Largest insured ATV trail system in Ontario Canada launched
LAKE - A 300-kilometre All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trail network
was launched September 16 here. No other trail of this size
exists in Ontario.
The entire trail network is insured and mapped. The planning
team’s emphasis has been on safe and responsible riding,
shared use trails, and environmental consideration.
The trail network was spearheaded by the local ATV club, in
alliance with the Discovery North Centre for Business, City of
Elliot Lake and the local business community. Funds were
provided by the City of Elliot Lake, Ontario Tourism Marketing
Program, FedNor and Ministry of Northern Development. The
total project costs are $381,000. This trail system is being
developed under a project called ATV Ontario, and plans are to
develop similar trails in communities across Ontario. Best
practices will be modeled in Elliot Lake and shared with
According to Howie Hennessey of the Elliot Lake ATV Club:
“Elliot Lake was a natural choice for the development of a
massive trail system. The proximity of wilderness areas to the
city core, the incredible vistas and diverse landscapes make
it an incredible ride for ATV riders of all skill levels.”
The trial will not be for ATV riders alone. Marie Murphy-Foran,
the Project Manager states: “This trail network will be truly
‘shared-use’, with hikers, bikers, photographers and artists
all enjoying the space.”
The environment has been carefully considered during the trail
development process. Sensitive areas are off limits, buffer
zones are in place and measures have been taken to protect and
promote the natural environment.
The trail design is looped, which means a rider is never more
than 30 kilometres from the city, despite the entire length of
trail being more than 300 kilometres. A rider can plan a
comfortable day trip and access the City amenities as part of
their vacation experience.
Visiting riders must purchase a visitor pass and map, which
provides them with unlimited day access to the insured trails.
Interested visitors can find out more about local guides,
outfitters, accommodation by calling 1-800-661-6192.
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