Developing a Safe Riding Experience in Tulameen

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

The Province of British Columbia has a regulation that requires 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.

ATV rider in front of a heritage cabin at Granite Creek
RTA is working for Tulameen to make ORV travel safer

RV Crossings and Untraveled Portions

In and around Tulameen: With a permit from the RCMP

Tulameen

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.
  • Nicola Ave to Third Street
  • Third Street to the Trading Post.

Reality

Presently, Rental tenants and Cabin owners alike ride the streets of Tulameen with impunity as the RCMP and the CO Service seldom come to town. Changing the mindset of riders is the greatest challenge faced by the TAC. No helmets, children riding machines to large for them or unsupervised, Mom with up to three kids on one Quad with no helmets.

Coalmont

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 the 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 by the Detachment Commander
  • Permits give you specific rights as described by the RCMP at the time of issuing the permit.
Family riding without helmets in Tulameen
Some feel entitled to break the rules and by doing so put their families and others at risk.
Permit Event in Tulameen BC Day 2019
Tulameen ATV Club hosts the RCMP for Permit Event on BC Day 2019

ORV Strategies

Tulameen, Coalmont, and Otter Valley need a comprehensive plan to deal with the increase in off-road vehicle traffic in and around our area.

The RCMP is tasked to uphold the law and to that end are starting ATV patrols out of the detachment in Princeton. Fines and confiscations of equipment are planned.

Tulameen identified a number of ways to mitigate the impact created by the lawbreakers at the strategy meeting. The RCMP is committed to upholding the law the meeting was held to discussing these and other ideas.

Education is seen as the first step to enhancing the quality of life and safety for all. So a funding method must be found.

Stepped-up policing and a legacy of injury and death are pushing the RCMP to crack down on illegal activities and the people of Tulameen and Coalmont are set to lose the most.

The Meeting was held on June 2nd at 11:00 AM in the Tulameen Community Hall it was well attended with 50+ people attending.

Father gassing up with kids at the Trading Post Gas
Father teaching son the wrong way to ride a Quad.

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