Muskoka To-DAILY

ATVs legal on some Gravenhurst roads – but only during daylight hours

GRAVENHURST — ATVs can now legally share some Gravenhurst roads.

ATVs are allowed on roads outside the red areas marked. See larger, more detailed map by clicking below to town website.

ATVs are allowed on roads outside the red areas marked. See larger, more detailed map by clicking below to town website.

But not in the urban core – and only during daylight hours.

As well, they do not share the same permission on the roads as snowmobiles are now allowed on.

At its Meeting on January 21, Gravenhurst Town Council approved a bylaw that permits all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on certain municipal roads within the town.

Council reviewed this issue, including consulting the community through

an on-line survey, public meeting, and deputations and debate at council meetings, says a town news release Monday.

“What made an impression on me was the overwhelming community support for the idea of permitting ATV’s on our roads, with 81 per cent of the on-line surveys in favour,” said Councillor Jeff Watson.

“In accordance with the Highway Traffic Act, this regulation applies only to single seat All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), and does not apply to other types of off-road vehicles such as mini bikes, dirt and moto-cross bikes, three-wheelers, dune buggies, side-by-sides, or Argo brand vehicles,” said Scott Lucas, director of development services.

“While the bylaw has been approved for town roads, a similar bylaw has not yet been

considered by District of Muskoka for district road, and therefore, the prohibition contained in the Highway Traffic Act remains in place,” said Lucas.

An online survey was undertaken, in addition to a public meeting being held on August 27, 2013 and an educational working session held on August 20, 2013, both of which were attended by the OPP.

Now that the bylaw has been approved, ATV’s are permitted on town roads with some exceptions.

Firstly, ATV’s are not permitted in the urban core area, which is defined in a Schedule

(map) to the bylaw.

Secondly, ATV’s are only permitted on those roads from sunrise to sunset.

For a full version of the ATV bylaw, visit the By-law Section of the Town’s website at

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