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.
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:
There may not be an official closure in our area yet but please don’t ride. The forests are dry, firefighters are stretched thin already and no one wants to be responsible for causing a fire that damages property and puts people’s lives at risk.
2016 was a great year for the Vernon ATV Club. There were a large number of rides through all seasons and we saw a number of new riders, young families and many of the old regulars.
In the community the club held it’s third cleanup on King Eddy Road, removing 5 truckloads of garbage totalling 2,900lbs. We continued our annual donations to local charities with $750 cash donated to three local charities plus another $400 and 105lbs food bank donation by those attending the club Christmas party. We attended the Canada Day celebrations in Polson Park with machines and information for all the families in attendance. Club volunteers gave over 1,000 hours of their time to club functions in 2016.
We held rides with the Kelowna ATV Club and the Salmon Arm Natures Nomads ATV Club and explored many areas outside our regular stomping grounds of Noble Canyon and King Eddy Road. We had riders join us from as far away as Prince George and New Brunswick.
There’s much more to come in 2017, the club directors are busy working behind the scenes to make the new year bigger and better.
It’s a real pleasure to be part of a group of people who enjoy responsibly using the great resource that this province provides us and who contribute so much to each other and the community!
I left Vernon July 9, 2016 for my first GPS ride and was pumped with excitement, even with the rain pouring down in buckets.
Arrived at 3 Valley Gaps event site at 8am, looked like a well-organized setup, including a pancake breakfast. Stuffed my face and chatted with the many participants. Bought 3 sets of tickets, 12 in total, and roared off into the great unknown, hoping I could find them all, or at least find my way back if I couldn’t, before my food or gas ran out.
Still pouring buckets, but no dust, found the first GPS coordinate, and realized what I was looking for, entered the next one, and off again. Stunning scenery along the way, and with the rain, I felt like a pirate looking for buried treasure as I searched out the next spot.
Found all but one GPS plaque (it was missing – honest) and returned to the camp site around 4:30pm, Entered my results, changed into dry clothing, loaded up and headed back to Vernon.
Great event, great people, great fun – I highly recommend it! Even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of adventure and satisfaction of finding all the hidden GPS locations.
8 units showed up for the ride for a total of 10 people and a dog.
The ride started off with Mark taking the lead because he knew of a great trail to reach the power lines. It was great and twisty, steep, and rocky, we loved it!
Mark continued to lead on the power line trails, then we took a side trip and looked down on Falkland from the mountain tops. After enjoying the view we headed off to Spanish Lake, met some campers and shared their camp fire for lunch.
After everyone enjoyed their lunch break Steve took the lead up the road to Spa Lake which had lots of switchbacks to drift around leaving everyone pumped up at the top.
From Spa we went back to Arthur Lake, and I followed the GPS and hoped it was going to take us out somewhere close to the Staging Area. Great trail and made it back eventually, the best kind of ride – exploring the unknown trails!
Will do again to find a different route to Spa and back now that we’ve mapped some of the trails.