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Article from RidersWest Magazine (Spring 2011 online edition)
SWATT flies high
This group works to improve B.C.'s riding
by Glynis Fediuk
SWATT hopes to link riding areas across B.C., starting in the Lower Mainland — Photo courtesy SWATT
There are tens of thousands of ATVs in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, but until recently, there was no unified voice
between them. That has changed with the formation of South Western All Terrain Trails (SWATT), a coalition
joining four ATV clubs, ATV/BC and the provincial government.
“It was set up to help mitigate some issues and problems in various areas,” said Bruce Ledingham, a director of
the Lower Mainland ATV Club and the club’s representative in SWATT. “Also, (we’re) trying to move ATVing
forward and make it a more organized sport in the Lower Mainland . . . (and) develop new opportunities for riding.”
SWATT’s first—and still ongoing—major project is developing a 700-site campground in the West Harrison area.
Members have also constructed a staging area at Grace Lake, complete with outhouses, picnic tables and more.
Mapping, signage and GPS data for riding areas are all part of SWATT’s plans. It is evident from reading SWATT’s
website that what SWATT does, it does thoroughly and with great attention to detail. Ledingham estimates that
the number of volunteer hours spent on SWATT projects easily reaches the thousands.
ATVers are encouraged to attend SWATT’s first poker rally, expected to attract up to 1,000 riders.
The event takes place at Hemlock Resort, located one hour east of Vancouver, from July 1 to 3.
It promises a full and fun-packed schedule.
Check out SWATT's website for more information on this dynamic group.
Article from RidersWest Magazine
(Spring 2011 ATV/BC edition not available online)