as an email.  I appreciate your help on this as the circle of friends that are loosely part of our group in one way or another. There will be some incorrect or missing emails as I’m working with original email addresses on a one by one basis. Some bounce backs I can fix, most I can’t.  If you do not receive an email by Aug 3rd, please re-join our mailing list, if you’re a member say “hey Don fix this!” Either way I want to be sure we have your correct email on our Eastman ATV Monthly Update, we value both membership, our growing Facebook friends, and associates in our Manitoba Outdoor circle.

We were planning an Outdoor Eastman ATV 2021 AGM to meet Covid 19  restrictions, fire restrictions halt us. We may consider a Zoom AGM.

“No backcountry Travel” has Eastman ATV in a no go position for any outdoor events, we will keep you posted. Thank you for your continued support of Eastman ATV, planning for our future.

Eastman ATV July Update


Absolutely uplifting and joyous to be out riding with the club. We had a great ride June 26th from our staging area out to the Whitemouth River with 2 separate groups, both groups had a full day of riding, a little hot but great to be on a ride again with friends

For 2021 Please support your riding area. Please spend the same as 1/2 tank of gas for yearly support of your trails. 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.
I have caught up on the 2021 membership listing and email group. If you are a 2021 member you should be receiving the Ride Update email, if not email me, please.

The Eastman ATV board has been busy at work on all fronts. We have been able to acquire 2 grants very recently so we are very excited about that, one is 50/50 with matched club funds, so your $45 membership is used to match the grant giving us double. the $2,500 grant, $2,500 membership = $5,000 to fix the trail. This has been our biggest membership year with 140 so far with 42 of them new family memberships, I still have a few memberships to send out to members. The Ride schedule is available to members, we have missed one of the scheduled rides, we will try to make it up. Next ride is July 24th, members will receive an update Trail maintenance is ongoing, we really appreciate the people who come out to help on the trail work, thank you.

See the attached statistics on motorcycle and ORV off road equipment sales if you are interested.

Hopefully by July 24 more restrictions are lifted and we can ride as one group, we will keep you posted.

Eastman ATV June Update

Covid restrictions have suspended the group rides, and now a fire ban. Cant ride so have a read and see the attachments, I hope to see you on the trail soon. Today should be the Ride for Mom, further disappointment. I look forward to the ride to come.

Attached is the ATVMB Safety Brochure along with ATVMB Trail Etiquette.

As an active member of ATVMB we have the same or similar values as our Provincial partner, and we value having provincial standards and best practices to provide the best for membership.

ATV/Quad Safety Week June 10 to 18th is a product and public relations initiative of the Canadian Quad Council and its provincial member organizations, engaging all ATV, ROV, and OHV users along with key media outlets throughout Canada. By sharing best practices, tools, and resources we will strengthen our sports safe culture. Safe choices impact our families, and the communities in which we recreate. Let’s become united in our sport to continuously improve safety and awareness so that each rider returns home safe after every ride. Together, we can build a stronger, safer Sport.

2021 CAMPAIGN THEME When we think about safety in the OHV community, we first think about things like helmets and goggles as well as riding areas and any current government/municipal restrictions.

Please support Safety week by joining a club $45 online, for membership at

Eastman ATV Group Scheduled RSVP Rides
Currently on hold until outdoor restrictions permit gatherings of 10 or more people outside.
Please remember to RSVP Group Ride, that will be a normal requirement as headcount is critical for the season I expect

Eastman ATV May Update

Take a look at the attached statistics for ATV and motorcycle sales growth last year versus this year. It starts out with motorcycle sales, eventually it gets to ATV sales if you are interested it shows a striking change.

On the ground it means more of us out on trails, and if we use the momentum to organize we can expand our safe and responsible riding areas. We understand it’s going to take sustainable tenacity to see our way through an expansion of our current trail. The fact is the trail we call the expansion is a trail that is there already, that we would like to maintain to make it safer and in compliance with the Provincial ORV Trail Manual. We will continue to work with the local RMs and our partners to plan for the future. We look forward to working with the Province again in a productive manner as we once did. All very very nice people in government, but we have had zero progress for any trail expansions large or small. We are all volunteers, we greatly appreciate your continued support. Having more people talking with their provincial representative is what I encourage you to do. We are good stewards of Crown land, this shines through with our excellent track record in managing the trail.

For 2021 we have 127 membership purchases as of April 30th, that is the same as all of 2020. Please support your riding area. Please spend the same as 1/2 tank of gas for yearly support of your trails. 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.
I finally have caught up on the 2021 membership listing and email group. If you are a 2021 member you should have received one email with the attached Ride Schedule. You will continue to receive ride update information throughout the season.

Eastman ATV Group Scheduled RSVP Rides
Currently 10 person maximum outdoor restriction.
We are hopeful that we may be able to ride in groups of 10, when 10 people arrive, the group leaves. We have a couple of large parking lots to accommodate vehicles and a good& number of radios. I will send an update a week or so before the next scheduled ride and we will have a more accurate description for members. Please remember to RSVP Group Ride, that will be a normal requirement as headcount is critical for the season I expect.

ATV Ride for Mom
Experienced letter writers: we need your help, to lobby the provincial government, in order to get a safer route for our growing event. We can raise serious money for CancerCare Manitoba if we provide the proper venue. The Manitoba ORV Community, fueling this fundraising event, has raised $100,000 so far. It is growing into an iconic Manitoba ATV Event. Help take the ATV Ride for Mom into the future.

We look forward to Saturday, June 4th, 2022 let’s make it BIG!

I can’t help saying thank you to all the people I have had the pleasure of talking to over the last months. You feel like a very big family to me, Thank you.

Eastman ATV April Update

It’s going to be a great riding year with our 1st ride on the Eastman ATV Trail. You will get a copy of the exact EATV trail on our color brochure when you receive your membership. I will send you an email, before the ride, with specific information to help you enjoy the ride. The 1st ride we ask members not to invite guests as we need to keep our number of people in check, and we will send an update before the ride.

ATV Ride for Mom
Is canceled this year due to Covid 19. We look forward to Saturday, June 4th, 2022.

Trail Maintenance / Environmental Development

We have attached our work schedule and will update as necessary. If you want to come and help, feel free! Our members are welcome to come and join the fun!
We know, that if good trails are available, the majority of the ORV community will use and enjoy them. A healthy, properly developed trail plan, provides manageable environmental protection, allowing for regrowth. Trails can be moved if needed for environmental management reasons. Having the majority of traffic on maintained trails, is the healthiest long term protection of untouched environments.

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.

First Aid
Eastman ATV is planning on holding a St Johns First Aid course. If interested in joining us, please let me know. I can say that I am glad to be here doing my part to support organized ATV riding. Thank you Eastman ATV members for your team work

2021 ATV Ride for Mom Update

Due to the uncertainty of COVID restrictions, the 2021 ATV Ride for Mom, scheduled for Saturday June 5th, is canceled.

We have moved the ATV Ride for Mom to Saturday June 4th 2022!! Last year, the ATV Ride for Mom, raised over $14,000 for Cancer Care Manitoba. The funds raised were achieved without the ride event and without the support of our sponsors. Making a difference doesn’t always require a complicated agenda.

This year, I’m asking our membership to consider investing their time to help CancerCare Manitoba. I will be reporting back after we meet in mid summer, to make a plan. Please let me know if you want to help.

The ATV Ride for Mom is a committee formed by Eastman ATV and we do not take the decision to cancel lightly. This event is there to help the health of Manitobans. Ultimately, the ride cancellation is about respecting the health and well being of our health care workers, and fellow Manitobans. COVID restrictions may still be in place this coming fall. Therefore, planning a ride for that time of year, does not guarantee that the ride wouldn’t be canceled. We want this event to stand out in every one’s mind, while doing right by all Manitobans along with visitors from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Minnesota and North Dakota! The ride welcomes all guests and we don’t want to prevent anyone from attending. So yes, the responsible thing to do is to have the ATV Ride for Mom June, Saturday 4th, 2022.

Thank you Deb Nickel, founder of this event. The energy this event brings to the club is very positive, and the spirit of the “event” touches most of those who have participated. Our club is proud to continue to do our best with treating all RFM events with the care and respect each event deserves.

The ATV Ride for Mom is looking for a breast cancer survivor, to share their story, using Eastman ATV as a platform to raise money for Cancer Care Manitoba. It can be a difficult decision to share one’s story and not everyone is able to do it. However, your story can help and touch many lives. If you are able, please consider this sharing opportunity. You can choose your level of involvement; a little or a lot, this year or next year.

Thank you

Phone format, with the Eastman ATV trail map. We will have scheduled trail clean up and repair dates in advance. These will be added to our Ride Schedule, which will then be forwarded to you in an upcoming update.

If you rode with us last year, you know we enjoyed our riding experiences. Support our trail building and lobbying efforts now and for our future. Buy your Membership for $45.00 at Eastman ATV: online at The Ride Schedule is also available upon request. Please feel free to ask past members what they think of our rides. Come and join us for epic rides this year. Let the good times roll!

Eastman ATV March Update

Correction from last month Feb Update; its – Robert Nuttall, not Richard that accepted the nomination to sit on the nomination committee, and in addition he will be leading some of the rides. Leading rides requires several skills including GPS & radio crew coordination, we will all support Robert and appreciate the extra time Robert and all Rolland’s Ride Crew to hosts such enjoyable rides. Speaking of Rolland’s Ride Schedule…

See attached Ride Schedule

This year will be 2021 members only, sorry no open rides. It’s going to be a great riding year with our 1st ride on the Eastman ATV Trail. You will get a copy of the exact EATV trail on our color brochure when you receive your membership, I will send you an email before the ride with that date specific information you need to enjoy the ride.

ATV Ride for Mom – Update coming March 13th … – Ride tentatively scheduled for Saturday June 5th

Thank you Members of Eastman ATV

If this is your 5th year as a member of Eastman ATV, congratulations, you will receive a “Member 5 Years Decal” A small way of saying thank you, for being part of Eastman ATV. If you have been a member for 5 years or more and you do not get a decal with your new membership, please let me know, I will correct it. You are all part of our success today in one way or another! A genuine thank you!

10 year membership will be celebrated at our annual Steak and Spud Wind Up we are expecting to have, see the event schedule. It would be great to see you 5 and 10 year members at the wind up, pencil it in please. Again we await a change in indoor restrictions before we confirm the event.

Trail Maintenance and Development

Maintenance and development are ongoing, we applied for the “Building Sustainable Communities Program” a 50/50 grant, and we are in communications with Provincial land managers regarding ongoing projects.


$45 online for membership at

All members receive a “Membership / Voluntary Trail Pass ” decal, 2021 Eastman ATV Membership card, an official Eastman ATV Trail map along with the monthly scheduled rides, see attached.

We have T-shirts, hats and toques for $20 each.

Eastman ATV February 2021 Update

What’s new for February on your board of directors?
Richard Nuttall has accepted the nomination to sit on the nomination committee. Richard is passionate about Eastman ATV, he recognizes the direction of the club, and the goodwill it generates. Richard takes his position as Director seriously and is involved in the board’s actions and has become very active on the ride crew.
Bill Marsh has accepted the nomination of Secretary. Bill has been riding Eastern Manitoba trail for many years and knows the Sandilands in great detail. Bill has helped at the Ride for Mom registration for many years, thank you Bill.

Membership Registration Open
We have opened our online family membership. One price $45, same as always, continues to provide a great value package. Please join online at it’s less work for our volunteers online and it’s more accurate as it’s only entered once, by you. Considering we have a membership forecast of 150 memberships, supporting online registration, its the only way we can continue to grow. Online renewals are easy to complete, we have the info you gave us, change it if you need to. From people who want to join the club for the rides, or who want to become more active on the board and/or committee’s; to people who don’t have interest in club rides but would like to support our trail development and maintenance: this club’s for you. What is included in membership? We will have a schedule of about 8 events, mostly club rides to enjoy and to become a part of. If you are helping on pre-rides you will get double the rides. There will be more information next month, with the Ride Schedule!
Members will receive our package in the mail. Included is 1 -ATVMB sticker, 1 – 4 ” Eastman ATV “Membership /Trail Pass Decal”, a membership card, showing your name, number, and current year, (it can be taken in for a 10% insurance discount on your ORV at Toys Are Us Insurance.), an EastmanATV membership brochure with ORV information, and a map of the official Eastman ATV Trail.
Once you become a member, you will receive a Members Ride Update email every riding month. The update will provide details of the upcoming ride and member specific information. In addition,you will receive the general monthly Eastman ATV Update, that goes to the wider Eastman ORV community.

Please go online and get your membership at 

ORV Maintenance:
If you haven’t done it, schedule your ORV maintenance now. Don’t be caught overheating or worse on a group ride or small group. New or old, any brand, they are all fun as long as they run. On top of taking care of your own machine many members carry various parts, that’s being prepared for anything. Maintenance and preparation is an enjoyable part of group rides, be prepared and then it’s way more fun.

Looking forward to the rides ahead!

Eastman ATV January 2021 Update

Hello and best wishes for the New Year.

To all of you who ride sleds, I’m happy to see we have just enough snow. Some of our friends are going to Gimli, as riding is good out there, with more snow. We support our fellow sled riders and wish you a good base and tons of powder for a great season! I have attached a provincial update from ATVMB. Next month’s update will have Eastman ATV news.
Wishing you all the best.
Enjoy your time off if you have it.
Enjoy the day.
Enjoy the moment.
Donald C. Eidse

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