There may not be an official closure in our area yet but please don’t ride. The forests are dry, firefighters are stretched thin already and no one wants to be responsible for causing a fire that damages property and puts people’s lives at risk.
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.
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.
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.
Lumby Days Parade Report – a great turnout of both parade entries and people out to watch. A really fun event to participate in just for the joy of watching little kids react when you wave to them, most would start waving back like crazy… until their hands shot to cover their ears when the tow truck behind us would sound his train horn and scare the crap out of them.
Join the club as we ride the streets of Lumby in the Lumby Days Parade Saturday, June 10. Meet at the industrial park east of Lumby at 9:30am to assemble and decorate, the parade rolls at 11:00am and should wrap up around 12:30pm. Please let us know if you’re coming by email, use the form below, on facebook or comment on this page.
The parade theme is Canada 150, the club has a lot of flags and other decorating items but you can bring your own decorations if you have them.
Consider staying in Lumby all day to check out the many activities including:
- Pony cart rides
- Midway rides
- Pioneer power display
- Show & shine
- Live entertainment
- Freestyle motocross
- Helicopter rides
and more, check out the Lumby Days schedule
Join Steve for a ride in the Kelly Mtn area Sunday morning as he celebrates the Queen’s birthday with Australians.
Meet at Tim Hortons on 58th Avenue, leaving for the drive to the McTavish Rd staging area at 9:30am with the ride starting at 10:30am.
This ride is for the ladies and features special treatment with afternoon refreshments and snacks. We’ll ride Noble Canyon to get the spectacular views over the valley and check out the network of old logging roads and trails.
The afternoon viewpoint stop will have beverages and snacks for everyone that registers. Guys are welcome too, you’ll be doing a separate ride then meet up at the afternoon refreshment location.
Starting at noon, we’ll be back down to the parking area by 4:30pm.
Ride speed and difficulty will be Green (beginner) and there will be 2 outhouse stops along the ride.
If you want food and beverages you must register!
The Salmon Arm club is going for a Saturday ride starting on Irish Creek Road, just north of Motoplex Speedway and Westside Road (map and directions below).
Meet at 9:00am, the ride will be approximately 100km long and will go to Woods, Jimmy and Pinaus lakes. Being early season and with recent storms there may be some trail clearing but hopefully others have already blazed a trail.
Please email [email protected] by Friday at 6:00pm if you’re attending the ride.
The weather turned decidedly summer-like on Saturday May 20 for our annual cleanup on King Eddy Road. 22 members of the Vernon ATV Club as well as members of Kelowna and Salmon Arm ATV Clubs and area residents put in hard work in the hot sun picking up other people’s garbage.
We haven’t had the bin hauled to the landfill yet to get a number on weight gathered but the 15 cubic yard bin is full and we were able to sort off several truckloads of recyclable steel into the salvage pile.
Notable items picked up:
- Truck canopy pulled from King Eddy Lake
- Hot water tank winched from steep ditch
- Two garbage bags of shotgun shells (500+ shells)
- Damaged culvert and over 1,000lbs of metal diverted to the scrap steel pile
We thank the following companies for their help in making our cleanup anther huge success:
And of course a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered a day from your long weekend to clean up after stupid people. We appreciate your effort!
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