First Ride of the Pig (the year)

10:30am Sunday February 10 – King Eddy Road

Looks like the weather is warming a bit, let’s get out on the King Eddy trails. Snow should be pretty solid with the recent cold weather, but will we be able to ride all the trails?

Ride starts at 10:30am, don’t be late!

Winter riding conditions with a forecasted high of -3 degrees and partly sunny (as of Wednesday night). Bring winter riding gear and be mindful of covering exposed skin to reduce the risk of frostbite. There will be a lunch fire to warm up and cook your lunch.

Ride Recap

The forecasted high of -3 degrees never materialized but a big group of riders did so we headed for the hills to enjoy a brisk but sunny Sunday in the forest.

We stopped at King Eddy for a perfect box fire courtesy of Steve’s mad skills then continued on to the tower above Damer Lake. Only a few made it up the tower road but then they proceeded to get stuck on the wind drifted snow.

Marc and Janelle were busy performing towing duties with the RZR on tracks and Jeremy was having fun on his sled showing us how it’s really done in the snow.

Check out Michael’s GoPro summary of the ride on YouTube.

Rides 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 Winter Carnival Pirate Parade

The Club’s third year in the parade earns our first “best” as the Best Specialty Vehicle. Huge credit to the pirate ship builders who cranked up the creativity and spent long hours converting their machines into parade winning warships.

Thanks to the ship building crew: Allen, Brodie, Christian, Clint, Dominic, Jarrett, Joe, Michael, Miranda, Rob and Shawndra.

Check out the Castanet video of the parade, we come in around 13:40

Thursday Ride at King Eddy

10:00am Thursday January 17

5 riders ventured to Island Lake for lunch, fighting their way along the main road that had been rutted up by a big 4×4. Lots of stucks but that just means lots of fun.

Let’s head out for another weekday exploration of the King Eddy trails for all those free to ride during the week. Meet at King Edward Lake Road on Highway 6 (9kms east of Vernon) at 10:00am Thursday January 17.

Come prepared for winter conditions both you and your machine. Bring a lunch, your camera and a healthy sense of adventure for checking out trails and taking in the sights.

Rides are open to everyone, we encourage you to come out for a couple of rides with the club to meet other riders, find new trails and get a sense of the club before you join.

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

Rubber Ducky Ride at King Eddy

10:00am Sunday January 13

Ride Report and Photos
Steve leads another excellent ride, this time taking a group of 13 (that drops to 12 after a blown belt at 4km) up up and away out of the Okanagan Valley grey into the bright blue skies.

Snow is starting to get deep so taking the 17km connector trail was out, using Queen Road was out but heading to the tower provided an excellent view of the valley.

According to Sesame Street January 13 is Rubber Duckie’s birthday so don your bright yellow gear in support. More snow is coming to the high country but the lower trails were good riding last time out so we’ll explore the same area to see how far we get.

Meet up at King Edward Road on Highway 6 (9kms east of Vernon) at 10:00am Sunday, January 13. Come prepared for winter riding conditions, dress warm and make sure your machine is up for riding in powder.

Rides are open to everyone, we encourage you to come out for a couple of rides with the club to meet other riders, find new trails and get a sense of the club before you join.

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

Ready to Ride Like a Pirate?

11:00am Saturday February 2

Join the club at this fun family friendly community event as we ride through Downtown Vernon in the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade.

The first pirate ship is taking shape. 3 people worked a little over 2 hours to turn a La-Z-Boy box and a couple smaller boxes into this land yacht. A bit of paint, sheets for sails and ropes for rigging to go.

We’ve ordered some skull and crossbones flags, we need you to bring your pirate ship and costume. Everyone needs to be assembled by 11:00am on 27th Street near Seaton School with the parade getting underway at noon (ish).

Fill in the form below or email [email protected] if you want to attend the parade.

Starting the New Year Right Ride

11:00am Tuesday January 1, 2019

Another great turnout for the annual January 1 ride. There was a brisk wind but riders kept arriving eager to hit the trails. Snow depth prevented us from making it to Island Lake for lunch so we stopped in a clearing along the way to gather around the campfire then headed down to trails around King Eddy, Hidden and Bear Lakes for some epic snowy trail riding.

Every year we drag ourselves out for a ride to welcome in the new year. This year we’ll ride from King Edward Rd on Highway 6, starting at 11:00am January 1, 2019 to see how far we can get.

As with any winter ride come prepared for the weather and winter riding conditions. We’ll have a campfire at lunch time if you like to bring something to roast over the fire.

Ride difficulty will be beginner to intermediate, largely depending on snow depth and how slippery the trails are. The trails themselves aren’t that difficult but with our recent warm temperatures it can make for slippery conditions.

Rides are open to everyone, we encourage you to come out for a couple of rides with the club to meet other riders, find new trails and get a sense of the club before you join.

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

One More Before Christmas

11:00am Saturday December 22, 2018

We’re going to get at least one more ride in before Christmas. Join us for a 11:00am departure from the bottom of King Edward Lake Road on Highway 6 east of Vernon.

No real plan aside from soaking up the forecasted sun and finding all the fun/rideable trails we can. The trails are beginner level but depending on how slippery it is the difficulty level may reach into the mid intermediate range.

Dress for the conditions and bring your winter riding supplies. We’ll do our best to have a campfire at lunch and to warm up.

Rides are open to everyone, we encourage you to come out for a couple of rides with the club to meet other riders, find new trails and get a sense of the club before you join.

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

Challenges to Ongoing Access to Riding Areas

Do your part to preserve access to riding areas and protect the environment we enjoy.

We’re fortunate to live in beautiful British Columbia as we have access to some of the best backcountry riding anywhere. Unfortunately our continued access isn’t assured, more people are enjoying a myriad of outdoor recreational pursuits placing increased pressure on the environment we all treasure. 

As members of an ATV Club you’re likely not the cause of the problem, the vast majority of our club members understand the rules and respect others and the areas we ride. There are a number of things that you can do every time you ride to help keep riding areas open including:

  • don’t ride in closed areas
  • stay on the trail
  • respect other trail users and neighbours
  • be mindful that you are making noise, keep it to a minimum
  • ensure you’re not transporting noxious weeds from one area to another
  • stay clear of wildlife 
  • ride safely and look out for others
This trail was once a sustainable trail but now it's a muddy disgrace.

What do you do when you see this?  Report it!

We all know this isn’t right, this trail in the alpine is in the now closed Joss-Tsuius-Mabel Mountain area (see below). Years ago the trail was a responsible trail, just wide enough for an ATV or pickup but over the years the trail has become a muddy disgrace.

The sign says it all, stay on the trail or stay home.

One of the key principles of protecting our riding areas is to always stay on the trail. If there is a tree across the trail you cut it, you don’t ride around. If the puddle looks deep you either ride through it or turn around, you don’t ride around. 

If you’re out riding and you see people damaging the environment get a photo (if you can safely do so) so you can report the offender. ATV Clubs supported the implementation of license plates so we could have a way of identifying problem makers.

Conservation and forestry are employing more hidden cameras to catch idiots but the reality is we need to police ourselves or we’ll be shut out of more riding areas.

Joss-Tsuius-Mable Mtn Motorized Closure

There is a significant closure in our area, the Joss-Tsuius-Mable Mtn area is the high land between Mabel and Sugar Lake that extends north almost to the Trans-Canada Highway at 3 Valley Gap. Everything above 1,700m elevation is closed to motorized vehicles from March 1 to November 30.

As of July 1st, 2018, under the Wildlife Act’s, Motor Vehicle Prohibition Regulation 196/99, the Joss-Tsuis-Mable Mountain motor vehicle closure is listed under Schedule 1 – Motor Vehicle Closed Areas.

Specifically:
motor vehicle” means a device in, on or by which a person or thing is being or may be transported or drawn, and which is designed to be self propelled, and includes an atv or snowmobile, but does not include:

(a) a device designed to be moved by human, animal or wind power,
(b) a device designed to be used exclusively on stationary rails or stationary tracks, or
(c) a boat propelled by motorized power;

Motor vehicle closed areas: 
2. A person commits an offence if he or she uses or operates a motor vehicle in an area described in Schedule 1 during the period specified in that schedule for each area.

This essentially limits all motorized use (regardless of user) except during the winter months and on forest service roads and doesn’t exclude aircraft.

Tween Lakes Lookout Run

Meet Steve at the bottom of King Eddy Road (9kms east of Vernon on Hwy 6) at 10:00am Monday November 26 for a leisurely ride to the Tween Lake Lookout.

Weekdays means industrial activity on the forest service roads so we’ll be riding cautiously on the mains and trying to get off onto trails as soon as possible.

Dirtbikes, quads and side x sides. The ride is open to everyone, you don’t need to be a club member to attend. Come see what the club is all about, meet other riders and find new trails.
 
The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads, driver’s license and quad riders must wear a helmet (side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do).

2018 Christmas Party

The Greedy Santa Gift Exchange at the 2017 Christmas Party

Party starts at 6:00pm Saturday November 17

It’s time to register for this year’s club Christmas Party. 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.