Category Archives: Rides

Halloween Spooktacular Ride

20+ riders came out Sunday morning an enjoyed perfect weather while taking in the amazing views over Salmon Arm. 

The morning ride took the group north to Mt Ida where everyone enjoyed a view of the city, Shuswap Lake and and beyond.

Riders returned to the central staging area where the campfire was going, hotdogs and goodies brought by members were waiting for the hungry crowd.

After lunch it was time to award the prize for the best costume, the winner was Kent in his Duck Dynasty costume who chose the BDM Motorsports Gift Card. Random draws were held for the Banner Recreation Gift Card and Vernon Motorsports Gift Card.

Thanks to everyone who did a great job getting themselves and their machines dressed up for the ride!

A couple of groups headed off for more exploring in the afternoon which brought them back around dusk for more campfire hotdogs before heading home.

If you have photos from the ride and costume awards please post them to Facebook or email to [email protected].

Where the Dirt Meets the Snow Ride

7:30am Saturday October 19

The Vernon Snowmobile Club has invited us to try some new trails in exchange for a little elbow grease working on trails and/or some facilities.

This is your chance to ride the Sovereign Lake/Silver Star snowmobile trails and help the Vernon Snowmobile Club as they get ready for the upcoming winter season.

It’s an early meetup at the A&W in Armstrong, from there we’ll head to the private staging area on Back Enderby Road then up to the snowmobile trails.

Ride Recap

An early start for a long day on the Vernon Snowmobile Club trails.

Bob, Colin and Kevin were installing the new outhouse building so we hung around and helped where possible until around lunch time when the smokies were thrown on the stove in the chalet.

We headed out to check that the trails were clear of downed trees in the afternoon, cleared some trees, rode some fun trail and saw some amazing views.

Come prepared for winter conditions, most of the snowmobile trails are at or above the snow line at this time of the year. Bring your hand saw, chainsaw or other trail clearing tool. You’ll also need your regular stuff consisting of extra clothes, camera, GPS, lunch and standard ATV safety gear.

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.

Ride to the Dark Side of the Equinox

10:00am Start – Sunday September 22

Be ready to ride at 10:00am at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road in Lavington on Sunday September 22. Days are getting shorter, this ride ventures into the fall equinox and the high lands to be rewarded with great views over the valley and the changing fall colours.

ATVs must be unloaded past the cattleguard on Noble Canyon road but please don’t park there, bring your vehicle back and park along the side of Noble Canyon Road. Remember this is a residential road so don’t block any driveways and be respectful (no littering and keep the noise down).

Come prepared for all weather, bring our camera to capture the views and something to enjoy over the lunch campfire.

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.

Cortiana Creek Ride

Ready to ride at 10:00am Sunday, September 8

Thanks Jim for suggesting this ride to an area very few people have ridden before. From Vernon it will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to the staging area and the ride departs at 10:00am so you’ll need to be heading out of town by 8:30am.

It takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to get there and if you want to follow Jim as he heads east along Highway 6 to the staging area you need to be ready to leave King Eddy at 8:45am. Please shoot an email to [email protected] so he knows you’re coming.

Google Directions from Vernon
Head east on Highway 6, reset your trip meter when you hit the 4-Way Stop in Lumby, from there continue east on Highway 6 for 62km then turn right onto the Strutell Forest Service Road. Before reaching Strutell you will pass the Kettle FSR on your right (8km before the staging area) and Keefe Lake turnoff on your left (1km before the staging area).

The ride is roughly 50% on good FSR and 50% slower trails with lots of stops for pictures and the destination being high atop Cortiana for a great view. The plan is to finish up around 3/3:30 and then head back to town.

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.

Crowfoot Mountain Ride with GKAA & SBR

Saturday August 17

This Saturday ride to the top of Crowfoot Mountain with the Greater Kamloops ATV Association and the Shuswap Backcountry Riders is one not to miss. It’s an earlier start than we’re used to but it has to be with the distance we’re going.

The Vernon Club is going to attend the ride and meet up with the Greater Kamloops ATV Association and Shuswap Backcountry Riders but to help alleviate congestion on the trails we’re going to get an earlier start.

Vernon Ride Time & Plans

Our goal is to make it to the upper parking lot at Crowfoot Snowmobile area around 8:45am. This means being at the store at the Squilax bridge at 8:15am for the 30 minute drive to staging. That also means you need to leave Vernon at 7:00am to make it on time. If you’re going to ride with the “early” Vernon crew be sure to email [email protected] or text 250-550-5290 so we know to look for you.

GKAA & SBR Ride Times & Plans

Kamloops & the Shuswap Riders are going to meet at the store on the right after crossing the Squilax Bridge at 8:45am, departing there at 9:00am for the 30 minute drive to the Crowfoot Snowmobile Club parking lot. Unload and be ready to ride by 9:45-10:00am after a quick rider meeting.

It’s a 5 1/2 hour ride (not including lunch break) and like most rides to elevation it will be a rough and technical ride. We’ll be stopping to chat at lunch time so bring your food and drinks. Remember no drugs or alcohol on club rides.

DIRECTIONS

Squilax to Crowfoot Parking on Google Maps (30 minutes)

Vernon to Squilax Gas Station on Google Maps (1 hour 15 minutes)

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.

Sweet Sugar Lake Sunday Ride

10:00am Sunday August 4, 2019

Riders are going to meet up at the bridge at the south end of Sugar Lake, where Sugar Lake Road first crosses the lake.

Google directions from Vernon to bridge at Sugar Lake

Find yourself a safe area to pull off the road that doesn’t block roads, driveways or other accesses. It takes roughly 1 hour from Vernon to Sugar Lake.

The forecast looks hot so come prepared for hot and dusty conditions plus be mindful of increasing forest fire hazards to bring your fire fighting gear.

We’ll have a BBQ after the ride so throw in a cooler with some burgers, hot dogs or whatnot to grill.

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.

Irish Creek Count the Mosquitos Ride

10:00am Sunday June 9

Ride Recap: Was a tight trail ride with foliage hanging over us for most of it like a tunnel, mosquitoes were tolerable but the size of bees, hardly any dust because of the rain, visited 3 lakes, Pinaus Lake, Square Lake, Churchill Lake, 11 units and 14 people. Perfect day, perfect ride.Ride Recap:

We’re meeting at Tim Horton’s by Walmart at 9:00am then leaving for Irish Creek at 9:30am, ride starts at 10:00am.

This is going to be a slower ride to wander around, take in the sights, check trail conditions and count the mosquitos (they’re our there, come prepared!).

Directions from Tim Horton’s (by Walmart) to Irish Creek Road – https://goo.gl/maps/LcA5sJxwbCyK9n2p6

Bring gear for all weather, forecast is looks like there could be rain for the weekend. We’ll try to find a recreation site along the ride for washroom facilities will have a fire to cook lunch over.

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.

King Eddy to Postill Lake and Back

10:00am Sunday May 26 Start Time

Leaving the bottom of King Edward Lake Road in Coldstream at 10:00am Sunday May 26.

We need to leave at 10:00am because it will take a bit to get to Postill Lake and once we’re there the trails are rougher and muddier than typical Vernon area trails.

This will be a higher paced ride with speeds on road 50-60kmh to get to Postil Lake and once on the Postill trails they are more technical so this ride isn’t recommended for beginner riders. Some experience is needed for this ride with the trails being intermediate difficulty.

We will be riding past a number of recreation sites so will be able to stop to use the outhouse facilities.

Bring your lunch and riding gear for all conditions as the weather changes more quickly up on the plateau.

If you’re coming up from Lake Country we can meet you at Beaver Lake Lodge at 11:00am.

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.

Grizzly Lake Long Weekend Camping and Rides

Friday-Monday May 17-20

Weekend Recap: A busy long weekend at area recreation sites. We thought heading up Thursday after work we would get our pick of camp sites but lots of folks were already out enjoying the backcountry.

It rained Saturday which meant no dust for the group ride that headed south and east from Grizzly Lake, going by Goat Mountain Lake before descending to Harris Creek then returning up Nicklen FSR by Aberdeen and Haddo Lakes for a 102km ride.

The sun prevailed Sunday as the ride took the group west along Wollaston then over to Brunette and south to Postill Lake for some muddy and rocky technical trails before heading back toward Beaver Lake then home past the Flyfish lakes for a 90km ride. Each evening tall tales and funny stories were exchanged around the campfire before turning in to get ready to do it all again the next day.

Thanks to Abe, Allen and Clint for weaving together their respective trail knowledge to make for two days of fun rides.

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.