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ATV Smart

Ontario's spectacularly vast and varied landscape is a goldmine of off-road opportunities! Whether you’re heading out for a few hours of fun or a lengthy backcountry expedition, ensure that you’re properly prepared and outfitted to make any adventure safe and fun.

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ATV Smart Tips

  • Take a CSC-approved ATV safety course.
  • ALWAYS wear a helmet and proper protective equipment.
  • Pack the necessary tools and gear.
  • Don’t ride alone: use the buddy system!
  • Keep your ATV well-maintained.
  • Never ride on paved or public roads.
  • Know your limits. Ride within your abilities, in a controlled manner using common sense.
  • Rules and Regulations for Ontario ORV use - English
  • Rules and Regulations for Ontario ORV use - French

Safety Video

10 ATV Essentials

  1. Helmet
  2. Eye protection
  3. Spare headlight bulb
  4. Strong tow rope
  5. Specific tools for your ATV (toolkit supplied by manufacturer)
  6. Heavy pants (may include hip & knee pads)
  7. Boots (either proper dirt bike boots or good leather boots that cover your ankle)
  8. Hydration pack
  9. Thin wire, thick tape
  10. Spare spark plug

ATV Smart Etiquette

  • Respect the environment and other trail users.
  • Keep to marked trails and tracks and resist the urge to blaze new ones.
  • Maintain quiet pipes. More and more trails are closing to motorized sports due to offensively loud tailpipes.
  • Join a local ATV club and experience the beautiful trails with others who share your passion. Clubs create quality, safe riding areas and help to keep them open.
  • Do some trail maintenance. Give back to the trails and earn good karma for future rides!


  • Elbow guards
  • Gloves (ATV-specific)
  • Jersey or long-sleeved shirt (synthetic fabrics wick moisture best)

ATV Safety Video