Road Trip to Barriere Ride

Ride Report & Photos
Daniel Raitt and his dad Warren spent the days before the ride brushing and flagging the route and it showed, we didn’t have to stop once to cut downed trees and the ride flowed smoothly across the amazingly diverse terrain throughout the day. From flowy old roads to technical trails through the forest, rock crawling in dry creekbeds, slip sliding on snowy roads and the runout on fall coloured tree lined trails, the ride had smiles on faces all day (except when faces were too frozen to smile).

Thanks Team Raitt, excellent ride!

It’s road trip time, Daniel will be home from BCIT for Thanksgiving and offered to take us out for a ride. The plan is to be ready to ride at 10:00am Saturday, October 7 in Barriere.

We’ll carpool and convoy from Vernon to Barriere, it takes roughly 2 hours to get there so we’ll be leaving Vernon 7:00-7:30am

Email [email protected] or message on Facebook if you would like to go but need a ride, there is truck and trailer space for other riders wanting to hop in.

Directions to staging area –

Noble Canyon – A Bridge Too Far Ride

Ride Recap
Another strong turnout of new riders and familiar faces. Merv and Ron came all the way from Okanagan Falls, thanks guys we hope you enjoyed the ride! Thanks Steve for taking photos each ride.

If you missed the ride you can download a GPX track then go try the trails yourself.

Starting at 10:00am Sunday at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road, this ride will wind us up through the trails and past the lakes in the area then east beyond the edge of Silver Star park.

A mixture of FSR, old roads and trails and a small amount of more technical trail. Come prepared for all conditions as we’re into the fall riding season. Bring a camera as there are views over the Coldstream and Lumby valleys from the hang glider launches along the route.

Rides are open to club members, friends, guests and anyone interested in joining us for a ride. All ability levels are welcome, if you encounter a section of trail above your comfort level we’ll help you through or find a way around it.

Unload at the cattle guard 400m up Noble Canyon Rd then park your vehicle alongside the road back toward the highway, no parking in the cattle guard and turn around area as we need to keep this open for unloading

Early King Eddy Ride

Ride Photos & Video – a big turnout of 22 riders on 19 machines. The off-road skills park at Grizzly Lake is up and running and being used by families, great to see kids out learning to ride in a safe area!

Starting at the bottom of King Eddy Road at 9:00am Sunday, September 24 this ride is planned to head further east and south than most club rides so that’s why the 9:00am start. Come prepared for fall conditions and campfires aren’t allowed so bring a lunch you can have without a fire.

Rides are open to everyone so if you or a friend aren’t members just show up. We have a safety meeting at the start of each ride and will stop to help you through or around anything encountered along the way.

Remember to think safety, everyone has been off for a few months so some people will be a little excited out there. Combine that will all the traffic from bikes and quads to trucks and hunters, be alert and ride safe!

The Ban is Lifted!

As of noon on September 20, 2017 the off-road prohibition is lifted across the province except for specific areas around active wildfires. To see a list of area closures visit the BC Wildfire website.

There will be rides this weekend, likely a few rides for you to choose from as everyone wants to get out again. Watch for ride announcements in the next couple of days and let us know where you’re riding or would like to ride this weekend.

Voluntary backcountry closure

During this period of heightened wildfire risk, the British Columbia government is strongly recommending that people stay completely out of the backcountry within the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre.

The public is advised to not visit recreation sites in the Cariboo, Kamloops or Southeast fire centres over the Labour Day long weekend. Visitors currently camping and using recreation sites in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast fire centres are encouraged to leave.

View the August 31 Information Bulletin – Voluntary Backcountry Closure

Recreation Sites and Trails BC
Closures of numerous recreation site and trails are in effect in the Cariboo, Southeast and Kamloops fire centres. For a complete list of current closures, please visit:

Recreationalists are encouraged to avoid travelling in the backcountry in areas where wildfires are active or where the fire danger rating is high to extreme. Given the current fire danger ratings and number of active wildfires, further restrictions may be considered if people do not stay out of the backcountry.

More information on Recreation Sites and Trails BC is available at:

Canada 150 Celebrations in Polson Park

Canada Day 150 Recap
What a day! It was hot and sunny and Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations had brought out large crowds. Attendees had a great selection of things to see and do, the freestyle motocross was the largest draw when it ran twice during the day but our barrel train was a close second in popularity as evidence by the lineups from before 10:00am until after 4:30pm. We estimate 800-900 people took a barrel train ride during the day!

BDM Motorsports brought a pair of Polaris General 1000s out to pull the train and they were the perfect choice as they had power to pull, turf mode for driving on grass, the second seat allowed for a co-driver to watch over the train and the pickup box was used by parents wanting to ride along to capture video of their kids on the ride.

Banner Recreation came with an Outlander XMR, a pair of SeaDoos and a little street legal Kawasaki motorcycle that attracted lots of attention.

A huge thanks to all the club members that came out to set up, take down and soldiered through the heat all day (including the two drivers who drove the entire day without a break).

Help the Vernon ATV Club spread the good word on all terrain vehicle use. You can help in the following ways:

  • Be a greeter in our booth during the day. Any time you can contribute helps, 1 hour or all day, it’s up to you!
  • Bring your machine for display, the park gates are closed to vehicle traffic from 9:00am to 4:00pm so drop off and pickup are before and after those times.
  • Drive the kiddie train! Hop in one of the new side x sides from local dealers and take kids on a tour of Polson Park.

Please email, post a comment below or get in touch on facebook to let us know how you can help.