TRAILS ARE OPEN
Our Johnstown ATV Club trails are now reopened after being closed for the deer rifle hunting season. Happy trails and please be careful around frozen water hazards as it is always difficult to gage how thick the ice is and the water and mud beneath may be deeper than you think. Quick note: we may not have removed all our “Trails Closed” signs yet, but we’ll have them all fully removed by mid-week or so. Please let us know if you see any we may have missed, Thanks!! (posted 20 Nov 2017)
We @ JATVC thank you for your cooperation in this matter, and enjoy the remainder of 2017 on not only our trails but on any of the fine, beautiful & varied trails offered throughout the entire OFATV, EOTA and NBATVF.
If you find that the trail needs repair or any other attention, please contact us with the details on the “Contact Us” link on our website and we will action the request as soon as possible.
Crown Land and Insurance
While as an individual you are permitted to travel across Crown & MTO Land, please note that you are not covered by OFATV third party insurance until the Government land agreements are signed. Johnstown ATV Club is working diligently to secure official signed permission from Government agencies for club trail use. Insurance claims on Crown & MTO properties will have to be supported by private user insurance. Privately owned land which Johnstown ATV Club trails cross are covered by OFATV third party insurance.
Limerick Forest Recreational Trail Use
The majority of the large variety of recreational activities occurring within Limerick Forest is associated with its many trails and roads. The “mapped” trail network within Limerick Forest consists of approximately 180 km of trails ranging in size from “single track” to emergency access roads suitable for full-sized vehicles. In addition, approximately 30 km of “groomed” snowmobile trails are maintained by the Leeds & Grenville Snowmobile Association. A number of information kiosks have been installed at various locations throughout Limerick Forest. Mosaics of air photos and trail maps, 911 locations, parking areas and public service announcements may be found on these kiosks.
The current “multi-use” philosophy in Limerick encourages flexibility, consideration and respect amongst all user groups. There are very few restrictions on activities occurring within the forest. They include no permanent structures (i.e., tree stands), no overnight camping (and camp fires), and no motorized vehicles on the hiking trails north of the Limerick Chalet. In addition, specific activities may be restricted where the safety of the public or the well-being of the forest is a concern (i.e., seasonal restrictions regarding the use of motorized vehicles on the trails during the spring season).
Recreational activities in Limerick Forest can be divided into two broad categories; motorized and non-motorized. Motorized activities include the use of dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) and snowmobiles. Non-motorized pursuits include mountain biking, cross country skiing, geocaching, horse-back riding, bird watching, hiking and hunting. It is the responsibility of each and every individual visiting Limerick Forest to ensure that they have met all of the legal requirements necessary to participate in their activity of choice. Please be careful and respect other trail users.
ATV AND DIRT BIKE USE in LIMERICK FOREST April 20, 2017 The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville, owner of Limerick Forest, has agreed to work with organizations representing off-road motorcycles, ATVs and ORVs (side by sides) on the implementation of a two year pilot program for the development, use, and management of the trails in Limerick Forest for all user groups.
The Johnstown ATV Club (JATVC) supported by the Ontario Federation of All-Terrain Vehicles (OFATV) and the Bytown Motorcycle Association (BMA) supported by Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR) are actively working with the Forest Manager to implement the program for the 2017 and 2018 riding seasons. The end result will be that ATVs and ORVs (side by sides) riding in Limerick Forest will require OFATV membership and off-road motorcyclists will require an OFTR membership. All motorized vehicles in Limerick must be legally plated and insured.
This partnership will provide an opportunity for trail wardens representing both organizations to be out on the trails in an effort to answer questions and provide assistance re the OFATV and OFTR Code of Ethics. Trail wardens will engage motorized users in Limerick in a friendly and positive manner about safe and responsible riding.
It is hoped that this new partnership between the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and the JATVC and BMA will help to maintain and improve the Limerick Forest trail network for all user groups by educating riders about the perils of drinking and driving, the potential damage to the reputation of the sport due to unnecessarily loud vehicles, driving without plates and insurance, littering and the need to respect the ecological integrity of the forest. A healthy and sustainably managed forest will ensure the long-term availability of our trail system, benefiting everyone who visits the forest.
In addition to helping to pay for trail maintenance, signage, bridging and the construction of new trails, membership benefits also include magazine subscriptions, equipment supplier discounts, member-only events, family rides, group rides, skills and development training and access to 100’s of km’s of trails across the province, otherwise not accessible. http://www.limerickforest.ca/en/maps/Index.asp
ATV Laws and Bylaws
The JATVC strongly advocates riding safely, obeying the law and respecting private property. We have collected the following information about ATV/ORV laws in Ontario and it’s municipalities. It is the ATV/ORV rider’s responsibility to ensure that they are riding in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations at all times. The JATVC provides the information below for reference only and we cannot be held responsible for any damages or injury that results from the use of this information.
- Smart Ride – Safe Ride (What you need to know to operate an ATV/ORV in Ontario)
- Ontario Highway Traffic Act as it pertains to ATV use on Provincial Roads. Bill 316/03
- Ontario Off-Road Vehicles Act
- Tips for the ATV Rider
- Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Township ATV By-law
- Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Township amended ATV By-law for use of side by side and 2 ups
- Merrickville/Wolford Township ATV By-law including side by side and 2 ups
- Leeds/Grenville County ATV By-law for approved sections of County Roads
- Augusta Township ATV By-law including side by side and 2 ups