Spring ATV Club Meeting & BBQ

6:00pm Saturday, April 27, 2019 – King Eddy Road

BBQ & Meeting Recap – the weather improved somewhat by the afternoon but it was still windy with the occasional snowflake flying by as the hardy club members hunkered down behind Jason’s Toyota parked to attempt to block the wind.

A big turnout for the evening meeting, thanks to everyone for your valuable feedback as we discussed where we’ve been and where the club is going.

Thanks Bob and Michael for the photos!

Come for the GPS Training at 11:00am or just pop by for the BBQ and Club Meeting. For those who haven’t had enough riding there will be a night ride after the meeting.

Please let us know how many people are attending the BBQ by 4:30pm Friday, April 26 using the form below, email [email protected] or text 250-550-5290.

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Pinaus Lake Ride

10:30am, Sunday April 28 – Pinaus Lake Rd

Pinaus Ride Recap – a giant turnout of 28 machines and 31 riders for an excellent and extremely well organized ride of the hills and trails near Pinaus Lake. Riding past a number of lakes and to picturesque recreation sites and fishing lakes.

Download the GPS track so you can check out this amazing riding area with your riding buddies.

Heading out from the bottom of Pinaus Lake Road at 10:30am to explore the mountains around Pinaus Lake and the west side of Okanagan Lake.

Meet at the bottom of the main Pinaus Lake Road, not the shortcut by the meat packing plant (also known as Pinaus Lake Road) – Google Directions

We would normally start at Irish Creek Road for this ride but with early season snow conditions and the road washout we encountered last year we’re taking a different approach to get to the Pinaus Lake area.

Come prepared for spring riding conditions which can include rain and snow. Pack a lunch, we typically have a campfire to warm up and cook a hot dog or two during our lunch break.

Ride Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Much of the ride will be on FSR (Forest Service Road), we will attempt to find as much trail as possible to get off the FSR. If a difficult section of trail is encountered the group will either ride around or assist riders to get through the difficult spots.

Bathroom Facilities: there are forestry recreation sites in the area with outhouses. Please advise the ride leader if you want to stop at the outhouse so they can make it part of the ride route. Remember to bring your own toilet paper as it may not be in the outhouse.

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.

Friday Night Mount Ida Ride

6:00pm Friday, April 12, 2019

Ride Recap: Another fun evening outing, this time at a location we’ve only done once a couple of years ago.

10 machines out including 4 new faces, great to have you along for the ride!

Not all club rides are going to be night rides, but it sure is nice being able to squeak a ride in after work!

Checking out Mt Ida with an after work ride. Make sure you’re headlights are working as we’ll be out for a couple of hours and will be getting close to dark, or in the dark when we finish up.

If you want to join the convoy from Vernon we’ll be leaving the parking lot by the Tim Horton’s on 58th Avenue at 5:10pm.

Map to staging area off Deep Creek Road

Directions to staging area:

  • From Vernon: head north on Hwy 97A, after Enderby take the 97C intersection toward Salmon Arm. Turn left on Deep Creek Road and drive 3.5kms where you turn right onto the Forest Service Road, drive 500m up the hill to the T in the road and look for a parking spot alongside the road.
  • From Armstrong: head West on Wood Avenue across the tracks and continue on Salmon River Road, look for the intersection where you turn right onto Knob Hill Road. Knob Hill Road turns into Deep Creek Road when it crosses Hullcar Road, continue 11kms to the Forest Service Road on your left then drive 500m up the hill to the T in the road and look for a parking spot alongside the road.
  • From Salmon Arm: take Hwy 1 East from town, turn right onto Hwy 97C and continue 10km where you turn right onto Deep Creek Road. Drive 3.5kms where you turn right onto the Forest Service Road, drive 500m up the hill to the T in the road and look for a parking spot alongside the road.

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.

Turn your Lights on Saturday Evening Ride

Starts 6:00pm Saturday April 5 – Noble Canyon Road

Ride Recap: Fun on the trails around Noble Canyon and Becker Lake Saturday night.

Marc lead the way up the powerline trails which aren’t quite rideable yet, another week or two and they’ll be snow free. Visits to the lookout overlooking the Coldstream Valley, Kalamalka Lake and the radio tower overlooking the city before heading back using the trail around Becker Lake.

Lee popped a tire off the bead so some late night tire installation before heading down.

A good ride with some regulars and a few new members. Stay tuned for more night rides!

Check your headlights, we’ll be needing them for this evening ride at Noble Canyon. The ride departs the cattlegaurd at 6:00pm Saturday, April 6.

Unload past the cattleguard then park your car/truck along the road on the highway side of the cattlegaurd.

We’ll explore the Becker Lake side of the canyon and plan on taking in the city lights. Forecast is says showers or rain so bring your wet weather gear.

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.

2019 Member Survey

The Vernon ATV Club has one of the largest memberships in the province. Currently we have more than 150 members. However, only a small minority of members participate in club rides and other club activities.

We would appreciate your feedback on this matter. Perhaps there are some things that we could do to provide activities that more members would choose to participate in, so please take a minute or two to respond to the following questions. We will publish the results in an upcoming edition of the weekly email.

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Chocolate Covered Raisins King Eddy Ride

Chocolate covered raisins ride showed us that the snow is pretty rotten right now, stay on the trails and roads.

10:00am Sunday March 24 – King Edward Lake Road

Another one of our “day of the year” rides, March 24 is National Chocolate Covered Raisins ride so grab your Glosettes and see you at 10:00am for a good ride on the Aberdeen Plateau.

Roads can be slippery at this time of year, be mindful that daytime melting turn the roads into skating rinks overnight and into the morning hours.

We’ll be going by King Edward Lake Rec Site on the way up and back where there is an outhouse (there wasn’t any TP a couple of weeks ago so bring your own).

Come prepared for spring/winter riding conditions, we’ll have a campfire so pack a lunch and bring your camera for the views we find.

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.

2019 ATVBC Raffle – BUY TICKETS ONLINE!

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International Day of Awesomeness Drift Ride

Yes it was the International Day of Awesomeness, sun, warm temperatures, friendly folks that shared their lunch campfire and a few interesting adventures.

The first adventure was fearless leader Steve showing us how amazing his new machine was in snow, until it wasn’t. After riding down to King Edward Lake then almost back to the road the mighty Can-Am became beached a long, long way from the road so every tow strap we had was put to use to reach the nearest tree. Steve was eventually back on the road and learned his lesson, BRP also makes Ski-Doo products for deep snow riding.

After lunch and chatting with the friendly campfire folks we were heading for Grizzly Lake but a quick stop at the Island Lake Rec Site revealed two Toyota trucks stuck a long way off the road. Steve and Len formed a towing company and recovered the closer truck almost to the road where a passing Dodge pickup yanked him the rest of the way to safety.

Check out the towing/winching videos on our Facebook page.

11:00am Sunday, March 10 – King Eddy Road

Heading out from the bottom of King Eddy Road (10kms east of Vernon on Hwy 6) at 11:00am Sunday, March 10. Remember it’s the time change on Sunday so check your clocks and don’t be late.

The road is plowed all the way to Dee Lake Main so we’re going to head up King Eddy in search of a good lunch destination, to see how many viewpoints we can access and possibly to enjoy some warmer temperatures (forecast calls for +7 by the weekend – but do we believe it?).

Come prepared for winter riding conditions, we’ll have a campfire so pack a lunch and bring your camera for the views we find.

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.

Ice Riding at Swan Lake

Ride Recap

A fun day on the frozen lake with quads, side x sides, dirtbikes, sleds, shifter carts and ice fisherman who set up on the course creating an impromptu chicane before one of the corners.

A huge thanks to Dave Anderson for taking photos throughout the day. His photos are the high quality images in this gallery and for more photos and a slideshow check out our other posts.

Over 24 inches of ice so all sizes of vehicles took to the courses including full size diesel pickups! Lots of fun and interest from those who attended to get out on the ice again before it starts to melt.

11:00am Sunday February 24

The lake can be accessed from Meadowlark Road, across the highway from Avenue Equipment and IRL Truck Centre. Unload at the boat launch then park somewhere along the side of the road remembering to respect the neighbours and not block any driveways.

THIS IS NOT A RACE!
We’re heading to the lake to enjoy the ice before the weather turns warm. There was a race last weekend (check out photos and videos on Facebook) and the track should still be clear. There are still areas with open water so we’re going to stick to the areas that have already shown to be rideable.

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.

First Ride of the Pig (the year)

10:30am Sunday February 10 – King Eddy Road

Looks like the weather is warming a bit, let’s get out on the King Eddy trails. Snow should be pretty solid with the recent cold weather, but will we be able to ride all the trails?

Ride starts at 10:30am, don’t be late!

Winter riding conditions with a forecasted high of -3 degrees and partly sunny (as of Wednesday night). Bring winter riding gear and be mindful of covering exposed skin to reduce the risk of frostbite. There will be a lunch fire to warm up and cook your lunch.

Ride Recap

The forecasted high of -3 degrees never materialized but a big group of riders did so we headed for the hills to enjoy a brisk but sunny Sunday in the forest.

We stopped at King Eddy for a perfect box fire courtesy of Steve’s mad skills then continued on to the tower above Damer Lake. Only a few made it up the tower road but then they proceeded to get stuck on the wind drifted snow.

Marc and Janelle were busy performing towing duties with the RZR on tracks and Jeremy was having fun on his sled showing us how it’s really done in the snow.

Check out Michael’s GoPro summary of the ride on YouTube.

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.