HU Travellers Meeting Ontario 2014

THE PREMIER OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAVEL EVENT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS, CYCLISTS, AND DRIVERS OF OTHER EXPEDITION VEHICLES

Thursday Sep 11 to Sunday Sep 14, 2014 - Lake Manitouwabing

It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Horizons Unlimited Ontario Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, Sep 11 to Sunday, Sep 14, 2014.

Lunch will be served at 1 pm on Thursday, Sep 11, after which the Registration Tent will open for check-ins. The Horizons Unlimited Film Festival will start at 3 pm, and the first live presentations will begin at 6 pm. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday, Sep 14.

Over the course of the event there'll be talks, demonstrations, workshops, Q&A's, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won't miss out.

As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.

UPDATE: Draft schedule can be downloaded here. Please note it is subject to change!

Presenters at HU Ontario 2014 include...

Lorry and Kelli Gombos.

Lorant (Lorry) and Kelli Gombos

Central Asia - Pamir Highway on a Vstrom

It was a dream and it became reality but lots happened in the meantime.

I was looking at my old, wrinkled Asia map on the wall in our Taiwanese home. Even the scripts were written in Mandarin and the Stan countries were basically non-existent: it was just the vast land of the Soviet Union. The place that always made me curious. I wanted to go there now and see it myself even 22 years after the fall of Soviet communism. Riding in Central Asia was becoming a dream...

Lorry and Kelli Gombos.

Lorry has been riding for almost 2 decades and has always itched to go off the map, whether it be on a sports bike, dirt bike or big dual sport. Kelli has done most of their motorcycle adventures as a pillion.

Cathy Davies and Larry Johnson.

Larry Johnson and Cathy Davies

Others planned it, but we had to ride it - We joined the 1st guided circumnavigation of the world by motorcycle

Senior citizens who want to motorcycle around the world need a little help with logistics. Tour companies wanted to know if anybody would want help with circumnavigation. Eleven people said "Sure, we want to try." Here's the story of how we did it. My wife, Cathy Davies, was the only woman who rode her own bike. We were the only ones riding non-BMW bikes.

Larry Johnson.

Between jobs and relationships in 1979, Larry Johnson has solo-traveled 10 countries, 8 thousand miles thru Europe. 2010-11 joined the first guided RTW for eight months through 32 countries and only needed two operations when he got home.

Wolfe Bonham.

Wolfe Bonham

A Gringo in Mexico - It's not safe in Mexico, and other lies about travel south of the border

Friends and family were outraged and worried that I wanted to travel solo through Mexico on my motorcycle. Despite that I spent 2 months riding through the entire country with nothing but great times, great food, and great people. This presentation will show the realities of solo travel in and around Mexico (as well as Belize and Guatemala), in the hopes of encouraging others to travel to these amazing destinations without fear or prejudice.

Wolfe Bonham, El Lobo.

A study in contrasts, Wolfe is a tattooed Motorcycle Rebel Horticulturist who travels the world investigating the outdoors, gardens, and flowers. Wolfe is always on the lookout for the next cultural experience, the next great garden, the next winding road, and the next stunning sunset...

Chantal Cournoyer.

Chantal Cournoyer

53 000 km to dream - Pics, talk and video to give riders the will to go on the road.

Going around Americas is more than just a dream. It's an accessible dream! Come and enjoy our trip we did in 2012-2013 through pictures, videos and stories that will put the small germs inside yourself to eventually push you outside and start your own journey. That's what it's all about: sowing the idea and make it happen!

Chantal Cournoyer.

Chantal Cournoyer has been a rider for 23 years. After traveling through the Americas with her boyfriend, she wrote a book "53 000 km to dream". Now dreaming of the next trip. Which country? Who knows!

53,000 km to Dream.

Pat Trahan.

Patrick Trahan,

Racing Dakar, Circumnavigation of Africa, Morocco and more!

Dreams, let's do something about it!

Patrick will talk about his own story and how he realized most of his dreams. He had a dream when he was 15 to ride the Paris Dakar rally one day. At age 30 he bought his first motorcycle, after 10 times on it, he decided to send it in Europe to participate in his first rally. Became the first Canadian to ride a world cup Africa Rally. During the 10 years that followed he participated in 4 Dakars. In 2010 he became a Dakar winner, i.e reached the finish line!

Patrick Trahan in Dakar race.

Patrick Trahan finishing the Dakar.

Circumnavigation of Africa - One man, One bike, One continent, One goal

Patrick Trahan attemped to circumnavigate Africa on his Honda motorcycle solo and no support! He raised funds for the Children's Wish foundation of Canada. It was also a world record attempt to do it in 90 days. But unfortunately he had a head on collision in Nigeria with a car travelling against the traffic. It left him with 18 fractures. After being repaired in SA, he was in a wheel chair for a couple of months, then after rehabilitation, he was on a bike 5 months after the crash. He will talk about the preparation, the cause, the routes, the accident.

Pat Trahan circumnavigating Africa.

Morocco: Gate of Africa

Discover the beauty of Morocco and also the do's and don'ts on how to ride in Morocco. With the help of beautiful pictures, Patrick shares his 12 years experience of riding in Morocco and also will talk about the uniqueness of this country when riding - the skills required, the bike, the road, the off road, the people, the border, etc.

Morocco tour with Pat Trahan.

Andrew Pain.

Andrew Pain

Canada on a Small Motorcycle - Banff to Alaska, people, places, and 250ccs

Riding north through the Canadian Rockies on a small motorcycle, with a stuffed bear for company. Come along as we dodge real bears, rain, and odd roadside art.

Andrew Pain's close encounters with bears - Kenai.

Andrew Pain worked as a Paramedic in Milwaukee, WI for 15 years before quitting his job and hitting the road to see North and South America. Skipping the large bikes everyone told him to take, he rode a thirty year old, 250cc Yamaha for most of a year. Since returning the United States he has published several books on minimal motorcycle travel.

Greg Powell.

Greg Powell and Bill Hooykaas,

Two Ways Down

Tip to tip in the Americas. Two friends head out to Ushuaia in 2011, one rode solo, one with GlobeBusters. We'll discuss the pros and cons of each method, so bring your questions!

Bill Hooykas Greg Powell

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

How it all began. The story of Grant and Susan's 11-year trip around the world, without a plan or a clue!

Way back in 1987, before the Internet, two young and naive Canadians set out from Vancouver to ride around the world on a motorcycle. The plan (and budget) was for 3 years, but it didn't quite work out that way!

Grant steers around a road hazard - aftermath of flooding on the Pan American Highway!

Darren Baptiste.

Darren Baptiste,

Turn Left at Bogota - Toronto to Trinidad on a KLR650

My first big trip, a solo run through the Americas and into the Caribbean. When coming from the North, most people continue South from Colombia. I turned left and went on to Venezuela and Trinidad. From the marketing blurb for the eBook:

"A chronicle of a solo motorcycle journey over 4-1/2 months through 13 countries. With over 20 videos and almost 200 photos, plus maps, web links, interactive features and even a radio interview, you'll be treated to a front-row view of what it takes to organize, and survive, an epic trip like this.

There are tales of sickness and loss, meeting adversity, and thrilling triumph. And, of course, the wonderful stories of the generous and kind-hearted souls met along the way. If you're already a rider, you'll relate. If you don't yet ride, be warned — this book of wanderlust and adventure may inspire you to try something new."

Darren Baptiste, on the dragon.

 

Educational Sessions

Because Horizons Unlimited meetings are also about informing, not just inspiring!

Warren Milner.

Warren Milner

The Technology Behind the Adventure - Discussion of engineering compromises in adventure bike design

"Having worked with Japan on product development for the North American market I have gained insight into some of the reasons why motorcycles are built the way they are. I have put together a presentation that discusses some of the more controversial subjects related to Adventure bike design to provide a better understanding of the engineering compromises made and why.

The presentation is about half an hour and will discuss items such as ABS brakes yes or no for off-road, forks conventional vs inverted merits of each, why is chassis flex desirable, what's the big deal with mass centralization, and finally why you should trust the manufacturers rather than some random on the internet. The presentation will be followed by a 10 min Q&A where attendees can ask those questions they've always wanted to ask the manufacturers why don't you just build this, or why not bring this bike to Canada etc."

Warren Milner.

Warren Milner has travelled extensively through North America all states, provinces and territories. Mexico, some South America some Europe some Japan. Worked at Honda Canada for close to 30 years in tech support, product planning and marketing.

Diana Londono.

Diana Londono

Yoga for Motorcyclists

Aerodynamic Foundation, Pre And Post Riding Practice (60 min talk & demonstrations)

Join me to learn the basic understanding of the importance of keeping proper alignment in your bike and how to build balance between strength and flexibility plus improving endurance. You will learn techniques to improve awareness and how to recover faster through YOGA, supporting your ride even beyond your destination.

Diana Londono.

From the bike to the mat. (90 min yoga practice)

As bikers we are enthusiasts; we ride matching the intensity of any perceived boundary, so let's use this intuitive desire for joy and freedom by working from our body to our rides, to our life. As you learn to connect deeper to your body your ride experience will be greater, softer in the body, clearer in the mind, attention sharpens, we respect our limits, we live in more connection within our self and with the beautiful environment that is given to us to enjoy and protect.

Recovery between bike rides is important to rest your mind, recharge energy and balance your body with strength and flexibility towards a wonderful journey. Improve your recovery time, sleep and circulation through an all around YOGA practice.

Diana Londono.

Diana is a certified Hatha yoga teacher. As an engineer and former nationally ranked athlete, she combines the qualities of commitment, organization and responsibility with creativity and compassion. Her first contact with a motorcycle was a Christmas present when she was only 8y old. After a severe back injury during a diving accident she stopped riding for a few years. Yoga practice helps her to get back on the road. Central to her teaching is her awareness of proper posture and alignment. Diana believes that yoga is an art, where harmony and integration of body, mind, and spirit creates the beauty of the individual, perfect in its imperfection.

Wolfe Bonham.

Wolfe Bonham

Making the Dream a Reality - How I took my own personal dream of motorcycle travel and made it happen

For many of us the demands of work, family, mortgages, and societal pressures keep us from taking a leap of faith to step away from "normal life" and venture out on a "journey of a lifetime". In this talk Wolfe will walk you through how he was able to create a lifestyle that allows him frequent long term travel windows, along with all the planning and preparation steps he took in order to begin his semi-gypsy lifestyle.

Wolfe Bonham.

Chantal Cournoyer.

Chantal Cournoyer,

Camping preparation

What do we bring camping? What kind of tent, mattress or sleeping bags? There are so many things to think about and so many products on the markets. You need to choose what will suits your own needs. This presentation will provide a quick look at what me and my boyfriend brought on a 9 months journey. Some pros and cons on what we had to give you an idea.

Andrew Pain.

Andrew Pain

Going Small and Anatomy of Cheap

Going Small - Talking about luggage, because no one wants to pick up a heavy motorcycle I travel on a small motorcycle, and so should you. But even if you don't you can still earn from the little guys. Small bike means small luggage, and I'll talk about the minimum amount of stuff you should pack to live on your motorcycle for as long as you want.

Anatomy of Cheap - How and where to spend, and save, money for your trip It's perhaps the most common question people ask – how do you have the money for it? From prep through coming home, we'll talk about where to spend, and where not to, to get the most out of your dollars on the road.

Darren Baptiste.

Darren Baptiste,

Route Mapping Across Continents

Lots of roads to choose from, but which ones to choose? This workshop lets you explore what's right for you. We'll consider sourcing and using maps, and guide books; selecting a GPS ecosystem; and the Wisdom of Following Anonymous Internet Advice.

My biggest trip to date is from Toronto to Trinidad - 4-1/2 months, 19,000 km. My next big trip will be to ride across Canada and down to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bill Hooykaas.

Willem (Bill) Hooykaas,

A-Z of Overlanding

All you need is money, time, skill, and a sense of adventure!

"I had several years of riding under my belt when I set out on my first adventure way back in 1974 on my second BMW, a 1974 750/6 that I bought new in Rotterdam after finishing school. This was a road bike, but my touring 750cc choices back then were either a BMW, a Moto Guzzi, a Norton or a Royal Enfield Interceptor (remember those?). Then there were only two tour companies conducting bike tours in Europe: Von Thielmann and Bob Beach. I couldn't afford either one so decided to simply head out on my own until my money ran out and see what happened. I had no plans, experience or itinerary.

Bill Hooykaas then and now.

Bill Hooykaas then and now

Today, I have well over 1 million kilometers on BMWs. I have ridden the length and breadth of the Americas, all over Europe, parts of Africa and Asia. But there is still more to see, so my 2015 overland adventure is riding west from Japan, through Russia, Mongolia, the 'Stans, Moscow, Poland and back to Europe with 4 other riders. Hopefully this talk will not only feed your desire to explore those roads less travelled but also assist you in preparing and avoid some of the pitfalls I have encountered.

Bill Hooykaas in Chile.

This multi-part series of talks will not be definitive or maybe not even how others would do it, but it will be my small contribution to encourage you to realize your dreams. I hope you come, enjoy and bring your questions."
Grant Johnson showing tire changing.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Fix that flat! How to change a tyre anytime, anywhere!

Grant's tyre changing seminars are always well attended and appreciated. This seminar covers: how to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one; the best tools and how to use them for tube and tubeless tires; hands-on practical for beginners to experts, optional tyre changing contest.

Grant Johnson's audience for Tire Changing at HU California meeting.

Grant's tyre changing seminar at HU California meeting.

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! You can do it - we can help! Finding your way around Horizons Unlimited, other resources. Lots of great pics and video clips.

"Grant and Susan Johnson are icons in the round-the-world (RTW) motorcycling community. The Johnsons host - or more appropriately write, edit, produce, manage and coordinate Horizons Unlimited - a global network of motorcycle travelers... and a bona fide adventure motorcycling phenomenon." Dan Hilton, Rider Magazine

This seminar will be an overview of 'How To' travel overland topics. Includes content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

Grant Johnson.

Grant Johnson

Bike mods and ergonomics!

Grant will host a bike 'Show and Tell' - bring your bike and show us your favorite travel mods. Critique and discussion on what to consider when equipping a motorcycle for overlanding.

When you picked up your new bike, did they take the time to make it fit you? You'll learn the amazing difference a properly setup bike makes to your riding fun.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

LOTS of presentations to come! As people register to present we'll list them here.

How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact us here to volunteer.

Panel discussions at most HU events include...

Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!

Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.

Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.

For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Walk arounds / Show and tell!

Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!

Bike mods - Show off your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

Horizons Unlimited Ontario 2014 Ride-out

Michael Anthonijsz will be riding on the Seguin Trail from Honey Harbour to Algonquin Park on Friday, Sep 12. For anyone interested in following, meet up after breakfast.

Seguin Trail.

We'll ride south of camp for about 45 minutes to the trail head near Honey Harbour, where we will embark on an all day ride along a combo former colonization/rail trail to just east of Huntsville and, conditions permitting, to Algonquin Provincial Park.

Seguin Trail.

We will pass ghost towns, cross rivers and stop for lunch and beverages at a remote roadhouse along the way. This will be an all day ride, depending on the beaver activity there could be flooded sections of trail, so expect to get wet.

Seguin Trail.

This should be a tankbag only ride, leave the panniers at camp. Although not particularly technical, expect the unexpected ranging from downed trees and ATV ruts in the water crossings to deep sand stretches. Knobbies not required, but would make for drier palms.

Suitable for all sizes of bikes from dirt bikes to BigDogGS. This is a fun ride, with a fuel stop half way along the trail. It will be remote and there is a good potential to see deer, moose and perhaps a bear.

Seguin Trail.

Bring your camera and GoPro. Gas up at the trailhead where there is also a Tim Hortons to put a smile on our faces. :)

See the unofficial video from the 2013 Ride-out by Avner Skolnik.

Camp Manitou from air

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

We are pleased to announce that we are back at Camp Manitou for HU Ontario 2014, situated on the majestic Manitouwabing Lake and River, with open fields, forest and numerous facilities. Excellent riding on back roads in the area.

Campsite & Parking

There are plenty of camping spaces available, and also plenty of cabins for anyone who doesn't fancy camping. Bring your own sheets/ sleeping bag for the cabins. Parking is available for 2-wheel and 4-wheel vehicles. You can park next to your tent or cabin.

Camping at Camp Manitou.

No Fires

Fires will be restricted to fire pits, which are plentiful around the site. Camping stoves are allowed. Please be aware that we will be obliged by the venue to enforce these rules very strictly.

Campfire at Camp Manitou.

Showers & Toilets

All cabins are equipped with their own washroom facilities, including private showers, toilets and sinks. We will dedicate a number of cabins and their facilities for campers.

Manitou cabins

Children & Dogs

Horizons Unlimited is naturally keen to inspire the next generation of adventure travellers so you're welcome to bring your children along if you wish, but do bear in mind that the event is for adults (with adult themes and language) and we won't have any specific kids' activities. Children under 14 years old get in for free. Please note that the health and safety of your children is your responsibility and they must be supervised by you at all times. Children will not be allowed in any of the presentations from 8pm onwards each evening.

If you'd like to bring your dog along to the event we'll have a special area set aside for you to camp in. You'll need to ensure your pet remains on a lead at all times and doesn't damage or foul the site. Owners of noisy or aggressive dogs may be asked to leave. With the exception of guide dogs, no dogs will be allowed in the main presentation room.

Map of Camp Manitou (click for larger size)

Camp Manitou map. Click for larger version.

Note, we do not have all cabins as some are reserved to staff, but we do have the entire camp for the duration of the event.

Driving directions from Toronto:

Take the 400 North past Barrie and continue on the 400 towards Parry Sound. After you pass the main exits for Parry Sound, take exit 231 which is Highway 124 – towards Sundridge,

Travel on Hwy 124 for 19 km until you reach the town of McKellar. About half way you will reach the town of Waubamik – and you will see on the right hand side the RED DOOR BAKERY- it's amazing so go get fresh baked breads, cookies or ice cream.

As you approach the town of Mckellar, you will first pass Lake Manitouwabing on your right, and then you will see the Middle River Farms store and beside it the local corner store “Kwikway” on your right. Turn right just past this store onto McKellar Center Road (you are now 5 minutes away) and continue for 6.2 km. Stay to your right where the road splits. Just after Brownley & McKenna Rd, you will go up a small hill. At the top of this hill will be Camp Road.

Turn right on Camp Road. Drive 0.8 km into camp.

SUMMER STREET ADDRESS:
CAMP MANITOU
10 Camp Road
McKellar, Ontario, Canada P2A 0B4

PHONE: 705-389-2410

FAX: 705-389 3079

Meal Package

Pricing for the HU Ontario 2014 meeting is on an all-inclusive basis, as the venue is charging us a flat fee per day per person, which includes accommodation and all meals. Meal packages are either 9 meals (if coming for the whole event) or 6 meals (if coming for Friday/Saturday only):

Meal Package - 9 meals ($110)

Meal Package - 6 meals ($75)

  • Thursday lunch and dinner;
  • Friday breakfast, lunch and dinner;
  • Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and
  • Sunday breakfast.
  • Friday lunch and dinner;
  • Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and
  • Sunday breakfast.

Each dinner will have an alternate, vegetarian and pasta offering. There will be a vegetarian option offered at each meal - we will need numbers for these, so please indicate when you register if you wish a vegetarian meal.

Special diets can be accommodated with advanced notice within reason.

Cold cereals, fruit bar, oatmeal, bagels and spreads will be offered at breakfast as well.

Sample meal plan below (to be updated when finalized):

  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast  

McManitou Muffins w/cheese
Hashbrowns
Toast
Ass't Cereal
Fruit bar
Yogurt
Juice

French Toast
Bacon/Sausage
A'sst Cereal
Fruit bar
Yogurt
Juice
Pancakes
Scrambled Eggs
Oatmeal
Continental (croissants etc.)
Fruit bar
Yogurt
Juice
Lunch Pitas with tuna & egg salad
Salad Bar
Chocolate Chip cookies
Mixed Fruit
Hamburgers
Hotdogs
Veggie Burgers
Salads
Ice cream sundaes
Chicken fajitas
Stir Fry
Salad Bar
Banana Bread
 
Dinner Rotisserie Chicken
Steamed Veg.
Potatoes
Salad
Banana Bread
Oriental style vegetables and beef
Lasagna
Pastas
Variety of cakes
Chef cut roast beef
Mashed Potatoes
Vegetables
Salad
Pastries
 
Bedtime
snack
Cookies
Ice Cream
Fruit
Brownies
Marshmallows and Hot Chocolate (fireside)  

I've already registered - I just want to pay!

PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES

Includes admission to all slide shows Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
Tech Clinics and demonstrations. Meals are priced separately.

Pre-Register & Pay between:

Event Price

(all presentations and workshops)

November 1st & December 31st

$29 (saves $50)

January 1st & March 31st

$49 (saves $30)

April 1st & September 4

$69 (saves $10)

AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER SEPTEMBER 4)

Pay Cash or PayPal on Arrival

Full Pass

Weekend-Only Pass (arriving Saturday)

$79

$59



MEALS

All meals are provided. This includes 9 meals (Thursday lunch through Sunday breakfast) if coming for whole event, or 6 meals (Friday lunch through Sunday breakfast) if coming for Friday / Saturday only.

 

9 meals

6 meals

Meal Package (required)

$110

$75



ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation will be provided on site. Options include camping, shared cabin (max. 6 per cabin), couples cabin or private cabin. Accommodation pricing (per person) is as follows.

 

3 Nights

2 Nights

Camping

$60

$42

Shared cabin (max. 6 per cabin)

$90

$65

Couples cabin (two single beds, no double beds)

$120

$85

Private cabin

$150

N/A




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Join the Volunteer Crew

From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.

"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"

"It was my absolute pleasure to be able to give something back to the HU community and working with such great folks really made the event special."

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun! You can sign up to volunteer when you register for the meeting, OR click here if you have already registered and want to add volunteering.

Be a Presenter

We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation/GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications/blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging/bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats, plus a new Pecha Kucha option (20 slides x 20 seconds each).

Click here to submit your ideas

Comments about HU Ontario

"Super Super fantastic time. Thanks to all who volunteered to make everything run smoothly. To those that presented, I cannot thank you enough for the wealth of information we have gained from meeting you. We wish we could have left on our adventure Sunday morning we were so excited. We are very much looking forward to the next HUBB meeting we're able to attend."

"My first, and very enjoyable HU meeting. Very much worth the trip south, from my home in the States, to Parry Sound."

"It was great to be part of the Ontario 'Rendez-vous'. It was a real pleasure to meet some of the world travelers and to eat in their company. These people are real nice to talk with and most important, they don't have an 'attitude'. Camp Manitou was a great place for this event. The food was excellent. It was fantastic."

"Thank you again for organizing such a great meeting. It was our first and we are certainly looking to attend again."

"My first HU meeting but not my last! I thought I'd feel awkward but there were quite a few 'newbies' and I discovered I had been to a lot more places than I had thought. The friendliness and diversity of the people attending made it great! See you next year!"

"Thanks for the great weekend!"

"We had a great time at Camp Manitou, you have outdone yourselves once again. Lots of interesting folks and the presentations were well done and informative, not to mention inspiring! Hope to see you next year."

"I had a great and informative time at the Parry Sound HU meeting."

"This is my second meeting, and I wish I could attend them all... A special thanks goes out to Bill Hooykaas for leading us through a great GS ride along the Algonquin trail. Like Andy and Keith said: 'What a hoot!'"

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

Poster in pdf format (500kb):

HU Ontario 2014 meeting poster.

You may need to right click and choose "save target as..."

Thanks!

Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?

We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.

Book your Trade Stand space

Over the course of four days, this Horizons Unlimited event offers a unique opportunity to build awareness of your brand and talk directly to potential customers.

The Adventure Travel Zone occupies a central position at the event site and is exclusive to trade stands representing the overland adventure travel market.

Choose between our Premium and Standard packages, both of which include on-site advertising and Pecha Kucha presentations about your products and services.

Click here to book your trade stand

Advertise at HU Ontario

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Ontario 2014 but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.

Click here to arrange advertising

Ontario 2014 Venue Location

Camp Manitou
110 Camp Road
McKellar, Ontario,
Canada
P0G 1C0



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Information about the area

Georgian Bay Coastal Route

"Winding atop the Niagara Escarpment, through the La Cloche Mountains, along the Canadian Shield and alongside two of Canada's biggest freshwater beaches, this ride is all framed within this huge, stunning fresh body of water.

Georgian Bay, from Wikipedia.

The ChiCheemaun Ferry that connects Manitoulin Island to Tobermory is a unique way to see the bay. This route gets you as close to the shore as possible but some of the best views are just a short walk up a lookout tower, or one of the many trails. Take a glass bottom boat ride, a floatplane tour, or even a sea kayak excursion to experience it.

Georgian Bay can be done on its own or be included as part of a larger Northeastern Ontario road tour. Allow a minimum of three days for this ride."

Georgian Bay Coastal Route.

Bill Hooykaas suggests this is a nice trip with the HU Ontario meet as a mid-point rest stop. More info, map and other motorcycle tours on the Ontario Tourism site.

Any other info you have on the area, rides etc, please let us know.

Local Host

Bill Hooykaas in Chile. 

Willem (Bill) Hooijkaas is the local host for this event, assisted by Greg Powell, Roy Eastwood, Prunella Reynolds, Lance LeFort, Michael Anthonijsz, Clayton Anderson and Andy Clark. We're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.

We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register!

HU Events Refund Policy

We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

New to Horizons Unlimited?

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.

Susan and Grant Johnson
Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.

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10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

Check out the previous contest winners!