August 18, 2019 - Responsibility For Roads in Alnwick/Haldimand

During the review of where ATVs were allowed, it was discovered that the roles and responsibilities for maintenance of roads in hamlet and village areas was unclear.  Detailed information was obtained from the Northumberland County roads manager and the roads manager in Alnwick/Haldimand.  The information for the A/H area is summarized below.

  • County Road # 2 is managed by Northumberland County all the way through the Hamlet of Grafton.
  • County Road # 23 / Lyle Street is the responsibility of Northumberland County all the way down to County Road # 2
  • Google maps currently labels Station Road, Wicklow Beach Road, Orchard Grove Road, and Lakeshore Road as Regional Road 30. This is incorrect in that these roads are the responsibility of Alnwick/Haldimand.  A request was made to Google to correct this labelling.

June 4, 2019 – Summary Of Current ATV Requirements In Alnwick/Haldimand

1. ATV's are permitted on most NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY FOREST TRAILS (See brochure for map Northumberland Off-Road Vehicle Trails Brochure)

2. ATV's are permitted on A/H township roads and may cross a county road to connect. Roads in Hamlets and subdivision areas are EXCLUDED.

3. ATV's are NOT permitted in the Hamlets of Lakeport, Wicklow, Grafton, Vernonville, Eddystone, Centreton, Fenella, Burnley and Roseneath.

4. ATV's are restricted to parking areas only of township parks.

5. ATV riders must:

- wear an approved helmet

- possess a valid drivers licence

- carry NO passengers

- ride only between 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

- adhere to maximum speed of 20 km/hr in 50 km/hr zone

- adhere to maximum speed of 35 km/hr in greater than 50 km/hr zone

  1. ATV's must:

- be fully licenced & insured

- have headlights & taillights on at all times

- have a working brake light

- have a minimum of one mirror mounted on left side of ATV

The OPP will respond to citizen's calls regarding ATV's in prohibited areas, or ATV's not meeting the operating requirements.

June 3, 2019 - ATV Information from OPP (Ontario Provincial Police)

The OPP have two cards on hand for citizen's information. Pictures of the cards are attached here OPP Information Regarding ATVs.

The first card outlines where ATVs are permitted, as well as the requirements riders must follow. The second card shows a map and further defines the boundaries.

The card with the map showing where ATVs are permitted, is in the process of being updated. This is due to a TRIAL by-law that has been passed by the Municipality of Brighton for this ATV season. 

A spokesperson for the OPP offered the following comments:

  1. The OPP will NOT engage in a chase with ATVs or with any vehicle. This has become standard for law enforcement everywhere. The risk to innocent people is too great.
  2. The OPP WILL respond to a complaint from any civilian if ATV laws are being breached. All it takes is a phone call.  The phone number is 1-888-310-1122.  Only use 911 for emergencies.
  3. The OPP is concerned, just as NC County is concerned, with the safety aspects of ATVs being permitted on municipal roads that do not have adequate infrastructure to accommodate ATVs.

June 2, 2019 - ATV Use In Alnwick/Haldimand (Background)

The Alnwick/Haldimand ATV By-law was written by a committee.  Members were Raymond Benns, Cathie Ritchie, Brenda Free, David McCourt, and Brook Jibb with Mike Ainsworth as president of the ATV club.  According to Ray Benns, the intent of the bylaw was to limit ATV's to Municipal roads.  ATV's were not to be allowed on County Roads (e.g. Hwy #2 or County Road 23) or in Hamlet areas or subdivision areas.  On Municipal roads the highway traffic act was to be applied and hence you have the restrictions as they appear in the ATV by-law.

The Municipal Official Plan Hamlet designations are Lakeport; Wicklow; Grafton; Vernonville; Eddystone; Centreton; Fenella; Burnley and Roseneath. The boundaries have been defined “on the ground” through the installation of Hamlet signage.

The Alnwick/Haldimand ATV bylaw can be read here ATV Bylaw 50-2009

The Northumberland County By-law which limits ATV travel on County roads is Northumberland County ATV By-law 2019-21

The exceptions for ATV travel on County roads are available here County Road Exceptions to Allow ATVs