ATV's and ORV'S

There are Municipal and Provincial regulations governing the usage of Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) within the city limits.

Certain ORVs are permitted on certain city streets. Please review the City of Greater Sudbury All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) By-law 2015-158

You will find the types of ORVs authorized on designated city streets, maps of authorized roads, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), a link to the GSPS website, as well as, a link to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) website. All of these resources provide answers to FAQs for on-road use of Off-Road Vehicles including licence requirements, passenger restrictions and vehicle definitions.

All ORVs used off of your own property, or on private property where you have permission to be on, must be properly registered (ownership) bearing a properly affixed permit (plate) and be properly insured. This includes when riding on Crown Land.

Please ride responsibly and respect other land users.

The Greater Sudbury Police Service Rural Community Response Unit will continue to conduct enforcement in high volume complaint areas.

If you have a complaint regarding drivers operating ORV's in an unsafe or unlawful manner, please file an online complaint through CopLogic

Snowmobile Safety

We know many people in Sudbury and Northern Ontario love to take advantage of our snowy winters and take their snow machines for a ride. Before you rev up your snow mobile engine, please consider these safety tips:

 Before you leave
  • Fill up your gas tank
  • Check the weather forecast before heading out.
  • Dress appropriately - wear clothing in layers, and make your top layer a snowmobile suit or other windproof layer
  • Tell someone where you're going, the route you will take, a description of your snowmobile, and when you expect to return
  • Never travel alone
 While you are driving
  • Always drive within your ability

  • Take extra care on corners and hills

  • Obey speed limits and road/trail signs

  • Always stay on the right-hand side of the trail

  • Use appropriate hand signals before stopping, slowing down or turning

  • Take extra care at road and rail crossings - cross roads at designated crossings and at a 90-degree angle so you can cross safely and quickly

  • Never ride on private property without permission of the land owner
 Driving at night
  • Reduce your speed - some hazards are harder to see in the dark
  • Use your headlights and drive at a speed where they can shine ahead of you
  • Wear clothing that has reflective markings so that you are more visible to others
 Driving on ice
  • Avoid driving on unfamiliar frozen lakes and rivers, as open water may not be visible
  • If you must drive over ice, wear a buoyant snowmobile suit
  • Always drive on ice that is new, hard and clear
  • Never drive on ice that is slushy, weak, near moving water or that has recently thawed and refrozen
  • Check ice conditions with the local snowmobile club before you head out

Boating Safety

If you're planning on taking your boat out for a ride, please be reminded that having open alcohol onboard a moving vessel is against the law.

 Safety Tips
  • Wear your lifejacket. Make sure there is an appropriately sized lifejacket on board for each passenger. But don't just carry them – wear them. Make sure they are in good condition. Always check that the zippers, buckles, fabric and seams are in good working order.
  • Boat sober. Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only against the law – it can be deadly.
  • Prepare your vessel. Ensure your boat has all the required safety gear and sufficient fuel. Be sure the weather is suitable for your vessel's capabilities.
  • Pleasure craft operators are required to take and pass an accredited course and obtain a pleasure craft operator card before getting behind the wheel

Fore more information, please read the Safe Boating Guide from Transport Canada 

Don't cruise with booze. Safe boating!

*Info gathered from the Canadian Safe Boating Council.