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I was hiking the other day with my wife and mother-in-law :( and noticed that we ended up on a trail where with a sign that said something about "this is crown land" and the only prohibited activities were fishing, camping and hunting (...use at your own risk...yada-yada).

Does this mean I can mountain bike there?

I recall a thread or two a while ago that discussed trails in Ontario and the mention of crown land...but can't recall if riding on crown land is allowed or not. I mean if it says it's government owned than it's not private property and if they don't cleary prohibit biking, then I think it's obvious...but I'm just checking with you intelligent people.

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AFAIK, biking is permitted on Crown Land. I do it all the time on the Crown south of Apsley in the Peterborough Crown Game Preserve. Now in a Provincial Park, that may be a different story. Also, in the Living Legacy Signature Sites, which I don't know if they are in operation yet, mountain biking along w/ other uses & access will be restricted.

Can you elaborate as to where you were?
 

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I have ridden crown land north of Oakville. I had called to verify everything was OK, and was told that as long you do build/damage trees etc, then you were free to use for "recreational" use.
 

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Steve F said:
I have ridden crown land north of Oakville. I had called to verify everything was OK, and was told that as long you do build/damage trees etc, then you were free to use for "recreational" use.
I think you mean "don't build/damage trees..."
 

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No Crown Land south of the Severn River

Crown Land is a term normally used for land owned by the federal government. Anything south of the Severn River that is public land is owned by the Province or their respective municipalities. Each municipality has there own bylaws pertaining to how the land should be used.
 

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revrnd said:
AFAIK, biking is permitted on Crown Land. I do it all the time on the Crown south of Apsley in the Peterborough Crown Game Preserve. Now in a Provincial Park, that may be a different story. Also, in the Living Legacy Signature Sites, which I don't know if they are in operation yet, mountain biking along w/ other uses & access will be restricted.

Can you elaborate as to where you were?
It's The Grange, close to Alton. I checked out a couple of trail reviews and it's the same land I was referring too. I went on the ministry natural resources site but couldn't easily find info about types of crown land and local bylaws, so I'll ride it every now and then and see how it goes.
 

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Dutch said:
Crown Land is a term normally used for land owned by the federal government. Anything south of the Severn River that is public land is owned by the Province or their respective municipalities. Each municipality has there own bylaws pertaining to how the land should be used.
I don't know where you got this info but any non-patented land (not private property) north of the Trent Severn is provincial as well. The property behind my folks' acreage north of Burleigh Falls is Crown Land and is owned & managed by the MNR.
 
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