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
- Steve Taylor
- Dave Thompson
- Mark Chester
- Steve White
- Ken Mitchell
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