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  • 26 May 2017 6:17 AM | Anonymous

    PEI ATV Federation president Peter Mellish and Conservation Officer Wade MacKinnon stand outside beside an All Terrain Vehicle

    Peter Mellish understands better than most the importance of following the rules when riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Prince Edward Island.

    The PEI ATV Federation president says spring is the time of year when riders return to the outdoors and support local businesses in rural areas along the way. The ATV federation has teamed with rural landowners to build private trails to help riders stay off farmland and the Confederation Trail; ATVs are prohibited from the trail and from private property without permission.

    Using these designated ATV trails also helps keep riders safe and protects the Island’s valuable agriculture and sensitive areas like wetlands, shores, and dunes. Spring is nesting time for migratory and non-migratory birds, and furbearers with young are also in the den this time of year and easily disturbed by ATVs.

    “As an ATV rider, you are an ambassador for ATV enthusiasts everywhere, so we are fully committed to ensuring that all ATV riders abide by the rules,” Mellish said. “We encourage all riders to use sanctioned trails, get the proper safety training, carry a valid plate and registration, and wear the proper safety gear.”

    A helmet is the most important piece of protective gear for safe riding because it can prevent a serious head injury. Goggles or a face shield helps protect eyes from dust and/or debris and also helps with visibility.

    Minors under age 16 should never use an ATV designed for adults, and all riders should ride at speeds appropriate for the terrain.

    The Off-Highway Vehicle Operation Booklet provides information for riders and landowners on the rules for operating off-highway vehicles in Prince Edward Island. Download a copy of the free booklet or pick up a copy at Access PEI, PEI Federation of Agriculture in Charlottetown or the PEI ATV Federation.

    “Trespassing can have costly consequences to farms and to the environment,” Conservation Officer Wade MacKinnon said. “ATV laws keep riders, pedestrians and other motorists safe, and following the rules protects our agricultural and natural areas.

    ”As well, proper protective equipment, training, knowledge, and common sense go a long way to ensure the safe and fun use of ATVs in Prince Edward Island.”

    Some other rules for operating an ATV include:

    • drivers must be at least 14 years of age;
    • drivers between 14 and 19 years of age must have completed an off-highway vehicle safety training course;
    • all 14 and 15 year olds must be supervised by an adult;
    • anyone riding over the age of 16 must have valid driver’s license and have held that license for at least 24 months; and
    • all operators must carry a government-issued registration for the OHV and must have a valid license plate attached to the OHV which must be visible anytime the OHV is off the owner’s property.

  • 8 May 2017 6:26 AM | Anonymous

    Member clubs are the foundation of the PEI ATV Federation and without them it would just be an organization. The PEI ATV Federation would like to extend a warm welcome the fifth club - Red Isle ATV Club. 

    This new club will be building and maintaining trails in and around Harrington, Brackley, Friston and surrounding areas. Their goal is to meet up with East Prince Quad Trax trails into Brookvale, Kinkora and areas and to Mt.Stewart to meet with Eastern Kings ATV Club Trails and in the future hoping to go to Souris.

    The president of the Red Isle ATV Club is Leo Doucette, vice presidents are Steven Jackson and Earl Stewart, secretary is Jason Lamont and treasurer is Kirby Eldershaw. There was an overwhelming amount of support received at the first meeting where they sold approximately 25 club memberships and received a Corporate Sponsorship from Gary Dunning of Toy Master Motor Sports and Red Rock Harley Davidson.

    In the two weeks they have been established they have contacted landowners and are starting to build working relationships with most. They have also held a couple trail clearing groups and have started mapping out more trail routes.

    I would encourage anyone in the Charlottetown area interested in joining this new club to reach out to them on Facebook where all the club details are provided.

    Federation President
    Peter Mellish

  • 5 May 2017 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It was a sold out event for the Tignish Sportsman Riders ATV Club Elimination Draw held at the Tignish Legion on April 28.

    All 800 tickets were sold for the club’s annual fundraiser where ticket holders had the opportunity to win the first prize of a 2017 750 brute force Kawasaki ATV donated by Kawasaki Canada through Danny Christopher Sales and Services, second prize of a Echo Chainsaw donated by Gaudet’s Small Engine Repair, third prize of $500 Home Heat and Fuel donated by the Tignish Co-op Members Relations or the fourth prize of a Kitchen Aid Mixer donated by F.J. Sheas and Sons Ltd.

    This year the draw raised $20,000 for the club with $70,000 being raised in the five years since the club has been organizing the event. The proceeds from the draw go towards maintenance of the clubhouse in DeBlois, groomer upgrades and trail maintenance. Club president Larry Waite would like to thank their sponsors, club members and anybody who bought a ticket for the draw.

    The winner of the 2017 Kawasaki 750 Brute Force was Duane Arsenault.

    Read the Original Story Here

  • 20 Apr 2017 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    A new 47-kilometre ATV trail is expected to be ready for the summer because of funding help from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the P.E.I. government.

    ATV trail  

    "This grant that we got from ACOA is basically going to be used to make bridges, signage to put through the trails and we're going to get a mulcher to come and take the stumps out and stuff like that, just to make it a little bit smoother for people to drive in," said Evangeline ATV Club president J.P. Gallant.

    ACOA provided $29,607 for work on the new trail — a loop from Richmond to Tyne Valley — and to build an addition to the group's clubhouse. The province also provided $11,860 for the project.

    Read the Original Story Here

  • 19 Apr 2017 8:20 PM | Anonymous


    The Evangeline ATV Club received funding to expand on the trail system and build an additional clubhouse. (CBC)

    The federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced a $382,774 investment for 11 infrastructure projects in western P.E.I.

    Evangeline ATV Club will be in charge of expanding the trail system and building a second clubhouse. The provincial government is contributing $11,860 for the work at the ATV club.

    Read the orginal story here

  • 18 Apr 2017 2:29 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PEI All-Terrain Vehicle Federation Announces
    Changing of the Guard

    April 18, 2017

    The PEI ATV Federation announces a change in presidency for the young
    organization. Paul Wilbert saw the club through its first year and has
    moved on from the federation following a meeting on April 17th. Incoming president, Peter Mellish, has expressed his gratitude for Wilbert’s dedication during the federation’s inaugural year and his assistance in beginning the many of their projects.

    He stated that “Mr. Wilbert had helped the club through this trying year as major initiatives were begun: integration of volunteers, creation of
    working methods, planning and building of new trails. We are thankful for
    Paul’s time and wish him well in the future.”

    Currently there are 5 recognized PEI ATV Clubs that have been or are
    working towards a fully signed, insured and clearly marked trail system
    under development with the support of many landowners government officials, ATV dealers and the public. These are the only legal places to ride on PEI, so the federation asks all ATV users to support their local club and purchase a PEI ATV Trail Membership Permit. A full list of clubs and
    activities can be found at and you can follow the
    federation on facebook at PEI ATV Federation News. Mellish continued, “We are looking forward to another productive year on the trails and we welcome new local club members and clubs with an interest in riding and
    trail making.”

  • 7 Apr 2017 6:45 PM | Anonymous

    Conservation officers say a resident reported seeing up to 20 ATVs on the Confederation Trail in recent days. Use of the trail by ATVs is against the law.

    Conservation officers say a resident reported seeing up to 20 ATVs on the Confederation Trail in recent days. Use of the trail by ATVs is against the law. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

    Conservation officers are investigating damage to the Confederation Trail, allegedly caused by ATVs in recent days.

    Conservation officers say charges are pending against one individual. They're reminding the public that use of ATVs on the Confederation Trail is against the law.

    Damage was discovered in two locations, according to conservation officials, where the trail crosses Clyde Road in Queens County, and a few kilometres away near Hunter River.

    ATV cross

    The P.E.I. ATV Federation hopes to increase the number of legal crossing points on the Confederation Trail. (CBC)

    Conservation officers said they received a complaint from a local resident this week who reported seeing up to 20 ATVs on the Confederation Trail last weekend, and on local roads. ATVs are not permitted to travel along public roadways.

    Conservation officers said they apprehended a lone rider on the trail Wednesday, while investigating the resident's complaint.

    'They know themselves it is an illegal act'

    The P.E.I. ATV Federation said it's working to keep ATVs off the Confederation Trail, by building more private trails in cooperation with farmers and rural land owners. The federation said ATV riders enjoy the outdoors and support local businesses in rural areas.

    trail sign

    Snowmobiles are the only motorized vehicles allowed on the trail. No other uses are permitted in winter. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

    "People that are riding the Confederation Trail right now, they know themselves it is an illegal act," said Paul Wilbert, president of the P.E.I. ATV Federation.

    "But at the same time … they want to explore the Island and in some cases they're forced to use the Confederation Trail, even though they know it's wrong, to get to that restaurant or that business."

    The P.E.I. ATV Federation hopes to establish more legal crossing points for ATVs in the year ahead. Right now, there's only one place in the province where ATVs on the private trail system can legally cross the Confederation Trail.

    Conservation officers are on patrol

    The federation said it would also like to talk to the province about incorporating select portions of some public roads into the private ATV trail network, mainly along remote or seldom-used sections of dirt roads.

    Conservation officers said they will be patrolling the Confederation Trail in coming weeks, in an attempt to crack down on ATVs and other illegal users.

    The only motorized vehicles allowed on the trail are snowmobiles, during winter months. All other uses of the trail are prohibited in winter.

    By Brian Higgins CBC News

    Original Story Here

  • 1 Apr 2017 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    It’s been just over a year since the Prince Edward Island ATV Federation (PEIATVF) held its first official meeting. Since then, it has brought together five off-highway vehicle (OHV) clubs, created 100 kilometers (62 miles) of signed trails, and by the end of this year will add another 100 kilometers.


    Prince Edward Island OHV Trail Permit“For a small Province, that’s monumental,” said Paul Wilbert, Federation President. “All of our trails are developed on private land. Ninety percent of it is agricultural. So we’re getting bikes out of farmers’ fields, and getting them on a new trail through the woods. And we’re trimming hedgerows so we can get bikes closer to the hedgerows, and in some cases the farmers gain 4 to 6 feet of their fields to put crop in again.”


    Prince Edward Island is just over 2,000 square miles in size. It has no national forests or crown land, and is best known for its red-sand beaches, lighthouses and fertile farmland. To build trails on private property, the Federation must get written permission from landowners, as well as have liability insurance to protect them. Clubs must also install signs and markers to make sure riders stay on trails. Raising necessary funds required the Federation to create a trail pass. “The clubs all had different membership amounts,” said Wilbert. “We agreed to a single trail pass that’s been adopted by all of them. It’s a $50 trail pass; $23 stays with the club of your choice, just like other Provinces and States; $20 goes back to the Federation for insurance; $7 goes to the Province for taxes. Our trails are multi-use, so hikers, snowshoers, dog sleds and skiers can use them. The only people that get charged for a trail sticker are motorized users, on ATVs, dirt bikes and side-by-sides.”


    The island’s sandy soils make building trails easy, Wilbert adds. The clubs’ major challenge is acquiring permits for stream crossings. “We had 150 telephone poles donated,” he said. “We use three poles per bridge, crossing small streams. We just have to deck them with 2-by-6’s. You can build a bridge in 2 hours and cross it. But every time we come to water, it’s $100 to get an environmental permit. We have to respect the environment, so we spent $1,000 on printed maps that show watershed layers and wetland buffers. All that is on there, so the government can see it before they approve our trail. To get across the stream, you pay the $100 fee, you build it and you go.”


    Retired from the Navy as a Boatswain, with leg and lower back injuries, Wilbert, 41, has been the prime organizer of the Federation and its progress. “The passion for me was to be able to drive legally on Prince Edward Island, and not have to go to New Brunswick or Nova Scotia on their trail systems. The biggest goal I have this year is to get more rural businesses online. Yesterday, we found out we have two more restaurants that have signed off on the trails. If we can give bikes a destination, that’s the key. If people can go ride for 5 or 6 hours, they’re spending money on food and fuel, and that’s your rural economic stimulus.


    “Right now, PEI is the talk all across Canada for what we’re doing, because this has never been done here before, and we’re getting it all legal.”


    Here is more of what the PEI ATV Federation has accomplishedBuilding a bridge over a trail in its first year, from a recent newsletter to members:

    • Adopted a single Provincial federation trail pass that is recognized in New Brunswick. Their pass is recognized in PEI as well. Local ATV Dealers now sell trail passes.
    • All clubs belonging to PEIATVF have complete insurance coverage.
    • All landowners that sign a land-use form will be protected with trail insurance.
    • Received the first grant monies from COHV (Canadian OHV Distributors Council) in over 6 years. (A previous Federation had dissolved.)
    • Has re-established membership with AQCC (All Terrain Quad Council of Canada).
    • Working with various Provincial Government Departments, including the Departments of Justice & Public Safety, Agriculture, Enforcement, Highway Safety, PEI Federation of Agriculture and the PEI Snowmobile Association, a first for PEI.
    • Each of the Island’s clubs received approximately $2,000 worth of trail signs and stakes to distribute on their trails.
    • Received Government approval to cross the Confederation Trail, and permits for building bridges over streams.
    • Attendance at the Quad Council’s Annual General Meeting in Nova Scotia.
    • Successfully held a charity run for a local family, raising over $7,500.
    • Launched the new PEIATVF website.


    ATV clubs on PEI include the Tignish Sportsman Riders, the Evangeline ATV Club, the Queens County Trail Blazers, the Eastern Kings ATV Club, and the East Prince Quad Tracks ATV Club

    by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

    Original Story Here

  • 8 Mar 2017 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    Tignish ATV Sportsman Riders Club President Larry Waite on the right and member Guy Chiasson

    Tignish ATV Sportsman Riders Club President Larry Waite (right) and club member Guy Chiasson stand under one of the bird houses added to the clubhouse property in Deblois after the club hosted the Tignish Watershed Management Group & the Tignish Co-op Member Relations Kids Club in January (Photo Credit & Story  Melissa Heald)

    As a way to promote their sport and foster community spirit, the Tignish ATV Sportsman Riders Club have been hosting local events at their clubhouse in Deblois.

    “We want our neighbors to understand that we are not interested in disturbing their leisure or quiet time, but rather we want to offer another motorized sport/leisure activity,” said club member Guy Chiasson, “A larger percentage of our members are fathers/mothers and grandfathers/grandmothers. So we do have a good handle on respect and honouring our neighbors. Our doors are always open to visitors to come and see what we are about.”

    In January the club hosted the Tignish Watershed Management Group and the Tignish Co-op Member Relations Kids Club out to their property to hang bird houses. They have also been asked to participate in the upcoming Tignish Winter Carnival as well as hosting a run for the Miminegash Fire Hall. Club officers assisted with organizing the route for the recent Kidney Foundation run held at the Tignish Legion.  They were also involved in a major fundraising event in Charlottetown in the fall, raising funds for a family with serious medical needs.

    Mr Chiasson said the club has always been active in the community by supporting fundraisers such as the annual Kidney Foundation run and donating funds to different organizations such as the Christmas Hamper project hosted by Alberton Baptist Church and helping the West Prince Caring Cupboard. 

    “The club executive and our members feel that ATVers often get a bad rap, mainly due to a small percentage of people who choose not to obey the law and common sense,” said Mr Chiasson, “Hosting these events allows our neighbours to recognize that not all ATVing is a bad thing. Besides it often lends a helping hand to organizations who may need some funds.”

    The club has also been hosting winter runs, which they have done for many years. These runs are always at the mercy of weather.  

    “Three years ago we hosted only one run due to significant snowfalls and a lack of proper grooming equipment.  We have since rectified the groomer issue having purchased a Tucker SnowCat.  However, weather can still be an issue if there is no frost in the ground before the snow, we can cut through the snow and be bogged down in the mud.  Our trails are really a winter use only for the most part,” said Mr Chiasson.

    The club has already hosted several runs this winter. Their first run was on the afternoon of  Jan. 14 with 44 bikes registered. Subsequent runs were held the evening of Jan. 28 with 72 bikes register and Feb. 25 with 32 bikes registered. 

    Mr Chiasson said all of their runs have had folks from the east end of the Island join them and there was always new faces in the crowd.  

    “Our runs are seeing an enthusiastic turnout with 30 to 72 bikes registered.  In terms of numbers attending we would say that our runs have been very successful.  The executive is very pleased with the numbers of bikes and passengers,” said Mr Chiasson.

    The club is looking forward to a Moon and Shine Run on March 11 and 12 that will be hosted jointly with the Evangeline club. The Tignish club portion will take place on the evening of March 11 and will have live entertainment, food and refreshments.  The Evangeline portion will take place in the afternoon of 12 March, hence the name Moon and Shine.

    For the upcoming winter carnival, the club will be hosting families and providing short rides on their ATVs within their own property.  They will be serving hot dogs and refreshments with a camp fire and fireworks to follow, weather permitting.

    “It is always an awesome feeling to participate in an event that we know will bring credit to our leisure/sport activity.  Knowing that we return something to the organizations around us and building good neighbours and community is always a good idea,” said Mr Chiasson.

    The club will be holding its annual Elimination Draw on April 28 at the Tignish Legion. The club has received sponsorship from Kawasaki Canada through Danny Christopher’s for a first prize of a 2017 Kawasaki, Gaudet’s Small Engine Repair provide second prize of an Echo Chainsaw, Tignish Co-op donated a third prize of $500 of home heating oil and fourth prize provided by Kitchen Aid Canada through F.J. Shea and Sons Ltd.  Tickets can be purchased at each of these locations as well as by contacting the executive. Club members will be touring the area with the Kawasaki in tow, promoting ticket sales.

    Story Source

  • 24 Feb 2017 7:12 PM | Anonymous

    Jean-Paul Gallant, President of the Evangeline ATV Club.

    The ATV Club in the Évangéline region is very busy with several upcoming projects.

    "Last year we bought a snow groomer to keep the surface smooth, keep the snow compacted and provide better protection to the trail system," said Club President Jean-Paul Gallant.

    "We had to borrow money to finance this groomer, so we need to do fundraising activities to ensure that we can make our payments and pay for expenses for the club house near St.Timothy and still maintain and expand our trail system. The cabin is accessible by ATV or even by automobile", Jean-Paul explains proudly.

    "Our weekend activities are open to all, you do not need to have an ATV, you can go to the club house by car and participate in the activities that take place there. Often, we have musicians, food, etc. ", added the president of the Club.

    For the past two years, the Club has been working very hard on trail development. "With the help of a provincial government project, we were able to hire two people for 12 weeks to clear the trail paths in the woods from Richmond to Enmore and also towards Tyne Valley. We only have a few small bridges left to install. We hope to have the new sections of the trail ready by June, "explains Jean-Paul. "We often have people as far away as Tignish, Charlottetown and Montague come enjoy our trails."

    Jean-Paul Gallant, who has been involved with the Evangeline Club for 26 years, points out that the PEI ATV Federation has become more active in recent years and now has a 12-member executive board. Jean-Paul Gallant represents the Evangeline Club on this board. There are also clubs in Tignish, East Prince, Queens County and Eastern Kings, which are represented in this Federation.

    The Evangeline Club has other expenses in addition to the development of its trails. There's signage on the trail, electricity for the cabin, the snow groomer, and so on. So the funds that are collected with the various activities help pay for the expenses. "Our trails are well marked and so are the locations such as gas stations. We spent close to $2,000 for all sorts of signs. The signs need to be easily visible especially at night.

    Original Story In French Here

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