FAQ

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
A person must not operate a motor vehicle on a recreation site, recreation trail or interpretive forest site in a manner that is likely to do any of the following:
a) cause damage to a structure or natural resource;
b) endanger, injure or damage people or property;
c) harass, injure or kill wildlife or any other kind of animal

A person must properly wear a safety helmet while operating or riding as a passenger in a recreation site, interpretive trail, or recreation trail.
Operating an OHV under the influence of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited
Riders may be cited for operating vehicles in a careless, reckless, or damaging manner on or off trail.
Operating a vehicle in a manner that threatens the safety of others or property is prohibited.

Where can you ride?

  • Designated trails that are signed on the ground and on the map
  • Any existing trail that is visibly open and not signed as closed
  • Any existing road that is visibly open and not signed or not otherwise regulated for commercial or management use.

Where can’t you ride?

  • Roads or trails strewn with debris in an effort to close them
  • Cross-country or making your own trail
  • In streams or riparian areas including wet or boggy areas. NO MUDBOGGING!
  • Forest Service Roads (FSR’s) unless you have proof of liability insurance ($200,000 min) and a valid driver’s licence
  • Road cut-banks or fill-slopes. Ride on the roadway only.
  • Private land without the owner’s permission
  • Behind any gate or in mines, quarries, or other tenured activities
  • The flag lines of proposed trails

Required Equipment
SPARK ARRESTORS are required year-round as an integral part of the exhaust system and are manufactured to meet USDA – Forest Service or approved equivalent Canadian standards. The entire exhaust system must fit tightly with no leaks.

ORV use on Forest Service Roads
No matter where you use your ORV it’s likely you will be travelling on a Forest Service Road(FSR) at some point.
It is important to know the rules around the use of ORV’s on FSRs. An ORV may be used on a FSR at any time unless the road is posted with a sign restricting use. An ORV operator must hold a valid drivers licence and carry a minimum of $200,000 third party liability insurance. Safety helmets are required when operating two and three wheeled ORV’s.

ORV use on Public Roads
The use of ORV’s on public roads within BC is prohibited. Within the District of Wells, ORV’s are permitted on certain routes within the community. Please contact the RCMP in Wells for further information.

STAY ALERT
FSR’s are not build to the same standards as public highways. They often have sharp, blind corners, and narrow sections. All riders must be prepared to react to unexpected conditions and to be able to stop safely. For your out sake, stay alert and always be ready to take evasive actions. Remember, dust means traffic.

Be Legal
Set an example by complying with all equipment and operational requirements. Please stay on designated trail only!
Noise Annoys
Sound is the number one enemy of motorized recreation, but it can also offend your fellow riders. Keep your sound to a minimum from your OHV’s and also electronic music devices
Pack it in. Pack it out!
Please leave your campsite and parking area cleaner than you found it.
Sanitation
Please use toilet facilities on trail heads and staging areas. In the wilderness bury any human waster at least 75 meters from any stream, lake or wetland area.
Wildlife
Never spook horses, cattle or other wildlife. All animals are startled by loud noises or sudden movement. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When encountering horses please move to the side of the trail, shut off your OHV and remove your helmet, to be recognized as human.
Two Way Trails
Many trails for winding, tight and narrow and are maintained in a way to enhance a primitive trail experience. Be aware, cautious and anticipate blind corners and oncoming traffic. Ride defensively and responsibly.