updated on: June 13, 2016
Ontario's ATV Trails
The Complete Guide
With thousands of kilometres of trails, and more being added each year, it's no wonder Ontario is renowned as an ATV playground. Whether you're riding a Utility, Sport or Side by Side ATV, looking for a scenic getaway for the family or a challenging new spot to test your skills, Ontario has a trail for you.
Each trail and municipality has its own rules and regulations, so always follow the Golden Rule: "Know Before You Go." Check with the local club to see what permits you need and make sure you're familiar with the local by-laws regarding ATV's on roads and crown land. Don't trespass, stay on the trails, ride safe, and have fun!
For the first part of this list we will focus on the premier ranked ATV Trail destinations.
For the first part of this list we will focus on the premier ranked ATV Trail destinations.
Northeastern Ontario's Mattawa and the surrounding townships have passed ATV-friendly by-laws allowing riders passage on local roads from their accommodations to the trailhead. The trail system is nestled between two small mountain ranges, the Algonquin Highlands and the Laurentian Mountains, and is bordered by the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers. Offering a range of difficulty levels from easy meandering trails through majestic pines and cool valleys with clear lakes and rivers to challenging rock climbs and wet muddy areas.
Recommended Accommodations: Mattawa Adventure Camp, Mattawa
The main system in the Explorers' Edge Parry Sound-Georgian Bay area is the Park-to-Park multi-use trail system. This exciting route from Killbear to Algonquin Park is set within a natural paradise of lakes, forests, beaches, and the 2.5 billion-year-old granite of the Canadian Shield. Click here to read about upgrades made to the trails. The following is a list of trails within the Park to Park system:
The best known section of the Park to Park trail network. Following the historic route of the Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway (later part of the Canada Atlantic Railway) built by J.R. Booth, this section of trail stretches from just west of Highway 400 to the Wall’s Junction where the trail splits. This section of trail is one of the more adventurous segment, with a rough, dirt surfacing and the occasional puddle.
Best spot for parking is at the Georgian Bay Travel Centre, there is a large, paved parking lot with lots of room for trailers and an off-road ramp that connects the PetroCan to the trail. In Sprucedale, food and gas are accessible on the trail. Click here for more information including detailed trail maps.
This section is the continuation of the Seguin Trail past the Walls Split. Passing under Highway 11 and traveling through the town of Kearney to the Algonquin Park boundary this section has a diversity of trail types, from retired rail bed, road and dirt track. The Old Bethune Trail is shared with our partner the Algonquin West ATV Club. This section of trail is currently is managed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Heading south, first on dirt road then on off-road trail, Settler’s Trail provides incredible views of Highway 11 and access to Huntsville. For motorized users, this is the end of the route, as currently ATVs are not permitted on the roads in Muskoka.
Rolling single-track style trail following the original Shawnaga Colonization Road between Carling Station and the Dillon Road. Maintained by Carling Township. Trailheads include small parking lots that can accommodate vehicles with trailers.
From the trailheads at Nobel School just south of Avro Aero Blvd or from the McDougall Township office head west on a gravel motorized (ATV and snowmobile) trail to the west. This section of trail is owned and maintained by the Township of McDougall.
This trail follows the final segment of J.R. Booth’s railroad. This historic route connects Rose Point, where a bridge passes over to Wasauksing First Nation and Depot Harbour, the terminus for the railroad, to Forest Hill, adjacent to Oastler Provincial Park. This trail, which saw a major overhaul in 2010/2011 is a great location to spot turtles in the many wetlands that line the trail. This section of trail is owned by Seguin Township and managed by the Park to Park Trail Association. Cargill Road has a large parking area that will fit 20+ vehicles including trailers. Access the Cargill road parking area to the west of Oastler Park Drive across from Kropf Industrial on Cargill Road.
HATVA Trails are located throughout the beautiful and historic Haliburton County. The Haliburton Highlands are renowned for scenic and majestic landscapes with numerous waterways throughout. The HATVA trails connect with neighboring trail systems in Kawartha, Muskoka, Peterborough and Madawaska. It includes a portion of the Victoria Rail Trail that runs from Kinmount north to Haliburton. Trail difficulty varies from rail trail to forest access roads to extreme deep woods paths that require winches as standard equipment. It is highly recommended that you tour with a club member that knows the trails or hire a local guide.
An intricate system that runs throughout the Haliburton Highlands with trails ranging from intermediate to expert. Haliburton’s core trails run from Minden north to Algonquin Park. This trail system includes linking trails to the Madawaska Trail System, Muskoka Trail System, Five Points Trail System & Kawartha Trail System. Includes trails to Sherbourne Lake, Big Hawk Lake, Paul Lake, Tingey Lake, Shoe Lake, Livingstone Lake and Luck Lake. This is a vast array of trails and requires GPS navigation to explore without a guide.
The Five Points System is north and east of Bobcaygeon. This trail system was developed and created by the local snowmobile clubs, Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club and Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club. The Haliburton ATV Association, Kawartha ATV Association and Ontario 4WD are working hard with these organizations to help maintain a healthy trail system, consisting of private landowners and crown-land areas. Attempting these areas without proper mapping knowledge and orientation experience can be dangerous. Please refer to HATVA maps and use detailed GPS tracking for these trails.
This park is an official Ontario Provincial Park, with extra rules, regulations, ecological and environmental issues to consider and adhere to. Do not wander off existing trails, remove or destroy any existing vegetation or trees. Water courses are off-limits, as these are areas for which ATVs are restricted and/or not allowed, such as private roads and private property around many of the lakes. Please pay close attention to signage.
Multiple staging and access points.
The Victoria Rail Trail begins in Bethany and runs through the communities of Lindsay, Cameron, Fenelon Falls, Burnt River and Kinmount. The Haliburton Corridor of the Rail Trail links the communities of Kinmount and Haliburton. This is maintained by the Haliburton ATV Club. South of Kinmount is maintained by the Kawartha ATV Club.
Click here for a full list of the HATVA trails
The KATVA trail system is centrally located in the heart of Ontario ATV country. Approximately 1.5 hours from Toronto, the KATVA trails system has become a popular ATV hot spot. KATVA’s 900+ members and many day riders enjoy a multitude of dense forest tracts, natural vistas, historic stops, wildlife viewing and majestic outlooks. Our membership respects the environment and the recreational pursuits of other trail users. This trail system includes links to neighbouring trail systems in Haliburton, Madawaska, Muskoka, Northumberland and Peterborough.
Recommended Accommodations: Log Chateau Park, Fenelon Falls
The Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (VRTC) is an 85 km rail trail, linking the communities of Bethany, Lindsay, Cameron, Fenelon Falls, Burnt River and Kinmount. The VRTC is owned and administered by the City of Kawartha Lakes and is maintained by the Kawartha ATV Club. The Rail Trail extends north to Haliburton but that section is maintained by the Haliburton ATV Club.
As a City Kawartha Lakes Municipal multi-use trail, the Somerville Forest Tract, also referred to as The Pinery, comprises 3,420 hectares of mixed forest property. There are three trail loops known as The Pinery, the Marsh Trail and the Millennium Trail, covering a variety of terrain including pine plantations, wetlands, hardwoods and rock outcrops. This is a delicate area, which requires the utmost respect by users. The Pinery 8km (beginner); Millennium Trails 22km (Intermediate); Marsh 3km (expert).
The Five Points System is north and east of Bobcaygeon. This trail system was developed and created by the local snowmobile clubs, Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club and Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club. The Kawartha ATV Association, the Haliburton ATV Association and Ontario Federation 4WD is working hard with these organizations to help maintain a healthy trail system, consisting of private landowners and crown land areas. Attempting without proper mapping knowledge and orientation experience can be dangerous. Please refer to KATVA maps for detailed GPS tracking of trails.
This park is an official Ontario Provincial Park, with extra rules, regulations, ecological and environmental issues to consider and adhere to. Do not wander off existing trails, or remove or destroy any existing vegetation or trees. Stay out of all water courses. There are areas to which ATVs are restricted and/or not allowed such as private roads and private property around many of the lakes. Please pay very close attention to signage.
The Hastings Heritage Trail is a four-seasons, multi-use recreational trail that follows an old railway line linking Hastings County. The trail is open year-round and boasts a number of parking lots and access points along the route. Trails in Hastings County consist of a 156-km ribbon of land stretching from Glen Ross to Lake St. Peter, connecting them to the waterways of the Trent Canal System in the south and the edge of Algonquin Park in the north. With points-of-interest like waterfalls, ghost towns and the historic Hogan's Hotel, this is a great trail for a leisurely ride or family outing.
The trails are built on a foundation of abandoned rail lines and forest access roads meandering through forests, lake view vistas and remarkable Ontario landscapes. This adventurous route winds its way across the countryside passing through numerous rural communites that provide riders with convenient access to a wide variety of supplies, services and accommodations.
Northeastern Ontario's Bear Tracks ATV Tours, provide guided ATV tours to some remote and scenic locations throughout the Cochrane, Ontario area. Mostly located on crown land, you can ride all day and never be on the same trail twice. Or you can ride the streets of Cochrane and take a visit the Polar Bear Habitat & Heritage Village. To book a tour contact them at 705-272-5098 or at [email protected].
Recommended Accommodations: Best Western Swan Castle Inn, Cochrane
Algoma Country's Elliot Lake area includes the largest insured ATV trail network in Ontario. Carved through the extraordinary landscape of this unspoiled part of Northern Ontario are a series of trails that will take you past racing rivers, ancient rock escarpments and transition forests offering more than just the thrill of the ride, but an unfolding journey through the history of a wild and majestic terrain. Perfect for seasoned or novice riders looking for day trips, overnight stays or extended three to five day excursions. The well planned out trails are looped so you're never more than 20 minutes away from the amenities of the city. For more information contact the Elliot Lake ATV Club or call the Elliot Lake Welcome Centre at 800-661-6192.
The club's first trail includes a variety of terrain with scenic views across Home Lake and Scenic Lake. Wrapping around the city, it is the main loop that connects with the Boreal Forest Run and the Portage Run. Most of it is easy to moderate with short and avoidable portions that require riders with more experience.
Expansive views of this open powerline trail make this a favourite for ATVers and Snowmobilers. Leads to old growth forest full of wildflowers in the summer and vivid yellows from birch trees in the fall. Connects to the Portage Run or the Boardwalk Run or back to the city.
The first and possibly only trail in Ontario built by an ATV club for shared use with snowmobiles is a really scenic one with a backdrop of rock cliffs, bridges over remote lakes and great views of the city. The route travels Stanrock Road for an extent, providing a glimpse of Elliot Lake's modern lakefront development project. The trail can also be extended to Whiskey Lake for a real distant adventure.
This looped trail is renowned for a challenging ATV ride through rough, muddy and rocky sections of trail and is recommended for advanced riders with four wheel drive ATVs. Sections of trail are open depending on season, water and weather conditions.
This route is an extension of the Boreal Forest Run or the Boardwalk Run. The destination is a fantastic view of Lake Matinenda. The ride passes through tight, muddy trails and along some great sections above Quimby Lake.
Recommended Accommodations: Wilderness Lodge, Elliot Lake
Below we have listed other known trails for each region of the province. Please note: The trails listed here are not yet approved Ontario ATV trails. Use at your own risk. Be sure to check with local authorities before you head out. If you have a trail that you'd like to add to the list please contact us at [email protected].
Recommended Accommodations: South River Resort, Nipissing
Seguin, Ontario's Bear Claw Tours provide guided ATV tours to some remote, scenic locations throughout the area. Offering a rider course for first-time riders for ages 6 and up, this is an ideal place to get some hands-on experience on an ATV in Ontario's north.
This is the ideal place to go to get safety training on ATVs and UTVs. Make your way through thick forest of pine lake rivers and ongoing ongoing outcrops of rock, mudholes and the natural wonders of the Muskoka area. Providing ATV rentals by the day, week or month, rider training and ATV/Camping and ATV/fishing packages all within an hour's drive from Toronto! They can travel to other locations for safety training courses for large groups. Contact them for more information.
Recommended Accommodations: Bayview Wildwood Resort, Severn Bridge
With trails just east of Georgian Bay including a great loop that will take you from Baxter Lake through the many lakes of the area south to Coldwater and back north to Port Severn. There are great mudholes, water and technical rocks around Barron's Lake.
Currently maintaining 4 loops in the areas just South and East of Georgian Bay. Take in the amazing scenery along the bush trail located in various Simcoe County Forests that vary from smooth and sandy to tricky and technical.
Recommended Accommodations: Horseshoe Resort, Barrie, ON
Below is a list of maps for DGATV trails:
The OVATVC riding area is nestled in the beautiful Madawaska Highlands of Eastern Ontario. The trails cover a large area which is generally bordered by Calabogie to the north east, Sharbot Lake to the south, Bancroft to the west and the Madawaska River to the north.
Located in the Ottawa Valley, the 700+ km network of trails is built on a foundation of abandoned rail lines and forest access roads that meander through forests, lakes view vistas and remarkable Ontario landscapes. This adventurous route winds it's way across the countryside passing through numerous rural commnunities that provide riders with convenient access to a wide variety of supplies, services and accommodations.
Recommended Accommodations: White Rock Motel, Alexandria
Southern Ontario's largest forest is located just an hour's drive from Toronto. With hundreds of kilometres of trails and logging roads, easy parking and multiple entry points. ATVing is permitted in the West Forest and East Forest only. The Central section of the Forest is maintained as a passive use area. Go to the Durham Region ATV Safety Coaltion site for locations for annual and day use permits other imporant information before heading out.
Recommended Accommodations: Beachwood Resort, Selwyn
This trail system consists of winding flat trails, with some hilly areas and Blue Arrow trails (ie challenging muddy sections). It can take 1.5 to 3 hours to run. It is side by side friendly up to 64” width. This system is generally open for winter riding. Check website for updates.
Recommended Accommodations: Forest Motel and Woodland Retreat, Stratford
This trail is not Side-by-side friendly at present.This trail system has 12 km of family friendly trails, with some blue arrow trails. It will take 1.5 to 3 hours to run. Watch signs, as a couple trails are one way only. Bring a lunch to enjoy at our picnic area over Redneck Bridge.
Recommended Accommodations: Comfort Inn Brantford, Brantford
Recommended Accommodations: Canadas Best Value Inn, Port Colborne
Below is a list of maps for DGATV trails:
Southern Ontario's largest forest is located just an hour's drive from Toronto. With hundreds of kilometres of trails and logging roads, easy parking and multiple entry points. ATVing is permitted in the West Forest and East Forest only. The Central section of the Forest is maintained as a passive use area. Consult the Durham Region ATV Safety Coaltion for permit sale locations and safety information before heading out.
Recommended Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, Clarington-Bowmanville
B&D ATV Trails is a family park located in beautiful Six Nations of the Grand River Territory on 70 acres of grass and wood trails. The trail systems provide riders with freedom and a chance to explore a majestic Carolinian Forest. A great place for a family outing.
This is multi-use trail area just off of Ojibway Parkway in Windsor. ATV's are only allowed on the main path and area around the tracks.
Recommended Accommodations: Howard Johnson, Tillsonburg