ATV Riding

ATV Riding

For local and visiting ATV enthusiasts, Canada’s spectacular, vast and varied landscape is a goldmine of off-road opportunities! Though all Canadian provinces (except BC) regulate ATV riding, you can be AdventureSmart and ride safely and responsibly.

Whether you’re heading out for a few hours of fun or a lengthy backcountry expedition, ensure that you’re properly prepared and outfitted to make any adventure safe and fun. And don’t forget to teach safe riding practices to your kids…they are the most impressionable and vulnerable riders of ATVs!

The Right Gear

Taking the Essentials:
  • Flashlight
  • Fire making kit
  • Signalling device (i.e. whistle)
  • Extra food and water
  • Extra clothing
  • Navigational/communication devices
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency blanket/shelter
  • Pocket knife
  • Sun protection
Leave a Trip Plan with responsible party, family member or friend.

Take equipment specific to ATV riding:

  • Helmet
  • Eye protection
  • Jersey or long-sleeved shirt – synthetic fabrics wick moisture best
  • Elbow guards
  • Gloves – moto or ATV-specific
  • Heavy pants – may include hip & knee pads
  • Boots – either proper dirt bike boots or good leather boots that cover your ankle
  • Hydration pack
  • Specific tools for your ATV (toolkit supplied by manufacturer)
  • Spare spark plug
  • Thin wire, thick tape
  • Spare headlight bulb
  • Strong tow rope

Be safe on the trails:

  • Take a CSC-approved ATV safety course
  • ALWAYS wear a helmet and proper protective equipment.
  • Pack the necessary tools and gear.
  • Don’t ride alone – use the buddy system!
  • Keep your ATV well-maintained.
  • Never ride on paved or public roads.
  • Know your limits. Ride within your abilities, in a controlled manner and with common sense.

Tread lightly:

  • Respect the environment and other trail users.
  • Keep to marked trails and tracks and resist the urge to blaze new ones.
  • Keep quiet pipes. More and more trails are closing to motor sports due to offensively loud tailpipes.
  • Join a local ATV club and experience the beautiful trails with others who share your passion. Clubs create quality, safe riding areas and keep them open.
  • Do some trail maintenance. Give back to the trails and earn good karma for future rides!

Once you’re ATV Adventure Smart, get out and ride!

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