Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?
What is trail tours all about?
Can I rent a bike without a guide/trainer?
What rider levels do you train?
Do you offer one on one instruction?
What does the optional insurance cover?
How do I reserve my spot?
Is the deposit refundable?
What’s the difference between tours on Dirtbikes, ATVs, Dual Sport bikes and Trials?
What is a typical day at Trail Tours like?
What does the lunch consist of?
What are the trails like?
What riding gear is provided?
Where are you located?
When are you open?
Do I need a motorcycle licence?
How old do I have to be?
What about Trials(not trail)riding?
What models of bike and ATVs do you have?
Which bike/ATV should I ride?
Can we choose which bike/ATV we ride?
Can I bring my own bike/ATV?
What if it rains?
What should I bring?
What are the guides/instructors qualifications?
Do you provide any specialized training?
Do you host corporate events?
What accommodations are close by?


PRICES

2016 Full Day (9-3) Half Day (9-12 or 12-3) Evening (3-6)
Mon-Fri $230.10 $163.72 $150.44
Sat – Sun $261.06 $163.72 $150.44
Insurance $22.12 $13.27 $13.27

All prices subject to 13%  not included. If you feel you have been provided with exceptional service feel free to tip your leader. 

Prices include bike or ATV rental, expert instruction/guidance, gear rental (boots, chest protector, helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, jersey, pants, goggles and gloves), fuel, liability insurance, trail pass, and drinking water. No additional cost for larger bikes (i.e. CRF250x/450x) – subject to availability. Trail Tours staff reserve the right to evaluate your riding ability when assigning you to a bike.

Payment by credit card or cash; we do not have the ability to process debit cards. There is a $20 administrative fee charge for NSF credit cards. (We are in a remote area and cannot process credit cards on site). Make sure your card is able to accept the charge before you come.

For telephone bookings there is an administrative fee of $10 to change the booking date.

Group and corporate rates apply to groups of 4 or more. Families, Military, Police, EMS, Firefighters and Vetrans all qualify for discounted rates –  Please contact Steve, steve@trailtour.com  or call 705-875-2980 for details, or make a note in the message section of the booking form.

WHAT IS TRAILTOURS ALL ABOUT?

At trail tours, we offer customized off-road training to cater to all degrees of ability. Whether your riding style is conservative, average, above average or technical we ensure that you receive training that fits your comfort level. Just want to Explore? We guide experienced riders, and groups on tours through the Ganaraska on modern Honda Bikes and ATVs

Many of our customers have never ridden before, we have an excellent program for those new to trail riding. Our goal is to introduce you in a safe and exciting way to the sport we love so much. Over the last twenty years we have introduced thousands to the thrills of dirt-biking.
We have a special program designed for those with street riding ability. Skills learned in the dirt serve all riders and improve safety and overall ability on road.

Off road motorcycling is one of the most exhilarating things you will ever experience. We have an excellent training facility and experienced staff, and a fleet of current Honda bikes,  with the world renown Ganaraska forest as our playground. Experienced or returning riders can also join us on pre-planned tours on one of several varied trail systems in Ontario.

Trailtours is the largest and oldest off road training operation in Canada – we have over 25 years of experience, and will make your day unforgettable.


CAN I JUST RENT A BIKE TO RIDE WITHOUT A GUIDE OR INSTRUCTOR?
We do not offer bike rentals without a guide or instructor. Insurance regulations forbid it. We do offer individualized instruction by the hour.


WHAT IS MY RIDER LEVEL?
During sign in we ask your rider level, this is so we can put you in an appropriate group and offer training suited to your ability. We teach all levels of rider – but you must be able to ride a bicycle.

Here is a list of rider levels and what they mean:

Beginner:  Never ridden a motorcycle before, only bicycle experience.  No experience with a standard transmission required, but it is an asset.
Beginner plus: Just starting out on 2 wheels,  experience on a scooter, once or twice on a street bike, or lots of mountain bike experience. You can drive a standard vehicle.
Novice: Experience on the street  or some limited experience off-road. You must be capable with the clutch and familiar with all motorcycle controls.
Novice plus:  Seasoned street bike riders with years of experience, with some off road time. Beginners returning for their second ride would be considered Novice plus. Dirtbikers who  have not ridden for many years and are returning to the sport.
Intermediate: Intermediate riders have some dirt bike experience. Returning customers who have been with us more than once are usually considered intermediate, as well as Motocross riders interested in getting into trail riding.  Intermediate and above riders may join us on a variety of trail rides outside of the Ganaraska.
Intermediate plus:Riders with lots of trail riding experience, who are interested in learning more advanced skills or just adventuring on more technical trails.
Advanced: Advanced riders have ridden with us many times or have extensive dirtbike/competition experience, and usually own a dirtbike. Advanced riders are expected to easily handle the most technical trails in the Ganaraska.
Expert: As you might expect, Expert riders have many years of riding and competition experience (Enduro, Hare Scramble, Hard Enduro) .Expert riders can enjoy a tour of the Ganaraska, but for a more challenging experience we suggest you join us for one of our off site rides.

 

Risk Tolerances – where you might fit in – We do our best to ensure that every rider gets training suited to their ability. By choosing a rider level, instructors assume you have the skills listed – We can always move you up a level – but moving down can be demoralizing. If you are risk averse, it is better to start a level below to practice and improve technique as opposed to “pushing the envelope” and potentially getting hurt.


ONE ON ONE INDIVIDUALIZED TRAINING:
We offer one on one individualized training at our facility with professional Instruction. Cost is $50 per hour with your own bike and gear, $75 with ours.

WHAT DOES THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE COVER?
The optional insurance covers damage to our equipment. Without insurance the rider is liable for all costs involved with repairing damage on all equipment that we provide. For insured riders the deductible is reduced to $200 on CRF2502x/450x bikes, $100 on air-cooled bikes (i.e. CRF50/70/80/100/125/150/230), and $1000 on ATVs.

Insurance coverage is strongly recommended.

HOW DO I RESERVE MY SPOT?
Booking Request, email steve@trailtour.com or call 705-875-2980.

IS THE DEPOSIT REFUNDABLE?
Cancellations 48hrs before your start date are subject to a $80 non-refundable fee per rider.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TOURS ON DIRTBIKES, ATVS, DUAL SPORT BIKES AND TRIALS BIKES?
Dirtbikes offer the greatest flexibility and are able to access a wide variety of trails and tracks. ATVs are limited to riding wider trails and can be more difficult to control safely. Inexperienced Dual Sport riders will spend the majority of their training learning off-road techniques but have the ability to access public roads (M2 license required). Trials bike training is specialized technical riding that is designed to improve your off-road technique and will improve your balance, slow speed riding, and ability to clear large obstacles.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY AT TRAIL TOURS LIKE?
For the full day program, you will arrive at the base by 9:00am and begin the sign in process where you complete the necessary paperwork and make payment. After being outfitted with appropriate riding gear, you will be asked to attend a group riders’ meeting. By 10:00am all riders will be assigned to their appropriate groups and will begin their programs.

Beginner level riders typically spend the morning on our site learning the fundamentals of riding a dirtbike/ATV. More seasoned riders will be placed in a group of riders with similar experience. Advanced training techniques and a thorough warm-up/assessment will occur before the trail ride begins. Customers will have the opportunity to change groups based on either their riding level or their desire to accompany other members of their party throughout the day.

All groups will meet back at the base for 12:00pm for a 45 minute lunch break. A catered lunch is available for purchase. The afternoon ride will commence after lunch and continue until 3:00pm.

For the half day/evening program, you will arrive at the base begin the sign in process where you complete the necessary paperwork and make payment. (Morning half day riders arrive at 9:00am, afternoon half day riders arrive at 12:00pm, and evening riders arrive at 3:00pm.) After being outfitted with appropriate riding gear, you will be asked to attend a group riders’ meeting. Within the first hour all riders will be assigned to their appropriate groups and will begin their programs.  Due to the reduced training time, we do not guarantee that beginning level riders will make it into the Ganaraska Trail System.  Our facility has many trails for any level of riding.

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH?
Lunch is catered and delivered to the base at 12:00pm. It is available for purchase when riders make their initial payment for their riding day. As it is prepared off-site and dietary requests cannot be taken into consideration, it is suggested that individuals with food allergies bring their own lunch.

WHAT ARE THE TRAILS LIKE?
With a special permit, we ride 11,000 acres of a beautiful conservation area that is the Ganaraska Forest. Depending on your ability, you may encounter a variety of terrain; such as sand, gravel, rocks, loam, hills, valleys, fields, forests and more. The trails range in size from being 12 feet wide to 1 foot wide “single-track” (only enough room for a “single” vehicle). Dual Sport rides have even more variation because they also traverse roads. Contact Steve or see our events calendar for scheduled off site rides.

WHAT RIDING GEAR IS PROVIDED?
After sign up we provide you with a full set of riding gear. Riding gear is crucial to stay protected when riding off road.  We have a shipping container full of gear and can accommodate most sizes from child to adult.
Gear includes: helmet, goggles, head sweat, knee and shin pads, elbow pads, riding pants, jersey, chest protector, gloves, and boots.
Gear is washed between rides, if you have your own equipment feel free to bring it. You will need socks and undergarments.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? 
We are located one hour east of Toronto, just 25 minutes south of Peterborough. Customers will be met by Trail Tours staff at a carpool located at Porter Road and the 115 Highway at the time agreed upon in the booking confirmation package.  Our facility is located nearby.


WHEN ARE YOU OPEN?
Generally, we are open between May 1 and October 31.


DO I NEED A MOTORCYCLE LICENSE?
No, unless you are going to take part in a Dual Sport tour for which you would require an M2 license.


HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO RIDE AT TRAIL TOURS?
We ask that participants be at least 7 years old. ATV riders must be over 16.


WHAT IS TRIALS RIDING, AND WHAT TRIALS OPTIONS DO YOU OFFER?
Trials riding is a lot of fun and is a test of balance, skill, and control on 2 wheels. Trails training is available to all riders above the beginner level. All of the top off-road competitors have trials experience. If you want to improve your riding skills, a day or half day of trials training has been proven to vastly improve your confidence, smoothness, and control. Competition trials involve riding through a marked section of trail with difficult obstacles, tight corners, sheer drops, rocks, logs, water crossing, and anything else you can imagine. Competitors lose points for going out of bounds or putting their feet down. Many motocross, enduro, hare scramble and dual sport riders cross train on trials bikes. You don’t need a lot of space or a fancy track, most practice exercises can be done in a small back yard, or even indoors in the winter. Modern trials bikes are highly specialized, purpose built machines designed to tackle the toughest terrain. We will train you on a current trials machine with expert step-by-step instruction including techniques taught to us by USA Trials Champion Ryan Young. We provide trials training at our facility and when the rider is ready, we can take you to some amazing natural trials riding areas for some real world experience.
Price includes trials bike rental, instruction, gear, insurance, and gas. There is no additional cost to participate in the trials program. 


WHAT MODELS OF BIKES AND ATVS DO YOU HAVE?
Every year Honda provides us with NEW motorcycles and ATVs so our fleet is always changing. Descriptions on the home page.


WHICH BIKE/ATV SHOULD I RIDE?
We will help select the appropriate bike/ATV suitable for you according to your experience, your goals and the terrain you will be riding on.


CAN WE CHOOSE WHICH BIKE/ATV WE RIDE?
Yes, if we feel your skills and ability match the machine.


CAN I BRING MY OWN BIKE/ATV?
Yes, but it must be insured, plated, have a spark arrestor, and be in good working order and quiet (under 94 decibels). Contact steve@trailtour.com for prices.


DO WE RIDE IN RAIN? 
We ride rain or shine. Jackets are available but it is highly recommended to bring your own waterproof jacket. Some of our customers’ most memorable rides happened in the rain.


WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
We suggest that you bring along heavy socks, snug undergarments like bicycle shorts, a change of clothes and a camera. A full list will be sent with confirmation email. A full lunch is available for purchase.


WHAT ARE THE GUIDES AND INSTRUCTORS QUALIFICATIONS?
Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds but share a passion for off-road riding. Some teach street riding at Community Colleges while many others compete in off-road events such as motocross, hare scrambles, and enduros. Some tenured staff have been with us for more than 20 years. As anyone venturing out in the woods should be, all staff are also trained in emergency procedures and First Aid.


DO YOU TEACH THE ATV CANADIAN SAFETY COUNCIL COURSE? 
Yes, we are certified to teach the ATV Canadian Safety Council Course for groups or individuals upon request.


DO YOU HOST CORPORATE EVENTS?
Yes, some of our past corporate customers include Samsung, Tim Horton’s, Ford Motor Company, Labatts, Dole, Bridgestone Racing Academy, Red Bull, GM, Toyota, Bell, Honda, TSN, Ministry of Natural Resources, Rogers, Telus, various police forces, the Canadian Military, Environment Canada and many others.


WHAT ACCOMMODATIONS ARE CLOSE BY?
The Hive Bed and Breakfast, Leskard ON, 1-877-999-2987
Holiday Inn, Bowmanville ON, 1-877-859-5095
Howard Johnson, Bowmanville ON, 905-623-3373
Best Western, Oshawa ON, 905-723-5271
Comfort Inn, Port Hope ON, 905-885-7000
Country Pride B&B, Newcastle ON, 289-356-6910, admin@countrypridebb.com
Misty Valley B&B, Pontypool ON (very close), 705-277-1677, bbcanada.com/mistyvalley
Joe-Lin Station B&B, Mosport ON (north of Bowmanville), 905-263-8028 or 1-866-771-2184
Our Valley View B&B, Hampton ON, 905-263-8889
Country Living B&B, Bowmanville ON, 905-983-5926