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Grizzly Lake Long Weekend Camping and Rides

Friday-Monday May 17-20

Join the club at the Grizzly Lake Recreation Site for a long weekend full of camping, rides and stories around the campfire. The Grizzly Lake camp sites are located at 23km on the Aberdeen Forest Service Road accessed via Learmouth Road in Lavington.

If you’re camping get in touch so we know to save a space for you. We plan on staying at the Canal Campground which is the third road you encounter at the rec site when coming from Lavington.

If you’re coming for rides they will be heading out at 10:00am both Saturday and Sunday. Since we’re starting from Grizzly Lake we’ll be able to explore areas further from our usual King Eddy Road starting spot. Send an email by 5:00pm Friday May 17 if you’re coming for rides so we know to look out for you.

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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.

Mother’s Day Westwold Station Ride

Noon start time, Sunday May 12

Ride Recap: Jim lead an amazing ride along trails that only locals know (thanks Harvey) and to some spectacular viewpoints.

We are riding on Sunday but to allow everyone time with their mother we will start at noon (noon is when the ride leaves the staging area). Station FSR is approximately 50 minutes from Vernon.

Daryll, John and I pre-ran the route on Monday. We ran into Harley who was out checking fences on his ATV. He showed us lots of ATV trails you would never find on your own. The resulting ride was one of the best I have been on in many years. It’s 75% ATV trail with low grass and pretty much dust free, we rode 75km in 5 hours.

There will be a turn around and break at the mid point where we can adjust to ensure we’re back by 5 pm.

The start will on the very bottom of Station Rd FSR in Westwold. Station Rd heads north from highway 97 in the middle of the long straight in Westwold. There is lots of parking just off the road at the bottom and if there is a big turn out, you can park on Station Rd.

We will leave promptly at 12 noon and won’t have a lunch break. There will be a break at the turn around where you can grab a snack. Riding speed overall is low as the ATV trails are narrow. Bring your camera as there are some great views.

If you have any questions email Jim Bowie at [email protected]. It will help if we have some idea of numbers so a quick email would be appreciated.
Jim Bowie

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.

World Laughter Ride – Noble Canyon

10:30am Sunday May 5

Ride Recap: Was a great ride and we laughed a lot, at the dead end trails. 18 units in all.

Meeting at the cattleguard at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road at 10:30am. This fun filled theme day ride will have you laughing in your helmet as we explore the trails overlooking Vernon, Coldstream and Lumby.

Bring your lunch, we’ll have a campfire at lunch to warm up and roast some hotdogs.

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.

GPS Training Ride

11:00am Saturday April 27 – King Eddy Road

GPS Training Recap – 8 brave riders ventured out into the sucky Saturday morning weather which included heavy snow with accumulations of 4-6″ at King Eddy.

All the hidden coordinates were found except the bonus location. We’ll try to run the course again when the weather improves.

Thanks Bob for the photos!

Yes we’re going to King Eddy again. Before you roll your eyes, we chose King Eddy because it is centrally located and has abundant parking where we can hold the BBQ and Club Meeting in the evening.

Download a GPS Track (GPX File) of the trails used for the training course.

Come out to learn how to run your GPS and build your confidence in finding your way out and back. If you don’t have a GPS you can ride with a buddy or just come out and we’ll pair you up with someone.

Experienced GPS users are invited to attend, we’d like to pair you up with an inexperienced GPS user to help them find their way.

What to bring:

  • your GPS
  • GPS handlebar mount so you can navigate and ride
  • charge cables or batteries to keep your GPS running for 4+ hours
  • your laptop computer (if you have one) so we can look at the software used to transfer files to your GPS

Hang around after the GPS Training for the BBQ and the short Club Meeting, also being held at King Eddy starting around 6:00pm.

Rides 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.

Tween Lakes Lookout Run

Meet Steve at the bottom of King Eddy Road (9kms east of Vernon on Hwy 6) at 10:00am Monday November 26 for a leisurely ride to the Tween Lake Lookout.

Weekdays means industrial activity on the forest service roads so we’ll be riding cautiously on the mains and trying to get off onto trails as soon as possible.

Dirtbikes, quads and side x sides. The ride is open to everyone, you don’t need to be a club member to attend. Come see what the club is all about, meet other riders and find new trails.
 
The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads, driver’s license and quad riders must wear a helmet (side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do).

2018 Christmas Tree Ride

Ride Photos

A fun ride at Noble Canyon to find a tree for the clubhouse and we actually found a tree, thanks to Paul for pointing out a gem right on the roadside!

Start Time: 10:30am Saturday, November 10
Location: Noble Canyon Road, Lavington

Each year we head out looking for the perfect (or imperfect) Christmas tree for the clubhouse which usually means we go on an epic ride and either forget to get a tree or find one on the last few kms of the ride.

The ride will pull out from the cattle guard at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road at 10:30am.

Come prepared for a fun days worth of riding, a tiny bit of hunting for a Christmas tree. Then at 5:00pm we head to the clubhouse at 940 Pottery Road, Vernon to decorate the tree and a hot bowl of chili.

The Vernon ATV Club rides are open to everyone, attend a couple of rides to meet riders, find new trails and see what the club is all about. We’ll sure you’ll like it so much you join the club!

The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads, driver’s license and quad riders must wear a helmet (side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do).

Howl at the Moon Dressup Fun Ride

10:00am Sunday October 28
Join Ghost Rider Steve at Noble Canyon for a fun ride and aimless wander. Dress yourself and your machine, get in the spooky spirit and enjoy what should be one of the last sunny days before the rains and snow sets in.
 
Leaving the cattleguard at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road at 10:00am. Come prepared for all conditions, bring a lunch and something to enjoy over the campfire while you tell stories and admire all the costumes.
 
Dirtbikes, quads and side x sides. The ride is open to everyone, you don’t need to be a club member to attend. Come see what the club is all about, meet other riders and find new trails.
 
The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads, driver’s license and quad riders must wear a helmet (side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do).

Family Ride to Crooked Lake

Was a great ride on Sunday, weather was perfect with minimal dust and sunny skies.

Geoff from Grande Forks joined our ride, Geoff has MS and never complained once about the trails, is still a great rider.

One rider said it was his first ride ever on a quad, and loved the trails and how everyone helped out.

Nathan and his daughter crew had a great time, especially at lunch roasting marshmallows. Great kids that never complain.

All in all a perfect ride, thanks all for coming out!

Thanks Steve for leading yet another great ride and Steve and Lori for the photos.

250km Marathon Ride

Ride Recap: The Not Quite 250km Ride

It sure looked promising as riders and machines kept turning up as the clock ticked toward 8:00am Sunday morning. After introductions and the safety chat we set off with 18 machines and 21 riders at a spirited pace up King Eddy, across the 7km trail and over Fan Hill, stopping at the bottom to reunite a lost gas can with its machine and to check in with everyone.

Wet snow was falling but optimism reigned so we forged south past Wilma Lake and down the Flyfish Lakes trail before stopping at Grizzly Lake with snowfall increasing by the minute. Discussions of barely missing stumps, hitting ruts funny and a wrong turn due to fogged up goggles were shared which prompted the larger discussion if we should continue given we had covered 50kms and it was just going to look more like winter as we continued.

We decided to head back to King Eddy the fastest way possible so Crescent Rd past Bear Lake and back down King Eddy had us back at the trucks before long.

Great to have so many riders out and a number of new riders, we look forward to seeing you out again and watch for more enhanced pace rides.

Photo Credit: Brad Hickson (thanks for capturing the nasty conditions)
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Ride: 8:00am Sunday, September 30, 2018
Hold up – this ride is not for everyone! Read the rules of the ride to see if you should attend. 
 
RULES OF THE RIDE:
  • Ready to ride at 8:00am
  • You must be able to ride 65kmh minimum on FSR stretches
  • Your machine has to be in good mechanical order
  • You must bring enough fuel to go 250kms
  • Be prepared for fewer/shorter breaks than normal club rides

Ok, so you’re up for the ride? Read on then!

Starting at 8:00am Sunday, September 30 from the bottom of King Eddy FSR in Coldstream. It’s a long ride so we need to start early, keep up a good pace and we’ll still be late in the afternoon getting back.

Ride difficulty is upper intermediate due to the speed, nothing greater than intermediate level difficulty obstacles along the route.

There will be a mix of trail and FSR with extended sections of FSR which is unavoidable on a ride this length. Consider bringing ear plugs because one section is 30+ minutes of FSR done at cruising speed (65kmh minimum) which gets tiring on the ears.

Bring food and drink for a full day on the trails. Breaks will be short and they won’t happen very often so bring something you can poke down quickly, we’ll try to stop and smell the flowers as much as possible but need to keep a brisk pace.

We reach 6,000ft elevation along the route so bring cold/wet weather riding gear.

Ride Route – this isn’t 100% accurate as it has been simplified to reduce the number of waypoints but is a pretty close approximation of where the 250km ride will go on Sunday.

Download the GPX file and bring your GPS or download a 3 month free trial of Gaia GPS App to your phone to track the ride.

Ride with Kelowna ATV Club

Ride: 9:00am Sunday, September 23, 2018

HEADS UP – we’re leaving the bottom of King Eddy at 9:00am so we can meet Kelowna at Damer Lake at 10:00am. Don’t be late!

Heading out from the bottom of King Eddy FSR to meet up with the Kelowna ATV Club for a ride of the Aberdeen Plateau.

You’ll find more information about the King Eddy riding area on our Riding Areas page.

Bring the usual supplies:

  • Food and drink
  • Clothing for fall conditions
  • Machine in good mechanical shape
  • Riding buddies