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ATV operations are restricted from November 1st to March 31st of every year.

 

View the ATV Pamphlet now. 

Safe Card 

ATV Campaign A

Requirements for operating an ATV within the city limits are:
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Certificate of registration
  • Attached license plate
  • Valid public liability insurance
  • Valid Safe Card
  • Prescribed safety helmet

See the City of Whitehorse ATV Bylaw  

What qualifies as an ATV?

All recreational vehicles with 2, 3, 4, or 8+ wheels are all considered ATVs. This includes dirt bikes, quads, unimogs, etc.  

Only ATVs registered (with a licence plate displayed on the ATV) with the Department of Motor Vehicles may operate within the City of Whitehorse.

ATVs shall only operate on motorized multiple use trails between April 1 and October 31 in any given year. 
ATV Campaign B

City of Whitehorse Safe ATV Card – Now a Rider Requirement

ATV operators must be at least 16 years old and have a Safe ATV Card when operating within the city limits. To obtain your official City of Whitehorse Safe ATV Card, take the online test here. It’s easy!

Get the card now – the test is quick and easy!

 

  • Narrated, illustrated and interactive
  • Visual chapter quizzes help you learn
  • Convenient home study
  • $34.95 + GST
  • Once you've passed the online certification exam you will be able to print your temporary Safe ATV Card and go riding right away!
  • The course promotes safe operation of ATVs and provides an over view of rules. 
  • Upon completion of the course, ATV operators must carry a card certifying completion of the course when operating their ATV.

Trails 

2015 MMU Trail Map

Google Earth MMU Trail Map (KML file download - dependent on browser you may need to right-click to save)

Implementation of trails is underway and will be made available to the public soon. There are many excellent motorized multiple use trails within the limits of the City of Whitehorse. Please remember that ATV operators may not deviate from the motorized multi-use trails at any time.

The Whitehorse Trail and Greenways Committee is a City of Whitehorse committee comprised of various Department representatives, stakeholders and users of the Whitehorse Trail System. The committee meets on a regular basis to discuss and make recommendations on the achievement of the 2007 Trail Plan’s guiding principles, with particular focus on stewardship, public education, and respectful use of Whitehorse trails. 

ATVs must only operate on motorized multiple use trails between April 1 and October 31 in any given year. 

Environmentally Sensitive Areas 

Areas within city limits have been identified as environmentally sensitive. ATV riders are now prohibited from riding in these areas. Learn where these areas are to avoid fines and reduce your impact on our environment. Click here to download the City of Whitehorse ATV Brochure.

Additional Excluded Areas for ATV Riders:
  • Boulevards
  • Campgrounds
  • Cemeteries
  • Areas designated as environmentally sensitive
  • The Downtown area
  • The Millennium Trail
  • Playgrounds
  • Restricted roadways
  • Roadways (except most direct route to motorized multiple use trail)
  • School playgrounds
  • Ski trails
  • Open water

Respectful Riding in Residential Areas

Be a respectful rider and Gear Down in Town. When travelling to the

motorized multiple use trails within city limits, the City of Whitehorse ATV Bylaw requires riders to travel respectfully and slowly – especially those close to residential areas. Riding in town? Your dirt bike must be street-legal, and don’t forget your helmet! Fines are expensive. Save your money and respect your neighbours. 

Operators must take the most direct route on the road to get to a multiple use trail and the most direct route on the road back. Operators cannot go off motorized multiple use trails!

Gear Down in Town - Some Operating Rules to Remember:
  • On the roadway the maximum speed is 30 km per hour
  • When operators are travelling on the roadway, it must only be for the purpose of travelling to a permitted area and must be the most direct route
  • When operating on motorized multiple use trails the maximum speed is 50 km per hour unless posted otherwise. See 2015 MMU Trail Map here
  • When approaching or passing a pedestrian, dog, or cyclist, ATV operators must reduce their speed to 15 km per hour
  • When on designated trails ATV operators are required to follow the posted speed limit

If you have any questions about the current All-Terrain Vehicle Bylaw please contact the Bylaw Education Constable, Kyle Morrison, at 668-8320. To report an All-Terrain Vehicle Bylaw violation please contact Bylaw Services at 667-2111.