Off Road Driving

Improved Road Access for ORVs

Safe and more convenient incidental access to public roads and highways is key to the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Framework.

Highways (Public Roads)
Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations, Division 24 allow off-road vehicle operators greater access to highways, including the ability to:

  • Cross a highway without having to obtain an operation permit if the crossing is controlled by a stop sign or traffic light
  • Travel on any highway anywhere local police authorize, within the limits set out in an operation permit
  • Load or unload in a parking lot without an operation permit
  • Obtain an operation permit with an extended term of up to two years

All other Motor Vehicle Act requirements on highways have not changed (e.g., the requirement for ICBC’s basic insurance and a valid driver’s license).

When in doubt, ORV operators should contact local law enforcement to inquire whether an operation permit is required. Police-issued operation permits continue to be free.

Find out about vehicles restricted to incidental access.Insurance Corporation of B.C. toll-free: 1 800 663-3051

The B.C. government continues to implement improved road and highway crossings, in stages, under the Motor Vehicle Act. Improved incidental access will better connect B.C.’s rural communities and support a first-rate ORV trail network.
On public roads and highways, the Insurance Corporation of B.C.’s basic insurance continues to be a requirement for all motorists, including ORV owners; ORV riders who opt for incidental access to highways will require ICBC’s basic insurance.
Forest Service Roads
The status quo requirements on a Forest Service Road continue to apply, such as a valid driver’s license and having a minimum of $200,000 in third-party liability insurance. On all other Crown land, third-party liability insurance is voluntary but recommended.

The Forest Service Road Use Regulation has been amended as follows:

  • a snowmobile operator may cross a ploughed Forest Service Road if the operator has a valid driver’s license, $200,000 third-party liability insurance, and both the driver and passenger are wearing a helmet.
  • In addition, the snowmobile operator must yield the right-of-way to other traffic, exercise due care and attention and take reasonable precautions for the safety of other persons using the Forest Service Road.
  • Be safe when sharing a resource road with industrial vehicles.

Off Road Vehicles

Tulameen is known for it’s friendliness towards ORV’s and prides itself on being a destination that riders enjoy visiting.

The Province of British Columbia has regulation that require owners of ORV’s to abide by, and have placed stiff fines for infractions, the potential for machine confiscation, Jail time  and Police Records that are shared with insurance companies that make it mandatory for them to attach to Drivers records.

Tulameen would like to maintain a good relationship with ORV owners and riders and recently met with concerned citizens to establish a strategy to abide by the law and find ways to lessen impacts on our visitors and locals that are ORV owners. the results of the first Strategy meeting can be found through this link ORV Strategies Report.

RTA is working for Tulameen to make ORV travel safer
RTA is working for Tulameen to make ORV travel safer

RV Crossings and Untraveled Portions

In and around Tulameen: With permit from the RCMP


2nd street in Tulameen –

  • Crossing 2nd street at the KVR and any intersection.
  • Along the untraveled portion of 2nd street from Tulameen Bluffs Road to Lawless Creek FSR.
  • Crossing all of; Victoria Ave, Strathcona Ave, Otter Ave, Nicola Ave, and Granite Avenue.


Along the untraveled portion and crossing all of: Front Street, Main Street, Columbia Street, Fraser Street, Hope Street, Bettes Ave, Parrish Ave, Campbell Ave, and Shatford Avenue.

Otter Valley- Crossing Coalmont Road

  • Above White Sands Beach, about 3 Km East of Coalmont
  • At he KVR in Coalmont, and along the untraveled portion eastward for about 1/2 KM to the trail on the north side.
  • At the KVR about 1 Km west of Coalmont
  • At the KVR about 1Km east of Tulameen, and along the untraveled portion eastward to Tulameen Bluffs Road.

RCMP Permits  

  • Permits can be obtained free of charge from the RCMP Detachment in Princeton.
  • To obtain a permit you must have registered and insured your ORV in B.C.
  • The RCMP have a right to deny your request and the permit must be approved buy the Detachment Commander
  • Permits give you specific rights as described by the RCMP at the time of issuing the permit.

Trail Etiquette

Bicycle & ORV Trail Etiquette & The Environment

  • We promote safe and responsible use of our trails.
  • We believe that education and awareness programs will further protect the natural environment while at the same time, the utilization of a trail network provides for a unique opportunity to experience nature.
  • MB’s are fun and challenging they provide a great way to get around on our trails.
  • ORV’s provide and allow for an increased mobility for a variety of users. our environmental guidelines address the biotic (living organisms) and abiotic (non-living) components of all ecosystems, and are directed to all trail users, including ORV (off road vehicle) riders.
  • Regulations are for your protection and we support and encourage all ORV operators to respect them.
  • We believe the continued use of a trail in the outdoors is directly related to how it is use today. Trail Builder Info
  • We believe riding on designated trails protects the environment.
HB Trail Sign
    • Remove your helmet when talking to other trail users 
    • Always yield the right-of-way to other trail users who are approaching or passing 
    • Ride on designated trails. Do not utilize CLOSED trails. ‘If you don’t know, don’t go!’ 
    • Avoid sudden stops and starts and quick directional changes with acceleration 
    • Avoid sensitive and restricted areas at all times, especially wetlands, lakeshores, steep stream banks and hills 
    • Cross at designated crossings and utilize bridges when available.
    • Cross watercourses at 90-degree angles and drive carefully and slowly 
    • Do not venture out on new, non-ORV designated trails without consulting appropriate stakeholders 
    • Comply with all applicable legislation and/or municipal bylaws 
    • Keeps in mind the following statement: ‘Shared use trail – expect/respect other users.’ 
    • Signal when approaching from behind. In particular, be certain to communicate with the riders of horses and those walking pets 
    • Avoid running over young trees and shrubs, particularly in the spring and the growing season of the summer 
    • Do not trespass on private property and do not utilize single-purpose trails designated for other (non-ORV) activities 
    • Promote parking and dismounting from your ORV to walk to sensitive, scenic, historic and cultural areas 
    • Enjoy wildlife viewing opportunities, avoid stressing any species particularly during the rearing stages 
    • Respect and be courteous to other users who are also using shared use trails
    • Avoid riding after heavy rains 
    • Adjust riding behavior according to season and location 
    • The planning and staging of rodeos and safety courses should be within areas such as pits, gravel parking lots and controlled areas 
    • Take a rider safety course and ride within your abilities 
    • Do not cut switchbacks or take shortcuts 
    • Keep your speed and engine rpm low and steady when approaching other riders, homes, etc.
  • What you pack in, pack out – do not litter 

Note: Guidelines will be altered as required. We invite any comments related to its guidelines ([email protected].)ATV


All trail users, Bicycles, Motor Bikes, Snow Mobil’s, ATV’s, SXS’s, 4X4’s

ake a CSC-approved safety course
Respect Hikers, Walkers, Runners & Horses
ALWAYS wear a helmet and proper protective equipment.
Pack the necessary tools and gear.
Don’t ride alone – use the buddy system!
Keep your ride well-maintained.
Never ride on paved or public roads.
Know your limits. Ride within your abilities, in a controlled manner and with common sense.
Respect the environment and other trail users. 
Keep to marked trails and tracks and resist the urge to blaze new ones.
Keep quiet pipes. More and more trails are closing to motor sports due to offensively loud tailpipes.
Join a local club and experience beautiful trails with others who share your passion. Clubs create quality safe riding areas and keep them open.
Do some trail maintenance. Give back to the trails and earn good karma for future rides!

Darla’s Puddle

Darla’s Puddle

Just out of town you will find a place of wonder!  At times it is a splendid body of water in the shape of an almost perfect circle, and other times nothing but a brown circle in the woods.

Accessible with almost every mode of locomotion, this is an easy to moderate Hike, Bike, Motorsport trail.

  • Pack a lunch or Snack
  • Bring good supply of Water
  • Appropriate Foot Ware and clothing
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