Venture far off the beaten path.
Off-roading and quadding are popular pursuits for many local residents, and draw nature-seekers from near and far to the region. Across all seasons, ATVs of every type navigate Lesser Slave’s vast wooded terrain, from the well-marked Peace River Trail and sandy stretches of Chisholm to the largely-uncharted boreal forest areas. Some of the back lakes in the MD’s eastern region can only be accessed through trail riding.
With the recent opening of the Peace River trail from Sawdy to Moose Portage, riders have even more access to the back country. With sand and mud to cut lines and hard packed trails, the area is full of great riding for all to enjoy.
|Ask permission before using a trail or field. Land owners may have given specific groups permission to use their land, or there may be rules they ask you abide by on their land such as opening and shutting gates. Even if you have asked permission before, it's a good idea to check again if something changes (a gate has been put up, a no trespassing sign, or anything blocking trail entrances). Always leave the trail as you found it.|
|Pull over to the right and allow the other rider to pass. Trails can be narrow, so try to get over to the right as far as you can. If someone is close behind you, stop and pull over to let them pass. DO NOT try to race them, or speed up beyond your comfort level. If you are the one passing, do not bully the other rider by driving too close. Thank the other rider for allowing you to pass. Slow down to walking speed.|
|Horses can be easily spooked by ATVs. If you see a horse coming up the trail, pull over your ATV, get off the ATV and take off your helmet. This will generally avoid spooking. It's a nice gesture to warn horseback riders of other ATVs in the area in case they're riding spooky or young horses.|
|Stop and allow hikers to pass you to avoid spraying mud and debris at them. If they're walking down a hill, allow them to pass going up.|
|If you're riding near a camp ground or public space, ensure that you're not picking up too much dust. Slow down, and go through quietly. Never pull over at the top of a hill! Be aware and allow others to be aware of where you have stopped. You should only stop on a straight away where you can be seen in both directions.|
|If it’s hot out, ensure you bring water with you to keep hydrated. Always bring an extra bottle in case one becomes dislodged from your ATV. Bring bottles back with you and recycle them at HOME or at a receptacle at the park. Take breaks and acknowledge your energy level. Check with other riders too. Chances are, if you're a little bit tired they may be as well. Breaking your concentration on the trail for a while can help re-energize your brain and eyes, and make you more aware of on-coming danger.|
Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River