Why an OHV handbook ?
The goal is to educate you so you can protect yourself, protect other people, and protect the environment as you drive your OHV - off-highway vehicle.
This handbook focuses on ATVs, snowmobiles, and off-road motorcycles, which include dirt bikes and mini-bikes. However, the Off-highway Vehicles Act also regulates other vehicles you drive off road that are not registered under the Motor Vehicle Act.
It includes the rules, regulations, and behaviours that will allow you to enjoy riding your OHV while helping to keep you and others safe on the trail.
The handbook is free and may be available at Access Nova Scotia Centres, Department of Natural Resources field offices, OHV clubs and OHV dealers. Limited numbers of hard copies are available; however, the handbook can be viewed and downloaded from the links provided below.
Note: The Handbook is a guideline; since the original publishing, dates, fees and regulations may have changed and not reflected in the handbook. It is the user’s responsibility to ensure they aware of the most recent changes. When there is a discrepancy between Regulation and the Handbook, Regulation takes precedent.
Youth Size restriction: Section 11 of the OHV Act provides for the operation of an off-highway vehicle for persons under the age of 16. Please note, Section. 11(4)(h) “engine sizes not in excess of the manufacturers recommendation”. Ensure youth are operating machines designed and recommended by manufactures for the age and weight of the youth.
Current fees can be found here: https://novascotia.ca/sns/rmv/registration/roadveh.asp