Grand Forks ATV
Grand Forks ATV (GFATV) was established in 2008 by a group of motorized enthusiasts concerned about the future of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) access to trails in the region. Efforts to eliminate ATVs from recreational trails motivated local riders to form a club and provide a voice for ATV enthusiasts. Our inclusive and collaborative approach to the management of natural resources has led our club to success and we feel that by continuing this approach and by providing education to the public we can have a positive affect on the sport of ATVs and trails in our community.
After a successful start, the group incorporated as a non-profit society in 2011 and over the years has grown to 100+ members. The club has supplied members with certified ATV Safety Courses, held community gatherings to promote the safe and responsible use of the outdoors, and presented guest speakers on wildlife, invasive species, and regulations pertaining to the use of forest service and non-status roads.
The passion of a club
For several years, we have been responsible for maintaining a specific portion of the Trans Canada Trail, which stretches from Cascade West to Fife near Christina Lake, BC. This particular section has become immensely popular among trail users, attracting numerous stories and memorable experiences.
In British Columbia, there is a strong advocacy to designate the Rails Trails as non-motorized areas, meaning that only non-motorized activities like walking, cycling, or horseback riding are allowed. However, the GFATV Club, which stands for Grand Forks All-Terrain Vehicle Club, has a different focus. Their mandate is to support Mixed Use Trails, especially recognizing the importance of motorized vehicle accessibility for individuals with mobility challenges.
As part of their efforts, the Grand Fork ATV Club agreed to declare a specific segment of the Rail Trail, spanning from Cascade West to Grand Forks, as non-motorized. This decision was seen as a positive step to accommodate the needs of various trail users. However, there is now a growing movement to expand the non-motorized designation for the next section to the east, as well as the subsequent section heading west from Grand Forks.
Despite the discussions around motorized versus non-motorized access, it’s important to highlight that the GFATV Club has consistently upheld their commitment to maintaining all area trails. Their dedication allows many seniors and individuals with accessibility challenges to enjoy the stunning scenery and explore the rich history of the beautiful British Columbia outdoors, which would otherwise be inaccessible to them.
Grand Forks ATV would not be possible, let alone successful without the hours and resources provided by volunteer executive members. We would like to acknowledge their dedication and contributions to community.
Thank you Doug for volunteering your time and resources to ensure the success of the club.
Thank you Mike for volunteering your time and resources to ensure the success of the club.
Thank you Jim for volunteering your time and resources to ensure the success of the club.
Thank you Dave for volunteering your time and resources to ensure the success of the club.
Thank you Randy for volunteering your time and resources to ensure the success of the club.
Thank you Bob for volunteering your time and resources to ensure the success of the club.
Thank you Len for volunteering your time and resources to ensure the success of the club.
Thank you Cody for volunteering your time and resources to ensure the success of the club.