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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)


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