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Off-Highway Vehicles

In response to feedback received through the online survey, the proposed idea of a new chain-link fence being installed in a section of Timberlea and then potentially in Abasand and parts of Gregoire, is no longer being considered in our approach to how we best manage OHV use together as a community.

We thank residents for their strong participation in the engagement process and invite all residents to continue providing input, ideas and feedback on the other issues and questions related to OHV use.

Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) are used by residents across the region, including in Fort McMurray and in rural communities. OHV use is a common recreational activity, and the Municipality maintains several staging areas to facilitate and promote safe and legal OHV use by residents.

An OHV is any vehicle designed for cross-country travel on land, water, snow, ice, marsh, swampland or any other natural terrain. This includes motorcycles, minibikes, snow vehicles such as ski-doo and all-terrain vehicles. 

OHV use is also regulated by several municipal bylaws. These bylaws are in place to outline designated staging areas, enhance safety for both OHV users and residents and to highlight the responsibilities of OHV users.

Have your say about OHV use in Fort McMurray. Fill out the 
survey or attend one of the following public engagement sessions:

  • Tuesday, Mar. 5, 5-8 p.m. (Syncrude Athletic Park Clubhouse)
  • Thursday, Mar. 7, 5-8 p.m. (Suncor Community Leisure Centre, main concourse)
  • Thursday, Mar. 14, 5-8 p.m. (Syncrude Athletic Park Clubhouse)

    How do we best promote safe and legal OHV use?

     Recreational opportunities are important for a healthy and balanced lifestyle; however, recreation should be respectful of our  neighbours  living in a diverse community and of public spaces. 

    OHV use in Fort McMurray is not permitted outside of designated staging areas maintained by the Municipality. With that said, the Municipality recognizes the need to balance OHV bylaw, education and enforcement efforts with allowing safe spaces for OHV use, while respecting the rights of all residents.

    Recently, new firebreaks created in response to the 2016 wildfire have allowed for  increased  opportunity for illegal OHV use in Fort McMurray. This new reality has been identified by the Municipality and by residents at various ‘Here for You’ public engagement sessions held in recovery from the 2016 wildfire.

    While a renewed approach to education and enforcement efforts has taken place since 2016, the Municipality would like to gather resident ideas, input, and feedback on how to best manage OHV use together as a community.

    Following the engagement period, the Municipality will use the information gathered from residents to consider any recommendations on how to best balance OHV use in the community, specifically in Fort McMurray.

    Current OHV Bylaws in our Municipality: 

  • Off-Highway Vehicle (Anzac and Gregoire Lake) Bylaw
  • Off-Highway Vehicle (Fort Chipewyan) Bylaw
  • Off-Highway Vehicle (Saprae Creek) Bylaw
  • Off-Highway Vehicle (Urban Service Area) Bylaw

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