RCATV TRAILS COMMITTEE
The Trails Committee is a team of volunteers who dedicate their time to safe, accessible, maintained and well-signed trails. They also contribute to the development of the Renfrew County ATV Trail System as a sustainable and attractive system.
Any RCATV Member in good standing is welcome to be a part of the Trails Committee. There are also an extensive team of volunteers who are randomly out there on the trails with chainsaw and signs in hand, helping to assist with trail maintenance whenever they are out enjoying the trails, or at one of our Trails Maintenance Days. The Trails Committee share ideas and support the trails through a Facebook Discussion Room, as well as teleconference and videoconference meetings, and the rare face to face meeting. The Committee is co-chaired by the Trails Maintenance Director and Trails Coordinator.
The minutes of the January 11, 2018 meeting provides a summary of the Committee's decision on how to incorporate the new trails established by 4 new MOU's, development of Trail Systems and Trail Routes, signage, and maintenance.
- Trail Systems: are self-contained trail networks that include bush and forested trails, unmaintained or unopened trail allowances.
- Trail Routes: are routes or roads of mixed paved, dirt, unmaintained roads that will connect the systems together and allow riders to enjoy various systems without having to trailer. This will also connect us to other ATV club trails and county trails.
Unfortunately for our budget, but fortunate for riders, a number of factors are leading RCATV to revisit the entire trail system and numbering which was largely inherited from our snowmobile roots. In 2018 riding season, you will start to changes in the system naming and signage.
Here's why the change:
- we haven't engineered a way yet for ATV's to cross open water, which means the ATV trail system had duplication in numbers where the snowmobile trails are chopped up where it crossed bodies of water. ie there were four 102 trails.
- trails were very long which makes it difficult for search & rescue requirements, or for EMS response
- we had a significant number of new trail systems and trail routes to incorporate
- we wanted a system to designate trail technicality, so you will start to see stickers on signs and colour coding on maps to represent riding abilities. Green - beginner, Blue - intermediate, Red - advanced, Black - expert.
- we wanted to differentiate between a trail and a route so that riders knew when planning their ride, if they would need to abide by MTO legislation. You will see an R designated on maps where the trail is a roads/routes.
- we are moving to a 2-digit numbering system to help riders differentiate between an ATV or a snowcountry trail. We are trying to stay as consistent as possible, ie in Barry's Bay, the 159 snowmobile trail will eventually be named the 59 atv trail.
Here is the 2018 draft trail systems and trail routes for review by Area Directors and Trails Committee Members. The trails will be submitted to EOTA (without technicality rating) Sunday evening, Jan 14. The trails will be submitted for the RCATV trail map (with technicality ratings, parking, advertisers and other information) Jan 30.
- Logger's Loop Trail System: Whitney-Madawaska-Lake St.Peter (70s)
- Opeongo Trail System: Madawaska Valley - Barry's Bay - Wilno (50s)
- UPDATED Settlers Trail Route: Wilno - Killaloe - Pikwakanagan - Foymount - Griffith (90s and 80s)
- UPDATED Pakkotinna Trail System: Deacon - Golden Lake - Round Lake (100s)
- UPDATED Bonnechere Trail Route: Pikwakanagan - Eganville - Osceola - Balaclava (40s)
- UPDATED Balaclava Ghost Town Trail Route: Balaclava - Mount St. Patrick - Renfrew (40s)
- Barron Canyon Trail System: Barron Canyon (20s)
- UPDATED Champlain Trail (Laurentian Hills) System: Chalk River - Laurentian Hills (30s)
- Pembroke Trail Route: City of Pembroke
- Whitewater Trail Route: Pembroke - Beachburg - Ottawa River (future 10-19)
- UPDATED Griffith Highlands Trail System: Griffith - Matawachan (70s)
- UPDATED Calabogie: Dacre - Calabogie - Renfrew (80s)
If you have any questions regarding trail maintenance or wish to join the Trails Maintenance Committee, please email email@example.com. For questions regarding trails development and map submission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.