ATV Information for Durham Region

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ATV Information for Durham Region
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The Durham Region ATV Safety Coalition presents this information in hopes that Durham residents will be injury-free and can live to their full potential.

In 2008 there were 325 Durham Region residents who visited emergency rooms for ATV injuries. That's almost one person from our community every day of the year!

Below you will be provided with information on safe riding, legal requirements and trail permits. By taking steps to prevent injuries we can all live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Who is at Risk of Injury?

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ATV-related injuries tend to be severe. They can include head and spinal trauma, fractures, internal injuries, permanent disability and death. Alcohol, excessive speed, and lack of helmet use significantly increases the risk of injury and death.

Children and youth are particularly at risk. Young riders lack the physical strength, experience and judgment to operate an ATV safely. Riders must know their limitations and follow age and size restrictions for specific types and sizes of machines.

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that children younger than 16 not operate ATVs

Where to Ride

ATVs can be legally driven on:

ATVs are NOT allowed on:

Riders may cross a highway only if they possess a valid G2/G driver's licence or an M2/M motorcycle licence, registration and insurance.

Police can charge riders driving on highways and rights-of-way under Part IV Reg. 316/03 of the Highway Traffic Act.


Ride Safely

ATV Information for Durham Region
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Trail Permits

Ganaraska Forest (West Forest) is the only legally designated ATV trail system in Durham Region.

Annual permits and day use permits are available at:

For further information on the Ganaraska Forest call the Forest Centre at 905-797-2721 or visit the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority website at

Training Information

For training information contact: Canada Safety Council 1-613-739-1535 or
Ontario Federation of All-Terrain Vehicles 1-705-797-0797 or

Durham Region ATV Safety Coalition

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