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The All Terrain Quad Council AGM & Ride 2017

The All Terrain Quad Council of Canada hosted their 2017 AGM and Conference in Winnipeg at the Victoria Inn September 7th – 9th. Delegates from across Canada were in attendance September 7th and 8th to learn and network and on September 9th enjoyed a trail ride on the Little Big Foot and Eastman Trails in Southeastern Manitoba.

AQCC and ATVMB would like to extend thanks to our ride sponsors, Adventure Power Products, Headingley Sport Shop, Rond’s Marine and Westside Honda of Selkirk. Thanks to their very generous support, delegates were able to enjoy a great day of riding in Sunny Manitoba – fun was had by all!

AQCC Ride 2017

Thanks also to ride coordinators, Gary Hora of the Woodridge Sandhogs and Dave Lee of the Eastman ATV Association for taking care of recruiting volunteers and making sure that everyone was looked after the day of the ride.

Thanks to Deb Nicol, Jim Nicol, Calvin Egg and Greg Gowryluk, of the Eastman ATV Association for coordinating lunch for the riders. It was delicious, thanks to Danny’s Whole Hog, and was hot and ready when delegates arrived at the lunch stop. Great Job!

The 2017 AQCC Conference, AGM and National Ride was a huge success and we are looking forward to next year in Prince Edward Island!

MMPDA Off Road Show & Sale and ATVMB Public Swap Meet

ATV Manitoba in partnership with the MMPDA “Off Road Show & Sale” will be hosting an outdoor Public Swap Meet on Saturday October 21st and Sunday 22nd, at the Red River Exhibition Grounds parking lot during the show.  Participation in the Public Swap Meet is open to anyone who has something to sell. Whether it is an ATV, Snowmobile, Dirt Bike or something as simple as riding gloves or helmet. ANYTHING! Swap Meet registration is $10 per spot and participants are required to provide their own equipment, e.g. display table, chairs, etc.

To secure a spot, please register on-line TODAY http://www.belairatvclub.ca/atvmb-swap-meet or contact H. Pokrant, hpokrant@mymts.net.  Payment will be taken the day of the event and will also provide you with a ticket to the Show.

The Off Road Show & Sale, aka The Power Sport Show, will feature the latest in Off Road products from over 12 local dealers all under one roof. Check out the “End of Season Blow Out Sale” on RV’s, Boats, Travel Trailers; take a selfie at our Photo Booth; watch the ATV skills riding demonstration; and vote for your favorite at the ATV Show “n” Shine. See more at http://www.powersportshow.ca/

Belair Club Ride

It was a hot and dusty ride in on the Whistle Pig trail, bandannas and goggles were needed to say the least. We had eighteen machine start out with one failure on the rail bed. We had to unfortunately leave one machine in Power-View for pick up. We headed back in the dust and made it back to the trailer by 5:30. It was a test of man machine as the heat was causing a few machines to over heat on the way home. It was great to see the new Belair trail system and look forward in seeing the improvements in the future. Thank you to Gary for leading and showing us the new trail system in the Belair forest.

AOHVA Approaching Land Use Changes with Determination

As we all know, ORV riding has become a significant leisure time activity for families across Canada. In Manitoba alone, the ORV industry is estimated to generate over $250 million per year. Enjoying the outdoors on an ORV has always required access to public lands. Across the country, vast trail systems have been developed, and in Manitoba our member clubs have been working hard in conjunction with ATVMB, the provincial government and various stakeholders – with to date limited funds – to create new trails in Manitoba, which is growing each year as new opportunities become available. Managed trails have proven to provide safety for riders while reducing environmental impact, thus it is essential that public land remain acessible for all Manitobans to enjoy.

It is with a measure of disapointment we continue to hear about the continued targeting of ORV users in Alberta by Alberta’s provincial NDP government, who appear to be attempting to enact one of the largest land use changes in the province’s history. Part of the focus is on the Castle region, which encompasses an area of over 103,000 hectares which is banned to ORV users. Alberta’s Environment Minister Shannon Phillips even went so far as to indicate those those who oppose the ban are “the radical far right” in an article in the Calgary Herald on July 27th: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/province-announces-184-new-campsites-as-part-of-castle-parks-upgrade.

ATVMB strongly opposes the Minister’s identity politics. ORV riding is not a political issue, it is a recognized, long-standing form of recreation that is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. From nurses to teachers to farmers and more, ORV riding is enjoyed by Canadians and their families on a daily basis. Below is a link to the newsletter from AOHVA decribing the ongoing efforts of the tens of thousands of ORV riders in Alberta who respect and want to continue to maintain a comprehensive trail management strategy to ensure public land remains open to all user groups.

Thank You to All the Volunteers

We would like to thank all the volunteers that spend their free time this past weekend work on the Eastman trail system.

We have expanded our trail system and we have build up one section of trail and have cleared another part of the expansion of our trail system. We had three crews working. one cleaning and cutting fallen trees along the trail system.

Our second crew was building up the new section of the trail and repair section of the exciting trail system

The third crew was cleaning culverts and remove material from the drainage system along the trail.

ELEVATED WILDFRIE DANGER

Manitoba Sustainable Development and the Office of the Fire Commissioner advise hot and dry conditions have elevated the wildfire danger levels in many areas of the province heading into the August long weekend.

Manitobans are reminded to exercise extreme caution with any outdoor activities. In areas where ATV use is authorized, stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris and carefully dispose of any debris found. Riders should carry a small shovel, axe and fire extinguisher at all times.

No open burning is allowed without a permit between April 1 and Nov. 15. For information on permits and restrictions, Manitobans can contact their local Sustainable Development office. Municipalities often implement their own restrictions, so individuals should also check with local municipal offices for further information.

Anyone planning a backcountry trip is reminded campfires should only be made in designated fire pits, however a better option is to prepare meals on a light weight portable cook stove. Campers heading into a remote area should tell someone else where they are going and when they expect to return, checking in upon return or if plans change.

To report a wildfire, contact local emergency services at 911 or the forest fire tip line at 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free). More information on wildfire prevention is available at www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/.

One Dead After ATV And Pickup Truck Collision

A fatal collision occurred on Tuesday shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Garven Road (Provincial Road 213) and Briercliffe Road, two miles west of Highway #12, in the RM of Springfield.

Oakbank RCMP attended the scene where an ATV and pickup truck with a trailer containing active bee hives collided. RCMP say early investigations have concluded the pickup truck was traveling westbound on Garven Road when the ATV came out of the south ditch and crossed the road, colliding with the pickup truck.

The pickup truck ended up in the south ditch and the ATV was heavily damaged, but still on the roadway.

RCMP say the 32-year-old male driver of the ATV, from the RM of Springfield, was pronounced dead on scene. The 27-year-old male driver of the pickup truck, also from the RM of Springfield, received minor injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the collision. The RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

The collision occurred on Garven Road and Briercliffe Road in the RM of Springfield

Flatlanders go to the mountains

It was a trip that inspired awe for the natural landscape and an appreciation for the work of local ATVers

by John Meed |

Members of the Queen City Quadders from Regina, Saskatchewan, revel in the beauty of the Castle area.— photo courtesy John Meed

In August of 2016, the Crowsnest Pass Quad Squad, the local ATV club in the area, hosted several members of the Queen City Quadders (QCQ; Regina, Saskatchewan, area ATV club) for a week of riding in the Castle area. For the flatlanders, this was an amazing adventure, and for most, it was their first experience with mountain riding.

The scenery was breathtaking, the riding challenging and the experience memorable. QCQ members were impressed with the work and dedication of the Quad Squad and the time, money and effort their members had put in managing and grooming the trails. The Quad Squad were excellent hosts and guides.

Exploring the area offered several opportunities to view the splendour that is the Canadian Rocky Mountains, as well as the famous Frank Slide, the site of a plane mishap and an abandoned mining town, to mention a few. QCQ members took the opportunity to get off their ATVs and several went to nearby attractions, such as Waterton National Park.

Unfortunately, in recent developments, the Alberta Government has proposed a complete ban on ATVs in the Castle Provincial Park and Wildlands, which could mean that ATV riders will no longer legally be able to experience this amazing venue. The Quad Squad, along with Alberta Off Highway Vehicle Association (AOHVA) and other support groups and interested parties have mounted a campaign to convince the government of compromises that would allow ATV riders the opportunity to still ride on the already developed ATV trail system.

Clubs provide a unified voice to deal with situations that arise, such as proposed area closures.— photo courtesy John Meed

This is a classic example of how quickly situations or access rights can change for ATV users and where clubs and associations can be vital in providing a unified voice when dealing with governments and other decision-makers.

We hope the Alberta Government listens to the Quad Squad, AOHVA and those who want to continue to have this fantastic riding opportunity available to ATV riders in the future.

Wilderness advocate geared up to keep all-terrain vehicles out of parks

Damage leads Wilderness Committee to call for ban on ATVs and dirt bikes in Manitoba provincial parks

Damage from motorized vehicles in Duck Mountain Provincial Park (Eric Reder)

The Wilderness Committee is calling on Manitoba to ban the use of all-terrain vehicles within provincial parks.

ATVs and dirt bikes have torn up trails and scarred wilderness areas within Nopiming Provincial Park in the Canadian Shield of eastern Manitoba and Duck Mountain Provincial Park in the parkland in the west, said Eric Reder, Manitoba campaign director for the Wilderness Committee.

Conservation officers are not enforcing existing rules governing where motorized vehicles can go inside parks, he said. As a result, ATVs are creating mudholes in soft terrain and then compounding the damage by driving into the forest to avoid the pits, he said.

Dirt bikes, meanwhile, are polluting the wilderness with noise, he said.

“Recreational ripping around is not necessary inside a provincial park. There’s a lot of public land, there’s a lot of private land those things can be happening on, but we can’t do that in a park because it’s too much destruction, it’s too much disturbance for an area we need to be protecting,” Reder said Friday in an interview.

Province seeking ‘balance’

“There’s huge wetlands that are being torn up just this year because of all-terrain vehicle traffic, so the government isn’t controlling this. The mandate to control this has to come from the minister’s office. They’ve had this file for years and years and we still haven’t seen any action on it.”

Reder said he took his concerns to the province — and the government confirmed they’ve heard his concerns.

“The province works to achieve a balance between the protection of our parks, while allowing Manitobans certain recreational opportunities, including regulated use of ATVs,” provincial spokesperson Glen Cassie said in a statement.

“Trails are clearly marked and conservation officers enforce rules around access in our parks.”

We have a New Tool in our Tool Box

We are excited to share the news of our purchase of an Alldrive 6 Tonne Power Swivel truck. Eastman ATV was successful in securing a matched grant to help with the purchase of this equipment.

Eastman ATV would to thank the Manitoba Community Services Council MCSC and supporting partners for making this opportunity a reality for our community and all trail user groups of Manitoba. This equipment will be instrumental in helping us, as a club maintain our trail systems here in Manitoba.

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