A speed for every rider

High Level has an exciting new track for dirt bikers—and ATVers can enjoy leisurely excursions into the backcountry

by Kali Love |

A man flies through the air on his dirt bike

The High Level Motocross Association allows people to reach ultimate heights. — Photo courtesy High Level Motocross Association

If your pastimes include motorized recreation and you like the peacefulness of a quaint community, then High Level is the perfect place to visit. Resident Chris Macleod enjoys dirt biking, ATVing and sledding around the region. Macleod is the president of the High Level Motocross Association and he said in June 2010, the association celebrated the grand opening of a new motocross track in High Level.

"The track is ever evolving," said Macleod. "We have been . . . adding obstacles and upgrading it. It is roughly 1.7 kilometres long and there are not a whole lot of natural elevation changes, but there are man-made elevation changes and the terrain is mainly silty sand."

Getting out to explore

The area surrounding High Level is known for its oil reserves and forests, and Macleod said ATVers use mostly old logging and oil patch trails when they go riding. Although there is no organized ATV club in High Level, Macleod said many people own quads and they use them mainly to get to fabulous hunting and fishing spots.

Among Macleod's favourite places to ride are Mechesis Lake, Hutch Lake and Chinchaga River, where he said the trails are abundant.

For the upcoming summer, Macleod said the motocross association is looking at a number of tentative events that he would like to see happen.

"We may try to run a regional race and try to get some people from the surrounding communities," said Macleod. "We thought of doing an open family ride day where people come in and sign a waiver and ride for free that day—that went over well last year. There are also a couple of professional race teams that we are good friends with that said they would come up and put up a demonstration for us again."

If you are interested in upcoming events once they are confirmed, check out the associations's website.


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