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KATVA Donates $20,000 Towards Victoria Rail Multi-use Trail (Nov. 2016)

November 15, 2016


In the past few years, Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) has committed to giving the City of Kawartha Lakes $10,000 annually as part of their goal in keeping the condition of Victoria Rail Trail Corridor at a higher standard for all users, including cyclists, walkers and those with accessibility concerns, as this is a multi-use trail. This money is used by the City for maintenance of the Victoria Rail Trail.

In addition, KATVA voluntarily does grading, ongoing maintenance, continual clearing and spring clean up work to the Multi-Use Trail each year.

This week KATVA gave the City of Kawartha Lakes a cheque for $20,000 to be used to assist them in completing the new Rail Trail screenings from Naylor Road to Long Beach Road. The City has also started replacing some of the broken and missing gates along the Rail Trail. KATVA will be paying a portion of those costs as well.

KATVA is proud of what their membership dollars are doing to improve the trails for all users in this community. They encourage all users, summer and winter, to respect the work that is being done by NOT damaging the trails. “We know it is a privilege to use these beautiful trails” explains Carolyn Richards, President of KATVA, “we really want to emphasize to our members and all other users that it is important to do their part.”

Pack in – Pack out, Tread Lightly, Respect Land Owners, and be vigilant in Protecting the Lands to ensure a positive future for all users.

To learn more visit KATVA website here.

KATVA Ride for Dad (Jun. 2016) VIDEO

June 6, 2016


This past weekend over 250 ATV enthusiasts gathered at Log Chateau Park just north of Fenelon Falls for the Kawartha ATV Association Ride for Dad Poker Run. The event was a huge success with a record number of riders and guests coming out to support the fundraiser for prostate cancer research.

The day began at Log Chateau Park with rider safety meetings and route instructions. Riders could choose from 2 routes – a 60km short route and a 110km long route. The routes guide riders though a variety of terrain in the KATVA 5 Points Trail System. Each route lead back to the Burnt River Community Centre where a hot meal of BBQ Roast Beef and Turkey was served. Prizes were awarded for Top Poker Hands as well as Top Pledge Earners. Prizes were generously donated by sponsors throughout Kawartha Lakes.

This was the first time that Side X Side machines were allowed on the trails. KATVA gained special permission from City of Kawartha Lakes Council to allow the Side X Side machines on a portion of the Victoria Rail Trail and on the Road-ways along the routes just for this event. This special permission was a direct factor in the increased success of this years event as many Side X Side riders came to participate and support the fundraiser.

The day was a huge success raising over $16,000 for the charity. The event proved to be a great draw for tourism to our area. Over half of the participants came from areas across Ontario including Niagara Falls, Ottawa, North Bay, Sudbury, and various locations around the GTA to enjoy the weekend in beautiful Fenelon Falls.

Hats of to KATVA for organizing this successful event for ATV enthusiasts and for their extraordinary volunteer efforts towards increasing tourism in Fenelon Falls. Many local businesses benefitted from your efforts over the weekend.  Thank you.

Article by Corrie Lee
Watch the video – Videography by Jason McNeice (Northern Lights Security)


Kawartha ATV Will Be Offering Safe Rider Programs (Oct 2015)

October 11, 2015


Learning to ride an ATV safely is no different than learning to drive a car safely. Drivers Education is the best way to ensure that new riders will be properly prepared for the sport.

Over the summer Kawartha All Terrain Vehicle Association (KATVA) trained five local instructors to be able to deliver the Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI)  Hands On ATV Safe Rider Course.

The instructor training was held at Log Chateau Park, just north of Fenelon Falls, where an empty field was available to set up obstacle courses for the first students to learn new skills. The week-long intensive InstruKAT Training Poster 12x24 B_Layout 1ctor Training prepared the individuals to be able to deliver a full ATV Safe Rider Course as designed by the CASI. This course is intended to prepare new riders for safe and educated participation in the sport.

Most ATV-related fatalities in Canada are the result of warned-against behaviors, such as youth riding on adult-sized ATVs. Take some time out and learn about the proper operation of your machine, find out about helmets and other protective gear, and learn ways to dramatically reduce risk for you, your family and friends.

The course is designed to offer students a hands on approach to increasing their safety knowledge and practise their riding skills in a controlled and supervised environment. It is the most current ATV training available and highly supported and endorsed by ATV Councils and manufacturers.

It includes education in proper safety gear, safe ATV operation practises and basic riding skills. Students will practise numerous skills including safe braking, acceleration techniques, driving over obstacles, how to handle uneven or off camber surfaces, hand signals and proper shared trail etiquette.

It is recommended that all youth riders and any new adult riders strongly consider participating in this program.  KATVA will be offering the CASI ATV Rider Course in the spring of 2016.

Watch the KATVA website for details.  


Success at KATVA Ride for Dad (June 2015)

June 8, 2015

The mission of the TELUS Ride For Dad is to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease. Kawartha ATVA joined the fight and held their first Ride for Dad on June 6th, 2015 raising over $16,000 for the organization.

The sunny skies encouraged organizers on the Saturday morning of the event. By 8am a steady stream of participants began to file in to the Log Chateau Trailer and Camping Park located just north of Fenelon Falls, Ontario. “We are thrilled with the turn-out for our first Ride for Dad event,” explains KATVA President, Carolyn Richards. “It was great to see so many new faces – coming from all across Ontario.”

The Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) was on hand with great news of the start of the Canadian-Wide ATV Safety Week, aimed at educating new and experienced riders to ride safe. ATV Safety Week is also the official kick off of the hands-on ATV rider training courses launched by Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI). To learn more about registration for you or your kids, visit the CASI ATV Rider CourseSM at

Riders set out on their choice of a 60km or 80km route, which offered a variety of beginner and intermediate trails for all participants to explore. Riders enjoyed a social ‘meet and greet’ located half-way on both routes with a refreshment stand sponsored by HB Cycle of Lindsay, Ontario.

When the ride portion of the event was completed, participants gathered at the Burnt River Community Centre for a Roast Beef and Turkey Dinner. Everyone chose their cards for their chance at the $1000 Top prize. The three highest poker hands were rewarded with cash prizes and the three top Fundraisers took home a BBQ, a TV and Powertools.

“The event gave KATVA a chance to raise money for a great cause as well as encourage ATV Safety and Training for new riders and youth,” says Richards. “It was a perfect day for riding and coming together to celebrate the sport – just a win for everyone.”

Even though the Ride for Dad event is over KATVA welcomes new riders anytime. With over 250 km of maintained trails encompassing all skill levels and all types of terrain, it is the perfect location for any rider. Check out their website for information on purchasing day or season passes at

Mountain of Toys Delivered (Dec. 2014)

December 21, 2014


Off Road enthusiasts from 3 groups in the community, put their off road toys away for the season and focused on gathering toys for underprivileged children instead.  Representatives from KATVA, OF4WD and TMSC delivered the toys and cash donations to the Kinsmen Toy Mountain on Saturday Dec 13th at Lindsay Square Mall. The total value of this years donations was over $3000 + Toys.

Learn more about this event and off roading in Kawartha Lakes at


Off-Road Groups Donate to Kids (Sept 2014)

September 29, 2014

Corrie Lee Photography 2014-2

The Kawartha ATV Association, the Twin Mountain Snowmobile Club, and the Ontario 4 Wheel Drive Club held a Joint Trail User Ride on September 13th, 2014. The ride was held in the 5 Points Trail system located just outside Bobcaygeon.

This ride is organized by the 3 clubs in an effort to get the groups that use and maintain the trails together to socialize and spend an afternoon riding side by side. Jeeps and ATV’s and Side by Side machines get the opportunity to see how each preform on the trails and to see what attracts individuals to the sport.

Corrie Lee Photography 2014-1Over 60 people came out to enjoy a day of riding as well as a social and BBQ held at the Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club Shed on Bass Lake Road after the ride.

In addition to getting together, the group also wanted to give something back to the community. The 3 groups raised $1070.00 in cash as well as a large number of toys for the Kinsmen Christmas Toy Drive.

Thank you to the members of these clubs and their generosity towards the children in our community.

KATVA Volunteer Appreciation Potluck and BBQ (Aug 2014)

August 12, 2014

The Kawartha ATV Association held their annual Volunteer Appreciation Potluck and BBQ at Log Chateau Park in Fenelon Falls on Saturday Aug 9th, 2014. The family oriented group of over 900 members join together regularly for club rides and social activities.

Volunteers from this group spend countless hours maintaining and developing the intricate system of multi use trails within the City of Kawartha Lakes and the 5 point trail system north of Bobcaygeon.  Building bridges, fixing washouts, clearing fallen trees, hauling gravel, clearing over growth, managing gates and barriers and garbage and litter clean-up are just some of the ongoing tasks the group undertakes in an effort to keeping the trails pristine and in safe condition.

The group advocates safe and lawful riding and continually promotes respect for nature that we all enjoy. They have trail patrol volunteers that continually monitor the trail system ensuring that everyone is obeying the rules and respecting all users and the environment. They work closely with other law enforcement organizations to provide the best possible coverage within their system.

The annual Potluck and BBQ is one of the ways that the KATVA says ‘thank you’ to it’s members for all the work that they do to ensure that the multi use trail system is enjoyed by all of the community.  The Town Crier and also wants to thank these individuals for ‘Making our Town Better”.

Visit the KATVA website here to learn more about the association and about membership opportunities.

KATVA Purchases Side-By-Side Vehicle (May, 2014)

May 23, 2014

KATVA SideXSide Kawartha ATV Association Board of Directors unveiled the club’s new 2014 Yamaha Viking trail maintenance and safety vehicle at board meeting on May 21, 2014.

This vehicle will be used primarily for trail maintenance in the club’s 5-Points trails system. The club volunteers spend many hours each season working on the trails, clearing downed trees, fixing washouts and keeping the trails safe for all users. This vehicle will help with hauling equipment, carrying large loads and work crews to the sites requiring work.

The KATVA board and its members are grateful to the sponsors, Yamaha and McGregor Sportsline, for helping to make the purchase of the side-by-side utility vehicle possible. 

For more information on KATVA trails, rides, passes or membership benefits, visit

City Postpones ATV Trails Opening (April 2014)

April 23, 2014


The City of Kawartha Lakes has advised the KATVA team that they are postponing the opening of the trail system due to adverse trail conditions and spring flooding

This includes the VRTC (Victoria Rail Trail Corridor) and ALL trails in the Somerville Forest tracts including but not limited to the Pinery, Marsh and Millennium trails.

These trails will remained CLOSED at this time and will NOT open as of May 1st, 2014.

The City of Kawartha Lakes will continue to monitor conditions on these trails and they will advise the KATVA team when they are ready to open the trails.

The Millennium trail is scheduled to remain closed until June 1, 2014, regardless of the status of the remaining trails, to prevent further damage to that trail.

The 5 Points trail system will still open as of May 1st, as scheduled.

Please respect the rules and don’t use the trails until we have been advised that they are open for the season. It’s a privilege to use these trails, and we can lose them quickly if we don’t stay off of them when we are asked to.



Community Living ATV Poker Run 2014

April 14, 2014

Fenelon Falls, ATVing, Kawartha Lakes, KATVA

The date has been set as Saturday, June 7th, 2014 for the Annual Community Living  ATV Poker Run.

For the last 8 years, the Community Living Kawartha Lakes and the Kawartha Lakes ATV Club come together in support of this popular event.  ATV riders from across Ontario gather in Fenelon Falls to spend a day on the renowned KATVA trail system every year to support this annual fundraising event.

The two groups work together with sponsors and donors to put together this Poker Run that provides much needed funds for the Community Living programs here in Kawartha Lakes. Last year the event raised approximately $10,000!!!

Participants can take advantage of the Early Bird Registration with the mail-in registration form found here. The Early Bird’s will receive a discounted rate of $45, if forms are mailed on or before May 15th, 2014. Registration is also available for $50 starting at 7am on the day of the event. A hot buffet meal is included with each registration.  Please note that a KATVA trail pass is also required. A day pass for $15 will be available at the event.

This year the group will be offering children’s activities throughout the day so the entire family can enjoy the day supporting Community Living, even if they are not riding on the trails. Tickets for ‘Meal Only’ will be available for participants that are not riding.

Camping is available on site for the weekend at the beautiful Log Chateau Park at 1691 County Rd 121, Fenelon Falls. Log Chateau offers serviced lots and clean, modern amenities to their guests. Book early and mention that you are coming to the event to get a site close to the ATV group. Visit the Log Chateau Website or call the Lowell family at 705-877-3960

Come out and enjoy the fun at this fantastic event.

Event flyer found here.

Visit the KATVA Website for details on membership, rides and event for the 2014 season.

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Kawartha ATV Association- Keeping the Trails Safe for Everyone (April 2014)

March 30, 2014


KATVA, Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes

The Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) is working hard to keep the Victoria Rail Multi-Use Trail safe for all users. In 2013, the KATVA Trail Patrol stopped over 1200 riders and logged over 5000KM while patrolling the trails.

The team of over 30 volunteer wardens, ranging in age from 18- 82 years, spend time each week during the ATV season patrolling the many trails within the KATVA trail system. They are there to ensure that the rules and bylaws are enforced so that all users may enjoy the trails.

The KATVA Trail Patrol work in conjunction with the City of Kawartha Lakes By-Law Officers and the OPP in patrolling the routes.  In 2013, the KATVA raised funds to donated a new ATV from HB Cycle to the CKL By-Law Enforcement team to further promote trail safety in our community.

The KATVA wants the public to be aware that the Trail Patrol are prepared to help all trail users including walkers, runners, cyclists, and equestrians. They also encourage the public to inform them of any issues with ATV’s, motorcycles, vehicles, and vandals on the trails or any trail maintenance concerns. Please contact if you have any information to share. Your input will help to identify areas requiring more patrolling and give the Trail Patrol and Officers a better understanding of the needs and concerns of all the users.

Visit the Kawartha ATV website here for a list of trails, rides and information on the upcoming season.

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KATVA Wins New Equipment at Powersports Show (February 2014)

March 4, 2014

volunteer members will use equipment to maintain the multi-use trails

The Kawartha ATV Association won an assortment of chainsaws and brush cutters to help club volunteers keep the multi-use Rail Trail and KATVA trail system maintained. The ATV club spends countless volunteer hours every year clearing fallen trees and debris from the 250km of trails. Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes

The KATVA wishes to thank Husqvarna, The Toronto International Snowmobile ATV & Powersports Show, ATV World and OSM Magazine for choosing them as one of the lucky prize winners of the following trail maintenance equipment.

The numerous wind storms over the past few years has increased the workload of the trail maintenance team and the new equipment is a welcomed addition to help with the task.

14″ Chainsaw – 967177101 valued at $239.94

18″ Chainsaw – 966048328 valued at $529.22

Brushcutter – 966609201 valued at $349.99

FX Clearing Saw – 966015603 valued at $1049.99

KATVA Volunteer, Trish Chapman, heard about the contest and decided to nominate KATVA for the prize package.  Good job Trish!!

“The club was thrilled when we heard that we had won.” explains KATVA Vice President, Carolyn Richards. “Having this great selection of saws and cutters will make the job a bit easier for our fantastic team of volunteers”.

To learn more about KATVA and to stay informed of club rides and happenings visit their website at

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