HU Travellers Meeting Ontario 2015

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

Thursday June 18 to Sunday June 21, 2015 - Lake Couchiching

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, June 18 to Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Lunch will be served at 1 pm on Thursday, June 18, 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, June 21.

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.

Draft schedule can be downloaded here approx one week before the event. Please note it is subject to change!

Presenters at HU Ontario 2015 include...

Michel Levesque.

Michel Levesque

14,000 km, 28 days, 10 states, 6 provinces and one less friend

After 36 years for the same company, Michel decided to take his retirement and thought that a month long motorcycle trip will help making the transition. That trip carried him through all the US northern states to the Pacific coast and back to Montreal through all provinces west of Quebec. What he did not know was that this trip would cost him a friendship. His presentation will cover the challenges of riding with a friend as well as take you to some of the most beautiful places in North America.

Michel Levesque.

At the age of 12 Michel owned his first motorcycle and was involved in Motocross competition until the age of 22. After some time away from riding to raise a family Michel has rediscovered his passion for riding and is back on the road. He has done one big trip and several smaller ones and is planning to explore North America over the coming years.
His philosophy - "Maintenance is roadside repair before you hit the road".

Tech Sessions and Workshops

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

Clinton Smout.

Clinton Smout, SMART Adventures

Dirt is not just for potatoes! Practical demonstration of traction loss control in sand and gravel on large dualsport m/c.

I am a passionate rider who has taught rider training for over thirty years. I own an off road rider training school that includes curriculum for adventure touring / large dualsports. I am a BMW GS off road instructor and love helping fellow riders become more comfortable with their own m/c in challenging traction situations.

Initiating traction loss and then practicing how to control it is a great way to develop the muscle memory habits of handling traction problems on loose surfaces. I would also like to illustrate the best way to pick up a fallen m/c, how to mount and dismount a fully laden m/c, how to use your feet to steer a m/c.

Clinton Smout.

I will be riding a BMW GS or a Yamaha Tenere. I will also suggest ways to setup your m/c for extended off road riding (tire pressure, bar and peg adjustment, shut off ABS and traction control etc.) Lastly, I would like to demo slow speed control, counter balancing, and tight turns.

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.

Presenters at HU Ontario 2014 included...

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...

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.

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.

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.

The Adventure Travel Zone

  • Equipment Specialists
  • Manufacturers
  • Tour Operators
  • Adventure Travel Authors and Film-Makers
  • The HU Store

Exhibitors Confirmed

S.M.A.R.T. Adventure Programs.

SMART Adventures - Professional off-road instruction, covering aspects of enduro, trials, motocross, rhinos, ATVs (including Canada Safety Council ATV certification), and snowmobiles.

SPECIAL DEAL:
Clinton Smout
is offering a 25% discount for HU Ontario attendees for 1-on-1 or 1-on-2 training on Thursday June 18 or Sunday June 21 at the school in Horseshoe Valley.

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them! Vendors please contact me for details.

If you'd like to secure your place in the Adventure Travel Zone, there's a pre-registration form for Authors & Film-Makers and a booking form for Trade Stands.

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

HU Ontario 2015 will be held at the OELC (Ontario Education Leadership Centre) along the shores of beautiful Lake Couchiching, only 1 hour north of Toronto.

OECL Lake Couchiching at sunset.

This fabulous 180 acre site has everything, and more, that you were asking for: great family style, all you care to eat catered meals; heated presentation rooms and dining hall all in the same building; choice of heated motel-style rooms or dorm rooms, with washrooms-both at very reasonable rates; unlimited grassy camping; two large fire pits; wifi; within 10 miles of the BMW OFF-Road Training School: BMW Horseshoe; and lots of great roads and trails nearby for every skill level and riding style.

OECL.

Campsite & Parking

There are plenty of camping spaces available, and also plenty of beds for anyone who doesn't fancy camping. Parking is available for 2-wheel and 4-wheel vehicles. You can park next to your tent or cabin.

Dorm rooms

The dorms utilize nearby centralized washroom facilities. All dorms are heated. We will not use the upper bunks. We will designate male and female dorms. Bring your own sheets/ sleeping bag, pillow and towels for the dorms.

OECL Dorm room. OECL Dorm room.

Dorm rooms - we will not use the upper bunks!

Rooms in Cabins

Cabins have self-contained washroom facilities, which are shared by all cabin occupants. Some cabins will be designated for couples - these have 2 beds in a bedroom, however the washroom facilities are still shared. All cabins are heated. Bring your own sheets/ sleeping bag, pillow and towels for the cabins.

OECL Cabins - beds will have mattresses, but bring your own sleeping bags or linens and pillows.

Cabin rooms - beds will have mattresses, but bring your own sleeping bags or linens and pillows.

OECL Cabin Washroom. OECL Cabin Washroom.

Cabin washroom facilities

OECL Cabin Living Room.

Cabin living room

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.

Showers & Toilets

There will be centralized male and female washroom and shower facilities, which campers and dorm occupants will have access to.

OECL Washhouse sinks.

OECL Washhouse washrooms. OECL Washhouse Showers.

Children & Pets

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. 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. Participants under 18 years old must be supervised by an adult. 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 8 pm onwards each evening.

Unfortunately we are not allowed to bring pets onto the property, so please leave your pets at home.

Smoking & Drinking

The venue has a No Smoking Policy in all work, washroom, meeting and food services areas. Smoking outside will be restricted to designated smoking areas only. Please dispose of the butts properly in the butt cans.

You may Bring Your Own alcohol for consumption in your cabin or tent. We reserve the right to expel without reimbursement any attendee who becomes intoxicated and/or causes a disturbance.

 

Meal Package

Meals are NOT included with your registration fee. You have choices regarding 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.

Breakfasts will include assorted cereals, fruit, juices, tea, coffee and hot chocolate, white or whole wheat bread, spreads.

There is a salad bar for both lunch and dinner to provide fresh additions to the main entree. Assorted juices, coffee, tea, bread and condiments are available at every meal.

Vegetarian options are always available and special food needs are carefully looked after (and monitored by the nurse). We will need numbers for these, so please indicate when you register if you wish a vegetarian meal. OECL is a nut-free site.

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

  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast   Egg McMuffin with cheese, home fries, sausage or bacon French toast, oatmeal, sausage or bacon
Scrambled eggs, croissant, sausage or bacon
Lunch BLT sandwiches, soup, salad bar, butter tarts Hamburgers,
Veggie Burgers, salad bar, cookies
Chicken fajitas, soup, salad bar, fresh fruits  
Dinner Mini egg rolls, Chicken and vegetable stir fry, rice, salad bar, banana cake Mini quiches, Baked Lasagna with caesar salad and garlic bread, mixed vegetables, salad bar, ice cream Pizza, BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, corn, salad bar, golden brownies  

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 and accommodation are priced separately.

Register and Pay before Dec 31, 2014

$45

Register & Pay between Jan 1 and June 11, 2015

$60

AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER JUNE 11)

Pay Cash or PayPal on Arrival

Full Pass

Weekend-Only Pass (arriving Saturday)

$75

$50


MEALS

Meals are not included with your registration. Pre-order only - please order when you register so you don't go hungry!

Meal Package A includes 9 meals (Thurs lunch through Sun breakfast)

 

$110

Meal Package B includes 6 meals (Fri lunch through Sun breakfast)

 

$75


ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is not included with your registration. Accommodation options include camping, dorm bed or cabin bed (see descriptions above). Accommodation pricing (per person per night) is as follows.

Camping

$20

Dormitory bed

$30

Cabin bed

$40


SELECT YOUR PRE-REGISTRATION OPTION

ADVENTURE TRAVELLERS

PRESENTERS

 

TRADE STANDS

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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'."

"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, 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 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 (275kb):

HU Ontario 2015 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 2015 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 2015 Venue Location

Ontario Educational Leadership Centre
7098 Rama Road
Longford Mills, Ontario
Canada L0K 1L0



 

Driving Directions to OELC

From Toronto: take the 400 North and continue toward Orillia on Highway 11 proceed past Orillia to exit at Washago, Simcoe County Rd. 169 go past Washago by 100 meters and turn right on Rama Road: OELC is 6 kms south on the right.

From the North: exit Highway 11 Southbound on Simcoe Rd. 169 Washago go past Washago for 100 meters and turn right on Rama Road OELC is 6 km south on the right.

From Highway 12 Whitby: take Highway 12 West and turn right on Rama Rd. at Atherley proceed 12 km North on Rama Rd. to OELC on your left

Local Host

Bill Hooykaas in Chile. 

Willem (Bill) Hooijkaas is the local host for this event, assisted by Greg Powell, Lance LeFort, Mike Muldoon, Michael Anthonijsz, Robert Hayes and Keith VandenBeukel. 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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