Signs for off-road vehicles

Trail signs are designed to make trail traffic safer. Below are some of the most commonly used signs on all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and snowmobile trails.

Note that signs for off-road vehicles (ORVs) are based on the same principles as those of the road signs.

Examples of signs

The cross-country sign indicates a passage for cross-country skiers.

The advance sign at a road crossing indicates in advance that a road crosses the trail.

The groomer sign on an off-highway vehicle trail indicates the possible presence of a groomer.

This sign indicates the presence of a significant drop in elevation on a short section of an ORV trail.

This sign indicates a detour to avoid construction work on the trail.

The following sign indicates a crossing for quad bikes.

Designated ORV trail sign indicates that snowmobiles and quad bikes travel on the same trail.

The following signs indicate a steep downhill or uphill slope.

The following signs indicate that visibility is restricted or non-existent in a vertical curve.

These signs indicate that ATV riders and snowmobilers must use the shoulder of the road in some areas.

These signs indicate that quad riders and snowmobilers must use separate routes from snowshoers.

These signs, installed on a barrier that closes the passage to traffic, indicate that the trail is temporarily closed.

Objectives of signage for off-road vehicles

ORV trail signage is designed to:

  • make sure the trail network is interconnected;
  • make trail traffic safer;
  • facilitate traffic on and around trails;
  • indicate or remind people, when necessary, of regulations in force;
  • indicate hazards;
  • indicate maneuvers to be performed;
  • make sure workers, snowmobilers and ATV riders are safe while working on or near ORV trails;
  • provide useful indications or information to snowmobilers and ATV riders.

Last update: November 7, 2023


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