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Trail & Safety Information
The Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System (VMUTS) occupies a superbly scenic area between the ancient Algonquin Highlands and Laurentian Mountains, bordered by the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers. With a small population of only two thousand residents, the kind and helpful community of Mattawa offers visitors an intimate and welcoming atmosphere. You'll find the trails only a few minutes from town. Take Hwy 533 and follow the signs.
VMUTS trails are comprised mainly of old, forest-covered logging roads with river/stream crossings (many via bridges and culverts). VMUTS has trails suited to the needs of novice, intermediate and advanced riders. The trails are arrayed from the Trail Head in clearly marked loops of various lengths and levels of difficulty. It would take more than two weeks to experience VMUTS in it's entirety.
The VMUTS organization dedicates a significant portion of their time and resources to the critical aspects of trail development and maintenance. Ensuring the sustainability of the trail system as a resource and ecosystem is of the utmost importance in order to protect local fish and wildlife and maintain approval for the use of crown lands. One example of ongoing maintenance is the installation of bridges and culverts (to MNR standards) which allows minimally invasive passage over waterways. Please join us in our efforts to ensure the stability of our environment for future generations to enjoy.
Always wear helmets as required, watch for other trail users and operate vehicles with lights on.
Local ATV By-Laws
Local by-laws permit riding ATVs on secondary roadways without passengers (passengers are allowed on VMUTS trails). Riding on highways is not permitted (even on the shoulder). UTV/Side-By-Side/Two-Up are not permitted on any roadways. Don't forget your trail pass, map, vehicle ownership and insurance documents!
Places to Stay & Eat
Mattawa and the surrounding townships boast a wide selection of accommodations including Lakeside Cabins, Cottages, Bed & Breakfasts, Resorts, Eco Lodges, Campgrounds, Rental Homes, Hotels, Motels and more! Hungry? Take the opportunity to hunt or fish for your dinner or treat yourself to a delicious meal or snack at a local Restaurant, Café, Farmers' Market or Grocery Outlet. Visit the MVC Tourism Site for a complete list of local dining and accommodations.
Believe it or not there's more to VMUTS than just riding...
· Bird's Eye View Scenic Lookout
· Abandoned Mica Mine Tunnel
· Lakes to Swim, Fish and Canoe
· Waterfront and Forest Campsites
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