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December 11, 2023

Message from the President

It seems as though it was just a short time ago we were bringing in 2023 and yet we find ourselves on the cusp of 2024. As we enter the holiday season I want to wish our members and their families a joyous, prosperous and fun filled holiday season.

I want to give a heartfelt thanks to the members, our staff, and my fellow board members for the roles they played in making 2023 our best year ever with respect to member benefits, membership, and increased riding opportunities throughout our province.

My hope is that, despite the busy season, you find time to go for a ride, cook some hot dogs for lunch on the trail, and explore that place you always wanted to see with family and friends.

On behalf of the ATVANS board and staff, I wish the membership a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Kevin Lombard
President, ATVANS

Executive Director Report

November remained a busy month for our office. We continued to equip the office and held our grand opening with nearly 40- members in attendance. 

I attended the Zone 2 meeting in Liverpool with all but one club represented. For a windy rainy night there was good attendance and lots of productive discussion. Dave White did a great job organizing and hosting the event. 

In addition, I attended the opening of the Osprey Collector Trail in Lunenburg County. The opening was well attended by all user groups and trail partners. This very important trail creates great connections and access to many services, including food, fuel, and accommodations. 

Membership continues to flow in, both from club slips and online. The month of November saw 472-members renew online and 102-new members join. These figures do not include members who joined at clubs. These are very encouraging numbers; however, they do create a challenge with processing members in a timely fashion. 

November was also busy with a variety of meetings, including committees, meetings with government officials, and other trail partners. I was pleased to attend the Central Nova AGM in Northfield. 

I would like to recognise two clubs for their hard work and dedication to securing vital land-use agreements. The Sheet Harbour ATV club was able to obtain an agreement for land access west of Sheet Harbour. Meantime, North Shore secured an important land-use agreement in the Nutby Mountain area. These agreements enable trail connectivity and demonstrate landowners’ willingness to support organized ATVing. It is critical that we live up to our pledge and commitment to safe responsible riding. 

On a final point, I want to wish everyone a very merry and safe Christmas season.

Barry Barnet

Executive Director, ATVANS

Lottery Lowdown

The 2023 ATVANS bike lottery continues to progress well in advance of the March draw, with the support of Adventure Motors Marine & RV in New Glasgow.

Most clubs are selling tickets with almost 60,000 distributed to clubs already.

Just another reminder that clubs can book the fully outfitted lottery trailer for events. The trailer includes the grand prize Kawasaki 750 Brute Force, tables, chairs, signs, and a pop-up shelter. 

Clubs must contact Tom Arnold at  vp2@atvans.org to book the trailer.

The draw will once again be happening on the final day of the Atlantic Outdoor Sports and RV show at the Halifax Exhibition Centre March 8-10.

2023 Small Grant Fund Update

The ATVANS Small Grant Program continues to allocate money to small projects, however some funding still remains available.

As previously communicated, the total small grant fund was increased this year from $100,000 to $150,000 and the amount available per project increased from $5,000 to $7,500. Please note, our total funds available for this year show more than $150,000 due to a club returning a portion of their approved funds for a 2022 small grant.

If clubs would like to submit a small grant application or have any questions about the Small Grant Fund, please contact Eric Rideout by phone at 902-225-5217 or by email at atvans-trails@atvans.org.

Small grant forms can be found on our website. Please note that you must be logged into the website to view this section.


Road Trail Review

Since the official proclamation of the Road Trails Act on Sept. 29/2023 twenty  road trail applications have been submitted to the Dept of Public Works for consideration. We had hoped to have a decision on some of these sites before the end of the year but, as with many new processes, some minor obstacles have been encountered which have slowed the process.

The road trail application has been sent to club executives but the Trails Coordinator has only received one new application to date. A number of clubs have indicated they would be applying for road trails and are encouraged to do so ASAP as the applications may take several months to process.

We will be releasing information on approved road trails as they are announced by DPW and the list of approved road trails can be found under the Road Trails tab at ATVANS.org.

Board Member Profile

Heeeeeeerrrrre's Amy Major!

Living in Elmsdale NS, Amy Major has been involved with the Fundy ATV Club for two years, volunteering as the Secretary for one year.

Amy also volunteered for the ATVANS board just over a year ago.

She says her son was approaching the age that he could soon travel on provincial trails and she wanted to become more involved to educate herself, as well as the younger generation of riders.

When Amy is not volunteering, she is a mom, Education Assistant for CCRCE, and a Safety Riding Instructor for the Canada Safety Council. You'll also find her enjoying different seasonal adventures with family and relaxing with her dogs.

“My family looked into ATV/UTV when my son was born and we realized we couldn't take him on our motorcycle adventures so we picked UTV instead”, says Amy.

She adds that her favorite thing about the sport is that it's for all ages and family friendly. 

“I love to take scenic pictures, so my favorite place to go is anywhere scenic and tranquil”.

Recognition of Contributions

Ken MacDonald

Working hard for something we love is called “passion”.

And if you ask anyone who has worked with Ken MacDonald in the Pictou County ATV Club, they would say he is definitely passionate about the sport.

Ken has played an active role in the club, even serving as president from 2007-2018. 

Photo courtesy of Monica King

Current Pictou Club president, Vern Pittman, has known Ken since 2016 and says “ATV’ing and Skidoo’ing were (MacDonald’s) life”.

“Ken brought his passion and work ethic to the club and was a leading voice as president.”, Vern added.

Despite stepping down as president due to his failing eye-sight, Ken continued to dedicate countless hours to the club. Arranging and volunteering at rallies, assisting with trail work, and speaking with landowners are just a few of the important jobs he continues to donate his time to.

Vern says MacDonald is a “walking encyclopedia”, is familiar with everything going on with the club and community, and “knows their area like the back of his hand”.

“Ken is also very active in leading the small grants process; assisting me and training others how to do it”, he adds.

“I don’t know how he does it all!”, jokes Pittman.

Osprey Connection Trail

Tuesday, Nov 21

The Osprey Connector Trail is a vital link that now connects the South Shore Annapolis Valley Trail, Arthur Young Trail, and the LaHave River Trail to the trail network that encompasses Central Nova Trail, Adventure Trail, Dynamite Trail and the Bay to Bay trail.

The new trail, in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, has a wide, compacted gravel surface and is 1 km in length. It connects to the Arthur Young Trail, behind the Best Western.

"Of course, the Osprey trail connects more than trail heads; it connects people — to nature and to each other. And it contributes to a growing network that allows hikers, cyclists and ATV riders to explore this province, providing enjoyment, better health and economic activity". MLA Susan Corkum-Greek (Lunenburg)

"Great turnout for this very important trail connection. Trail groups working together the municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Province of Nova Scotia Communities Culture Tourism and Heritage. Congratulations to Central Nova ATV club and Shore Riders ATV club". Barry Barnet, ATVANS Executive Director

"This connectivity project has been on Central Nova ATV books since Nov. 2016  when we first submitted a permit request with Public Works to start. There were many supporters to help make the Central Nova part happen, several private land owners, Public Works, ATVANS, Town of Bridgewater, all levels of government, along with many other trail associations. A huge congratulations to the Osprey Trail Group, and thank you for the final connection. It's smooth & wide to keep all trail users safe and happy. David Whynott, Central Nova ATV Club President

Shore Cycle & Marine: Grand Opening at new location - 7940 Trunk 3, Exit 10, Mahone Bay

Saturday, Nov 18

Shore Cycle & Marine Facebook Page

Shore Cycle & Marine Facebook Page

ATVANS New Office at 298 Cobequid Rd., Lower Sackville - Open House Event

Sunday, Nov 19

In Memoriam

Photo: Evangeline Funeral Coop

May 1, 1958 ~ November 20, 2023

With profound sadness we announce the passing of our husband, son, brother, and brother-in-law John Fraser White, 65 of Summerside on November 20 at the Prince County Hospital with his loving wife Jeanne at his side.

Fraser, born in Low Point (Victoria Mines), Cape Breton Regional Municipality on May 1, 1958, was the third son, and fifth child, of Robert White and Theresa (Campbell), both life-long residents of Low Point. Fraser was born and raised on Cape Breton Island and was always a proud and loyal “Caper”.

He attended high school in New Waterford and was a member of the school band (trumpet) and hockey team. He could be “the life of the party” with a keen sense of humour. His company was enjoyed by all who shared time with him. After school, Fraser joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served for 20 years including overseas deployment in the Persian Gulf War (Operation Friction) onboard the HMCS Protecteur stationed in the Persian Gulf and in Italy providing supporting for the United Nations Protection Force in the Balkans. Fraser played a key role ensuring our aircraft were operationally capable and safe for the flight crews. In Canada, he served in Chatham, NB, Greenwood, NS, Shearwater, NS and Cold Lake, AB. While stationed at Cold Lake he relived the wilderness life of a fur trade voyageur in a 15-day, 600-kilometre paddling adventure on the remote Churchill River in Saskatchewan. In 1999 he retired with distinction having obtained the rank of Warrant Officer.

Fraser and Jeanne then built a new home and settled in Low Point where they remained for 22 years. He became a key member of the leadership team with the Isle Royale ATV Club. Fraser also worked for periods of time in Fort McMurray and around Atlantic Canada conducting asphalt quality tests for a consulting engineering firm. And when it snowed Fraser was always the popular neighbour who plowed out your driveway. He also enjoyed his Harley. In 2017 Fraser and Jeanne bought a cottage on PEI near Jeanne’s family home in Abram’s Village. Four years later they decided to move permanently from Fraser’s island home to Jeanne’s island home. It was a great decision for all concerned and Fraser was able to pursue an interest in boating while enjoying many good times around the fire pit with the Gallant family.

Fraser is survived by his wife, Jeanne; mother, Theresa, Dartmouth; sisters, Susan Vance (Jim), East Loon Lake Village (NS), Anita White (Ivan), Toronto, and Doreen Friis (Erik), Lawrencetown (HRM); brothers, Morley (Dartmouth), Colin (Low Point), and Robert (Carolyn), Gagetown, NB. He is also survived by Jeanne’s family (Gallant): David (Donna), Claude (Gloria), LĂ©once, Gloria, Yvon, Linda Pasternak (Mike), Claire, Norma Roddick (Kevin), Anne, Paul, Raymond, Yvette Winchester (Gary) and #14 Louise (“Loulou”), Charlesbourg, Quebec. In addition, Fraser is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Fraser was predeceased by his father, Robert White; sister-in-law, Debbie White; father-in-law, Edgar Gallant; and mother-in-law, Cecile (Gallant).

Because Fraser’s life was split between PEI and Cape Breton, there will be two separate services. On Friday, November 24 there will be a public viewing from 6-8 p.m. at the Evangeline Funeral Home, Wellington, PEI. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint-Philippe-et-Saint-Jacques Parish Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 25. On Friday, December 8 there will be a visitation from 6-8 p.m. at the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, New Waterford, Cape Breton. Funeral Mass will be held at V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 9.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or PEI Home Care. To send a message of condolence to the family, send an email to: evangelinefuneralcoop@pei.aibn.com Jeanne and all family members wish to express their sincere gratitude to PEI Home Care and Prince County Hospital for the compassionate and professional support provided to Fraser in recent months.

Obituary: evangelineen.funeraltechweb.com

Photo: Arimathea Funeral Cooperative

It is with incredible sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father, Kenneth Wayne Deal.

Kenneth, 69-years old of Newton Mills, was born to Douglas Deal and Irma Deal (Fraser) of Upper Musquodoboit. He was predeceased by both his parents and his oldest brother, Frank. 

Ken is remembered by the community as being kind, thoughtful, generous and helpful to all, and for his incredible talents in woodworking, drafting, construction, drawing and design.

He loved to read and had a passion for fixing and building; he loved classic cars, waterfalling, taking nature photos, being outdoors and connecting with others.

Ken adored his wife of 47 years, Eva (Dickey), and was extremely proud of his two daughters, Kelly (Nathan MacLeod) and Laura, and all of his beautiful grandchildren - Ollie, Sarah, Ana and Niviaq. His wife will forever be the greatest love of his life, and he hers.

The layers of love Ken had for his family and friends visibly shined in his eyes and in his smile. He was a strong and steady man who practiced patience and understanding that came from his very core. He made us all feel welcomed, at ease, safe, valued, supported and cared for.

On this day, if we (his family) could try to measure the impact his life has had on the people around us, we can see it in the continual words of care, gifts of small comforts, and actions of love that have come to us as we have only begun to grieve this profound loss. For these things you’ve shown us, we are incredibly grateful and we are all the more sure of how special a man Ken was.

In recent retirement, Kenneth had taken a newfound interest in ATV trail riding and had enjoyed recreational camping and nature for years. The family asks that any donation you may wish to offer be made to the Lemon Hill Sports Association in Dean - a group involved in enhancing the local community through sport, trail preservation, music and song.

As his family, we cannot begin to describe the immensity of what Ken meant to us. We can only feel eternally thankful for the years he worked so hard to give us loving memories doing family things like cross country skiing, ice skating, travel and camping, holiday traditions and so many other days we now cherish.

Please join us in celebrating Kenneth’s beautiful life at his and Eva’s home at 415 Highway 336, Newton Mills on Thursday, December 7th, from 1-4pm, and feel welcomed to share your own stories of Ken. His eventual wish is to be buried at Higginsville Cemetery where he will rest, there, with his mother and father, his late and dear nephew Andrew and other members of the Deal and Fraser families.

A message of condolence for the family may be left by posting your comment as a guest in the area below.

To donate to Lemmon Hill Sports Association please etransfer to Lemmonhill3@gmail.com.

Obituary: arimatheafuneral.ca

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