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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.

2018 Christmas Party

The Greedy Santa Gift Exchange at the 2017 Christmas Party

Party starts at 6:00pm Saturday November 17

It’s time to register for this year’s club Christmas Party. This is a family friendly event with fun and games for kids, adults and those who can’t decide which they are.

We’re going potluck again for supper so bring your secret family recipe to the party. The club will be providing the staples (turkey, potatoes, etc.) so members will be asked to bring salads, casseroles and such. If we have too many of one thing we may ask if you can bring another dish, but we’ll be in touch either way.

Each year we ask members to bring cash or non-perishable food items for the Food Bank. We challenge everyone bring a minimum of $5 per person for the food bank, the more the better!

Bring a re-gift, new or gently used, wrapped for the Greedy Santa gift exchange game! The gift exchange goes for a couple of hours, the basic premise is an item can be stolen a maximum of three times and when you have an item stolen, you decide if you want to unwrap a new gift from under the tree or steal an open gift from the crowd. We suggest gifts under $20 value, novelty gifts or even re-gift that darn present you got last year you don’t want… it’s all in fun!

For children too young to enjoy having their gifts stolen, the club provides presents. We’ll be in touch to see what your little one would like to receive.

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).

Bolean Lake Camping & Rides

Vernon ATV Club members enjoyed a relaxing weekend at Bolean Lake Lodge enjoying the tranquil lakeside accommodations and exploring the countless miles of trails. Lots of smiles and stories shared over the weekend, we look forward to going back again sometime.

Thursday September, 6 through Sunday, September 9

Come for the weekend or come for the day, the club will be camped out at Bolean Lake Lodge from Thursday, September 6 though Sunday September 9.

Lots of people have signed up for camping and riding at Bolean Lake. Some folks are heading out Thursday, others just coming out for rides over the weekend, it’s up to you.

If you’re thinking of riding for the day we recommend you let us know you’re coming and show up by 10:00am so you can join in on the rides. Maybe you’re up for fishing or just telling stories, we look forward to seeing you!

If you haven’t yet booked your accommodation or are an individual looking to share lodging get in touch by email and we’ll see if there are any open spaces or opportunities to fit you in a cabin or tent. Accommodation options include cabins and campsites, there is fishing and access to ATV trails right from the campsite.

Check out your lodging options on the Bolean Lake website

To make your own lodging booking call or text Bolean Lake Lodge at 604-614-6121.

ATV Club Celebrates Canada Day

The Vernon ATV Club’s third year participating in Canada Day in Polson Park was our most successful yet. In our second year offering rides on the kiddie train approximately 1,000 people of all ages took rides along a longer course than last year’s train ride.

Banner Recreation and Vernon Motorsports provided the tow vehicles this year for the twelve colourful carts. Despite gusty winds and a short spurt of rain families lined up for rides all day and the train continued to run long after all other Canada Day vendors and displays packed up.

The day went without a hitch and we couldn’t have done it without the help of:

  • Brodie
  • Christian
  • Daniel
  • Denis
  • Gerry
  • Grahame
  • Jason G
  • Jason K
  • Judy
  • Kent
  • Michael
  • Miranda
  • Monique
  • Otto
  • Randy

Canada Day 2018 Help Needed

The ATV Club is part of Canada Day festivities in Polson Park for the third year. Last year was our fist year with the kiddie train and it was a hit with over 1,000 going for a ride.

Rides start at 10:00am and go to 4:00pm, we arrive at 8:00am to set up and are usually done and ready to leave by 5:00pm.

To make this year another success we need people to help with:

  • Morning set up of tents, tables, carts
  • Organizing riders into the carts
  • Driving the vehicles pulling the kiddie carts
  • Providing info to people visiting the club display
  • Take down and load out at the end of the day

Use the form below to let us know how you can help make 2018 a success.

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Kiddie Cart Work Party

The kiddie train was a hit last year at the Canada Day festivities but we have a few more carts to finish and all need a coat of paint.

Venture up Silver Star Road to 8439 Ladner Road on Saturday, June 16 between 10:00am and 2:00pm where all the kiddie carts will be awaiting your creative ideas.

We’ll have the BBQ going to reward volunteers but the ride after the BBQ has been cancelled.

Let us know if you’re coming by 5:00pm Friday, June 15 so we can have food for everyone.

Ride with Salmon Arm at Skimikin

Ride Recap & Photos

Salmon Arm club and the Walker family do it again, another great ride! The Skimikin trails have seen an awful lot of water this year and then add on some recent windstorms and there was a lot of chainsawing and turning around when we ran into impassable walls of rubble left behind by the raging torrents.

Starting in the soggy valley bottom we soon climbed high into the mountains and did a tour of all the strategically located communication towers and the network of roads and trails connecting them. On the way down we passed washed out roads and bridges before we dropped into an old cedar forest with such a dense canopy you almost needed your headlights. We also encountered critters and flowers in bloom on the ride.

After returning to the parking lot the group patiently waited on the slow bbq while they were attacked by the swarms of mosquitoes. Great fun, we look forward to riding Skimikin again soon and hopefully getting a work day to help clear the trails of blowdown.


Rides with the Salmon Arm club never disappoint and this won’t be any exception, Skimikin is a great riding area! This ride starts at 10:00am at Skimikin Lake at the parking lot east of Skimikin Lake (Google directions).

Bring your appetite as we’re having a free BBQ after the ride, please email to let us know you’re coming so we have enough food for everyone.

For riders travelling from Vernon we’re going to meet at the Tim Horton’s parking lot on 58th Avenue, the convoy leaves there at 8:30am so we’re ready for the 10:00am ride start.

As with all ATV Club rides, everyone is welcome whether you’re a club member or not so invite your friends, family and neighbours. The ride is planned for between 50-90kms in length, with terrain varying from ATV trails, old skid road to forest service road. We try to accommodate riders of all skill levels which means stopping to help if we encounter a difficult portion of trail.

Vernon Winter Carnival Parade

The club has long talked about going in the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade and this year’s theme of Canada 150 was a great one. We really enjoyed sharing the message of ATVing as a family friendly activity and there were lots of families lining the parade route that were stoked to see the machines.

We had 5 machines riding on the roads alongside our float of a truck and trailer carrying another couple of machines up high for better visibility.

A huge thanks to all the club members who came out to decorate, brought supplies and braved the Friday afternoon (decorating the float) and Saturday morning (parade day) blowing snow. Finally, weather fitting of a winter carnival!

Castanet Parade Coverage

Shaw TV Parade Coverage