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March 14, 2012

Spring Jam 2012, Canada’s Largest ATV Jamboree

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HONDA SPRING JAM 2012
Welcome to Spring Jam 2012, Canada’s Largest ATV Jamboree® an ATVOntario Prime Event.  The following is general information regarding the event that will help you to better understand the registration process and the activities that are held in conjunction with the Jamboree.

   1. Block out April 27th to April 28th 2012, on your calendar.
   2. Registration is required by no later than April 20, 2012 to allow adequate time for planning activities, guides, meals, T-shirts, etc. Early registration is critical!
   3. Include name, address & payment for each rider and passenger on a separate sign-up sheet. The sheet indicating your ride choices must be submitted with the appropriate registration fee. On-line registration is available at our website at springjam.ca .
      Wristbands will be issued on site that will permit registered Jammers participation in the guided tours as well as all other Spring Jam 2012 events.
      The Jamboree’s policy is that our list of registered riders names and mailing addresses is for our use only, and will not be distributed for any other use unless indicated on your registration form.
   4. Make your accommodation, campground and ATV rental reservations early. Please refer to the ‘Local Links’ section of our web site for a list of local resorts, motels and trailer facilities.
   5. Each registered rider/passenger assumes the responsibility for being properly trained and outfitted as well as taking responsibility for his or her own safety and well being. Registered Jammers also have the responsibility for being properly licensed and insured. Registration for the Jamboree is an indication of such willingness on the part of each rider. Refer to the Safety and Limitation of Liability section herein for more information.
   6. Choose your rides carefully; according to your abilities and the rating given with each ride description. Many Jamboree rides require that you be willing and able to transport your own ATV to remote locations with the group. This allows you to see more of the Parry Sound area’s ATV trails and keeps our ride groups at a manageable size. This also spreads the whole group over a larger area, providing for less intense use of local trails.
   7. We will have individual credentials and wristbands for each rider during check-in at the Foley Fairgrounds south of Parry Sound.  Credentials will also be used for all Jamboree sponsored events. Wear your wristband at all times. It will identify you as a registered Jammer and will allow admission to all Jamboree events, prizes drawings, etc.
   8. Bring warm clothing and rain gear in case of unexpected cool or wet weather. April is an ideal time to ride the trails but our proximity to Georgian Bay causes the weather to be somewhat unpredictable and it can change without warning. Normally we will not encounter snow at that time of year.  Please ensure that everyone is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.  You can find the weather forecast for our area at: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/cities/can/pages/CAON0525.htm.

 

REFUND POLICY

It is understood that after the April 25th, 2012 registration deadline, the advertising bills have been paid, Jamboree merchandise has been ordered, delivered and paid for, arrangements have been made for facilities for the pre-determined number of riders. Therefore, it is the policy of TRAX Georgian Bay Inc. to issue refunds according to the following conditions:

   1. A refund request must be made in writing and forwarded to TRAX - Georgian Bay Inc., P.O. Box 146, Parry Sound, ON, Canada P2A 2X3
   2. Registration refunds will be based on the following:
      $60 Drivers/$30 Passengers - requests postmarked prior to April 1st, 2012.
      $30 Drivers/$15 Passengers - requests postmarked between April 1st, 2012 and April 15th, 2012.
      No refund will be issued for requests postmarked after April 15th, 2012.

Please allow adequate time for processing of refunds.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS,
PLEASE CALL KATHY at (705) 389-1625 or e-mail info@springjam.ca

 

ETIQUETTE

Questions about travel on the Parry Sound ATV Trails and other trail systems are common in the minds of those planning a trip, and who are not familiar with the Georgian Bay area. Here is information relating to questions often asked.
Some visitors are astonished at the nature of the trail system and the remoteness of some of our areas. Because of this some have expressed real concern about encountering wildlife along the trail. Though there are some wild animals, they are extremely wary of humans, unless they are protecting their young.
Some species of wildlife are fairly common and encountering these can significantly enhance the experience of our trail rides.  Deer and moose are common to the area and can be seen on any part of the trail, particularly at dusk. At times the deer will stand and watch you long enough for you to get your camera out for pictures. Black bear are also sighted in this region but are more wary, so when you spot them it's best to already have the camera ready. To view or photograph these animals, stop your ATV but leave the engine running and remain on the vehicle. Changes in sound or sudden movement will startle the animals. Chasing wildlife is illegal because it stresses them and could lead to their death. Other animals often seen along the trail include beavers, coyotes, ground squirrels, chipmunks and numerous species of songbirds. Above all, do not harass the wildlife. Remember this is their habitat and you are only a visitor.
Skunks, rattlesnakes, foxes, wolves and fishers are also present in the area. If you encounter one in the middle of the trail, common sense should tell you to stay your distance until it decides to leave or you can find a safe route around. Then you can use the encounter to spice up the description of the trip to the folks back home.
At places our trails pass through private land. Some areas of the Forest are closed or restricted to motorized travel to protect wildlife habitat, watershed conditions or other recreational opportunities. When riding, remember not to trespass on private property and stay on designated trails. Remember that riding on trails on public lands is a privilege that is already being closely scrutinized by environmentalists, politicians and land managers. If you stay on designated trails, 'tread lightly,' carry out any garbage and generally leave the land as you found it, you will help to preserve your right to ride on public lands.
In April it is common to have a 20C degree temperature change from morning to night.  As a result you should always carry warm clothing even if the weather appears mild at the start of a ride. Pre-planning is the key to a successful trip. Once you embark on the trail, you are in a different world with few support services. It is important that you have everything you might need. This includes having enough fuel to get from one filling station to the next. The trail system is so extensive that even though there may be hundreds of people riding the trail at the same time, you may go for hours and even all day without meeting anyone.

SAFETY

The following suggestions are intended to make your ATV ride safe and enjoyable. Your focus on safety should start before you leave home and continue until all the equipment is put away.

All Jamboree events will be led by competent guides who are familiar with the trails to be used and the conditions to be met. There will be enough guides to ensure that everyone takes the right trail at junctions, and to make sure that no one falls behind the group. For your own safety and peace of mind, and that of the entire group, we require that every rider stay with the group and follow the assigned guides. Those who prefer to travel faster than the group and who decide to strike out on their own are generally the ones who have troubles. All Jamboree rides are classified as to the difficulty of the trail and necessary rider skill and experience.

    * Never/Ever is for the person who has never ridden before and requires the very easiest of trails to ride;
    * Beginner, for the rider with very limited experience on an ATV and who requires easy trails to ride;
    * Intermediate, for the rider who is somewhat experienced but is not yet a skilful, competent rider, who requires less challenging trails to ride;
    * Extreme, for the rider who is more experienced with no limitations as to his or her riding ability, and who can handle the most challenging and demanding trails.

We assume that each rider will adequately assess his or her own ability and choose those rides which will not offer challenges beyond his or her experience of ability. Beginning riders who place themselves in an advanced group will become a problem to the entire group. We require that each rider, regardless of age or experience, wear a helmet, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, shatter-resistant eye protection, long pants and a long sleeved shirt or jacket while riding. Eye protection is necessary because branches out over the trail, flying dirt, dust, rocks and insects can get into unprotected eyes. The other safety clothing is for sudden spills that can be caused by ruts, rocks or roots that can throw an ATV off course and into a spill. This is especially true if a rider is traveling too fast for trail conditions or personal ability.

Don't push yourself beyond your limits either in the speed or distance you plan to travel. Exceeding either limit leads to fatigue and loss of control, which can cause accidents. TRAX Georgian Bay Inc. Trails are meant for leisurely travel, not for speed. Most ATV accidents can be attributed to excessive speed; traveling too fast for conditions.

Accidents may also be caused by excessive dust and limited visibility. You can minimize dust and increase your riding safety and enjoyment if you allow 15 to 30 seconds between yourself and the rider ahead of you. Do not be afraid that the group will leave you.

You should plan to carry plenty of water or other non-alcoholic liquid. You can lose more body fluids than you realize, leading to dehydration and exhaustion. Do not drink water from streams. Giardia, a water-borne disease, is found in all surface waters and can ruin a good vacation.

Do not drink alcohol or use drugs while riding. As with autos, riding an ATV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lead to serious accidents involving you and/or other members of your group. Provincial law prohibits the use of drugs or alcohol while operating an ATV or any other motor vehicle.

Please observe the following safety tips, Provincial and Local ATV ordinances:

    * Observe the same traffic laws as other normal vehicles. Courtesy goes a long way in avoiding and preventing problems with other users.
    * ATV's shall yield right-of-way to automobiles at all times. Parts of the trail are also used for larger vehicles so be cautious and yield right-of-way to them always while riding. ATV's shall also yield to horseback riders who may be using the same trail. When meeting horseback riders please pull off the trail and turn off your engine, allowing the horse to pass without being spooked by your machine.
    * All ATV trails and roads are subject to two-way traffic. Please use extreme caution when riding to avoid head-on collisions. Be courteous when allowing other riders to pass.
    * ATV use in cities and towns is restricted to designated routes except to directly access motels, gas stations and other related services and activities, and for direct access to the trail.
    * Please stay on designated trails and prevent the disturbance and misuse of public lands. Riding on public lands is a privilege. Please help us to preserve it.
    * Ontario’s law requires that operators of ATV's be 16 years of age or older.

Thanks for observing our community and Provincial ATV laws and ordinances. Your strict conformance to these laws will help ensure and preserve your right to use ATV's on public lands in the future and will enhance your safety and enjoyment of Spring Jam 2012 activities.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

TRAX Georgian Bay Inc. its sponsors, partners and supporters, have tried to take every possible precaution to assist you in having a safe and enjoyable adventure while you are here. Because of the nature of this particular sport, it must be understood by every participant that there are inherent dangers in riding ATV's. Spring Jam 2012 , its sponsors and supporters and public land management agencies cannot be responsible or liable for any accidents or mishaps, or personal or property damage which occurs during Jamboree events. By registering for the Jamboree, each rider takes upon himself or herself, personal responsibility for his or her own safety and well-being and that of others in his or her care.

Riders are required to stay with their groups and follow designated guides. This will help provide for the safety and comfort of all riders. Guides will assist the group in determining and maintaining a safe and comfortable speed and will determine the routes to be followed. We must emphasize that the Spring Jam 2012 and associated side trails, are not built nor intended for speed. They are intended for a more leisurely pace, which lends itself to the nature of the trails and the often rough, terrain. Good judgment and responsible riding, on the part of every rider, must be exercised at all times on the trail. Each rider will be responsible for compliance with the conditions set forth herein, and for the condition and operation of his or her own ATV and related equipment, and of his or her own safety and personal protective gear, and that of those in his or her charge.

Provincial ATV laws indicate that where trails are located on public lands, and have been properly designated as open to ATV use, those involved in land management, and organized, permitted uses on those trails bear no responsibility or liability for accidents which may happen due to trail use or participation in events involving those trails. Again we emphasize personal responsibility for safety and well being on the trail.

Spring Jam 2012 personnel have attempted to assign a rating to each event, in order to help riders determine which events will be within the scope of their experience and ability, and to avoid those that may be beyond their abilities. These ratings are not according to any established system, but have been based only on the experience and personal knowledge of the guides. A variety of rides have been selected in an effort to provide events suitable to the abilities and wants of every rider. If riders have any questions or concerns about the difficulty of any event, they should ask the guides or other Jamboree personnel prior to joining with the group. Riders are encouraged to pick the Jamboree rides and events, which suit their individual experience and riding abilities.


ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

Spring Jam 2012 is very environmentally conscientious and insists that all participants be aware of potential environmental related problems. Our policy is to be absolutely "environmentally friendly" by adhering to the following:

   1. Keep your ATV on designated roads and trails at all times. Your ATV wheels must be absolutely in the established wheel tracks. Do not ride or even park your ATV off the trail, in the grass, brush or on any vegetation. Participants must confine their riding to inventoried, mapped, signed and designated ATV routes.  Experienced guides will keep you on those designated trails, if you will follow them carefully.
   2. There are a number of smaller stream crossings on the established trail systems. When crossing streams, always cross at 90 degrees to the stream flow; this is the shortest path to the other side. Most stream beds consist of rock so your crossing will not stir up any sediment from the bottom. However, this may not be the case in some of the smaller streams. In that case, please cross slowly and carefully, trying not to stir up or damage the muddy bottom.
   3. Please be aware of sensitive riparian areas adjacent to many streams. While the established trail will not traverse these areas, you must be careful not to cause any damage when you cross-streams. Avoid running over any vegetation, including young trees, shrubs and grasses. Again, stay in the established wheel tracks and follow your guide.
   4. Please be sensitive to the needs of wildlife, livestock, farmers, horsemen, hunters and other uses and users of the trail. Do not harass wildlife or livestock. It has been suggested that upon sighting wildlife, we slow down or stop our machines, leave the engines running, and stay on your ATV. Your passing or watching will not alarm most animals. However, if you stop quickly, turn off your engine and climb off your machine, the change seems to alert them and they will tend to move away from you. Remember, this is their habitat and we MUST respect their "space."
   5. If downed trees or other obstacles should block trails, please do not make your way around them. This practice establishes parallel trails, which is to be avoided at all times. Instead, with the help of the group if necessary, remove the obstacle and proceed within the established road or trail.
   6. Resist the urge to pioneer any new trails.
   7. Tread lightly! Leave no trace that you were there. Always leave the trail better than you found it.
   8. Please help eliminate garbage that may be found along the way. As for your own garbage, "if you pack it in, pack it out."
   9. If you enjoy riding the trails, please contribute to their maintenance and upkeep. The Spring Jam 2012 Committee reminds you that it is a privilege to use the trail, and that the user is responsible to maintain that privilege. By obeying these guidelines we can continue to enjoy this unique system of trails and the privilege of riding on public lands.
  10. Aggressive tires are not necessary on any of our routes and are strongly discouraged!


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS,
PLEASE CALL KATHY at (705) 389-1625 or e-mail info@springjam.ca

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Special thanks to:

    * ATVOntario
    * Bear Claw Tours
    * The Parry Sound ATV District Club
    * Rocky Mountain ATV Jamboree
    * Town of Parry Sound
    * Township of Seguin
    * Township of McKellar
    * The Municipality of McDougall
    * Township of Carling
    * The Municipality of Whitestone
    * Park to Park Trail Association
    * The Parry Sound Area Community Business and Development Centre
    * Explorers' Edge