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Important Stuff..Dufferin Forest Recreation Plan-Elaboration and Update

January 13th, 2017 by in Everything

This is a long explanation of what has been happening the past few years with regards to the Dufferin Forests. Grab a beverage and enjoy the read! Thanks for your time.


So for the past several years there has been planning in place to form a Recreation Plan for the Dufferin County Forests.  It began with a committee that had done a great deal of great work to be eventually be put on hold mid-late 2014.

A second committee was formed and has been working on the Recreation Plan for the last year and a half. A Draft Recreation Plan has now been approved by that committee and by Dufferin County Council to be put out for public comment.  The feedback from the public consultation will then be considered by the Committee and then after any adjustments to the Draft Plan,  it will be sent back to Council for final approval.

I’m encouraging everyone to please review the Draft Plan and send in your feedback. The more positive feedback the Committee receives for the Draft Plan, the more likely it will remain unchanged.  If there are specific items that you would like to see approved (for example, separate trail networks), please feel free to be specific in your comments as well.

Please keep in mind that anyone not agreeing with items in the Draft Plan will very likely be sending in their comments and attending the Open Houses to express their opinions.  The issue that may arise is that it is not as common to provide feedback if one agrees with an issue. It is therefore equally important for the supporters to also demonstrate their positive support though e-mails and Open House participation as this feedback will be guiding the next steps. Attending one (or both) of the Open Houses would be a very positive action.

The dates and locations for the Open House meetings are:

Weds Feb 8th, 55 Zina Street, The Sutton Room, Orangeville from 3pm-8pm.

Sat. Feb 11th Dufferin Museum, 936029 Airport Rd, Mulmur (Hwy 89 & Airport Rd.) from 10am-4pm.

To provide feedback by e-mail as well, go to: CONTACTS

and click on the blue FEEDBACK tab at the left side of the screen.

You can also e-mail as well (why not do both?) the Forest Manager at  (just cut and paste e-mail address)

The closing date for comments is March 31st.

This Recreation Plan is intended to be in place for a twenty year period from its date of implimation. The importance of public input cannot be understated.  Please send this information to anyone or any groups you may know that would have an interest in or who rides, or would like to ride Dufferin Forest now or in the next 20 years. Any questions, please contact me through the “CONTACT” tab. Thank you for your time and in advance for your input and support for the trails.

Here’s the Draft Recreation Plan:

and the off road vehicle proposal:

Done your beverage yet? I have….time for another!

Weds Morning Trail report

January 18th, 2017 by in Everything

Got out for a run last night and checked out the single track, TVGFBL and snowmobile trails.  The single track is holding up very well…still hard packed snow with a thin layer of ice on top. If you have studded tires it will be amazing.  No studs, it will depend on todays temperature.  If it does stay above zero (which it is forecasted to be) the hard layer may be soft enough. There are a couple spots of pure ice so do be careful. The TVGFBL will need a re-grooming, still a little soft, but not frozen which is the good news. Likely wait until the change in temps before grooming.  The snowmobile trail is completely rideable by all, no problem.  Hard packed but no too icy.  So you will be guaranteed a good ride tonight! See you tonight.

Trail Report

January 16th, 2017 by in Everything

A small group got out yesterday to ride, hike, run and ski.  The single track is in great shape with the whole “lolly pop” (12km ride) open and rideable. Snowmobile trail in excellent shape as well.  With the warmer days coming up please use your discretion as it would be nice to prevent the trail and the fat bike loop from getting rutted out too much. Have a great day!

Upcoming Ride Guide

January 16th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


The rides / spins for the week have been posted to the calendar.

Check them out and come out to ride or spin!






Sunday in the woods!

January 14th, 2017 by in Everything

There will be a ride/run/hike/snowshoe, whichever you like, at 2pm. Length will depend on the day, we’ll just head out, have fun and see. So come out and enjoy the woods! See you.

Dufferin Forest Recreation Policy – Open Houses

January 13th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,

There are 2 open houses coming up with regards to the Dufferin Forest Recreation Policy.

Please attend one of the 2 sessions, as well, spread the word.  The more people out to these meetings the better.

All the details are in the below.

Below is a snapshot from the email received:






Joyride – Thursday Night

January 9th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


For anyone interested, Paul is heading to Joyride this coming Thursday at 7pm.

If you want to join him, you can send him an email.  His email is listed in the calendar.


Pricing is 18$ after 6pm if you are 30+ yrs old.

Bike rentals are Half price on Thursdays as well.




Upcoming Ride Guide

January 9th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


Rides for the week have been added to the calendar.





Fat Bike available for test ride today

January 8th, 2017 by in Everything

If you want to come out and test ride a Fat Bike, I’ll be running so my bike is available.  Med frame so anyone under 5’9″ should be fine. It has SPD pedals but I can put flats on no problem.  Let me know and I can bring it along! Johnny

24 hours of light-TVG Yukon Trip

January 7th, 2017 by in Everything

Registration is now open for the 24 hours of light in the Yukon.  A bunch (a big bunch!) of TVGers are heading up for the 24 hour race and some R&R before and after. Anyone who wants to go is welcome to hop on a plane (or drive) and come for the event.  We have already started to register and registration is capped at 250 (we think). When you register, go to “Join a team”.  Search for team van go.  Two teams will come up, pick either one and sign up!  When those two teams are full you will need to create another team. Just make it team van go 2 and then we’ll fill those spots and so on.  Don’t worry about who is on who’s team as we have been in contact with the race director and they are allowing us to form our teams later, we just want to get everyone signed up then we can figure out teams later…no problem!

For info on the event go to

Ignore the 2016 stuff as they are still updating their site.

For Registration go to!/events/24-hours-of-light-2017 and get ‘er done!

How can this not be fun!

Trail Report/Ride Update

January 7th, 2017 by in Everything

Got out in the forest today to check things out.  The stick single track is excellent…rock solid with very few icy spots.  The snowmobile trail continues to be excellent as well.  Taylor got out this morning for a grooming of the TVG FBL and some if is great for riding now and some sections will still need to firm up a bit.  We’ll see tomorrow.  Speaking of tomorrow, there will be a ride/run/hike/snowshoe/ski, whichever you like, at 3pm. Length will depend on the day, we’ll just head out, have fun and see.  So bundle up and come out and enjoy the woods! See you.

Weds Night Trail Report

January 4th, 2017 by in Everything

Understandably a small turnout tonight but the Weds ride night tradition is still alive! Shawna rode and Max and I ran (taking a couple rides off).  We were going to head out on the snowmobile trail but ended up riding/running out and back on the stick.  Not a killer long ride, but enough to count.  The snowmobile trail is in excellent condition as is the 3-4 km of single track. The loggers have also just cleared a few sections of double track which is also in great shape.  Where the TVG FBL has been walked or snowshoed on is also good.  A few snowmobilers have gone off trail on those tracks are not bad as well.  Definitely lots of options! We decided to cheers remotely from in front of our respective fireplaces…Cheers!

Rider: Shawna

Runner: Johnny

Dog: Max


Airport Road

January 4th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All


For anyone heading to the ride, airport rd apparently is ice.


Accident infront of Chris and Illonas place.


Be safe driving



Albion Fat Bike Festival

January 4th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


Back by popular demand is the Albion Fat Bike Festival!!!

Same as last year there is a Poker Run as well as a race.

If you don’t remember, check out the below link for the review we did.

Review – Albion Fat Bike Festival – Team Van Go Podiums


Date:  January 14th, 2017

For the Poker Run there is a Costume Contest again this year, so be prepared for that!

Time:  9am park opens

Time: 10am 20km Race Starts

Time:  11am Poker Run Starts


Albion Fat Bike Festival




Trail Report

January 3rd, 2017 by in Everything

Just an update as of Monday, mind you things may have changed today.  The 3km of single track was in great shape as was the snowmobile trail. The TVG Fat Bike Loop was a bit soft to head out on so we avoided that.  Karen ran the single track today and said it wasn’t bad and the loggers have cleared the fire road from the upper parking lot to the snowmobile trail.  I imagine after the rain, until it gets cold again the snowmobile trail may be the best choice.  Bernie had reported that as of Sat afternoon Palgrave single track was in good shape as well. Again, conditions will keep changing over the next few days.