Keep your Distance Ride

11:00am start – Sunday March 29 @ Noble Canyon

IMPORTANT NOTE: Riders must comply with these rules to participate:

  1. Maintain a minimum of 2m (6′) from other people at all times.
  2. If you are isolating or quarantined – do not come on the ride.
  3. If you are exhibiting symptoms – do not come on the ride.
  4. If you are in a high-risk health group – do not come on the ride.
  5. If you want to ride like an idiot – do not come on the ride.

The ride could still be cancelled so check the club website and Facebook Sunday morning before heading to Noble Canyon.

The ride will start at 11:00am Sunday March 29 from the cattleguard at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road. Remember to keep a minimum of 2m (6′) from other riders when unloading and getting ready for the ride. No hugs, handshakes, high fives or fist bumps, that’s too close!

We recognize some people may be getting squirrelly from being home for a couple of weeks but this is a slow ride to “smell the flowers”.

This ride will be a very leisurely logging road ride, in fact it will probably be boring for most folks. As stated before, reckless riding is not welcome as there will be no rescues or putting SAR or emergency personnel at risk. We are going to enjoy the outdoors and take in some easily accessible viewpoints.  We are not going anywhere we may get stuck as there will be no groups of people helping push/pull stuck riders. 

There will not be a lunch campfire.

The End of Time Ride (Standard Time that is)

10:00am Sunday March 8 – Noble Canyon Road

Daylight Savings begins this weekend so we kiss Standard Time goodbye with a ride. Meet at the cattleguard at Noble Canyon Road in Lavington at 10:00am. Remember to spring ahead an hour for Sunday’s ride!

The sun is out but there has been more snow than normal this year so there will still be lots of chances to get stuck, especially if you venture off the packed trails. Noble Canyon has seen a lot of ATV traffic this winter so there are well packed trails, we’ll see how far we can get.

Come prepared for winter riding, bring lunch and your camera. We try to have a fire but it isn’t always possible in winter conditions so keep that in mind for your lunch.

Club rides are open to everyone and the more the merrier so invite your friends.

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.

Do a Grouch a Favour Ride Day at Noble Canyon

Starting Sunday February 16 at 11:00am

Do a Grouch a Favour Day is a great excuse to get out of the funk you’re in. You might be grouchy because it’s been too cold, there’s too much snow, it’s too grey, too much Christmas credit card debt or maybe you’re just generally grumpy.

Come on out for the 11:00am start at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road to shake off the case of the grumps you’ve got.

Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be a Vernon ATV Club member to come out on a few rides. Meet other riders, discover new trails and turn that frown upside down with some ATV therapy.

The ride will be in winter conditions so come prepared for cold, snowy, wet and nasty and we’ll hope it’s not that bad. We usually try to have a lunch campfire so bring something to toast over the fire.

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.

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.