Try the Packed Trails Ride

Come see if the trail packing works, ready to ride at 10:30am Sunday January 15.

If you’ve been out winter riding you’ve likely noticed how much easier it is if a snowmobile or ATV has already blazed the trail and it’s even better if they’ve put down a nice firm base you can ride on.

So we’re testing to see if a little grooming goes a long way on our trails. In our case we took a tracked quad dragging some motorcycle tires behind and a snowmobile (helper) out last weekend and rode over 40km to pack and smooth the trails to see if we can make it places like Fan Hill and the Tunnel/Lobster Trail now that the steeper inclines are packed.

Weather man thinks it will warm up by the weekend but it’s still winter riding so come prepared. We’ll have a lunch campfire somewhere along the way to cook your brats and warm your fingies.

Ride difficulty is Green to Blue, upper beginner to intermediate skills required. We don’t tackle that difficult of terrain on the ride but the roads may be icy or extremely slippery and riding in existing wheel tracks can be moderately difficult. We encourage everyone to come out, we always try to accommodate all riders and provide assistance if needed for difficult sections.

Check out the map below of the packed route if you’re heading out on your own this weekend. There is a surprising amount of snowmobile traffic on the trails so many have a decent base but we found that even just one trip over with the track quad was noticeably easier to ride later the same day.

The Best of 2016

2016 was a great year for the Vernon ATV Club. There were a large number of rides through all seasons and we saw a number of new riders, young families and many of the old regulars.

In the community the club held it’s third cleanup on King Eddy Road, removing 5 truckloads of garbage totalling 2,900lbs. We continued our annual donations to local charities with $750 cash donated to three local charities plus another $400 and 105lbs food bank donation by those attending the club Christmas party. We attended the Canada Day celebrations in Polson Park with machines and information for all the families in attendance. Club volunteers gave over 1,000 hours of their time to club functions in 2016.

We held rides with the Kelowna ATV Club and the Salmon Arm Natures Nomads ATV Club and explored many areas outside our regular stomping grounds of Noble Canyon and King Eddy Road. We had riders join us from as far away as Prince George and New Brunswick.

There’s much more to come in 2017, the club directors are busy working behind the scenes to make the new year bigger and better.

It’s a real pleasure to be part of a group of people who enjoy responsibly using the great resource that this province provides us and who contribute so much to each other and the community!

New Year’s Day Ride (aka Hair of the Dog Ride)

Ride Photos

Ride starts at 11:30am Sunday January 1, 2017

Start the year off right, but not too early ok! Bring your after-party remedy of choice and be ready to ride at 11:30am Sunday, January 1, 2017.

Starting from the bottom of King Eddy FSR, this ride will explore some of the trails that have been pre-ridden over the holidays.

Dress warm and bring a lunch to have at the lunch bonfire around 1:00pm. Ride will be the usual winter exploration ride consisting of main forest service roads and as many trails as possible. Trail difficulty is normally green to blue in winter conditions and assistance will be provided to anyone needing it.

Twas the Week Before Christmas Ride

Ride Photos

Ride starts 10:00am Sunday, December 18

Meet up at 9:30, ready to ride at 10:00am from the cattleguard at the bottom of King Eddy FSR. Dress appropriately and make sure your hand warmers are working!

This ride will explore where we can go given the snow conditions and link together as many trails as possible. Speeds will go from trail speeds up to 60km/h on open roads, difficulty will range from Green (easy) up to upper Blue (upper intermediate) with assistance for technical sections if needed.

45 minute campfire lunch and a couple other short breaks. We’ll be back down by 3:00pm.

Christmas Party 2016

This is a family friendly event with fun and games for kids, adults and those who can’t decide which they are.

On the menu this year: ham, scalloped potatoes, cabbage rolls, perogies, veggies, salads, buns and dessert squares. Table wine, non-alcoholic drinks & door prizes provided by the club. BYOB if you would like anything else to drink.

Please bring cash or non-perishable food items for the Food Bank. We challenge everyone bring a minimum of $5 per person for the food bank, the more the better!

Bring a re-gift, new or gently used, wrapped for the Greedy Santa game!

Club members and invited guests. Must RSVP by November 12 using the form below.

Christmas Party RSVP Form

  • Name (and age of young children) of those attending with you
  • We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs where possible.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Christmas Tree Ride

Departing 8439 Ladner Road at noon Sunday November 13, our annual Christmas Tree Ride is part ride, part hunt to find the perfect tree to decorate the clubhouse. Will be interesting to see if there is snow in the mountains by then or if we’re still going to be enjoying a long, warm fall.

CanAm Maverick X3 Turbo

CanAm Maverick X3 DEMO!

Banner Recreation & Marine will have the new X3 available for demo rides starting at 10:30am, bring your license and sign the waiver to take it out for a rip!

There will be a bonfire after the ride (3:00-4:00pm) then we’ll head down to the clubhouse to put the tree up and work on decorating for the Christmas party.

King Eddie Family Ride

There will be a ride Sunday October 30, starting at King Eddie Launch Site at 10:00.
 
This ride will be a family ride, ladies, new riders and children welcome. There will be 3 breaks for visiting and lunch and smelling the leafs and moss. Any spontaneous breaks will be short, all other stops will to be to remove fallen trees, or navigate difficult terrain where inexperienced riders will be assisted to navigate if requested.
 
Max speed should not exceed 50km/h on FSR roads, and most riding will be on trails, we hope.
 
Bring a lunch ( will be a fire ) and your camera, along with warm dry clothing, as it’s getting chilly in the mountains, and could be some rain.

Annual General Meeting

6:30pm Monday October 24 – The Annual General Meeting gets started at 6:30pm at 940 Pottery Road, Vernon. There are 4 director positions up for election this year.

There are a number of roles you can fill or ways you can help the club that range from a few minutes here and there to regular weekly duties, all depending on your schedule and ability to help. We appreciate the fresh outlook and energy that new members bring to the club and board so come out and have a say with your vote and possibly as a member of the board.

Coffee, water and donuts will be provided at the meeting. We will also be planning upcoming events like the Christmas tree hunt and party.

Beat the Snow Ride

10:00am Sunday October 23 – Starting from 8439 Ladner Road, Vernon (1/2 way up Silver Star Rd) this ride will take us through a private access out to the trails at Dixon Dam then around Vernon Mountain, Becker Lake, etc.

The forecast looks unsettled but still no signs of snow staying on the ground at this elevation (have we beat the snow?). Come prepared for all conditions including early winter riding, your survival kit, lunch, GPS, camera and anything else you normally bring.

Before the start of the ride we will look at everyone’s GPS and make sure you have it set to record your track so you can take it home and see where we rode for the day.

Bring your friends, our rides are open to everyone. This will be a green/blue ride consisting of a mix of trail, old roads, and main FSR.

Download the October 23 Ride Track:

ATV club uncovers rural dump sites in Coldstream

by  Richard Rolke – Vernon Morning Star
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at 8:00 AM

A section of the bush is a little cleaner thanks to some dedicated volunteers.

Members of the Vernon ATV Club recently tackled garbage along the King Edward Forest Road, from Highway 6 to the King Edward Lake, Bear Lake and Kaiser Bill Lake recreation sites.

“It’s disappointing and surprising the lengths people will drive into the bush to dump,” said Clint Ingham, club president

The amount of trash collected weighed 2,800 pounds and filled five trucks.

Items included mattresses, TVs, household waste, construction material, furniture, exercise machines, bottles, cans, a burned travel trailer and hundreds of shotgun shells.

There is a concern that household waste could attract wildlife, while metal and other sharp pieces could pose a risk to recreational users and livestock.

“A cow could get cut up on it,” said Ingham, adding there is no need for illegal dumping.

“When I go to the landfill, I always find it affordable.”

Anyone who comes across illegal dumping can call the Report all Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 on the Telus network.