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  • 19 Apr 2017 8:20 PM | Anonymous

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    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 www.peiatvfederation.ca 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


  • 19 Feb 2017 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Heartbreak for one Tignish, P.E.I., family has turned into a legacy of giving and community spirit, that has been on-going for the past quarter-century.

    Ruby and Don Gaudet lost their son, Donald Gaudet Jr., to a blood disease and kidney complications nearly three decades ago.

    To honour him, they started a snowmobile and ATV event in Tignish. Now, the 25th annual race is happening Sunday, with proceeds going to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch.

    "After he passed away, the next year, we were very much into the snowmobiles, my husband Don and I," said Ruby Gaudet. "We just decided one day to have snowmobile runs to help others with kidney failure."

    So every year, they have a poker run, with prizes for the winners.

    Best hands win prizes

    Each person registered draws five cards, and when they return from the three-hour run, the best hands win.

    There are cash prizes for the top three hands, with first prize donated by the Kidney Foundation, and the rest donated by area businesses and individuals.

    Over the years, the event has brought in somewhere between $40,000 and $50,000 for the foundation, but Gaudet said she never knows how much they'll raise.

    "We don't have a goal because we go by the weather," she said. "It's hard to set a goal because every year it's different."

    They've even had to cancel a couple of years because of a lack of snow, but that certainly won't be a problem this time.

    Son remembered

    After all the years, Ruby Gaudet said her son is still very much on the minds of her family and the volunteers and participants.

    "There's not too many times we don't think of him for sure," she said. "On that day, we hope that he helps everybody get home safe and everything. We hope he's a little angel up there."

    There's a community potluck after the event as well, and people don't even have to go on the run if they don't feel like it.

    You can simply pay to register, get a poker hand, be eligible for the prizes, and come to the dinner afterwards.

    To participate, registration is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Tignish Legion, with the poker run happening from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Full Story Available Here


  • 15 Jan 2017 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    The New PEI ATV Federation has come a long way in the past 11 months. The Federation currently has 5 Island ATV Clubs all working towards legal trails. In less then 2 years we will be hosting the Quad Council of Canada AGM here on PEI.

    This past December a lot of work has been done on producing a Website to help promote the 5 legal Island Clubs, their Trail System and our Sponsors. Most importantly this Website will be for promoting the sport in the Province to all local residents and tourists from away.

    It gives me great pleasure as the current PEI ATV Federation President to share our new website address. Please check out the website and if you have any comments or suggestions please leave them and we will look at your suggestions. This is still a work in progress but the Federation website is for the ATVers to network and plan their excursions.

    http://www.peiatvfederation.ca

    http://www.peiatvfederation.com

    Paul Andreas Wilbert
    PEI ATV Federation
    President



  • 13 Jan 2017 7:20 AM | Anonymous

    Rod Clow, President of the East Prince Quad Trax ATV Club #5 states " I am very pleased to announce that it is only mid January, and out of the 100 ATV Federation Trail Permits we were given to sell. That well over half are already gone to ATV riders that believe in what we and the Federation is trying to do. Now not all 60 some of our 100 permits have our club number 5 on them and I couldn't care less about that. I have some with the 3 on then and some with the number 2 on them and the $23.50 from each of those permits with the other club numbers on them will be given to those clubs to go into signage and bridges for their own areas. I am just thrilled to see the permits being sold and know that people are seeing the good we are doing and are standing behind us and this great sport with their support and buying Their PEI ATV Federation Trail Permits"

    JP Gallant, President of the Evangeline ATV Club: " I want to say thanks to everyone that has bought a PEI ATV Federation trail pass. It's great to see a big numbers of ATV riders believe in what the Fed is working for, to provide a safe and legal trails for us to ride on. All 5 clubs across PEI are working hard and in one years it's great to see what we have accomplished."

    Larry Waite President of the Tignish Sportman Riders. "As President of TSR ATV Club #1, I would like to thank everyone who has bought a PEI ATV Federation trail pass, we have sold 33 already only two weeks into 2017.. it's great to see our local ATV riders see the hard work that all clubs and the federation are working towards. I think we all want the same thing and that's to have safe, legal trails to ride on!!!! All 5 Island clubs along with their volunteers have proven hard work pays off... So to all the volunteers.. hats off to you!

    Also a special Thank you too all who have bought TSR memberships as well .. we always had great support from all members , some who don't even own an ATV... We have had a great year.. here's hoping 2017 is gonna be even better.. always remember safety first!"


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