Club Info

Director’s Welcome Message

Welcome to Cowichan Valley ATV Club’s Website.Prospective Club Members routinely ask:

  • What is the Club all about? Who runs it?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Are there Club meetings?
  • Where and how often do they ride?
  • Will the club give me a set of maps and trails?
  • Can I get a key to some of the gates that block the access routes to the outback territories?

Our Aim is simple…”To Ride Quads”. The Club is an affiliate of a Provincial ATV association, ATVBC. There are five other ATV clubs on Vancouver Island (Port Alberni, Ladysmith, Sooke, Nanaimo / ‘Mid-Island’, Comox, and Campbell River), and 37 more ATV Clubs on the mainland. Altogether we form an organization that

  • Meets regularly to ride ATVs, and organize ATV rides & related events;
  • Provides a forum for social interaction between like-minded outdoor enthusiasts;
  • Educates other riders on useful ATV ideas, safety and environmental diligence;
  • Is united in its approach to private landowners and government leaders to gain ATV access to private / restricted lands; and
  • Promotes sustainability of the ‘sport’ for Members and future generations

The CVATV has approx 150 Members. The Executive (for 2019/2020) consists of:

  • President – Matt Cottier
  • Treasure – Sue Christison
  • Secretary – Kathy Reid
  • Directors –
    • Randy Huene
    • Jack Gibb
    • Bruce Christison
    • Ray Sauriol
    • Doug Best
    • Dave Thompson
    • Mike Lees
    • Paul Bottomley

One must be a Member of ATV BC in order to be a Member of the Cowichan Valley ATV Club.

The cost of an ATVBC membership (2019/20) is:

  • $40 Primary & $25 Secondary (spousal)or $90 family;
  • Plus – The cost of a CVATV Club membership – $15 per person (max $35 per family)
Memberships can be purchased online at the ATVBC website. However, we recommend that you purchase from a local supplier since joining online costs an additional $10 per membership.
 Memberships can be purchased locally at:
  • any Club meeting;
  • see Dave Webb, Fernhill Financial, Victoria 250-595-1616;
  • see Sebastien Asselin, Ladysmith Motorsports, Ladysmith 250-924-6686
  • Monti’s Marine & Motorsports, Duncan 250-748-4451

Meetings are held when necessary(approx 4 per year) They are always on the Second Thursday of the Month. 7:00 pm start and run approx 2 hrs.

Club Members organize rides, mostly in the Cowichan Valley area, and mostly during the months of October thru June (outside of the ‘dry-forest season’). The Club facilitates ride events by establishing the venue for organizing rides, by training & outfitting Ride Leaders, and by establishing land-access agreements with landowners and civic governments.

Members explore upcoming ride opportunities by participating in the Club meetings and by signing on to the club’s closed group Facebook page and reviewing the rides listed in the Events section. Note – you have to be a member of the CVATV club in order to view the Facebook page.

There is no single-source map-of-trails that is used by the Club. Rides are routinely sponsored by Club Members that know the areas and volunteer to lead. Over time, many Members build and maintain individual GPS tracks. These are routinely shared between riders. However, routes change regularly due to logging operations and/or dangers such as high fire-risk. The Club monitors these events and advises Members on what areas to avoid.

A Club Member can become a Ride Leader;. However, there are training and equipment prerequisites, and there is a need to provide a commitment to lead other Members on rides.

Hope this helps to clarify what the CVATV Club is about and we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. Till then…

Have a safe ride.

The Directors of Cowichan Valley ATV Club

15 thoughts on “Club Info”

  1. I was thinking of getting into this sport by joining your club and getting into riding with my wife and grandchildren.

    I’m going to need some advice on what would be best suited for me to buy and where. Any good leads or pointers would be appreciated.

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    1. Rick, There are a couple of different models that may work for you. One is the 2-up with a seat behind the driver. The other is a side by side. For sxs you have 5 manufacturers (Polaris, Canam, CFMoto, Arctic Cat and Honda). Look for a 50 inch wide model for our trails. Most popular is the Polaris RZR and the least expensive if the CFMoto Zforce. The sxs are safer as you have a roll cage and your strapped in.
      Dealers in area are:
      Ignition Sports in Duncan (CFMoto)
      Ladysmith Sports (Canam)
      Moniti Duncan (Polaris)
      Wouldn’t buy Arctic Cat as the have a poor repair record. Like Honda but nobody out here seems to ride their sxs.
      Hard to buy a good used one at a reasonable price as you don’t know how they were riden

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      1. Great thanks. Good food for thought. I’m probably going to be looking for a good used comfortable 2-up for me and the wifey and not a sxs. Granddaughter already has an ATV. Hoping someone in the club may have something or know someone.,

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    1. Justin,
      The Alberni, Mid-Island, and Comox ATV Clubs have agreements with Mosaic to ride on their lands in certain areas if you have a sticker on your quad and on your truck. They are now working on a agreement with our club and the thought is one sticker would cover all the areas. I think the key will only be for group rides but will confirm and get back to you.
      Cheers
      Jack

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  2. Just joined the cowichian lake club my name is Ross Kowalyk 741Larendo v8y2n4 victoria bc canada phone 250 8834814 cel send info about the rides cuming up could be fun in the snow

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  3. Hi,
    My wife and myself are considering joining. We have a 2 up ATV. Are there women in the club who ride/ride along on the group rides?

    Peter

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      1. Jack, Is the ride Sunday,? If so we are free that day. Peter

        On Thu, Dec 5, 2019, 5:33 PM Cowichan Valley ATV Club, wrote:

        > jlebear commented: “Peter, We are having a ride this weekend and having a > fire and hotdog roast. There probably with be 4 to 5 women on this ride. > You can join the club at https://atvbc.ca/become-a-member/. If you do > join I can send you the details on the ride. Cheers Jack” >

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      2. Peter,
        We would love to have you on the ride but for liability issues everyone on the ride has to be a member of the club. The ride is this Sunday and we’re expecting 20 to 25 rides. As soon as you join I will send the details for the ride.
        Jack

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      3. Jack, Went to Monti’s this morning and signed up. 13527 Peter

        On Thu, Dec 5, 2019, 8:47 PM Cowichan Valley ATV Club, wrote:

        > jlebear commented: “Peter, We would love to have you on the ride but for > liability issues everyone on the ride has to be a member of the club. The > ride is this Sunday and we’re expecting 20 to 25 rides. As soon as you join > I will send the details for the ride. Jack ” >

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      4. Well welcome to the club Peter. We have sent your name into the administrator for the CVATV Facebook page and you should get access soon.
        The president of the club and a lot of the members will be at the Superstore from 2:00 to 4:00 ringing bells for the Kettle drive if you want to drop in and visit or join us.

        Here are the details for the ride:
        Club Ride – Sunday Dec 8th.
        Location – Paldi
        Meet time – 9:00am
        Depart Time – 9:20am
        Return Time – 3:00pm approx.

        Planned route – Leaving Paldi along the Air Strip and then crossing Hwy 18. Up the East Thompson and along the upper loop rd on lower Hill 60. Heading to the Salal Pickers trail and then up the east side of Hill 60 to the Air Strip above the town of Lake Cowichan. Hot Dog roast for Lunch. Then a leisurely return to Paldi.
        Please note – This ride will be weather dependant. Heavy rain and/or snow may cancel. Will update on Friday Dec 6th if necessary. Note: weather looks good
        Staging area is:
        https://www.google.com/maps/@48.7908943,-123.8527993,19.44z

        Looking forward to meeting you
        Cheers
        Jack

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