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Challenges to Ongoing Access to Riding Areas

Do your part to preserve access to riding areas and protect the environment we enjoy.

We’re fortunate to live in beautiful British Columbia as we have access to some of the best backcountry riding anywhere. Unfortunately our continued access isn’t assured, more people are enjoying a myriad of outdoor recreational pursuits placing increased pressure on the environment we all treasure. 

As members of an ATV Club you’re likely not the cause of the problem, the vast majority of our club members understand the rules and respect others and the areas we ride. There are a number of things that you can do every time you ride to help keep riding areas open including:

  • don’t ride in closed areas
  • stay on the trail
  • respect other trail users and neighbours
  • be mindful that you are making noise, keep it to a minimum
  • ensure you’re not transporting noxious weeds from one area to another
  • stay clear of wildlife 
  • ride safely and look out for others
This trail was once a sustainable trail but now it's a muddy disgrace.

What do you do when you see this?  Report it!

We all know this isn’t right, this trail in the alpine is in the now closed Joss-Tsuius-Mabel Mountain area (see below). Years ago the trail was a responsible trail, just wide enough for an ATV or pickup but over the years the trail has become a muddy disgrace.

The sign says it all, stay on the trail or stay home.

One of the key principles of protecting our riding areas is to always stay on the trail. If there is a tree across the trail you cut it, you don’t ride around. If the puddle looks deep you either ride through it or turn around, you don’t ride around. 

If you’re out riding and you see people damaging the environment get a photo (if you can safely do so) so you can report the offender. ATV Clubs supported the implementation of license plates so we could have a way of identifying problem makers.

Conservation and forestry are employing more hidden cameras to catch idiots but the reality is we need to police ourselves or we’ll be shut out of more riding areas.

Joss-Tsuius-Mable Mtn Motorized Closure

There is a significant closure in our area, the Joss-Tsuius-Mable Mtn area is the high land between Mabel and Sugar Lake that extends north almost to the Trans-Canada Highway at 3 Valley Gap. Everything above 1,700m elevation is closed to motorized vehicles from March 1 to November 30.

As of July 1st, 2018, under the Wildlife Act’s, Motor Vehicle Prohibition Regulation 196/99, the Joss-Tsuis-Mable Mountain motor vehicle closure is listed under Schedule 1 – Motor Vehicle Closed Areas.

Specifically:
motor vehicle” means a device in, on or by which a person or thing is being or may be transported or drawn, and which is designed to be self propelled, and includes an atv or snowmobile, but does not include:

(a) a device designed to be moved by human, animal or wind power,
(b) a device designed to be used exclusively on stationary rails or stationary tracks, or
(c) a boat propelled by motorized power;

Motor vehicle closed areas: 
2. A person commits an offence if he or she uses or operates a motor vehicle in an area described in Schedule 1 during the period specified in that schedule for each area.

This essentially limits all motorized use (regardless of user) except during the winter months and on forest service roads and doesn’t exclude aircraft.

SEMA Show Gallery

SEMA bombards the senses, starting with the wall to wall crowds when the show opens Tuesday morning, carbon fiber and custom everything everywhere you turn, the smell of burning rubber from the ride alongs and celebrity burnouts and more exhibitors than you could take in over the four days of the show.

Here’s a tiny fraction of what was at the show, if you ever get the chance you should go!

Make 2018 Great Again!

We need your help to make 2018 even better than past years. Please take a few minutes to submit your feedback, comments and ideas on what you’d like to see in 2018.

Fill in as much or as little as you want, the only required field is the first one asking for your feedback, comments and ideas.

You may complete the survey anonymously or provide your contact info to be entered in a draw for an ATVBC Raffle Ticket (grand prize is a Maverick Trail or $15,000).

Survey closes Friday, April 13 at 9:00pm.

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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

2017 ATV/BC Raffle

It’s back again, ATV/BC’s annual raffle fundraiser, only $10 per ticket! This year you have a chance to win one of four prizes including:

Grand Prize – 2017 CanAm Outlander Max XT 850 OR $13,000 Cash!

2nd Prize – Honda 3,000 Watt Generator

3rd Prize – ATV/BC Gift Certificates for use at most local dealers

Want to buy a ticket?
You’ll find tickets in Vernon at: