Trails Rules and Laws
Rules and Laws Governing ATV Use on Trails and Roads
- All ride attendees must adhere to Ontario Provincial Law 316/03 in the operation of their ATV or ORV.
- All ride attendees must ride in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Stay on the trail! Respect private property. Tread lightly: leave our beautiful wilderness as you found it for all to enjoy.
- All ride attendees must operate their machine in the safest possible manner at all times.
- All club-sponsored rides are dry rides. There is ZERO TOLERANCE for alcohol or drugs while participating in a ride.
- Each ATV/ORV operator will ride SINGLE FILE. No passing is allowed.
- All members MUST HAVE AND CARRY WITH THEM their ATV/ORV registration (ownership), valid liability insurance for their machine and a valid driver’s license.
- No club ride shall take place or continue without first assigning lead and tail riders who are in contact by radio.
- Headlights must be turned on while participating in a club ride.
- Each ATV/ORV operator is responsible for staying in visual contact with the rider behind them while participating in a club ride.
- The minimum age to operate an appropriately sized ATV on OFATV trails is 12 years. Note that ATV/ORV operators without a valid driver’s license are not permitted to operate their ATV/ORV on Ontario roads. ATV operators between 6 years and 12 years of age are permitted to operate an appropriately sized ATV on Crown Land provided they are under DIRECT supervision of an adult.
- Side by Side ORVs and Two-Up ATVs are permitted on OFATV trails and are now permitted to operate on Ontario roads. Thanks to the OFATV and their efforts in getting Ontario Regulation 316/03 updated to allow this!
- Eastern Ontario Trail Alliance – Trail Rules & Regulations (Link to website)
NOTE: Many club organized rides will use roads to connect between trails. It is the ride attendee’s responsibility to ensure that they are operating their ATV/ORV in accordance with Ontario law. Check the club rides forum to see the ride details prior to the ride, if there is any planned operation on roads it will be identified. You may post questions about the ride provided you have registered on the club website – guests on the website cannot post. You do not have to be a club member to register on the website, everyone is welcome.
Laws and By-Laws
The OVATVC 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 OVATVC 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.
- ATVs, SxS ORVs and UTVs on Ontario Roads and Trails – The Laws Explained
- 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
- North Frontenac Township ATV Bylaw
- Greater Madawaska (Calabogie) ATV Bylaw
- Lanark County ATV Bylaw