ATVMB New Board of Directors

Posted on: Tuesday March 20, 2018 – 12:13 pm CDT

ATV Manitoba held their first Club Summit on Saturday, March 17th, in conjunction with the 2018 Annual General Meeting. The summit was a relaxed event providing ATVMB Club executives with the opportunity to network with the ATVMB Board of Directors and hear from Oksana Buhel of the Canadian Off Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV), who gave a presentation on Club/Federation relationships and how we are connected to the bigger national picture through the All Terrain Quad Council of Canada (AQCC) and COHV.

The Annual General Meeting followed the Summit in the afternoon when members heard from Blair McTavish of the Department of Sustainable Development; Chris Ewen, Mayor of Ritchot; Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director of Snoman; and Bob Lagasse, MLA for Dawson Trail.

Members also participated in the annual election of officers and we are happy to report that we now have a Board of 11 directors who are all eager to serve as the leaders of the ATV community in Manitoba. Thanks to all directors for volunteering their time and expertise to assist ATVMB in building the ATV trail network in Manitoba and encouraging safe responsible riding on our trails.
We would also like to extend thanks to departing board members Calvin Egg, Chris Frazao and Natalie Sever for volunteering their time to serve on the ATVMB Board of Directors. We wish each of them continued success in the future.
Please join us in congratulating the new ATVMB Board of Directors:
Armando Brambilla, Eastman ATV Association
Tim Chartier, Belair ATV Club
Greg Gowruluk, Eastman ATV Association
Gary Greenaway, Eastman ATV Association
Gary Hora, Woodridge Sandhogs ATV Club
Peter Konoplenko, Belair ATV Club
Fred Lake, Nopiming 4 Lakes 4 Wheelers
Jim Nicol, Eastman ATV Association
Hartley Pokrant, Belair ATV Club
Rollie Riel, Belair ATV Club
Brian Rychlicki, Belair ATV Club
John Meed, Ex-Officio director – Saskatchewan ATV Assoc.

The All Terrain Vehicle Association of Manitoba Annual Report to Members March 2018


The All Terrain Vehicle Association of Manitoba Annual Report to Members

March 2018

 The past year has been another busy and successful year for ATV Manitoba with much work being accomplished both in the Board Room and outside on the trails.

COHV Canada 150 Grant Program

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council announced the Canada 150 Grant Program, which was made available to Federations for trail work in 2017. The ATVMB Board decided to offer this grant program to our clubs and four clubs submitted applications for trail projects. ATVMB then combined those applications into one provincial application, which was accepted by COHV and the work began.

Belair ATV Club:

The Belair ATV Club submitted an application for a bridge washout repair on the new Whistle Pig Trail. This was a  major project with work being done to repair and shore up a trestle bridge along this decommissioned rail bed. In addition to the repairs required to make this trail safe, signage was also added and the trail is now ready for anyone who is looking for a great destination ride. The trail runs from Hwy 59, just north of Gull Lake, to Pine Falls Manitoba. For more info on trails in the Belair area visit the club website,

Eastman ATV Association:

The Eastman ATV Association applied for funding through the COHV Canada 150 Grant program to facilitate a trail expansion project on their Eastman ATV Trail – Trail with a View, Celebration 150. The expansion added an addition 17.5 km’s to the existing trail for a total of 73.5 km’s of trail. The trail now runs from the Eastman staging area, running along the famous Dawson Trail, then loops southwest to hook up with the original Eastman Trail. For more information please visit their website, 

South Interlake ATV Club:

The South Interlake ATV Club was granted funding through the COHV Grant program to update Interlake Pioneer Trail kiosk signage with their new club logo and website information. The IPT is a multi-use trail shared by ATVers, snowmobilers, hikers, mountain bikers, geocachers and horseback riders and has been managed by SIATV since 2009. The additions to kiosk signage will provide trail users with up- to-date information about the South Interlake ATV Club, the Interlake Pioneer Trail and will provide users with a contact to convey feedback or notification of any issues encountered on the trail. For more information on SIATV and the Interlake Pioneer Trail please visit their website,

Woodridge Sandhogs:

With the help of funding through the COHV Canada 150 grant program, the Sandhogs were able to reroute their trail to run through the forest, rather than along a transmission line. The trail required reclamation after a devastating winter storm in 2012 and the project resulted in 13 km’s of trail being added to their existing trail, for a total of 85 km’s of trail in the area. For for information please visit their website, .

Rock road ATV Club

The Rock Road ATV Club, formerly known as the Portage Off Road Vehicle Club, went through the process of changing their name this year to better reflect their membership. RRAC continues to maintain their ATV riding park near Portage la Prairie, offering members the opportunity to come together and enjoy safe, responsible outings with family and friends. Visit their Facebook page to connect,

Trail Development:

ATVMB is happy to report that our Manitoba ATV trail network is growing! Over the past year, the Belair ATV Club successfully negotiated an agreement with the RM of Alexander to manage a recently acquired decommissioned rail bed from Pine Falls to Gull Lake as a 30 km multi-use motorized recreational trail. The former rail bed was acquired when the Central Manitoba Railway company (CEMR) no longer required it to service the recently closed Pine Falls paper mill. The wooden ties and steel rails were removed, but fortunately the five large wooden trestle bridges were left intact. Through club fundraising efforts and grant funding from the RM and the Canadian Off Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV), the club undertook several major projects to repair a bridge approach washout and also install hundreds of feet of safety railings on all the trestle bridges. In addition, the entire length of the trail was signed to ATVMB standards and is now open for use. The rail trail has been christened the “Whistle Pig” trail. During the upcoming fiscal year, the Belair ATV Club will negotiate with the RM of St. Clements to acquire multi-use motorized trail status for an additional 75 km’s from Gull Lake all the way to East Selkirk.

Over the past two years the Belair ATV Club and ATVMB have been planning and negotiating with the Province of Manitoba for the right to maintain and sign 120 km’s of trail within the Belair Forest, which will provide connectivity to the Whistle Pig Rail Trail and also connect trail access to communities within the East Beaches catchment area. These trails feature outstanding forest vista’s and a

sandy trail base, which provides for excellent trail durability. Negotiations have now been completed with the Province resulting in ATVMB and the Belair ATV Club receiving conditional approval to sign and maintain the trails, which will now be part of the ATVMB managed trail system in Manitoba. It is anticipated that these trails will receive final approval this spring with signing and trail improvements to occur over the summer of 2018.


The promotion of safe riding is part of the ATVMB mandate and over the past two years ATVMB has been working with Manitoba Public Insurance on safety promotion. MPI generously donated the time and expertise to develop the artwork for a safety poster and handle bar hangers that will be displayed in power sport dealerships.

The ATVMB Safety Committee has been actively pursuing partners to work with us on delivery of a recreational ATV safety training program with the hope that we will be able to offer the Canadian ATV Safety Institute (CASI) training program to our members in the future. CASI is the program endorsed by both AQCC and COHV and is offered in many provinces across Canada. While ATV safety programs do exist in Manitoba, such as the one offered by Safety Services Manitoba, uptake by the general public has been extremely low. Ultimately, we would like to be able to offer the CASI program as the ATV safety program of choice. The Federations that have had the most success with the CASI program are those that have legislated ATV safety training as mandatory for certain age groups. ATVMB believes that it is all about educating riders regarding the need for training, particularly for young riders. It is a bit of an uphill climb, but we will continue to focus on promotion of safe riding.


Membership is growing at the Club level with an increase in membership numbers over last year and in addition, we are happy to report that a new club has formed called the Nopiming 4 Lakes 4 Wheelers. Please join the Board in welcoming our newest ATVMB Club! We look forward to getting to know the members in the months to come.

In an effort to increase membership, ATVMB in cooperation with a number of member clubs, developed a “Free One Year Membership” program in partnership with the Mid-Canada Marine and Powersports Dealer Association dealer members. This is an “opt-in” program that clubs can participate in if they want to grow their member numbers. Anyone purchasing a new ATV or side-by-side will have the opportunity to join a participating club at no cost for a period of one year.

Member Benefits:

The benefits of being a member of a club and ATVMB are not always clear. There is the obvious benefit of belonging to a club where you are able to interact and socialize with like-minded peers and then there are benefits that have a direct financial impact, like discounted insurance coverage through the Oasis “Got Toys” Program,

One of the biggest benefits of ATVMB membership is the club insurance coverage. All ATVMB clubs are covered by Commercial General Liability and Directors’ and Officers’ Insurance. The CGL policy covers the trail and protects the club in the event that they are sued by someone using the trail, or during an organized ride or social event. The Directors’ and Officers’ Insurance protects the personal assets of board members in the event that the organization is sued for any wrongful act or mis-statement during the course of day-to-day activities. Both of these policies are critical to the success of an organization and both are offered to ATVMB clubs at a significant discount.

Then there is advocacy, this activity very often goes unnoticed by the average member, however, it is a critical component to the success of a club and important to individual members. ATVMB is your voice when dealing with Government. It is through the advocacy efforts of ATVMB that we have been able to successfully designate ATV trails on Crown land. ATVMB is advocating for sustainable funding, which when received will benefit all ATVMB clubs.

ATVMB also responds to the threat of trail closures and works with various levels of Government to mitigate the impact of potential trail closures.

ATVMB Clubs also benefit when grant funding becomes available. Whether it is through the National Trails Coalition as was the case in 2014, or through the COHV Canada 150 Grant program in 2017, membership has benefits! Our trail development would not be what it is today if not for the opportunity to apply for funding through various avenues.

Public Relations:

ATVMB once again participated in a number of public relations activities. These events provide an opportunity to connect with the public, government and riders for the purpose of promoting responsible recreational riding in our province. Over the past year ATVMB has participated in the following PR events: In April 2017 we attended the MTCML Trade Show in conjunction with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities Municipal Officers Seminar. This event provides us with the opportunity to network with Municipal Officers from across the

  • In October 2017ATVMB participated in the MMPDA Powersports Show held at the Red River Exhibition
  • February 2018 ATVMB had a presence at the Manitoba Outdoor This was the second year for this show, which saw a marked increase in attendance over last year.
  • The MMPDA has been invited ATVMB to participate in the 2018 RV show which will be held March 8 – ATVMB will be present on the weekend in the “What To Do When you Get There” section of the show. Should be fun!

Thanks to all of our volunteers for participating in these various events. We would be lost without you!

National Representation:

The All Terrain Quad Council of Canada held their conference and Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg in September 2017. ATVMB President Armando Brambilla was in attendance and Executive Director, Kim Wozniak was part of the planning committee for the event which included a panel discussion on Thursday evening involving ATVMB members and Federation representatives from across the country; the conference and AGM followed on Friday; and the event wound up with an ATV ride on the Little Big Foot Trail in Woodridge. Kim Wozniak is now the AQCC Second Vice-President and continues to keep the ATVMB Board updated on national activities.

AGM 2018:

The ATVMB Board of Directors look forward to meeting with members at the 2018 AGM on March 17th, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Transcanada Centre in Iles des Chenes, Manitoba.

ATV Ride for Mom 2018

June 9th, Date Set For the 2018 ATV Ride For Mom
Yes!  Eastman ATV is Proud to announce it will be holding the 3rd annual ATV Ride For Mom in support of CancerCare Manitoba.

Get to know a new trail 80 km in the beautiful Sandilands area, Eastman ATV members and a great bunch of Outdoor Enthusiasts! Eastman’s trail is proudly introduced, signed and maintained by Eastman ATV members. The 80 kilometer trail is the first of its kind built on Crown Land, in the beautiful Richer/Sandilands area and is sure to impress! Come join in a family oriented event. In addition to the Ride, the event includes:
Awesome Dog – 8″ All Beef wiener on 7″ Kub hot dog bun
Name in Door Prize Draw
Access to 50/50 Draw

For the 2018 Ride, the event fees will not include Breakfast.  To accommodate riders who desire breakfast a Breakfast Truck will be on site.
By supporting our ride with a donation, you are helping to support CancerCare Manitoba in its work to change lives and change the course of cancer in our province. Every donation – no matter the size – is critical as we work together to stay ahead of this disease. Thank you for your consideration

Eastman ATV Accountable to Maintain Trail

Eastman ATV is the first ATV organization that has been held accountable for the maintenance and repairs to the trails in the Sandilands Provincial Forest.  No other groups have been held accountable to this level.  Maintenance and repairs take place in the spring, before and after an ATV event and in the fall.

Before ATV events, Sustainable Development (Manitoba Conservation) requests Eastman ATV carry out repairs to specific areas of the trail. Further, grading of certain intersections was also required immediately after the ride.  All these repairs and upgrades of the trail were completed. In the last two Ride for Mom, (RFM), events, thousands of dollars has been spent for preparation and repairs of the trail system. Contractors, rental machines and supplies such as, a granular material, geo cell and geo tech were required.  A bridge had to be built for the first RFM then widened the following year to accommodate the wider side-by-sides.  Eastman ATV is committed to this pilot project of developing a sustainable trail system for all user groups to share and enjoy. This has been done with dedicated volunteers who have spent countless hours to ensure that all Government criteria are followed.

We have to follow all Provincial Forestry and Crown Land permit requirements. This includes Eastman ATV have environmental spill kits, fire extinguishers, safety training and wear appropriate PPE to carry out these repairs.

These items become very expensive to carry out with no sustainable funding in place.  Please consider renewing your membership with Eastman ATV as your membership dollars are needed and used to help continue this project of developing a viable sustainable trail system in the Sandilands Provincial Forest.

Gary Greenaway
Trail Director


AGM Date Set – April 8, 2018

Our Eastman Annual General  Meeting, AGM, will be held on April 8, 2018, at Le Club Les Bles d’Or, 1254 Dawson Road in Lorette. More info will follow. This year we are looking for nominations for five positions on the Eastman Board. The positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, Trail Director and Director. Its important to get involved in our club and we appreciate all the work the volunteers do all year. Please consider being nominated for one of these positions and keep our club exciting and a leader in the ATVing in Manitoba. New Board members are important to continue the great work that has already been accomplished. If you are interested please contact Terry at

We have a booth at the Manitoba Outdoor Show, Red River Exhibition Place on Feb 9 – 11, 2018. If you are in Winnipeg drop by for a visit. If you would like to volunteer some time at the booth and promote our club contact Gary at We would love to see you there!

ATVMB are having their AGM on March 17 in Ile des Chenes. This is an important meeting as this is where we vote for the ATVMB Board members who represent ATVing in Manitoba and are our liaison with the Manitoba Government. As ATVing in Manitoba is growing it is extremely important to get involved and let your voice be heard on where the future of your sport is heading.

Last year we were considering not having a Ride for Mom this year. We heard from our riders that they wanted to have a ride this year so we are doing our preparations for the 2018. We decided to try a different format so we hope you like it. The Ride for Mom will be held on June 9th. See more information coming in February.

This is just the beginning of the year. We would like to continue our monthly rides in the summer and would appreciate ideas for rides and more importantly if you would like to lead a ride let us know. Also don’t forget to renew your membership!

So watch in February for information on the 2018 RFM and please give it some thought about the Board positions.

Thanks Jo

Vice President, Eastman ATV Association

Ride for Mom raises over $12,000 for CancerCare Manitoba

In June of 2017, 800 riders descended on the only trail in Manitoba on Crown land that is signed and maintained
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Deborah Nicol’s special pink ATV.— Deborah Nicol photo

CancerCare Manitoba is working to change lives by raising funds for patient care, support and research. Deborah Nicol, former president of the Eastman ATV Association, knows first hand how important this is as a breast cancer survivor herself.

Nicol brought the idea of doing a Ride for Mom on ATVs to the Eastman ATV Association board, they loved the idea, and work began for the first annual ride in 2016. It was so successful, they decided to do it again. The 2nd Annual Ride for Mom, sponsored by Adventure Power Products, took place on June 3, 2017, and was a massive and overwhelming success with 800 participants and over $12,000 raised for CancerCare Manitoba.

Deborah Nicol (far left) with friends at the 2017 Ride for Mom.
Nicol is a breast cancer survivor and came up with the idea to do the Ride for Mom.
— Deborah Nicol photo

“For me, being a breast cancer survivor, the Ride for Mom meant a lot because it gave me an opportunity to deal with my own cancer as well as to give back to the great support and care I got,” she said. “Everyone was so gung-ho about it, it kind of went from there. We had an amazing, successful first year and decided to do it again.”

In 2016, for the first ride, the club was nearing completion of its new trail in Sandilands Provincial Forest, about an hour from Winnipeg. The club spent six years building the first-ever trail on Crown land that’s signed and maintained. It stretches nearly 90 kilometres. The club, along with the All Terrain Vehicle Association of Manitoba, opened the trail, and then the next day, held the first Ride for Mom. Fast forward to this year, the trail is now in season two and the response for this year’s Ride for Mom was even more overwhelming than the last.

Members of the Eastman ATV Association at the 2017 Ride for Mom.
— Deborah Nicol photo

“We actually had to put a cap on the number of riders because the trail is in the Sandilands Provincial Forest,” said Nicol. “The trail can only handle so many ATVs since it takes a huge toll on the trails. We also made it a ride, not a derby, since we really wanted this to be a family event and encourage women and children to come out and ride.”

On June 4, 2017, the ride started at the staging site for the trail at the end of Dawson Road, right at the beginning of the Sandilands Forest, east of Richer, Manitoba. The Ride for Mom involved doing an approximately 80-kilometre loop with a halfway point where “Awesome Dog” served enough hotdogs for 800 people. Extreme Medic also volunteered its time and had an ambulance on site.

Members of the Eastman ATV Association at the 2017 Ride for Mom.
— Deborah Nicol photo

The ride involved an incredible amount of community involvement, donations and volunteers. For instance, Maple Leaf donated 1,500 sausages for the pancake breakfast; Original Pancake House donated the pancake batter; tables, chairs and tents were donated at a reduced rate from Tentations; and McDonalds donated all the coffee. Ride for Mom also involved over $12,000 in silent auction prizes and a door prize of a GPS donated by Cabela’s.

There were over 60 volunteers including many Eastman club members and their families who helped in every way they could, in all aspects of the event. Most importantly, the trail needed a lot of work and club members gave up their weekends and holidays to do it.

Participants of the Ride for Mom stop for a photo.
— Deborah Nicol photo

“We are debating whether we can do a Ride for Mom next year as it’s a ton of work and really hard on our trails,” said Nicol. “We had to get some heavy equipment in because you don’t think a corner is going to take much of a beating but when you have 800 people going around a corner, it becomes a wall. It’s a huge commitment by our trail committee members who give up their holidays to do the work. We’re having a meeting next week to decide what to do next year. The response is overwhelming from people who want it to happen again but it’s just such a huge commitment.”

Stay tuned and keep checking the Eastman ATV Association website to find out if the event will go on for a third year.

“Ride for Mom really supports an amazing cause,” said Nicol. “CancerCare Manitoba was amazing to work with—they were right beside us through the whole thing. They came out and were an amazing crew to work with. We are so thankful we could support them and we are humbled by all the support from the Eastman club, from member, their families, members of CancerCare, the volunteers, our sponsors—it’s very humbling to have them give so much of their products and time and support.”

Our Trail is “Closed” Eastman ATV, November, 15th

Winter is upon us and the riding season has come to a close for most of us.
The Eastman ATV trail system shares a portion of the trail with the snowmobile club, this portion of the trail will be closed to ATV traffic as of November, 15th. With the early snow this year we ask that you respect the closer and give the snowmobile club a great riding season. Please respect the shared portion of the trail system.
We don’t patrol or maintain the trail in the winter months, therefore we have no trail conditions available for the rest of our trail system.
You may travel the rest of the Eastman ATV trail system as you wise as there is no legislation stopping you from accessing the provincial forest any time of the year we just ask that you respect the snowmobile trail system as an ATV can damage the trail and raise safety concerns for the snowmobile-ers. So in closing this seasonal closer is a policy rather then legislation. You could say it is a gentlemen’s agreement. With respect to other trail users.
Ride safe see you in the spring

ATVMB at the MMPDA PowerSports Show

The MMPDA Powersports Show is coming up in about 3 weeks, happening on October 21 & 22 at the Red River Exhibition Grounds! In the parking lot during the show ATVMB will be hosting a swap meet which is open to the general public! Got something to sell? Whether it is an ATV, Snowmobile, Dirt Bike, parts 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 or contact H. Pokrant,  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

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there!


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 or contact H. Pokrant,  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

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