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:
The 10th Annual 3 Valley Gap GPS Ride takes place Saturday July 8 & Sunday July 9. This is a poker ride with a twist, you draw sets of coordinates then have to use your GPS to go find them and record the number on the tag for it to count toward your poker hand.
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).
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.
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!
This is a family friendly event with fun and games for kids, adults and those who can’t decide which they are.
On the menu this year: ham, scalloped potatoes, cabbage rolls, perogies, veggies, salads, buns and dessert squares. Table wine, non-alcoholic drinks & door prizes provided by the club. BYOB if you would like anything else to drink.
Please 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 game!
Club members and invited guests. Must RSVP by November 12 using the form below.
Every year the club has a BBQ and ride on or around the longest day of the year, this year we’ve got an entire weekend of fun planned for the Father’s Day weekend. You’re invited to come for the entire weekend or just for a ride or the BBQ or breakfast.
Come set up camp at the sort yard on King Eddy Road, take in the rides, enjoy the BBQ and breakfast on the grille and bring your best stories for around the campfire.
Friday 5:00pm – Sort yard opens
Saturday 5:00pm – BBQ
Saturday 7:00pm – Evening ride
Sunday 9:30am – Father’s Day Breakfast
Sunday – rides and/or special events
If you’re wondering what the photo is, it’s a special event where the driver has some giant underwear over their head and the passenger gives directions to navigate a course. Depending on space we’ll have this event or another special skills/riding event.
Weekend Recap Some days it rains, some days it pours, this weekend it did both. Lots of fun though, hanging out around the camp telling stories, enjoyed the BBQ and Sue’s Super Salads. Got a ride in Sunday after the rain stopped, lots of mud and puddles made for perfect riding conditions. Thanks Kent for taking us on a tour, a little different than where we normally go!
Join us at the sort yard on King Eddy Road for the May long weekend. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members – so if you enjoy ATV, UTVing come out to meet some like-minded folks and have fun.
The sort yard is the gate to the left of the cattleguard, watch for the yellow ATV sign pointing the way. The gate opens at 3:00pm on Friday afternoon for campers to arrive and start setting up then hang out around the campfire in the evening.
Saturday morning is when the fun starts with a cleanup along King Eddy Road. Bring your ATV, UTV or truck as we head up the road gathering all the stuff people have discarded. We’ll need a couple of trucks for transporting the garbage to the landfill. If we get done before evening we may squeak a ride in.
Saturday afternoon there is a BBQ, it’s free for cleanup volunteers and $5 per person for everyone else. You’ll find burgers, chips & dip, salad, veggies and drinks. The BBQ will be followed by a meeting to catch everyone up on club activities.
Sunday morning is ride time, join us as we head up onto the Aberdeen plateau for some riding.
Friday, May 20
3:00pm – sort yard opens for anyone wanting to camp
7:00pm – evening campfire
10:00pm – gate closed for the night
Saturday, May 21
10:00am – cleanup starts along King Eddy FSR (details below)