Pembroke, Ontario (March 24, 2018): Today, the Members and Directors of Renfrew County ATV Club (RCATV) took a strong step forward to putting trails and riders first with the launch their trails strategy for a safer, more accessible, easy to navigate trail system that will be digitally available and experiential focused.  They also provided the board of directors with a mandate ensuring a diversely funded trail system that will be sustainable and connected to communities and tourism operators.

More than 70 annual and corporate members and families, riders, community members and ATV club and federation leaders joined the Board of RCATV for their Annual General Meeting, held at the Best Western Pembroke. Attendees also gave their voice and signatures to a petition and pledge for responsible riding and access to the full and continuous Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail (OVRT) for the recreational, tourism and economic benefit of all residents and businesses of municipalities, towns and cities along its route.

RCATV launched a new trail system of 750 km of heritage-named trails and 250 km of connecting routes. The trails strategy brings forward a progressive plan for new trail numbering and signing based on technicality ratings on both route markers and maps making.  This will make it safer and easier to plan and navigate, for all levels of users from the newest and younger riders to the more experienced and adventurous trail user.

To achieve their 2018 vision of #RCATV Brings Value, members approved the board recommendation to change their affiliation to the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) in the interest of rider benefits, strengthened provincial voice and sustainable trails. The mandate includes remaining closely connected with Kawartha ATV Association, Haliburton ATV Association and Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance clubs and to be a strong participant in the pursuit of a unified voice for Ontario ATV riders that will be value-added to riders and sustainable for clubs.

“The OFATV was very pleased to learn that Renfrew County ATV Club decided on March 24 to join the provincial federation.  RCATV brings with it a group of incredibly dedicated volunteers, an energy and desire to continually raise the bar for their club and a strong vision for the sport that will accomplish many great things. As a key component in connecting clubs along the full length of the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail, stewards of a world class trail system and a dedication to provincial rider advocacy, RCATV are great ambassadors for the sport of recreational ATV riding and a welcome addition to the OFATV team.” Mike Chicoine, Vice-President, Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs

"RCATV made well thought-out decisions today to meet the needs of their riders and community.  It is their strong commitment to safety, responsible riding and their solid trails strategy that will bring value to all trail users, landowners and local citizens in a mixed rural and urban multi-use environment. KATVA plans to continue its partnership with RCATV and support their vision in any way possible. " Carolyn Richards, President, Kawartha ATV Club

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Explore a 750 kilometre network of trails built on a foundation of abandoned rail lines and forest access roads. This adventurous route winds its way across the countryside passing through numerous rural communities that provide riders with convenient access to a wide variety of supplies, services and accommodations.

Located in the Ottawa Valley/Eastern Ontario, the natural beauty of these lands is unsurpassed. Our trail systems cuts through muddy wetlands, shaded forests, shimmering lakes with the best that Renfrew County has to offer.

Thank you to our vendor partner businesses.  Trail Passes are now available in Arnprior, Renfrew, Calabogie, Eganville, Golden Lake, Pikwakanagan, Killaloe, Wilno, Barry's Bay, Madawaska, Pembroke, Petawawa and now in Deep River and Laurentian Hils.

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