ATV and ORV Information

ATV By-Law

North Kawartha has passed an ATV By-law #2021-0026 and Schedule A - Municipal/Township Road Map allowing ATV's on municipal/township roads. 

For a List of Township Roads (excerpt from Road Standards By-Law 1999-0010)

Peterborough County Off-Road Vehicles (ORV)

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) - Rules and Regulations 
Provincial Roads   (such as Hwy. 28)
Refer to Regulation
316/03 below for
County Roads (such   as County Road 620 and Balmer Rd)
Township Roads (such   as Old Apsley Rd)
Crown Land (MNR   property)
Provincial Parks

May ride with all wheels on the shoulders


May not ride on County roads unless there   is a by-law which authorizes use on the particular road.

May ride on Township of North Kawartha roads.

May ride on Crown   Land (unless the Township has a by-law to disallow. )

There are specific   rules within these parks;


May be on the road to get around barricades, guard rails etc...

County of   Peterborough has no such by-law regarding any County roads in the Township of   North Kawartha, at this time.

The Township has passed a by-law to authorize use.

The Township of   North Kawartha has no such by-law at this time.

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Speed limit is 20 km/h if the posted speed is 50 km/h or less.

Speed limit is 50   km/h or less if the posted speed is 80 km/h or more.


Speed limit is 20 km/h on roads with a posted speed limit of 50 km/h or less.

Speed limit is 50 km/h on roads with a posted speed limit of 60 km/h or more.


Petroglyphs Provincial Park

Note: This information is to indicate rules and regulations that are currently in effect in the Township of North Kawartha. This information is for information only and not intended to be legal interpretation and is not intended to reflect all requirements and detail.

Related Provincial Legislation

Further information is available through the Ministry of Transportation, particularly

Provincial Parks

In general, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are not permitted in any provincial park except in a designated area with written authorization from the Park Superintendent. ATV use is not permitted in Petroglyphs Provincial Park, however, ATVs are permitted in some circumstances at Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park (e.g. to allow a private land owner access to their property where it is entirely surrounded by the park). The Provincial Park and Conservations Reserves Act and the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park Act specifies the permitted uses within a provincial park. For greater certainty, it is recommended that members of the public contact the provincial park of interest directly to confirm if ATV's may be used and if so, when and where. Provincial park contact information can be found by visiting Ontario Parks

Please find listed below links to the applicable legislation:

. Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, Ontario Regulation 347/07

. Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park Act


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