Historical adventures

We asked our readers to share their favourite historical riding zones


The North York Creek Plane Crash Trail is a popular ride for ATVers and other off-road enthusiasts in the Coleman and Crowsnest Pass area. Jim Forsythe photo

The North York Creek Plane Crash Trail is a popular ride for ATVers and other off-road enthusiasts in the Coleman and Crowsnest Pass area. — Jim Forsythe photo

Whether you’re an ATVer, a sledder, a motorcyclist or any other kind of motorsports enthusiast, there is nothing quite like visiting a historical attraction. Combine your interest in history with your passion for the outdoors, and check out some of these top riding-friendly heritage sites suggested by our readers.

Dorreen, B.C.

This old ghost town was established on the rail line between Terrace and Smithers. It has become a popular place for ATVers to visit. To find out more, check out this article.

Silver King Mine

Located in Utah, Silver King Mine was once a profitable gold mining operation, with a history going all the way back to the 1890s. Riders can take the Paiute ATV Trail to get there.

Submitted via Twitter by @WAATVA

Deer Creek Mine/Ghost Town

Also accessible along the Paiute ATV Trail, the Deer Creek Mine and ghost town in Utah was once a busy gold mining site.



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Sandon/Cody, including Reco pass

"This is an awesome ATV/motorcycle ride exploring the ghost towns of Sandon and Cody with a high-elevation alpine vista going over Reco Pass. This ride is just outside New Denver, B.C."

Submitted by Steve Shannon

Trout Lake/Silvercup Ridge

"There are plenty of old mines and the former mining boomtown of Trout Lake is a fascinating visit."

Submitted by Steve Shannon

Sugar Mountain Lookout

"Located outside of Vernon, B.C., near Cherryville, this historic fire lookout is a wonderful motorcycle or ATV ride with beautiful views of the Monashee mountains."

Submitted by Steve Shannon

Triune Mine

Originating in the early 1900s, this retired mine near Trout Lake, B.C., requires some advanced riding to access it. For history buffs, it's well worth the challenge. For more information, check out this article.

North York Creek Plane Crash Trail

This trail, which is located near the community of Coleman, Alberta, is a moderate to challenging ride that takes ATVers to the site where an RCAF DC-3 Dakota aircraft crashed near the headwaters of North York Creek in 1946.

Remnants of the plane can still be seen and there is a plaque commemorating the lives of the seven men on board that were lost in the crash. Visitors are asked to respect the history and heritage of the area. For ATVers, it is best to park your vehicles and walk the last section of the trail so as not to disturb the land.

For those feeling a little more adventurous, there is a hiking trail above the crash site that leads into a small alpine basin between Andy Good Peak and Mount Couthard.

Do you know another historical attraction that riders can visit? If so, we would love to hear about it! Fill out our reader submission form and let us know.


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