District approves ATV use on roads in Port Sydney’s core

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ATV users who want to ride through the urban core of Port Sydney are now allowed to do so thanks to District Council.

At their June 18 meeting, District councillors approved a resolution from the Engineering and Public Works Committee to amend the bylaw prohibiting use of ATVs and off-road vehicles (ORVs) on some portions of District roads in the village.

According to the bylaw amendment, ATV and ORV use is now permitted on the portions of Muskoka Road 10, Muskoka Road 44 (South Mary Lake Road) and Muskoka Road 46 (Bonnie Lake Road) where it was previously prohibited.

A condition of the bylaw states that on all approved District-owned roads, ATVs and ORVs can only be operated from one half hour after sunrise to one half hour before sunset.

The Town of Huntsville lifted its restrictions on ATV use on Town-owned roads in Port Sydney earlier this year. The move was the result of a request by two Port Sydney residents and followed a public meeting on the matter that was held in February.

ATVs were not allowed on the portions of District roads marked in purple above. An amendment to a District bylaw now allows ATVs to travel those roads. (Image: muskoka.on.ca)

ATVs were not allowed on the portions of District roads marked in purple above. An amendment to a District bylaw now permits ATVs to travel those roads. (Image: muskoka.on.ca)

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1 Comment

  1. Kellie Leeder on

    Way to go District Councillors, as a person that rides have stayed away for Port Sydney due to not being allowed in the town core with my ATV. Like many towns are realizing that ATV is becoming more popular then snowmobiling due to lack of snow. I hope it all works out of the village of Port Sydney.

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