Early King Eddy Ride

Starting at the bottom of King Eddy Road at 9:00am Sunday, September 24 this ride is planned to head further east and south than most club rides so that’s why the 9:00am start. Come prepared for fall conditions and campfires aren’t allowed so bring a lunch you can have without a fire.

Rides are open to everyone so if you or a friend aren’t members just show up. We have a safety meeting at the start of each ride and will stop to help you through or around anything encountered along the way.

Remember to think safety, everyone has been off for a few months so some people will be a little excited out there. Combine that will all the traffic from bikes and quads to trucks and hunters, be alert and ride safe!

The Ban is Lifted!

As of noon on September 20, 2017 the off-road prohibition is lifted across the province except for specific areas around active wildfires. To see a list of area closures visit the BC Wildfire website.

There will be rides this weekend, likely a few rides for you to choose from as everyone wants to get out again. Watch for ride announcements in the next couple of days and let us know where you’re riding or would like to ride this weekend.

Voluntary backcountry closure

During this period of heightened wildfire risk, the British Columbia government is strongly recommending that people stay completely out of the backcountry within the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre.

The public is advised to not visit recreation sites in the Cariboo, Kamloops or Southeast fire centres over the Labour Day long weekend. Visitors currently camping and using recreation sites in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast fire centres are encouraged to leave.

View the August 31 Information Bulletin – Voluntary Backcountry Closure

Recreation Sites and Trails BC
Closures of numerous recreation site and trails are in effect in the Cariboo, Southeast and Kamloops fire centres. For a complete list of current closures, please visit:

www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/closures.aspx

Recreationalists are encouraged to avoid travelling in the backcountry in areas where wildfires are active or where the fire danger rating is high to extreme. Given the current fire danger ratings and number of active wildfires, further restrictions may be considered if people do not stay out of the backcountry.

More information on Recreation Sites and Trails BC is available at:

www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/camping-hiking/sites-trails

Canada 150 Celebrations in Polson Park

Canada Day 150 Recap
What a day! It was hot and sunny and Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations had brought out large crowds. Attendees had a great selection of things to see and do, the freestyle motocross was the largest draw when it ran twice during the day but our barrel train was a close second in popularity as evidence by the lineups from before 10:00am until after 4:30pm. We estimate 800-900 people took a barrel train ride during the day!

BDM Motorsports brought a pair of Polaris General 1000s out to pull the train and they were the perfect choice as they had power to pull, turf mode for driving on grass, the second seat allowed for a co-driver to watch over the train and the pickup box was used by parents wanting to ride along to capture video of their kids on the ride.

Banner Recreation came with an Outlander XMR, a pair of SeaDoos and a little street legal Kawasaki motorcycle that attracted lots of attention.

A huge thanks to all the club members that came out to set up, take down and soldiered through the heat all day (including the two drivers who drove the entire day without a break).


Help the Vernon ATV Club spread the good word on all terrain vehicle use. You can help in the following ways:

  • Be a greeter in our booth during the day. Any time you can contribute helps, 1 hour or all day, it’s up to you!
  • Bring your machine for display, the park gates are closed to vehicle traffic from 9:00am to 4:00pm so drop off and pickup are before and after those times.
  • Drive the kiddie train! Hop in one of the new side x sides from local dealers and take kids on a tour of Polson Park.

Please email, post a comment below or get in touch on facebook to let us know how you can help.

Ride with Salmon Arm at Skimikin

Ride Recap & Photos

Salmon Arm club and the Walker family do it again, another great ride! The Skimikin trails have seen an awful lot of water this year and then add on some recent windstorms and there was a lot of chainsawing and turning around when we ran into impassable walls of rubble left behind by the raging torrents.

Starting in the soggy valley bottom we soon climbed high into the mountains and did a tour of all the strategically located communication towers and the network of roads and trails connecting them. On the way down we passed washed out roads and bridges before we dropped into an old cedar forest with such a dense canopy you almost needed your headlights. We also encountered critters and flowers in bloom on the ride.

After returning to the parking lot the group patiently waited on the slow bbq while they were attacked by the swarms of mosquitoes. Great fun, we look forward to riding Skimikin again soon and hopefully getting a work day to help clear the trails of blowdown.


Rides with the Salmon Arm club never disappoint and this won’t be any exception, Skimikin is a great riding area! This ride starts at 10:00am at Skimikin Lake at the parking lot east of Skimikin Lake (Google directions).

Bring your appetite as we’re having a free BBQ after the ride, please email to let us know you’re coming so we have enough food for everyone.

For riders travelling from Vernon we’re going to meet at the Tim Horton’s parking lot on 58th Avenue, the convoy leaves there at 8:30am so we’re ready for the 10:00am ride start.

As with all ATV Club rides, everyone is welcome whether you’re a club member or not so invite your friends, family and neighbours. The ride is planned for between 50-90kms in length, with terrain varying from ATV trails, old skid road to forest service road. We try to accommodate riders of all skill levels which means stopping to help if we encounter a difficult portion of trail.