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Some known names from ATVANS, Corey Rodar (Trails Coordinator), Paul Smith (Treasurer), Marty Jefferies (Website and design guy), and Richard Ward (Past president of the Marine Riders), went up to New Brunswick for a weekend Fun Run at Marty's Cottage. It was Corey and Paul's first use of their ATVANS trail pass in the reciprocal agreement between NBATVF and ATVANS (their first time riding in NB).
The location we traveled to was the Wickham and Cambridge Narrows area, which is basically right between Sussex, Saint John and Fredericton on the Washademoak Lake which is part of the St. John River system.
On day 1 we traveled to the Evandale Resort for lunch, which overlooks the St. John River. It was a drizzly/rainy day, which was great because there was no dust at all. The trip covered approx 105 kms and included traveling across one of New Brunswick 5 cable ferries.
Day 2 we traveled to Norton where we had a BBQ lunch at Marty's Uncle's place. Along the way we met up with a group of locals and traveled with them. The trip covered approx 140 kms, and unfortunately the dust made an appearance towards the end of the day as things dried out from the day before.
The local club in the area is the Slo-Poke ATV Club #43, who are a relatively new club and have just signed their first couple of LOAs for trails in the area. They are well known for their end of summer rally which starts in Cambridge Narrows and goes to the Evandale Resort and back. Last year they had rides even come from PEI. This year of course they had to cancel their rally due to COVID-19.
Starting on July 3rd I did a 12-day road trip around the province visiting with various clubs, looking at projects they had completed with grants from the OHVIF, ATVANS Small Grant Program and some just with money from their own bank accounts along with volunteer labour and other donated items/services.
Travelled to Baddeck and met up with Baddeck ATV Club and Victoria County Trails. We were out looking at the trail that leads from Baddeck to the new bridge over the 105 highway. This will eventually lead to the trails system in the Highlands. There is a private landowner issue to be resolved to the North of the bridge but the community trail group is working diligently to get things resolved and the Baddeck ATV Club is a member of this group.
Awoke in beautiful Margaree at Cranton Cottages which is directly on the trails system. Spent the day out with Cape Breton Highlands Club looking at a connector trail to a restaurant/campground that needs to be reconstructed and other trail work they would like to get done.
Did some mapping and verification of trails up in the highlands.
Spent the day with the Chignecto ATV Club in the Advocate area looking at work completed through our small grant program, updated some trail mapping and looking at new work they are interested in doing. Then, went to Cumberland County Riders meeting (held outdoors) and went on a run afterwards with the club gathering GPS data and looking at a project they are interested in doing.
Chignecto ATV Club Area Pictures
Cumberland County Area Pictures
Spent the day out on trails with Colchester Five Islands ATV Club looking at projects they have completed, future projects and updating the mapping data for the area. They will soon have a new trail head with plenty of parking space.