Ride for Dad Frequently Asked Questions

Ride for Dad

How can I help?

Participate!  Everyone who attends helps this event be a success year after year.  You can register for the ride here.

Can’t make the ride?  No Problem!  More than half of the money collected each year has come from pledges.  100% of all pledge money goes straight to the cause!  You can pledge a rider here or sponsor directly to the even here.

Can’t afford a donation and can’t make the ride?  You can still help!  We’re always looking for unique ideas and volunteers to make them a reality.  Contact us at info@nvatvc.org or 613-465-6283.

Are passengers allowed on the ride?

Passengers are 100% legal on ATVs factory designed to carry them and side-by-side (ORV) vehicles.

For on-road riding, an ATV/ORV driver must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • hold at least a valid G2 or M2 licence
  • wear an approved motorcycle helmet, securely fastened under the chin with a chin strap
  • wear a seat belt, where provided
  • travel at speeds less than the posted speed limit, as outlined below

For on-road riding, a passenger on an ATV/ORV:

  • cannot be under the age of eight
  • must wear a seat belt or use foot rests, when applicable
  • must wear an approved motorcycle helmet, securely fastened under the chin with a chin strap

More information can be found here.

Are Side-by-Sides allowed on the ride?

We’re very happy to say that, for the first time, side-by-side (ORV) vehicles are permitted on our rally.  Changes to the Highway Traffic Act Regulation 316.03 came in to effect July 1, 2015 allowing on road access to more off road vehicle types, which include most ORVs.

For on-road riding, an ATV/ORV driver must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • hold at least a valid G2 or M2 licence
  • wear an approved helmet, securely fastened under the chin with a chin strap
  • wear a seat belt, where provided
  • travel at speeds less than the posted speed limit, as outlined below

For on-road riding, a passenger on an ATV/ORV:

  • cannot be under the age of eight
  • must wear a seat belt or use foot rests, when applicable
  • must wear an approved helmet, securely fastened under the chin with a chin strap

More information can be found here.

According to Reg. 316/03 an ATV requires 4 low pressure tires, what about tracks?

An ATV equipped with tracks does not technically meet the description of an ATV as described in Regulation 316/03 of the Highway Traffic Act.  An ATV with tracks would be classified as an off road vehicle that is not permitted on any Ontario roadways, as it does not have 4 wheels, the tires of which are in contact with the ground.  To date we have not had seen any case where an OPP officer has issued a fine for an ATV equipped with tracks on a roadway, but the question has come up and NVATVC wants all riders to be aware of the laws as they pertain to ATVs.  Tracks are permitted on NVATVC trails.  It is up to the individual if they wish to take the risk by using them on the sections of road that connect the trails. The fine for traveling on a roadway in Ontario with an ATV equipped with tracks is $110.

Can I register just so I can be included in the prizes and dinner?

Yes, if you wish to simply register and not ride the ride you may do so.  Some participants register simply to be included in the dinner, prizes, and silent auction. You can also collect pledges even if you do not partake in the ride portion of the event.

My wife isn’t riding the ride, but can she join me at the dinner afterwards?

If your wife, significant other, or anyone else would like to join you for the dinner and silent auction, there is a dinner only option for $15.  Simply let the registration person know when you are registering that you would like to add someone for dinner.

What do I need to bring with me to registration to make the process go faster?

At registration you will be asked for your insurance slip, OFATV membership (if you have one) and your signed pledge form.  If you are pre-registered and don’t have any cash pledges a signed pledge form is not required.

How much is the ride if I am not a member of the club?
If you are not an OFATV or EOTA member, an additional fee of $20 is required for a day-pass for the trails. (This is on top of the $30 registration fee for the ride)
What if I want to skip the lunch or dinner, is the price to attend less?

No.  Coming on the ride is like attending a concert.  You don’t have to show up for the opening band, and you don’t have to stay for the encore, but the price of attending is the same.

How long is the ride, will I require spare fuel?

The ride is approximately 100km long.  There are two opportunities to refuel at gas stations on the trail, conveniently located on opposite sides of the trail system.  Some machines may require a top-up to complete the whole loop, but with two gas stations available most machines are not required to carry fuel with them.

What is an OFATV day-pass, and why do I need one?

An OFATV day-pass is a one day trail permit that grants you access to OFATV trail system for a single day and costs $20.  Similar to the annual pass ($150), the day pass helps contribute to sustainable ATV trails in the province, assists the local club to offset trail building and maintenance costs and pays for the insurance that is required to operate the trail system.

If my ATV breaks down early on the ride (or some other issue), can I get a refund?

No. Once registration is completed, the registration fees are immediately deposited into the Ride for Dad charity’s bank account, and the Nation Valley ATV Club has no method of getting the money back to issue a refund.  However, if you do break down on the ride we have a “meat wagon” to pick up your broken down machine at the nearest road.  Please call (613) 465-6283 or stop a warden if you need to be picked up.  Donations to the winter grooming funds are appreciated.