HU Travellers Meeting Ontario 2013


Thursday Sep 12 to Sunday Sep 15, 2013 - 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 12 to Sunday, Sep 15, 2013.

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 1 pm on Thursday, Sep 12, with the first presentations beginning at 6 pm. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday, Sep 15.

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.

You can download the draft schedule here - just remember it's subject to change!

Presenters at HU Ontario 2013 include...

Roel Bremmers.

Roel Bremmers

Destination Unknown - 1 Dutchman, 1 bike, 4 years, 24 countries, 100.000Km and many stories.

I will talk about the most memorable moments of my travels which took me through countries like Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor and Australia. Subjects that will be addressed during the presentation are: The pro's of being packed up (versus packing light), Traveling through "Dangerous" countries and The relationship with the bike.

Roel Bremmers.

Stories will include: A blessed journey, The road that would get me killed, Amazing Iran, Hospitalized in Pakistan, Riding in India, accident in Nepal, The "Big Box", Friends forever, Indonesian ferry crossings, TLC in East Timor, The beauty of Australia and "The girl in the Box".

Shu Liang & Quirien Wijnberg.

Shu Liang & Quirien Wijnberg, Dos Chinos

Back by popular demand, Shu & Q will be doing several presentations! Watch this space!

Shu & Q will be presenting on several topics, both inspirational (travelling in Iran and Turkey) and practical (how to travel light, how to connect with the locals, and a non-mechanics RTW trip). Q also advises that now he has a bike, he can demonstrate tire-changing techniques ;-)

Dos Chinos in action.

Ron Dicksen and Carmen Faulkner.

Ron Dicksen and Carmen Faulkner

Ron and the Black Swan - From Manitoba to Alaska to Argentina and back on a Triumph Bonneville

"My eight month trip, characterized by nearly endless beard growth, began in Manitoba, where I headed northwest for Alaska, and then south across two continents and 16 countries to the tip of Argentina.

While in Costa Rica I was approached by a beautiful fellow traveler who asked if she could join me. After ditching all my riding gear, and a lot more useful items, the Black Swan (my Triumph Bonneville) had enough room for her to squeeze in behind me.

Ron Dicksen and Carmen Faulkner.

The talk will cover the pro's and con's of traveling alone or with a companion, also the day to day struggles one will face on the road. Absolutely anyone can do this trip, before I set off I knew next to nothing about bikes, but being on the road for that long one learns loads of useful (and not so useful) things.

Ron Dicksen and Carmen Faulkner.

I am in the midst of making a documentary on my trip and will show pictures, videos and maps during my presentation."

Chantal Cournoyer.

Chantal Cournoyer,

Crossing the Americas

I am 46 years old and have ridden bikes for 22 years. Travelling through our continent was something I was dreaming of since I saw Long way Round. In 2012-2013, with my husband, it was finally my turn!

Chantal Cournoyer.

Pat Trahan.

Patrick Trahan,

Racing Dakar, Circumnavigation of Africa, Morocco and more!

Dakar: Dreams 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.

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

Emily Roberts.

Emily Roberts,

Ontario to Alaska - my adventure across Canada and up to Alaska, and all the crazy people I've met along the way.

I've been riding motorcycle since I could balance on two wheels, I grew up with the passion on bikes in my blood. When I was 11 I started teaching dirt biking. I've always believed that trying something that scares you is essential in life to grow. I took three months to travel up to Alaska and back to Ontario when I was 18 and it's still been the best growing experience I've ever encountered.

Emily Roberts in Alaska.

Along the way I hit a deer, went mushroom picking and some how ended up with a fermented toe in my shot of whisky.

Emily Roberts.

Bill Hooykaas.

Willem (Bill) Hooykaas,

Riding Chile - Carretera Austral and Route 40 highlights into Patagonia

Extreme remote riding down the deep remote interior of the length of Chile through the High Andes.

Bill Hooykaas in Chile.

"I ride, mostly on gravel when there is a choice, and I camp, while slowly working my way around the world."

Bill Hooykaas in Chile.

Andrew Pain.

Andrew Pain

Small Bike Through Peru

Stories and pictures from my weeks in Peru on a small motorcycle, including flat tires, food poisoning, deserts, and of course, Machu Picchu.

Andrew Pain.

Andrew Pain is a writer and adventure motorcyclist living in Milwaukee, WI. Preferring travel on small motorcycles, he has written several book on traveling on a motorcycle under 300ccs.

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.

Michael Irvine.

Michael Irvine,

The great hidden road network of northern Ontario

Ontario's commercial forest zone covers an area equal to the area of Germany or Japan. This is an area with great scenery, many great roads and few people. I work in MNR's forests division and will discuss how to access information about this little known road network, things to be aware of, and laws that apply.

Michael Irvine with bike, fixing an electrical fault.

Michael, fixing an electrical fault on XT500

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!

Educational Sessions

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

Azure O'Neill.

Azure O'Neill and Noel Bremmers

Two Up or Two Bikes - The pros and cons of riding two up and riding with two bikes

"When Azure and I met in Australia, I adjusted the Honda Africa Twin to fit two on one bike. While we fell in love, Azure fell in love with riding, as well. Upon arriving in the USA, she took riding lessons and got her license. On our way up to Canada we miraculously ran into her Honda Transalp. It was love at first sight. Now we travel with two bikes. Double the fun but also double the maintenance. We hope our experiences can help other riders make the decisions that are right for them."

Azure O'Neill fixing bike.

Azure O'Neil left the lobbying world of Washington, DC to pursue her dream to travel the world. Along the way, she met a Dutchman doing the same thing, but on an Africa Twin and was inspired to get her own bike. Now, she and the Dutchman are riding around North America with their sights set on South America and beyond... destination unknown!

Greg Powell.

Greg Powell,

Re-entering the Workforce

How to re-enter the workforce after a long motorcycle adventure! Everyone will tell you that you'll never get a job when you come back since you're obviously a flake... but is that true? HU has MANY stories of travellers coming back and getting a BETTER job than they had before. How did they do it? Come and find out!

Greg has cowritten (with Frank Maloney) Motorcycling: A Lifelong Passion - a unique book combining facts, color pictures and a motorcycle adventure story! - Check it out!

Motorcycling Passion.

Liz Jansen.

Liz Jansen, Author, Speaker, Adventurer

Getting Past Fear to Go!

In 2003, I stepped out of the corporate world, into the unknown, and a life that was more meaningful for me. Of course the new life began with a solo 2-month odyssey around Canada and the US. It's been an amazing road – and there's so much more to experience!

Getting past limiting thoughts and beliefs to living your dream

Lots of people dream of adventure traveling; or changing careers or making life changes for something that is personally more meaningful. Making the transition can be a challenge. Often taking the first step is the biggest challenge. Using my own stories and stories from others, I'll illustrate how others have done it and how listeners can do it do. It may be taking their first adventure trip, or they can apply the principles to any part of life.

Liz Jansen.

Paying to Play - Travel writing and getting articles published

Liz will moderate a media panel with other media types who can offer their perspective on what publishers and editors are looking for - both in writing and photography.

Pat Trahan.

Patrick Trahan,

Bike preparation and roadside repairs

Learn a few tricks from Patrick's rally background on how to prep a bike and how to fix it on the road. He will talk about how to prepare a bike before a trip around the house or a RTW expedition. From the front to the back of the bike, reviewing what can break and how to prevent it. Also showing some tips about tools to bring with you and common fixes on the road.

Pat Trahan roadside repairs in Morocco.

Clinton Smout.

Clinton Smout, Canada

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.

Clinton Smout and Lawrence Hacking.

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.)

Clinton Smout.

Lastly, I would like to demo slow speed control, counter balancing, and tight turns.

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.

Andrew Pain.

Andrew Pain

Going Small with Just a Phone

Going Small - Why you should choose a small motorcycle, and how to travel once you have.

While many riders look at ways to reduce weight on their overland motorcycle, few look at the heaviest thing they bring along - the motorcycle. This talk will cover the advantages in cost and weight of choosing a small motorcycle as your travel platform, as well as ways to reduce weight and increase savings in what you bring along.

Just A Phone - Replace all your travel electronics with just your smart phone.

Showing how a modern smart phone (I use android but the same ideas work with an iPhone) can replace most common travel electronics, from GPS to laptop for blogging and photo back up, to picture and video capture. Will include tips on photography, apps, and accessories.

Ross and Jean Copas.

Ross and Jean Copas, Bikes, Borders, and Bergs

Don't Wear Underwear!

Having completed motorcycle trips lasting as long as 5 months, we have learned a lot about packing and organizing for motorcycle travel. We have encountered so many "adventure riders" loaded to the hilt with stuff that just is not necessary and make it dangerous to operate the bike and leave them vulnerable to theft.

Jean Copas kissing llama in Peru.

Jean will speak about clothing, riding gear, and personal needs while Ross will focus on packing the motorcycle: what tools and equipment are imperative and what are not.

Ross and Jean Copas in Ushuaia.

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 cover - how to navigate the site since the redesign - mega-menus, search, the HUBB. Includes 'How to' content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

Emily Roberts.

Emily Roberts,

First aid on Trip

What to bring with you on trip to help you in emergency situations with first aid and mechanicals that you may encounter.

Packing for your trip - small things you can bring with you to help you out in times of emergency whether its a cut on your finger or a rip in your tire - things that are of multi use and can help you out when your far from a hospital and need a quick fix.

I'm certified with my Wilderness First aid and in our course we were trained in the mindset of creativeness and to deal with your injuries using everyday tools.

Grant Johnson.

Grant Johnson and Mac Kirkpatrick

Bike mods and ergonomics!

Grant and Mac Kirkpatrick 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.

Darren Baptiste.

Darren Baptiste,

Digital Road Warrior - No need to quit your job - you can work while you travel!

Explain how I was able to continue working as a computer programmer while on a motorcycle trip from Canada to Trinidad. Information about setting up a portable state-of-the-art remote work environment.

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!

Stove Cook-off - Everyone bring your stove and let's see what works - and what doesn't! The Pros and Cons of stoves, fuels and pots, recipes, pans etc

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 2013 Ride-out

Willem (Bill) Hooykaas will be riding on the Seguin Trail from Honey Harbour to Algonquin Park on Friday, Sep 13. 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. :)

Camp Manitou from air

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

We are pleased to announce that the venue for HU Ontario 2013 is Camp Manitou, 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.

Manitou dock and lake

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

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.

10 Camp Road
McKellar, Ontario, Canada P2A 0B4

PHONE: 705-389-2410

FAX: 705-389 3079

Meal Package

Pricing for the HU Ontario 2013 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

McManitou Muffins w/cheese
Ass't Cereal
Fruit bar

French Toast
A'sst Cereal
Fruit bar
Scrambled Eggs
Continental (croissants etc.)
Fruit bar
Lunch Pitas with tuna & egg salad
Salad Bar
Chocolate Chip cookies
Mixed Fruit
Veggie Burgers
Ice cream sundaes
Chicken fajitas
Stir Fry
Salad Bar
Banana Bread
Dinner Rotisserie Chicken
Steamed Veg.
Banana Bread
Oriental style vegetables and beef
Variety of cakes
Chef cut roast beef
Mashed Potatoes
Ice Cream
Marshmallows and Hot Chocolate (fireside)  


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Services and get your HU $15 discount!


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.

What happens at HU events?

HUBBUK 2013 - Donington Park

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 Events

"I don't even have plans to go ride around the world, but the presentations and people were great and you guys did an awesome job!"

"It was wonderful!! Loved the chance to rub elbows with experienced rtw'ers, and get their experiences/ views/ perspectives. The mantra I took away was 'just do it'."

"I have picked up so much information... and met some new friends and wonderful people."

"A superb event that was really well organised. I found the atmosphere amongst the attendees to be very positive too."

"I have not done much travelling so it was like visiting with a world traveller - Presenters were very approachable."

"Great atmosphere and camaraderie, especially at dinner time, and interesting presentations."

"Folks were all great and the most amazing thing was there was NO ATTITUDE."

"I have learned so much, made some great mates and met some of the best people. I was buzzing by the time I got home. I have a little trip planned and just can't wait to get out there."

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 2013 meeting poster.

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Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition in 2013, 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 2013

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Ontario 2013 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 2013 Venue Location

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

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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.

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 10 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 10 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.

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NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

  • South Africa: Nov 13-16
  • Thailand: Jan 9-11, 2015
  • NEW! USA Virginia: Apr 9-12
  • NEW! HUMM Morocco: May 13-16
  • Germany: May 14-17
  • Canada Ontario: Jun 18-21
  • Ireland: June 26-28
  • Colorado: July 17-19 TBC
  • Canada West: Aug 20-23
  • USA California: Sep 24-27
  • Aus Queensland: Sep 24-27
  • USA North Carolina: Oct 8-11
  • Aus Perth: Oct 9-11
  • Germany: Oct 22-25

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Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

Circle to Circle by Brian and Shirley Rix.
Circle to Circle - a journey through the Americas and beyond

by Shirley Hardy-Rix and Brian Rix

"Well written, funny and informative."
"Thoroughly entertaining!"

Available NOW from the authors' website!

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10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to