OK, I’ll just say it: the Algonquin West ATV Club’s Spring Poker Run is the best ATV event in Muskoka. “How can he be so sure of such a claim,” you ask? Research, of course. And by research, I don't mean counting smiley face emojis on Facebook. I’m talking about hands on, middle of the pack, rocks, snow, mud in your teeth type of research. The only smiles worth counting are on mud-splattered faces at the after-the-ride party, and there were plenty of those. So trust me, been there done that – if you like ATVing in Ontario, then you will love this event.
Yes, it’s that time of year again: time to load up those shiny clean ATVs and give them a proper mud bath. You won’t find a better place than Ontario’s Almaguin Highlands, specifically the area east of Highway 11 and the western border of Algonquin Park. An area that happens to be the home turf of the Algonquin West ATV Club.
Now in its ninth year, the Algonquin West ATV Club’s Spring Poker Run has seen steady growth in popularity, making it the second largest ATV gathering in the province, with attendance expected to top 400 bikes. A feat that is well deserved – these guys know how to throw a party.
Supported by local businesses and hosted at the beautiful Edgewater Park Lodge – a resort which, like all those in the area, has embraced ATV tourism – offering specific “stay and play” packages and access to the trail network from their front doors, it’s a no-brainer when deciding where to book your accommodations.
The event runs like a well-oiled machine: breakfast and registration, a recap of the rules and formalities, and it’s time to hit the trail. The air fills with the rumble of engines as a steady convoy of ATVs and side-by-sides disappear into the forest.