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.

Lumby Days Parade

Lumby Days Parade Report – a great turnout of both parade entries and people out to watch. A really fun event to participate in just for the joy of watching little kids react when you wave to them, most would start waving back like crazy… until their hands shot to cover their ears when the tow truck behind us would sound his train horn and scare the crap out of them.

Join the club as we ride the streets of Lumby in the Lumby Days Parade Saturday, June 10. Meet at the industrial park east of Lumby at 9:30am to assemble and decorate, the parade rolls at 11:00am and should wrap up around 12:30pm. Please let us know if you’re coming by email, use the form below, on facebook or comment on this page.

The parade theme is Canada 150, the club has a lot of flags and other decorating items but you can bring your own decorations if you have them.

Consider staying in Lumby all day to check out the many activities including:

  • Pony cart rides
  • Midway rides
  • Pioneer power display
  • Show & shine
  • Live entertainment
  • Bing
  • Freestyle motocross
  • Helicopter rides
  • Wrestling

and more, check out the Lumby Days schedule

Ladies Ride June 4

Ride Photos

This ride is for the ladies and features special treatment with afternoon refreshments and snacks. We’ll ride Noble Canyon to get the spectacular views over the valley and check out the network of old logging roads and trails.

The afternoon viewpoint stop will have beverages and snacks for everyone that registers.  Guys are welcome too, you’ll be doing a separate ride then meet up at the afternoon refreshment location.

Starting at noon, we’ll be back down to the parking area by 4:30pm.

Ride speed and difficulty will be Green (beginner) and there will be 2 outhouse stops along the ride.

If you want food and beverages you must register!

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Irish Creek Saturday Ride

Ride Photos

The Salmon Arm club is going for a Saturday ride starting on Irish Creek Road, just north of Motoplex Speedway and Westside Road (map and directions below).

Meet at 9:00am, the ride will be approximately 100km long and will go to Woods, Jimmy and Pinaus lakes. Being early season and with recent storms there may be some trail clearing but hopefully others have already blazed a trail.

Please email info@vernoantvclub.ca by Friday at 6:00pm if you’re attending the ride.

Google Map & Directions

2017 King Eddy Road Cleanup

The weather turned decidedly summer-like on Saturday May 20 for our annual cleanup on King Eddy Road. 22 members of the Vernon ATV Club as well as members of Kelowna and Salmon Arm ATV Clubs and area residents put in hard work in the hot sun picking up other people’s garbage.

We haven’t had the bin hauled to the landfill yet to get a number on weight gathered but the 15 cubic yard bin is full and we were able to sort off several truckloads of recyclable steel into the salvage pile.

Notable items picked up:

  • Truck canopy pulled from King Eddy Lake
  • Hot water tank winched from steep ditch
  • Two garbage bags of shotgun shells (500+ shells)
  • Damaged culvert and over 1,000lbs of metal diverted to the scrap steel pile

We thank the following companies for their help in making our cleanup anther huge success:

And of course a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered a day from your long weekend to clean up after stupid people. We appreciate your effort!

If you need an excavator, some earth moved or a garbage bin rental call Silvercrest Trucking & Excavating Bin Rental

May 20 Cleanup Registration

Meeting and sign in for the cleanup begins at 9:00am on Saturday May 20. We’ll start with a brief orientation, safety talk and map of the area to be cleaned then send everyone off to clean the mountainside at 9:30. Please bring gloves, boots and some high visibility clothing (if you have it).

There is a BBQ for all cleanup volunteers at 1:30pm so please let us know if you’re coming so we have enough food for everyone, sign up below!

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May Long Weekend Cleanup & Ride Schedule

The first official weekend of summer in Canada and one of the biggest weekends for the ATV Club. Bring your RV or camper to the Sort Yard on King Eddy and stay for the weekend or just stop by to help out with the cleanup or take in one of the rides. Like all ATV Club activities everyone is invited, you don’t have to be a member to join us on a ride – come check it out!

If you’re camping for the weekend let us know by Friday at noon so we can arrange vehicles around camp central.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday May 19

  • 4:00pm – Sort Yard open for campers
  • 7:00pm – Campfire

Saturday May 20

  • 9:00am – Cleanup meeting – bring gloves, boots and high-vis if you have it
  • 9:30am – Cleanup starts
  • 1:30pm – BBQ at sort yard
  • 2:30pm – Continue cleanup or head out for ride
  • 7:00pm – Campfire

Sunday May 21

  • 10:00am – Ride from Sort Yard
  • 7:00pm – Campfire

Monday May 22

  • 10:00am – Ride from Sort Yard
  • 5:00pm – Party’s over, out you go

Map to Sort Yard – the Sort Yard is used by an industrial recycling facility so there are tire popping hazards, we will have a safe route marked out with traffic cones for you to follow to the camping area.

A big thanks to Silvercrest Waste Bin Rental & Disposal for waste bin services!


Photos from the 2016 Cleanup