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ATVs Were Made for Ontario

ATVing in Ontario is all about adventure, exploration and excitement? because ATVs are, quite simply, made for Ontario.

ATVing in Ontario is all about adventure, exploration and excitement? because ATVs are, quite simply, made for Ontario.

ATVing in Ontario is all about leaving a world of frenzy and congestion behind and exploring a wilderness so remarkable that it attracts visitors from hundreds, often thousands of miles away? year after year.

These visitors come to Ontario in search of many things? from the thrill and rush of riding hard over challenging terrain? to the excitement of a chance encounter with wildlife they're only read about in books. Some come for the tranquility of finding wilderness lakes where man takes a back seat to nature? others, for the camaraderie that is inevitable after a day of four-wheeling fun.

Ontario's ATV travel experience is as big and diverse as the province itself, with five remarkable destinations and thousands of kilometers of trails to challenge and inspire you.

Collectively, ATV Ontario Destinations share the common thread of endless miles of wilderness, wildlife and more than anything else? proximity to water - with thousands of freshwater lakes, rivers and streams just waiting to be experienced and skirted. Separately, each of these destinations serve up an experience that is so distinct and memorable, that will find yourself planning your next trip before your first visit is even over.

Journey to the world's largest freshwater archipelago:
the Georgian Bay Experience.

If there is a destination that personifies the proximity to water, it is the Georgian Bay Experience. Parry Sound, which serves as the starting point for this experience, is situated on the shore of what is referred to as a bay, but which is, in the truest definition of the word, is an archipelago: a sea with many islands. More than 30,000 of them to be exact.

Less than two hours north of Toronto, the main trail system in the Georgian Bay area is the Park-to-Park Trail - a magnificent network that spans ten municipalities and ?seven provincial parks. Here, ATV Riders will pass by windswept pines, ancient rocky shores and recreational waterways. Among the many trails to choose from, you may decide to explore the historic Grand Trunk railway bed, which skirts the 1890's ghost towns of Swords and Sequin Falls.

The Georgian Bay Experience serves as the backdrop to Canada's largest ATV event - the Spring Jamboree, a phenomenal weekend of trail riding and exhibitions. With more ambitious jamborees being planned, the Georgian Bay Experience has fully embraced the mantra that ATVing adds up to fun and adventure for the whole family.

Ride the Rails, Trails and Rivers: the Cochrane Experience

Situated north of the 50th parallel, Cochrane is a true northern outpost, rich in native culture and heritage. Cochrane has been a long-time Mecca for snowmobilers from around the world, who arrive each winter to make the trek to the James Bay lowlands and the frontier communities of Moosonee and Moose Factory.

An integral part of the Cochrane Experience is the Little Bear train, possibly the world's first train to be modified to accommodate the transportation of snowmobiles in the winter and both ATVs and canoes in the summer and fall. After disembarking from the Little Bear, highlights of this ATV excursion include riding to an authentic Cree village, dining in a Teepee around an 'indoor campfire' and taking a canoe trip down the mighty Abitibi River to an old Hudsons Bay trading post.

Whether coming or going, an absolute 'must-stop' during your visit to Cochrane is the town's new Polar Bear Conservation and Education Habitat. The habitat serves as both a refuge for orphaned cubs from the James Bay lowlands, as a home for special needs bears from other zoos and as a nature education center.

Skirt Raging Rivers and Scale Ancient Heights: the Elliot Lake Experience

As the most westerly Ontario ATV experience, not surprisingly, Elliot Lake has long been a magnet for visitors from the Midwest. But more than its longitude, it is the sheer grandeur of the Elliot Lake locale that beckons explorers from Canada, the U.S. and overseas. Over 200 miles of well-market trails connect you with Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake to the south and over 4,000 lakes to the north, east and west.

After losing its once mighty mining heritage, Elliot Lake was in a state of economic decline until it embraced what was clearly the area's most valuable resource: its pristine wilderness. Now, as a result of completely unprecedented cooperation between silent sport enthusiasts and off-roaders in building its unique trail system, Elliot Lake is frequented each year by ATVers, snowmobilers hikers, bikers, equestrians and skiers? all with a passion for the outdoors. For those ATVers who also happen to have a passion for fishing, the Elliot Lake area continues to have a world-class reputation, offering anglers a mix of lake and brook trout as well as walleye, northern and bass. History is also in abundance here, from the old logging trails, to the Elliot Lake mining museum - a museum that celebrates the area's proud mining heritage and has won universal acclaim for the quality of its exhibits and presentations.

Search for 160 million year-old fossils at the southern tip the Canadian Shield: the Eastern Ontario Experience

When you consider that some of the rocky terrain in this area is 2.5 billion years old, the 160 million year-old fossils that can be found by those with a bit of geological bent, are almost like new. Certainly both geology and geography represent an integral part of the Eastern Ontario ATV Experience. Wandering from north to south and east to west, the land goes through an array of changes as the granite shield gives way to the limestone base of an old Ontario lakebed. If it were possible to link the area's 400 plus miles of trails end-to-end, starting out in the Eastern Ontario town of Tweed, you could ride as far as New York city. Of course far from arriving at urban landscape, these trails take you through a variety of challenging terrains that include swampy wetlands, shaded forests, shimmering lakes and verdant farmlands. The Eastern Ontario Experience is home to a number small historic towns dating back to days where the area was an integral part of Upper Canada. In towns such as Tweed, Bancroft, Centre Hastings and Limerick, which were founded as far back as the 1790s by United Empire Loyalists, you will discover historic cabins, churches and gravesites.

A True Wilderness Experience: the Mattawa Experience

Nestled between two small mountain ranges - the Algonquin Highlands and the Laurentian Mountains and bordered by the Madawaska and Ottawa rivers, the Mattawa ATV Experience is a nature-lover's paradise. The area's Voyageur Multi Use Trail System transports you along vertical climbs with breathtaking views, cool valleys with forested canopies, stream crossings and muddy areas are all here for the active ATV enthusiast. But there is also much to experience for the rider who wants nothing more than a pleasurable outing along smooth scenic trails. While here, thrill-seekers may choose to take a side trip to the rough and tumble rapids of the Ottawa River, where thrilling whitewater adventures await. In addition to the abundance of nature, the Mattawa Experience is also entrenched in history. Home to one of the earliest trading posts, with nearby rivers serving as the highways for early explorers and settlers, artifacts and old historic sites await to be discovered. Nearby lakes for swimming, fishing and canoeing also form an integral part of the trail system. All in all, the Mattawa Experience is an area that is rich with history and adventure.


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