Transportation

Recreational Vehicles

Share The Trail

Here’s a short list of top tips that will make sure that you and your fellow snowmobilers will have a fun – but safe – time:

  • Have a plan for breakdowns or bad weather
  • Dress for the cold, and always wear a helmet
  • Be alert for other riders and other trail users
  • Approach hikers, skiers, dog sleds, and wildlife with caution
  • Cross roadways with care, and only after stopping
  • Make sure you're highly visible by day and at night
  • Ride according to conditions at a safe speed
  • Reduce speed on unfamiliar trails and at night
  • Watch for thin ice and areas of moving water
  • Ride sober, and only with sober buddies

Snowmobile Training

Learning the safe operation of a snowmobile is essential, particularly for new and young drivers. The City of Yellowknife Municipal Enforcement Division offers a snowmobile safety course which is targeted at young people, but which anyone can attend. For more information visit the Municipal Enforcement Division section of the city of Yellowknife website.

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For more tips on how to keep you and your family safe while out on the trail, visit the links below:

ATV Safety

A Rider's Guide   (PDF)

The Great Outdoors is calling! Follow this list of safeguards before you go to ensure that you, your friends and family all have a fantastic, fun and safe time:

1. Papers please. Check that your registration and insurance are up to date. Properly attach your licence plate and carry proof of your insurance. Make sure you’re up to date on the latest local regulations and bylaws regarding ATVs.

2. Check it twice. Give your ATV a double-over before you take it out for the season’s first run. Ensure that all equipment, including brakes, lights, engine, and tires are in good condition and functioning properly.

3. Use your head. Always wear an appropriate helmet and encourage your friends to do the same. Invest in a new one if it’s damaged by any dents or cracks.

4. ATVs and alcohol don’t mix! ATVs are a motor vehicle that need all your skills and reflexes; don’t ride while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

5. Be prepared. Ensure that ALL your equipment is functioning properly. Pack an emergency kit (including any or all of the following: blanket, snacks/food, waterproof matches, a whistle, insect repellant and sunblock, a flashlight, spare fuel, tea or coffee, water/water purification tablets, duct tape, signal mirror, tool kit, first aid supplies, rope, flares, spare keys, a sharp knife, and/or compass) and tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return. Dress appropriately for the weather and bush conditions. Consider taking a first aid course. It doesn’t hurt to be ready if something does go wrong.

6. Size matters. Younger children are too small to control a large ATV. They can be seriously injured or even killed in ATV accidents. Adult-sized ATVs are powerful machines that should not be operated by anyone younger than sixteen. If you have a first-time rider, consider putting your child – or yourself – through an ATV safety course. And be sure not to overload your vehicle with items OR people.

7. Ride with respect! Share the outdoors with other riders, campers, and hikers. Respect the land and its animals, so future generations can enjoy it.

8. Have fun!


Did You Know?

In the NWT, the phrase “all-terrain vehicle” means a motorized vehicle that runs on wheels, tracks, skis, or air cushions, and is designed for cross-country travel on land, water, snow, ice, marsh, swamp, or on other natural terrain. That includes, but is not limited to, ATVs, snow vehicles, three-wheeled ATVs, and motorized pedal bicycles. “Special all-terrain vehicles” operate on three or four wheels.

Like any car, truck, or motorcycle, your ATV must be registered. You can register your ATV at your local Issuing Office. You don’t need a licence, but you must be 14 years of age to drive on the highway, and you must wear an ATV helmet at all times. The  Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council offers free safety and training information online.


ATV Links

Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council

ATV Safety Institute - Respect the Outdoors

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