2019 Christmas Party

The Greedy Santa Gift Exchange is one of the main attractions at the Christmas Party.

Register by Sunday, November 17 – Party is Sunday November 24

It’s time to register for this year’s club Christmas Party (scroll down for the registration form). This is a family friendly event with fun and games for kids, adults and those who can’t decide which they are.

We’re going potluck again for supper so bring your secret family recipe to the party. The club will be providing the staples (turkey, potatoes, etc.) so members will be asked to bring salads, casseroles and such. If we have too many of one thing we may ask if you can bring another dish, but we’ll be in touch either way.

Each year we ask members to bring cash or non-perishable food items for the Food Bank. We challenge everyone bring a minimum of $5 per person for the food bank, the more the better!

Bring a re-gift, new or gently used, wrapped for the Greedy Santa gift exchange game! The gift exchange goes for a couple of hours, the basic premise is an item can be stolen a maximum of three times and when you have an item stolen, you decide if you want to unwrap a new gift from under the tree or steal an open gift from the crowd. We suggest gifts under $20 value, novelty gifts or even re-gift that darn present you got last year you don’t want… it’s all in fun!

For children too young to enjoy having their gifts stolen, the club provides presents. We’ll be in touch to see what your little one would like to receive.

Register by Sunday November 17 at 5:00pm

  • Name (and age of young children) of those attending with you
  • What food dish you would like to bring to the party. If we have too many of one type we may need to ask for another type of dish.
  • We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs where possible.
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Halloween Spooktacular Ride

20+ riders came out Sunday morning an enjoyed perfect weather while taking in the amazing views over Salmon Arm. 

The morning ride took the group north to Mt Ida where everyone enjoyed a view of the city, Shuswap Lake and and beyond.

Riders returned to the central staging area where the campfire was going, hotdogs and goodies brought by members were waiting for the hungry crowd.

After lunch it was time to award the prize for the best costume, the winner was Kent in his Duck Dynasty costume who chose the BDM Motorsports Gift Card. Random draws were held for the Banner Recreation Gift Card and Vernon Motorsports Gift Card.

Thanks to everyone who did a great job getting themselves and their machines dressed up for the ride!

A couple of groups headed off for more exploring in the afternoon which brought them back around dusk for more campfire hotdogs before heading home.

If you have photos from the ride and costume awards please post them to Facebook or email to [email protected].

Halloween Dress Up Ride

10:00am Sunday October 27

Thanks to all who voted, it was a close contest but Sunday October 27 won the day. We’ve chosen Mt Ida because it has a staging area with ample parking, easy access to trails and we can have a campfire.

It takes roughly 40 minutes from the north end of Vernon to Mt Ida staging. If you’d like to join the convoy we’re leaving Tim Horton’s on 58th Avenue (across from WalMart) at 9:00am.

Now it’s time to get your outfit ready for the ride. Prizes for best costume, costume that survives the ride and more.

We’ll have a campfire at a central staging area for those more interested in hanging out and telling stories and rides for those who want to be out there.

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads. Quad riders must wear a helmet, side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do.

Vernon ATV Club 2019 Annual General Meeting

6:30pm Monday, October 21

It’s that time of year again, get your vote on in the Federal Election and have your say in the club AGM elections on the same day.

HEADS UP – we have a new AGM location!
J-Ball Electronics – Unit 5 4320 29th Street (in the alley behind Banner Recreation that runs to Canada Water Depot).

There are four positions up for election so come put your name in or just share your opinion on what the club should be doing in the year ahead.

In addition to election of directors we set our dates for 2020 rides and events and engage everyone in attendance for their take on how 2019 went and what to do in 2020.

The club provides food and drink but we need to know by 9:00pm Sunday October 20 if you’re coming (and want food) using the form below or email [email protected]

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Where the Dirt Meets the Snow Ride

7:30am Saturday October 19

The Vernon Snowmobile Club has invited us to try some new trails in exchange for a little elbow grease working on trails and/or some facilities.

This is your chance to ride the Sovereign Lake/Silver Star snowmobile trails and help the Vernon Snowmobile Club as they get ready for the upcoming winter season.

It’s an early meetup at the A&W in Armstrong, from there we’ll head to the private staging area on Back Enderby Road then up to the snowmobile trails.

Ride Recap

An early start for a long day on the Vernon Snowmobile Club trails.

Bob, Colin and Kevin were installing the new outhouse building so we hung around and helped where possible until around lunch time when the smokies were thrown on the stove in the chalet.

We headed out to check that the trails were clear of downed trees in the afternoon, cleared some trees, rode some fun trail and saw some amazing views.

Come prepared for winter conditions, most of the snowmobile trails are at or above the snow line at this time of the year. Bring your hand saw, chainsaw or other trail clearing tool. You’ll also need your regular stuff consisting of extra clothes, camera, GPS, lunch and standard ATV safety gear.

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads. Quad riders must wear a helmet, side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do.

Ride to the Dark Side of the Equinox

10:00am Start – Sunday September 22

Be ready to ride at 10:00am at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road in Lavington on Sunday September 22. Days are getting shorter, this ride ventures into the fall equinox and the high lands to be rewarded with great views over the valley and the changing fall colours.

ATVs must be unloaded past the cattleguard on Noble Canyon road but please don’t park there, bring your vehicle back and park along the side of Noble Canyon Road. Remember this is a residential road so don’t block any driveways and be respectful (no littering and keep the noise down).

Come prepared for all weather, bring our camera to capture the views and something to enjoy over the lunch campfire.

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads. Quad riders must wear a helmet, side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do.

Cortiana Creek Ride

Ready to ride at 10:00am Sunday, September 8

Thanks Jim for suggesting this ride to an area very few people have ridden before. From Vernon it will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to the staging area and the ride departs at 10:00am so you’ll need to be heading out of town by 8:30am.

It takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to get there and if you want to follow Jim as he heads east along Highway 6 to the staging area you need to be ready to leave King Eddy at 8:45am. Please shoot an email to [email protected] so he knows you’re coming.

Google Directions from Vernon
Head east on Highway 6, reset your trip meter when you hit the 4-Way Stop in Lumby, from there continue east on Highway 6 for 62km then turn right onto the Strutell Forest Service Road. Before reaching Strutell you will pass the Kettle FSR on your right (8km before the staging area) and Keefe Lake turnoff on your left (1km before the staging area).

The ride is roughly 50% on good FSR and 50% slower trails with lots of stops for pictures and the destination being high atop Cortiana for a great view. The plan is to finish up around 3/3:30 and then head back to town.

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads. Quad riders must wear a helmet, side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do.

Crowfoot Mountain Ride with GKAA & SBR

Saturday August 17

This Saturday ride to the top of Crowfoot Mountain with the Greater Kamloops ATV Association and the Shuswap Backcountry Riders is one not to miss. It’s an earlier start than we’re used to but it has to be with the distance we’re going.

The Vernon Club is going to attend the ride and meet up with the Greater Kamloops ATV Association and Shuswap Backcountry Riders but to help alleviate congestion on the trails we’re going to get an earlier start.

Vernon Ride Time & Plans

Our goal is to make it to the upper parking lot at Crowfoot Snowmobile area around 8:45am. This means being at the store at the Squilax bridge at 8:15am for the 30 minute drive to staging. That also means you need to leave Vernon at 7:00am to make it on time. If you’re going to ride with the “early” Vernon crew be sure to email [email protected] or text 250-550-5290 so we know to look for you.

GKAA & SBR Ride Times & Plans

Kamloops & the Shuswap Riders are going to meet at the store on the right after crossing the Squilax Bridge at 8:45am, departing there at 9:00am for the 30 minute drive to the Crowfoot Snowmobile Club parking lot. Unload and be ready to ride by 9:45-10:00am after a quick rider meeting.

It’s a 5 1/2 hour ride (not including lunch break) and like most rides to elevation it will be a rough and technical ride. We’ll be stopping to chat at lunch time so bring your food and drinks. Remember no drugs or alcohol on club rides.

DIRECTIONS

Squilax to Crowfoot Parking on Google Maps (30 minutes)

Vernon to Squilax Gas Station on Google Maps (1 hour 15 minutes)

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads. Quad riders must wear a helmet, side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do.

Sweet Sugar Lake Sunday Ride

10:00am Sunday August 4, 2019

Riders are going to meet up at the bridge at the south end of Sugar Lake, where Sugar Lake Road first crosses the lake.

Google directions from Vernon to bridge at Sugar Lake

Find yourself a safe area to pull off the road that doesn’t block roads, driveways or other accesses. It takes roughly 1 hour from Vernon to Sugar Lake.

The forecast looks hot so come prepared for hot and dusty conditions plus be mindful of increasing forest fire hazards to bring your fire fighting gear.

We’ll have a BBQ after the ride so throw in a cooler with some burgers, hot dogs or whatnot to grill.

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads. Quad riders must wear a helmet, side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do.

Mara Mountain Lookout Ride

Ride Recap – Perfect weather conditions welcomed the largest ever turnout for a club ride, somewhere between 36-50 quads, side x sides and motorcycles (depending on who was counting at what time during the day) assembled from all parts. Riders from neighbouring clubs and around the interior of BC, other provinces and territories joined the procession up the mountain.

After weeks of rain Sunday delivered a sunny scorcher, good thing because at the lookout elevation it cools off quickly when clouds covers the sun.

Riders exhibited excellent trail etiquette both by staying on the trail at all times and by being courteous to the other trail users which included a hiker and some dirt bikers.

A little surprise for most in attendance, national ice cream day meant ice cream sandwiches were served after lunch.

Doug is ok!
Thanks to the search and rescue and medical personnel that were along on the ride who jumped into action when a rider wasn’t feeling well. After assessing the situation the call was made to press the button on Kevin’s inReach to summon the chopper.

A number of club members helped move Doug to safety so the bulk of the group could head back down the mountain while the medical crew hung around for the helicopter to arrive.

The big bird arrived and within minutes Doug was whisked away and wants everyone to know he’s recovering and appreciates everyone’s help.

9:00am Sunday July 21 Vernon / 9:30am Enderby / 10:00am at Kingfisher FSR

A ride to the top of the world, Mara Mountain Lookout is 7,382 ft (2,250 m) elevation and was chosen as a lookout site due to the commanding view in all directions. It’s national ice cream day so let us know if you’re coming so we can have an ice cream treat for you.

MUST READ: The number 1 rule when riding in the alpine is stay on the trails, REPEAT – STAY ON THE TRAILS! If you ride off the trail you will be reported to the authorities by others in the ride, it’s that important we stay on the trails.

Back to the fun stuff, it’s a fairly short ride (about 60kms) and it’s pretty rough and rocky in spots but the lake below the lookout and the views from the lookout are well worth it.

Bring your lunch, camera, GPS, bug spray and clothing for all conditions. Hopefully it’s a nice sunny day so we can hang out at the lookout for lunch then laze around enjoying the view. Weather changes fast at elevation and even in the summer it could rain or snow at the lookout.

If you’re coming from Vernon we’ll be leaving the Tim Horton’s parking lot on 58th Avenue at 9:00am then stopping at the Enderby Chamber of Commerce office at 9:30 then on to Kingfisher Forest Service Road at 10:00am and ready to ride by 10:30am.

Vernon to Enderby Chamber of Commerce Office – 25 minutes

Enderby Chamber of Commerce to Kingfisher FSR – 30 minutes

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads. Quad riders must wear a helmet, side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do.