Ontario’s diverse terrain offers many trail options for off-road vehicle driving. Adventure enthusiasts will love the mud, rocky hills, wetlands and forests, not to mention the wildlife and beautiful lakes, particularly in the more remote areas of the province. Whether you want to go on a family ATV ride or a four-wheel drive (4WD) expedition, Ontario’s trails have a lot to offer.
Take a look at a few of the top places to go off-road driving in Ontario, information courtesy of the Ontario Trails Council (OTC). Whatever trail you choose, be sure to keep ATV safety in mind as you ride.
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Few of the top places to go off-road driving in Ontario
California Road Trail
This 10-kilometre trail in Lanark is suitable for walking, hiking, and off-road driving with an ATV or 4WD and is open year-round. You’ll find several offshoots from the trail, which are old logging roads to hunting camps. For trail info, call the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists at 613-256-7211.
Concession Lake Trail
Concession Lake Trail is a 20.47-kilometre trail located in Peterborough and is one of the few places where off-road 4DW enthusiasts can cut loose. It’s a great spot, but there are some tight areas and obstacles to watch for. For more, check out the Ontario Federation of 4WD Recreationists website.
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Ahmic Lake Trail
The Ahmic Lake Trail in Magnetawan offers 42 kilometres of trails perfect for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, 4WDing and ATVing. There are historical sites, swimming areas and scenery to enjoy along the way, including Knoepfli Falls. For more info, call Discovery Routes at 705-472-8480.
The 77-kilometre CP Trail in Grey is graded each year in June to keep it in good repair. There is a fee to enter, but it’s a good place for lots of activities in addition to off-road ATV driving, such as cycling, horseback riding and snowmobiling. For info, you can call Grey County Tourism at 877-733-4739.
Haliburton County Rail Trail
The Haliburton County Rail Trail in Haliburton is 35 kilometres long, with a 55-kilometre extension in Kinmount called the Victoria Rail Trail that is suitable for ATVing. The OTC website explains: “The scenery along the way is exceptional, with lazy winding rivers, waterfalls, bogs, heritage bridges and even the ruins of a chemical plant.” For more info, you can call Haliburton Trails & Tours at 705-489-4049.
The Park-to-Park Trail is an extensive 230-kilometre trail system in Carling comprising “community trails, snowmobile routes, historic colonization and logging roads, former rail beds, new links, and some secondary roads,” the OTC explains. It’s a great area for off-roading with an ATV and numerous other types of fun activities. For more info, you can call Park to Park Administration at 705-746-4455.
Hastings Heritage Trail
The Hastings Heritage Trail in Quinte West is an all-season, multi-use recreational trail that extends for 156 kilometres. ATVers, off-road cyclists and backcountry enthusiasts will appreciate the waterfalls, wetlands and nearby ghost towns. For more information, call EOTA at 613-474-1444.
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