Motor Vehicle Use

The BLT Trail is a multi-use trail. It has been designed for Walkers, Runners, Bikers, and Motorised Vehicles. On this page, we will review proper etiquette and rules for Motorised Vehicles usage on the BLT Trail.

Types of Motor Vehicles

ATVs, 4 wheelers, snowmobiles, or other Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) subject to the Off-Highway Vehicle Act are allowed on the trail. OHVs must be less than 54 inches wide as this is the size of the opening at each gate. OHVs between 52 and 53 inches must use caution when manoeuvring around the gates to not cause damage to the gate, trail, or OHV.

Motorcycles, dirt bikes, mini-bikes (or any other 2 wheeled motorised vehicles) are not allowed on the trail. These vehicles require continuous movement to maintain balance and can be difficult to handle at low speeds (20 km/h). This poses safety concerns when around children and animals on the trail.

Trucks, cars, or any other large vehicle that are not subject to the Off-Highway Vehicle Act are only authorised on the trails with prior approval from the board of directors. These vehicles will require a key to open the gates. The Lakeside fire department has a key for our gates and is authorised to open the gates without prior approval from directors for emergency purposes only.

OHV Rules

  1. All OHVs must be properly registered and insured in accordance with the Off-Highway Vehicle Act (Sections 3 and 15b)
  2. Each rider must have a properly fitting helmet on at all times, Off-Highway Vehicle Act (Section 10)
  3. Users are to obey the posted 20km/h maximum speed
  4. Users must yield to pedestrians, animals, and bikes
  5. Users are not to perform burnouts, drifts, stunts, or any other manoeuvre that can cause damage to the trail or risks the safety of the riders or other trail users
  6. Users are to obey all posted signage on the trail
  7. Users must follow all laws as stated in the Off-Highway Vehicle Act

Spring Weight Restrictions

To minimise potential damage to the trail, the BLT Trails Association will introduce its annual spring weight restrictions starting in early March. They are expected to remain in place until May 8, 2017; however, the restrictions may be lifted earlier if the trails are stabilised before then. The public will be notified via our website and signs posted at each gate. During this time the trail is closed to all motorised vehicles.

During this time the ground is soft as the snow and ice melts. Riding any heavy vehicle on the soft ground will cause the soil and gravel to shift. This causes ruts or potholes on the trail. Fixing these ruts costs a lot of money and volunteer hours. During this time you will see signs posted at each gate notifying you that the restrictions are in place. These restrictions are enforced by the Department of Natural Resources. The trail is still open to pedestrians and bikes.