COVID-19 and physical activity considerations:
Moving forward, TVG will not be posting any group rides on our site. We will be posting up trail conditions as they change. If out on the trails please exercise good judgement and follow proper Public Health guidelines.
It has been difficult to find exact guidelines on outdoor exercise. Here is some info from some reliable sources for your own reading. It covers topics such as:
- Information pertaining to the current COVID-19 situation
- Things you can do to promote physical and mental health
- The importance of physical activity including the health benefits and current guidelines
- The importance of nature during stressful times including information on health benefits
- The importance of keeping the community safe and yourself safe (i.e. being active while following public health recommendations such social distancing recommendations 2 metres apart.)
Have fun, enjoy nature, be safe, respect others and stay in shape!
The following information is for a reference. Please read through the information and formulate your judgement on how to conduct yourselves according to the guidelines and information and your own personal feelings. Please also seek additional Information on your own accord.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health website for general info on Covid-19 and how to stay safe:
What is social distancing?
From a recent Waterloo Article: “Can I go outside?
“If you are healthy and do not need to self-isolate, then yes, you can leave your house…..going for walks, a hike or to the park is fine as well, as long as you observe the two-metre rule.”
Guidelines and benefits of physical activity for individuals aged 18-64:
Public Health Ontario’s information relating to physical activity:
Parks Canada:”Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Why Outdoor Exercise Really is Better For You”
Natural Resources Canada outlines how forest can benefit our mental health and well-being:
From National Public Radio (in the US) Refer to question and answer, “People who go outside to exercise are sometimes shamed on TV and social media for risky behaviour. Is it okay to go outside for a walk, run or bike ride?”
Johnny in Everything
We are going to hit the trails at 2pm on Sunday. Cold evening before and a high of plus 3 later in the day and Sun! Trails should be great (if you have studs!). Still lots of snow and ice out there. Anytime this weekend will be a great ride.
Johnny in Everything
Yup. The meeting has been cancelled for now. C-19 (thanks BFB!). No new date proposed yet.
So Wednesday night ride is back on. We had and awesome ride today & the trails are awesome if you have studs. We will find something to ride as the snowmobile trails and old groomed skis trails where also awesome. Lots of damage free riding still ahead…if you have a Fat Bike….just saying….
So see you Wednesday night!
Johnny in Everything
Hi gang, I’m really sorry to do this with short notice. Something has come up and K&I will not be able to make the 2pm time on Sunday. We will be moving our time to 10:30am. Hopefully some folks can make the change and if not we understand. Feel free to check in with others and if 2pm works better then TVG will have 2 rides!Johnny in Everything
Looks like sun, sun and more sun on Sunday with a high of minus 1. Should be a beautiful day in the Woods. 2pm start.
I would say based on the Weds ride that at this point on it’s going to a really tough go if you do not have studded tires. We rode on hard snow, soft snow, dirt and ice (quite a bit of ice). You are free to give it a go but I’d be very careful as the ice sneaks up on you.
The base is still quite hard packed and there still is a fair bit of snow left out there so it will still be awhile for skinny tires.
Just a reminder that there will not be a Weds ride this week as we are going to attend the Friends of Dufferin County Forest meeting. Sometimes you ride the trails, sometimes you support the trails. The support is very important if you wish to ride.
We may plan a ride Tues or Thursday based on the weather and trail conditions. Enjoy the weekend!Johnny in Everything
Hi everyone, the weather is actually lining up quite well for our Weds night ride. Rain tomorrow, then below zero Tues night, not too warm Weds then cooling off in the evening. Sill lots of snow out there and studs may come in handy on the ridge!
Should be a fun night with now only needing lights at the very end.
See you there.Johnny in Everything
Logging will likely begin on Ken’s/Steve’s Trail next week. It is a further along (west) of where the last logging happened in the fall. At least it is not as long of a section of trail affected. I will be marking the section for the loggers tomorrow and our County Forest Manager is attempting to arrange a walk through with the harvesters. Fingers crossed!
The Friends of Dufferin County Forest (FDCF) is having a meeting Weds March 18th, 7pm at the Dufferin Museum. Please plan on attending as everyone being there is important. If you can make it please RSVP as the County Forest Manager has requested. These meetings are very important as they help demonstrate our dedication to the trails, the Forest and the hard work we are willing to do. As well it shows our commitment to each other and other user groups, demonstrating the level of co-operation that we strive for between all user groups. Our normal Wednesday ride will be held on Tuesday or Thursday depending on trail conditions.
That’s it for now…see everyone out there and on the 18th!
If you wish to join the FDCF here you go…the more the merrier! Join up and show your support for the trails and the Forest!Johnny in Everything
Hi all, we will be heading out at 12 noon tomorrow for a ride. This should get us off the trails before it starts to warm up too much. As always, please be very aware of trail conditions moving forward. Lots of plus temp days ahead.Johnny in Everything
Our groomer crew got out yesterday and regroomed all 18km of the single track. As I’m away I can’t speak as to if they are set up yet or their conditions. I just heard it snowed again so I’m not sure what that will bring but I guess it was another big snow dump. It’s great the grooming got done to pack this fresh snow in but it may require another round. I’ll update as I hear things…
Johnny in Everything
Chris and I got out for a ride tonight and actually got in a solid ride. It was basically a 17km hammer fest on double track and snowmobile trails. That doesn’t seen very far but there were no free km’s tonight, even downhill you had to pedal. The snowmobile trail was actually in awesome shape for riding, just a bit soft on top which was to be expected. We got to reminisce about Fat Biking “back in the day” (like only a few years ago!) when this was our Fat loop and all we had to ride. We agreed that the single track is awesome!!
We passed by the single track a few times and it looked really tempting and in quite good shape, but we didn’t give in to it and passed it by. It was clear someone had ridden when it was soft but for the most part the majority of riders showed great respect. Thank you for that. One more day of plus temps Tuesday then cold and snow so please hold off for one more day. It will be worth it. We’ll have to see how the snow comes and what happens with the grooming based on that and take it from there. Wednesday ride should be a go unless we get a heap of snow.
Have fun out there and I’m away for a week but will try and keep in the loop and update when I can. If anyone wishes to e-mail me a report I can post that up no problem.Johnny in Everything
TVG will head out at 11:00 am Saturday morning for a ride. It will be just above zero when we finish so we should be good.
Let’s all keep a close eye on the warm temps and trail conditions over the next few days. The trails are in great shape at the moment. Once it starts getting above 2 degrees or so the snow will start to soften up and any rutting up will become frozen in overnight. So for the next few days plan your ride around the hourly forecast. Saturday won’t be too hard to manage, Sunday with a high of 8 is definitely trail trashing temperatures. If you are finishing up and you think things are getting too soft feel free to put the cone up to discourage others. Thanks from the groomer crew!Johnny in Everything
Wednesday ride is a go from DCF parking lot at 6pm.
One of the groomer crew got out today and got his “marathon badge” (it’s when you groom the entire 18km network (22.2km by the time you get there and back) in one go. Around 3 hours of work). Word is the trails are completely freshened up and will the temps dropping they should be slot track of Fat Bike trail goodness tomorrow. Yee-Haw… lets ride!Johnny in Everything
Trails were the best they have ever been today. I know I’ve said that I’ve had my best ride ever before (twice actually) but today took the cake. I met a lot of great folks out today as well. The trails where the fastest I’ve ever been on for a winter ride. An awesome day!!!
We have some overnight snow (3-5cms?) followed by rain and a plus temp day Tuesday. Please avoid the trails tomorrow and one of our groomer crew is going to try and regroom everything after the rain stops to pack it all in. Then back to sub zero temps Tuesday night. If everyone refrains from riding tomorrow and lets it set up overnight the trails will be awesome again on Weds.
Yeh Fat Biking!!Johnny in Everything
Fresh snow on Thursday and the groomer crew got right on it and double teamed to get everything groomed for the weekend. The 18 km’s of trails should be amazing!
Mansfield Outdoor Centre has groomed today adding in another 34km’s of Fat Bike goodness.
TVG will be riding from MOC this weekend, Sunday 2pm from the Main Lodge. Reminder $15 incl. tax for a whole day pass if you want to come earlier. We will celebrate the ride afterwards. Anyone can feel free to come out and help support MOC’s Fat Biking.
See you out there!
Johnny in Everything
Hi Wednesday gang. As the trail network is not yet fully groomed we are going to start the Weds ride from the Mansfield Outdoor Centre at 6pm. Park by the Main Lodge (where the Epic 8 starts from). From there we will be able to get a decent ride in. And we get to start by climbing that super fun hill!!!
Also our weekend ride will be from the MOC on Sunday. Time TBA. They will have all their trails groomed for Fat Biking by then and hopefully DCF trails are all up to speed. I have groomed the MOC single track as well but it will still need another pass to be good to go. Hopefully by the weekend.
The whole groomer crew was hard at work today!
You can now check the status of the MOC trails on their website as they are now open for FBing most weekends.