Parachute Canada recommends that no child under the age of 16 drive an ATV because they do not have the skill, motor development, or strength to handle the ATV.

In Newfoundland Labrador, Regulations for ATVs:

A person must be 16 to operate an adult size ATV (over 90cc).

 A person aged 14 or 15 can operate an ATV up to and including 90cc, if accompanied and supervised by a person 19 years of age or older (supervised means in view and voice communication is possible).

A person under 14 years of age is not permitted to operate any size ATV.

 Appropriate certified helmet is mandatory.

 The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that children and teens under the age of 16 should not operate snowmobiles. Also, children under the age of 6 should never ride as passengers on a snowmobile - they should ride as a passenger in a tow-behind sled with a rigid bar connection.

In Newfoundland Labrador, Regulations for Snowmobiles:

A person under the age of 13 shall not drive a motorized snow vehicle.

A person under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a person who is 19 years of age or older.


General ATV Tips:

  • Always wear a CSA-approved helmet
  • Don't drive along public roads and highways
  • Never drink or do drugs and drive an ATV
  • Only carry passengers on ATVs designed for a second person
  • Respect the environment
  • Wear goggles, face protection and appropriate clothing
  • Be Prepared: bring a first aid kit, tell someone where you are going, check the weather
  • Take a training course!



General Snowmobile Safety Tips:

  • Always wear a CSA-approved helmet
  • Never drive impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Always drive on approved trails
  • Make sure you have a trail pass
  • Respect the environment and other's property
  • Dress appropriately: snow coat, snow pants, mitts/gloves, dress in layers
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
  • Check the weather before going out for a ride
  • If you must travel on ice, check the ice or contact someone who will know the condition of the ice (RCMP, RNC, local wildlife officers, etc.)

Parachute Canada - ATV/Offroad Safety

Canadian Paediatric Society - ATV safety

 Canadian Paediatric Society - Snowmobile safety tips for families

International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association 

NL Motorized Snow Vehicles and All-Terrain Vehicles Regulations

Offroad Vehicle Safety Courses

Also contact Safety NL for their Offroad Safety Courses


NLIPC has a working group dedicated to Offroad Safety. This group will advocate for updating the legislation in our province to address the inclusion of the growing types of machines that are now being used such as side-by-sides, mini ATVs, and mini side-by-sides. The regulations for snowmobiles also needs to be updated and align better with the ATV regulations, mainly the age of the rider and mandatory use of helmets.