Gateway to the North ATV
This ATV and side-by-side loop makes for the perfect day trip!

Starting in Cochrane, this ATV and Side by Side loop makes for the perfect day trip connecting to Quebec. Ride old rail beds, logging roads, and bush trails deep into the heart of the wilderness. Gas, food and lodging are all easily accessible in Cochrane, an ATV friendly town.

Our fury teddy bears

The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat is currently home to Ganuk, Henry, and Inukshuk. With 24 acres of pristine, natural environment, we offer them a home as close to wild as possible.

Boreal Forest

The Canadian boreal forest is a very large and beautiful place to ride with all types of territory.


Arrive in Cochrane at your leisure and check-in to one of the many different accommodations offered. Visit our ‘Stay’ page to see a full list of what’s on offer.

Before you begin your day trip adventure don’t forget to visit the www.aventurenord.com website to download the GPS map and connect to the www.gotourontario.ca.

After a well deserved night sleep you’ll visit the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat. At the world’s largest human care facility for polar bears, you will learn about the bears who call Cochrane home.

  • You are required to carry a minimum of a 10L fuel caddy per rider.
  • Bring change of clothes and basic toiletries, personal snacks, chips, and drinks.
  • You are required to have off trail riding experience.
  • Most importantly, your ATV or Side by Side must be in good running condition.


ATV enthusiasts are encouraged to reach out to the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) for the latest news on local trails and memberships.

  • The Club reminds riders that to use municipal roads, you must possess an M1/G2 Ontario license or equivalent.
  • ATVs used on municipal roads must also be licensed for the road and have valid insurance.
  • The Club reminds new riders, this spring, the importance of being familiar with the rules that govern ATVs in Ontario and within the municipality that you are riding in.


A reminder for ATV riders this spring, according to the Ministry of Transportation, your quad must meet the following requirements.

  • Your ATV must be less than 1.35 meters wide, excluding mirrors, and must weigh 450 kg or less.
  • Your bike must also have low pressure bearing tires, be registered, display a rear license plate, and carry insurance under a motor vehicle policy.
  • All ATVs must also meet the motor vehicle safety standards prescribed for restricted-use motorcycles in the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and be equipped with an appropriate service brake, parking brake, and brake light on the rear of the vehicle.


  • Polar Bear Habitat Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children between 5-11)
  • Day Pass
    • Adult $16.00
    • Seniors (65+) $14.00
    • Students (12-17) $12.00
    •  Children (5-11) $10.00
    • Children (under 4) Free

*ATV Side By Side self guided day trip at no cost*

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Gateway to the North ATV

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