During the cold winter of 2014/2015 Go Riding was invited to join the Central Ontario ATV Club for a trip to the Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve for some winter ATV riding. Although the reserve is located quite a distance from the GTA it is well worth the trip, and the onsite accommodations allow families and groups to make a multi-day adventure out of the journey.
The private trails groomed by the reserve and shared by both snowmobiles and ATVs (no tracks required) were in excellent condition and hard packed. The ride, however cold, was similar to riding on gravel, and the ample width did not have us worrying about slipping off the trail in to the deep powder.
The landscape varied from double 8 foot wide main trails to single width sections that wound through the trees and up and down the rolling hills. Many look outs and wide open frozen lakes are scattered along the trail system making for a diversely scenic experience.
The club volunteers who organized the event welcomed us in to their spacious cabin the "Boiler Room" for some home made hot lunch and members shared stories of the fantastic riding and all around good times they were enjoying as they bonded as a group.
A big thank you to Haliburton RPM, the local Arctic Cat dealer who supplied us with a 2015 700 TRV XT, a two up ATV that was perfect for the snowy trails of the Haliburton Forest. Thank you as well to the Lakeview Motel for providing the accommodations and breakfast for our camera crew. We enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning.
Be sure to catch the full article in our Fall 2015 issue of Go Riding Magazine.
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