Off-Road Trail Expansion

Proposal Under Consideration
Amend Township of Springwater By-laws to extend on-road access to Off Road Vehicles (ORVs) in the Township of Springwater.

Public Consultation

Open Houses
Two Open Houses concerning the proposed use of off-road vehicles on municipal highways will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 (Elmvale Community Hall) and Thursday, March 28, 2019 (Township Administration Centre). 

Online Survey
Residents unable to make the Open Houses can fill out an online survey. The survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete.

Written Comments
Members of the public may also submit comments in writing to the Township Administration Centre to the attention of Director Ron Belcourt (2231 Nursery Road Minesing, ON  L9X 1A8).

Currently, ORVs are only permitted on the following open road segments in the Township of Springwater:

  • Flos Road 3 West – North Simcoe Rail Trail west to the unopened Flos Road 3 West
  • Flos Road 4 West – North Simcoe Rail Trail west to Vigo Road
  • Vigo Road – Flos Road 4 West to Flos Road 6 West
  • Flos Road 6 West – Vigo Road to Ryther Road (Wasaga Beach)

Over the years, the Township has regularly been requested to consider amending Township by-laws to allow ORVs on-road access in addition to the new trail applications that have been submitted by the Central Ontario All-Terrain Vehicle Club (COATV). Read the staff report that went to Council on February 6, 2019 for more information. 

Off-Road Vehicles in Ontario

In Ontario, all off-road vehicles (ORVs) are allowed to operate off-road on trails and private property. 

To operate an ORV off-road (e.g. on trails), an operator must be at least 12 years of age unless directly supervised by an adult. There is no licence requirement for riding off-road.    

If an ORV is being operated off-road on the vehicle owner’s private property then there are no age restrictions.

On-Road Riding:

Currently, in Ontario, all ORVs, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), can directly cross a public road where permitted. To directly cross a public highway, an operator must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid licence. In order to operate along permitted highways, operators must be at least 16 years of age and hold a valid G2 or M2 licence. ORVs must ride along the shoulder of the highway in the same direction of traffic. If the shoulder is obstructed or if there is no shoulder, an ORV may drive on the roadway.

Additionally, municipalities have the authority to determine whether or not ORVs should be allowed access to roads under their jurisdiction.

Under the Highway Traffic Act Regulation 316/03, an ATV has four wheels wherein the tires are in contact with the ground, steering handle bars, has a seat that is designed to be straddled by the driver, and is designed to carry,

  1. a driver only and no passengers, or
  2. a driver and only one passenger, if the vehicle,

(A) has one passenger seat that is designed to be straddled by the passenger while sitting facing forward  behind the driver, and

(B) is equipped with foot rests for the passenger that are separate from the foot rests for the driver;