Starting 2020 Right Ride

11:00am Start at Noble Canyon Road

An annual tradition of the Vernon ATV Club is to ride on January 1 to ring in the new year and shake off the cobwebs of the night before. We’re meeting at Noble Canyon again this year because the road to Becker Lake is plowed and there has been a lot of ATV activity on the trails so we’ll have no shortage of trail options.

Set your alarm so you’re not late for our 11:00am start. Noble Canyon Road is 17km east of Vernon on Highway 6. You can park your vehicle along the 1st km of road but unload at the cattleguard then go and park without blocking any driveways.

We’ll cover as much trail as we can and stop for a lunch break with a fire so bring something to roast in the new year.

Everyone is welcome to attend, the Vernon ATV Club invites you to attend a couple of rides to meet other riders, find new trails and get a sense of what the club is all about.

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.

Fading Light Ride

3:00pm Saturday December 28 at Noble Canyon

The Noble Canyon trails are amazing this winter and the night rides last weekend were a big hit with the riders that came out.

Meet at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road, 17kms east of Vernon for a ride that starts in the daylight then continues through dusk into a night time ride. The ride departs at 3:30pm and should wrap up by 8:00pm (as decided by riders in attendance).

Unload your machine at the cattleguard at 1km then park your vehicle along the 1st km of road (between the cattleguard and the highway). This is a residential road so don’t block any driveways and keep noise to a minimum at all times.

Come prepared for winter conditions and ensure your headlights are working!

Christmas Holiday 2019 Trail Conditions

If you’re looking for somewhere to ride your quad or side x side this Christmas holiday season the Noble Canyon trails are calling you.

Noble Canyon Road is approximately 17km east of Vernon Highway 6. There is parking along Noble Canyon Road before the cattleguard at 1km but ATVs must be unloaded beyond the cattleguard. This is a residential road so don’t block any driveways and keep the noise down. There are parking spots further along Noble Canyon Road up to and just past the 3km mark. There is a steep switchback just past 3km which may not be passable in snowy conditions with a trailer in tow.

Becker Lake side – the road is plowed all the way to Becker Lake because of logging (watch for industrial vehicle traffic, especially on weekdays). Packed trails extend off in every direction from the plowed road with lots of ATV traffic evident providing great riding conditions and access to most of the riding area.

Bardolph Lake side – the road isn’t plowed but lots of ATV traffic has a main trail well packed all the way to the Village of Lumby.

Winter Riding Tips

Low temperatures and the increased risk of getting stuck means it’s extra important you’re prepared when winter ATV riding. Some things to remember before heading out for a fun winter ride:

  • Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back (use a tool like the AdventureSmart website or app to share your ride plans).
  • Always ride with someone else, safety in numbers!
  • Go prepared for winter conditions, dress warmly in layers and take extra clothing.
  • Take extra food and drink in case you are out longer than intended.
  • Take retrieval equipment including a shovel, tow strap and make sure your vehicle’s winch is working.
  • Pack winter emergency gear including: extra warm clothes and gloves/mitts, a sleeping bag or space blankets, matches and candles and a signalling device.

Saturday Night Snow Ride Report

Four riders came out for the Saturday Night ride at Noble Canyon under much improved conditions compared to the Friday night ride. The rain let up about an hour before the ride and the skies cleared throughout the evening. All the recent rain made for heavy, well-packed trails and thanks to all the use the trails have seen the riding was easy so long as you stayed in the tracks.

There is logging on the Becker Lake side so the road is plowed all the way to the lake and there is a ton of ATV traffic with trails blazed in all over the western side of Noble Canyon.

The Bardolph Lake side isn’t plowed but is still seeing a lot of ATV traffic with trails rideable all the way down to Lumby.

Noble Canyon should be your destination if you’d like to get out to do some trail riding over the Christmas holidays.

Friday Night Snow Ride Report

It was raining at staging, only 2 riders and neither one was too keen on riding in the rain but they knew it would turn to snow eventually.

Headed up West Brewer first but couldn’t continue beyond the end of the plowed road. Went back and went up King Eddy and made it to 8.5km (1300m elevation) before it was too much of a slog to continue.

It rained up to about 6.5km (1100m elevation) then the snow started to accumulate. There was about 30cm of fresh snow on top of another 15cm of soft snow. If you stopped on a steep slope you had to back up to less slope to get going again.

Lots of fun riding on the slush on the plowed road, felt like a rally racer around every corner.

We should (***should***) be able to make it to Becker Lake on the Saturday ride because Becker Lake is at 1200m and there aren’t too many steep pitches on Becker main.

See you at Noble Canyon Saturday at 5:00pm!

Night Ride Doubleheader – Friday & Saturday!

It’s a draw, voting resulted in a perfect 50/50 split so we’ll ride both Friday and Saturday so everyone can attend. Please note the times and locations below as they are different for Friday and Saturday.

Remember it’s winter out there so come prepared for cold conditions and be darn sure your lights are working!

Friday December 20 – 6:00pm at King Eddy

Meet at the bottom of King Edward Forest Service Road, 9kms east of Vernon on Highway 6 at 6:00pm, we’ll get riding by 6:30pm.

Saturday December 21 – 5:00pm at Noble Canyon

Meet at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road, 17kms east of Vernon on Highway 6 at 5:00pm, we’ll get riding by 5:30pm.

White Sunday Ride at King Eddy

10:00am Sunday December 1

Meet at King Eddy Road, 9kms east of Vernon on Highway 6 at 10:00am Sunday, getting underway at 10:30am.

Once you’ve had your fill of Black Friday sales it’s time for a White Sunday on your machine. Did you know it National Apple Fritter Day, pack some pastries for break time.

This will be the first winter ride of the season so come prepared for cold and snowy conditions. We’ll have a lunch fire to warm up and cook lunch.

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.

Winter Riding – It’s a Thing!

Blessed by the ATV gods with the goldilocks of weather and terrain, the North Okanagan is rideable year round.

Unlike the sledder-heaven terrain to the north and east, the North Okanagan typically doesn’t get too much snow and with moderate slopes wheeled all terrain vehicles can either stay on top of the snow (with some slick throttle control) or blast on through with big tires and lots of RPMs.

Snow in the valley bottom doesn’t mean it’s time to park your quad or side x side, it means it’s time to throw on some long undies, grab your mitts and pack some extra clothes for the next ride.

Winter riding can be equal parts rewarding and frustrating, it depends on the day and the snow conditions. Inevitably someone gets stuck and some days everyone gets stuck, a lot!

There will be days when our tow truck comes along, it’s usually Marc and his RZR with tracks. Be sure you’re nice to Marc or he’ll pull you out of one spot and leave you further off the beaten trail, right Steve!

If you haven’t given winter riding a try, come out for a ride with the club. We always have a lunch campfire to warm up and come home with a few good stories after each ride. Get out of the Okanagan valley blaws, head to the hills for some fun and much needed midwinter vitamin D!

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.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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].