Simcoe County has tons of beautiful trails for riders to enjoy! Vehicles must meet Regulation 316/03 of the Highway Traffic Act.
Off-road vehicles on municipal roads
Following extensive public consultation, Springwater Council passed a by-law at their meeting on March 4 to permit off-road vehicles, as defined in the Highway Traffic Act, on a majority of maintained municipal roads, with a few exceptions.
Under the new by-law, off-road vehicles are permitted from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, at any time of the year. The time restriction does not apply to anyone using off-road vehicles for farming, hunting or work purposes.
There are four sections of municipal roads that will remain restricted for off-road vehicle use:
- Carson Road from Anne Street North to Bayfield Street North
- Doran Road from Finlay Mill Road to Gill Road
- Finlay Mill Road from Bayfield Street North to Doran Road
- St. Vincent Street from the City of Barrie Limits to Pooles Road
All Provincial and County of Simcoe roads remain restricted for off-road vehicle use. Additionally, off-road vehicles are not permitted on municipal property, unless parked in a designated parking area.
Anyone using an off-road vehicle must adhere to all Highway Traffic Act regulations, including having the proper insurance, vehicle registration and safety equipment.
All pre-existing COATV agreements remain in effect.
Off-road motorized vehicle clubs
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC)
The OFSC has everything you need to know to go safe snowmobiling in Ontario. A number of local clubs share the responsibility of maintaining over 1000 km of trails in Simcoe County. For a complete look at the trails, view the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide.
Central Ontario All-Terrain Vehicle Club (COATV)
COATV is a volunteer-driven club that builds and maintains an environmentally sustainable ATV trail system connecting people and communities. Read Smart Ride Safe Ride handbook that outlines the rules and requirements for ATVs and ORVs, including:
By-law 2011-029 regulates the use of ATVs in Springwater.
Trail statusSee the current status of trails on the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs' interactive map.
Simcoe County Off-Road Riders Association (SCORRA)
SCORRA is the largest off-road motorcycle riding club in Ontario with over 1200 members and 220 km of designated trails.
- Know your operator's manual
- Check your vehicle before riding
- Always wear proper protective gear and clothing
- Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during a ride