May the 4th Be With You (and Us) Ride

10:30am Ride Start – Saturday, May 4 2024

You’re invited to join the Vernon ATV Club as we meet up with our friends from the Shuswap Backcountry Riders at Skimikin Lake north of Salmon Arm.

The Skimikin Lake trail network is a great riding area for quads and side x sides. Expect to be riding until approximately 4:30pm, the trail difficulty rating will range from beginner to upper intermediate and a single tank of fuel will be sufficient for the day.

Bring a lunch and all the recovery/safety gear you should have with you. Spring riding could mean wet and cold so remember to pack clothing for all conditions. Spring conditions also means there could be trees down on the trails so be prepared to hop off your machine and make your way to the trail blockage to help. The Vernon club rides regardless of the conditions so even if it’s raining, someone will be there!

If you’d like to join the convoy from Vernon to Skimikin, meet at the Tim Horton’s parking lot on 58th Avenue opposite Walmart. We’ll leave the parking lot at 8:30am to allow for drive time and the preride safety meeting, the ride gets underway at 10:30am.

Google Map from Tim Hortons on 58th Ave to Skimikin Lake Parking

NOTE: there is construction on Highway 1 so you must turn left onto Bolton Road to get to Skimikin Lake.

We’d like to know how many people are planning to attend, please email [email protected] to let us know if you’re coming on this ride.

Check out these Skimikin area tracks if you’d like to preload your GPS:

New Year’s Day Ride

10:00am SHARP start at King Eddy FSR Staging

UPDATE – we’ve done a preride of the 60km route – it’s all passable and the club is providing hot dogs for lunch so you don’t need to bring anything for lunch, unless you don’t like hot dogs.


It’s a long-running club tradition is to kick off the year with a New Year’s Day ride and with the current snow levels things look set for a fun ride. The forecast currently isn’t calling for much snow leading up to January 1 so we should be able to cover some distance, if not we’ll do as we’ve done on past rides which was get as far as possible then make a campfire and break out the stories.

We’ve chosen King Eddy largely due to its ease of parking, Noble Canyon, Mt Ida Pinaus Lake would all be fun but parking isn’t as easy, safe or accommodating as King Eddy.

This is a winter ride so come prepared with winter clothing, winter tools (shovel, tow strap, etc.), your winter emergency gear and something for lunch. The plan is to have a campfire at lunch to gather around for warmth, cooking and story time.

The ride starts at 10:00am with a safety meeting a few minutes prior, don’t be late! The plan is to be done no later than 4:00pm.

King Edward Lake FSR staging is 9km east of Vernon on Highway 6.

Vernon ATV Club Rides & Events are open to the public. We encourage you to attend a couple rides and events to meet other riders, find new trails and learn more about the Vernon ATV Club.

Bear Creek Snowy Explore

10:00am start at La Casa Staging, Sunday December 3

It’s supposed to snow a smidge at valley level this weekend and it hasn’t accumulated up high yet so it’s a great opportunity to hit Bear Creek to explore the trails and fires from summer 2023.

If you’re looking to join the ride and want to follow others to the staging area you want to meet at Tim Horton’s on 58th Avenue across from Walmart Vernon at 8:20am. From there we head along Westside Road to La Casa then up Terrace Mountain FSR to the staging area.

We will wait at the bottom of Terrace Mountain Road (just past the LaCasa Resort development) until 9:15am then will drive up until we find a suitable area to park and unload safely along the road, the preride safety meeting starts at 10:00am. Map from Tim Horton’s convoy to Terrace Mountain FSR Staging.

We’ll have a lunch break with a campfire. Remember to dress warmly and bring your winter safety and recovery gear as we may run into more snow at the higher elevations. The ride will wrap up by 4:00pm.

The ride is open to everyone, you don’t need to be a Vernon ATV Club member to attend.

Ride Recap

What may be one of the last wheeled rides of the year was challenging but rewarding. Five riders braved the Sunday morning snowstorm and slippery conditions along Westside Road before finally finding safe staging areas (crikey the FSRs are slick these days!).

The ride climbed all the way to the base of Terrace Mountain through blowing snow and wind. A decisive 5 to 0 vote decided against trying to summit Terrace Mountain and instead the pack headed for the cabin at Esperon Lake.

What a godsend it was to arrive at the Esperon Lake cabin. Thank you Okanagan Trail Riders Association and Recreation Sites and Trails BC for shelters like this to warm up in on nasty days (and Sunday wasn’t really even that nasty).

After lunch and some time inside to warm up we were rewarded by blue skies for the return ride to the LaCasa staging area. A really fun ride, check out the track on the Vernon ATV Club Trail Share on GaiaGPS –

Christmas Tree Ride – Sunday November 26

10:00am Start – Finished by 4:00pm @ King Eddy

CHANGE OF LOCATION: the ride is back at King Eddy. We were concerned there would be too much snow but that didn’t materialize so we’re back to King Eddy which is 9kms east of Vernon on Highway 6.

This is usually a fun ride that eventually turns its focus to finding a tree. The plan is to hit the trails for a couple of hours before stopping for a lunch campfire then the afternoon will be making our way back toward staging with an eye for the perfect tree (or not-so perfect as has been the case in the past).

View from Damer Lake Tower November 2023 – courtesy Backcountry Trackers

Ride Recap

That was a fun one with a big turnout of 14 machines and 18 riders enjoying dustless and minimal snow riding conditions.

The 80km route wandered the Aberdeen/King Eddy trails, stopped to enjoy the Oyama Lake campfire lookout and found some great fir trees growing on the roadbed.

Halloween Fun Day

Fun Day Recap

A beautiful day at The Ponds Rec Site with fun games, food and drink and 3 different takes on pumpkin launchers. The adults stayed close to the campfire because the sun didn’t reach high enough to penetrate the trees most of the day.

The kids had a great time tracking down treats on the treat trail and rolling pumpkins.

Thanks to the organizers for making the day happen and Jeremy and Angeline for taking a group for a ride around the Becker area. Great work by Allen, Claus and Michael for the three unique launcher designs and thank you Martina for the amazing photos.

The Pumpkin Launchers

Starts @ 9:30am Saturday October 28, 2023

Please register by email by 9:00pm Thursday October 26 for a fun-filled day at The Ponds Recreation Site at Noble Canyon. There will be fun for kids of all ages including pumpkin carving, a number of different games, a candy trail and pumpkin catapult.

The campfire will be going all day and food and drink provided by the club. If you have a young family this will be a fun day for the kiddos.

Bring your ATV or drive up in your car/truck/suv as there will be activities at The Ponds and rides going out throughout the day.

Becker Lake Road is a Forest Service Road (FSR) so expect potholes, washboard and snow as you get to the upper elevations near The Ponds. AWD or 4WD with good tires would be recommended but a 2WD car/truck with good winter tires should be okay if you know how to drive offroad in the winter. 

Activities include:

  • ATV rides to nearby viewpoints and longer rides
  • Cornhole
  • Axe throwing (Nerf version)
  • Kids Treat Trail
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Pumpkin launching from a couple different catapult/slingshot designs
  • Walk the trail and boardwalk around/over the pond

The forecast is for daily high temperatures in the low single digits in the valley so it will be right around freezing at The Ponds but it’s supposed to be clear and sunny. Dress warm because nothing ruins the fun like being cold.

The Ponds Recreation Site is 10.5km up Becker Lake FSR. We will lead a convoy of vehicles up from the cattleguard on Noble Canyon Road (400m from Highway 6) at 9:30am. Everyone who registers will receive detailed instructions on how to find The Ponds should they want to come up later in the day.

Please register by email by 9:00pm Thursday October 26 so we have enough pumpkins and food for everyone.

Photos from Halloween 2021 at The Ponds

Silver Star Work Party, Lunch & Ride II

9:30am start at Vernon Snowmobile Club Parking Lot

Starting with a safety meeting at 9:30am sharp on Sunday October 15 at the Vernon Snowmobile Association snowmobile parking lot in Silver Star Provincial Park, there is a morning work party to move the firewood we stacked so nicely (exactly a year ago) back into the majestic new Silver Star Chalet, followed by a campfire hotdog lunch then then a guided ride of the snowmobile/ATV trails in the Trinity Ricardo area.

RSVP my email to [email protected] by 5:00pm Friday October 13 if attending so we have hotdogs, pop and chips for everyone.

WORK – The morning work party will consist of carrying firewood from the outside pile into the new chalet.

RIDE – The ride is an intermediate level ride due to some mud sections, tricky rain ruts and decent pace to cover the distance required to be back before dark. A single tank of fuel will be ample for the day, remember to pack clothes for all conditions as Silver Star is at 1700+ metres elevation and the weather can change fast.

There are 3 outhouses along the ride route, we expect to be done and back at the snowmobile parking lot by 5:00pm at the latest.

Directions: The turnoff to Silver Star Provincial Park is 18.5kms from the Butcher Boys intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Silver Star Rd, turn left onto Sovereign Lake Road, drive 2km then turn right and follow the road to the upper snowmobile parking lot where you can unload your ATV.

Ride Recap

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out today to move the firewood into the Vernon Snowmobile Association’s new chalet.

After moving a mountain of wood everyone had a nutritious campfire lunch of hotdogs, chips, cookies, pop and halloween candies and told stories in the beautiful fall weather before a ride through the park and along snowmobile trails in the Trinity Ricardo recreation area.

Thanks again volunteers, it took a lot of people to get all that firewood stacked up inside the chalet.

Friday Night BBQ & GPS Challenge

5:30-6:30pm BBQ, 7pm Ride Start Friday September 8

Are you up for a Friday night ride? How about a BBQ before we head out to test your GPS navigation skills?

Mandatory registration for the BBQ by email to [email protected] by 3pm on Friday September 8. Tell us how many people and hot dog or hamburger.

The BBQ runs from 5:30-6:30pm, the ride heads out at 7pm and go until??? You’ll need headlights because it’s getting dark around 8pm these days. BBQ is at the King Edward FSR staging area directly off Highway 6, 9km east of Vernon.

For the GPS Challenge portion, one rider in the group will be assigned the task of navigating to the next GPS coordinate (the group will ride together, we don’t need folks lost in the dark).

Bring your GPS or your phone and GPS app and your questions, a number of club GPS trainers will be in attendance to help. Remember to pack extra clothes when riding at a higher elevation, the weather changes quickly and often is rainy and cold when it’s nice at the valley bottom.

Rides are open to everyone, if you’re not a member please feel free to come to a couple of rides to meet other riders and find new trails. 

Get back at it Ride!

9am start – Sunday September 3 @ King Eddy

Rain, rain, rain… now it’s time to get back to riding. The ride starts at 9am this Sunday, September 3 at the parking/staging area at King Eddy just off Highway 6 with a planned wrap up around 2pm.

This ride will be a mix of FSR and trail, most riding is at an upper beginner to intermediate level with a few more technical sections sprinkled in. This is not a slow sightseeing ride, plan to cover 80-100km. There will be a couple of breaks, bring snacks or lunch.

Riding on the Aberdeen Plateau means changing weather conditions, come prepared with extra clothes because there is an increased chance of cold and rainy at elevation.

Rides are open to everyone, if you’re not a member please feel free to come to a couple of rides to meet other riders and find new trails. 

Mara Mountain Lookout Ride

9:00am July 30 start time at 3 Valley Mabel FSR

It’s a bit rough and rocky getting to the top but the view is well worth it.

A convoy starts in Vernon from Tim Horton’s on 58th Avenue (across from Walmart) at 7:30am Sunday July 30 for Enderby where we meet at the Enderby Tourism Visitor Centre (turn right at the RCMP detachment onto Granville Ave and continue straight to Railway Street where you turn left and park).

Vernon Tim Horton’s (58th Avenue) to Enderby Tourist Visitor Centre

Enderby Tourist Visitor Centre to 3 Valley Mabel FSR

The second leg of the road trip leaves Enderby at 8:00am for the staging area on 3 Valley Mabel FSR. Drive 30km east of Enderby on Mabel Lake Road and turn left onto 3 Valley Mabel FSR when you see the snowmobile area sign.

If you’re not ready to join the convoy then you need to study the directions so you can find your way there.

There will be a short safety meeting before the 9:00am ride start.

Ride Details:

  • Total ride length approximately 70km = one tank of fuel
  • Upper beginner to intermediate level ride difficulty
  • Extremely rough and rocky terrain
  • Off trail riding will not be tolerated!!!
  • Bring snacks, drinks and a lunch as there will be a short break for snacks and an extended break at the lookout
  • Bring bug spray and sunscreen
  • The ride is open to everyone, you do not need to be a Vernon ATV Club member to attend