Off Road Vehicle Task Force

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Friends riding ATVs through the mud

Off Road Vehicles (ORVs) such as All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are becoming more and more of a popular activity in and around Kawartha Lakes. With recent changes made to provincial legislation around ORV use on highways, in 2021 Kawartha Lakes Council struck the Off Road Vehicle Task Force, a team composed of members of Council, Kawartha Lakes Staff and members of the public.

The Task Force asked the public to comment and then made recommendations to Council in 2021. A two year pilot program was adopted that encompasses routes in several communities.



Sample Route MapThe approved pilot routes

View maps of the approved routes in this project under "Pilot Project Routes".

Download a PDF of all approved routes (11mb)





Read the background on the approved routes: Read the survey results, download supporting documents and watch the meetings that have taken place via You Tube. It's all on this project page.

Project completed: On March 22, 2022, Council adopted the By-law amendments to include details on how the pilot project will be monitored and enforced. This was adopted with the report outlining how the pilot program will be monitored and enforced to ensure safety and enjoyment of roads and trails throughout the municipality.


Off Road Vehicles (ORVs) such as All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are becoming more and more of a popular activity in and around Kawartha Lakes. With recent changes made to provincial legislation around ORV use on highways, in 2021 Kawartha Lakes Council struck the Off Road Vehicle Task Force, a team composed of members of Council, Kawartha Lakes Staff and members of the public.

The Task Force asked the public to comment and then made recommendations to Council in 2021. A two year pilot program was adopted that encompasses routes in several communities.



Sample Route MapThe approved pilot routes

View maps of the approved routes in this project under "Pilot Project Routes".

Download a PDF of all approved routes (11mb)





Read the background on the approved routes: Read the survey results, download supporting documents and watch the meetings that have taken place via You Tube. It's all on this project page.

Project completed: On March 22, 2022, Council adopted the By-law amendments to include details on how the pilot project will be monitored and enforced. This was adopted with the report outlining how the pilot program will be monitored and enforced to ensure safety and enjoyment of roads and trails throughout the municipality.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Off Road Vehicle Task Force has brought forward a route in Lindsay for ATV riders to connect the Victoria Rail Trail Head at Logie Street and Thunder Bridge Road.

    Council is seeking input from residents over the summer through this survey on the proposed route before making a decision on the pilot program in the fall.

    Important things to note:

    • The only off road vehicles allowed on this route will be ATVs 
    • ATVs will only be permitted on the route from May 1 to December 1 and only between the hours of 7am to 9:30pm
    • The maximum speed limit on the route will be 20km/hour
    • Council is looking to approve the route for a two year pilot program to be reviewed after one year
    • If approved, the pilot program will not begin until the 2022 season


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Page last updated: 02 Jun 2022, 12:58 PM