ATV CLUB LOOKS TO HELP GROW VALLEY ECONOMY 3/10/2017 8:23:39 AM
The Renfrew County ATV Club has increased its membership year after year, and it's showing no signs of slowing down. President Teresa Gamble was in Bonnechere Valley on Tuesday (Mar 7) looking to solidify a partnership with the township, as a report in 2015 showed Canadians spent $6.9 billion on activities directly involving ATVs and side-by-sides. Gamble says she wants to work with municipalities to find ways to get people to explore outside of the trails.
The Renfrew County ATV Club manages 488km of trails in the valley, and riders can drive all 488 if they buy a trail pass for $150 a year. Gamble says the club received $14,600 from passes last year, and put $14,500 back into the maintenance of the trails. The club hosts six rallies a year, a big reason why there is a jump in membership, and their Annual General Meeting is coming up on April 8th. There will be a few guest speakers including Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet who will be talking about the newly purchased abandoned rail line.