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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Northern Bruce Peninsula Seeks End of ATV Ban on Highway 6

Northern Bruce Peninsula | by Cody Misner  

Northern Bruce Peninsula is waiting for a statement from Parks Canada so they can approach the Provincial Government.

Northern Bruce Peninsula Council wants to see an ATV ban lifted from Highway 6 leading to Tobermory.

According to council minutes, an official statement from Parks Canada is required stating that they have no jurisdiction of the highway adjacent to the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Once this is done, Northern Bruce Peninsula council can approach the provincial government and request an amendment to the Highway Traffic Act.

From just beyond Dyers Bay Road up to Tobermory, there are currently no alternative routes that would allow for ATV operators to avoid Highway 6 without entering the national park.

The motion was put forward by Coun. Laurie Golden at a recenting meeting suggesting a one-year pilot project to allow ATVs on the highway.

Council has seen requests for this from ratepayers for quite some time and would see a continuous route from Wiarton to Tobermory via ATV.

According to council files, one letter opposing the matter came from a resident who felt allowing ATVs on the highway would make it too easy for them to gain access to the natural habitat along this stretch of highway.

There have also been concerns expressed about safety unrelated to the ATV traffic along Highway 6.

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