HU Travellers Meeting Canwest 2018

THE PREMIER OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAVEL EVENT
FOR MOTORCYCLISTS & TRAVELLERS ON 2, 3 OR 4 WHEELS!

Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting

Thursday August 23 - Sunday August 26, 2018 - Nakusp, BC

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 Canada West Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, Aug 23 to Sunday, Aug 26, 2018.

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 1 pm on Thursday, Aug 23, with the first presentations beginning at 2 pm. Final presentations will be on Saturday, Aug 25, with cleaning up and packing up on Sunday, Aug 26.

Over the course of the event there'll be almost 50 talks, demonstrations, workshops, Q&A's, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won't miss out.

HU Canwest 2015 presenters.

Just a few of the presenters from HU Canwest!

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.

The event schedule can be downloaded approximately a week before the event. PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is subject to change at any time - all the presenters are volunteers and travelling, thus they may be delayed or unable to get there. Some may have anxiety attacks and be unable to perform! ;-) And sometimes travellers show up unexpectedly with great pics and stories, so we try to fit them in! Details of changes to presentation times or other matters of note will be posted at Registration and other locations.

Presenters at HU Canwest 2018 so far...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

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!

Workshops and Educational Sessions

...because Horizons Unlimited meetings are about information, not just inspiration!

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 various 'How To' topics. Includes 'How to' content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

Grant Johnson showing tire changing.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

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

Grant's tire 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 tire changing contest.

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

Grant's tire changing seminar at HU California meeting.

Grant Johnson.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

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.

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.

Presenters at HU Canwest 2017 included...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Shannon and Mike Mills

Shannon & Mike Mills, S&M Boiler Works

Perpetual Motion: RTW Motorcycle Journey
Dissecting the $ - RTW Motorcycle Trip

1. Perpetual Motion: RTW Motorcycle Journey

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then we figured our movie showing the highlights of our three-year trip around the world would save us a lot of talking. S&M Boiler Works will show a movie (45-min) detailing our journey around the world on two Suzuki DR 650 motorcycles. It starts in Seattle driving south through the Americas to Ushuaia, a cargo freighter journey across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, two months in Morocco, a race across Europe to a loop around Turkey, an air cargo hop to Nepal, then overland to Indonesia before returning to Seattle by way of the HU CanWest meeting. After the movie it is all Q&A.

2. Dissecting the $ - RTW Motorcycle Trip

Three years ago, we gave a presentation about planning for a short trip as well as our three-year around the world trip. Now with the three-year trip nearing completion, we can revisit our assumptions. We will share our lessons learned, where are budget was correct and where we were way off the mark. The books will be wide open. We will discuss where money could be saved, what costs are unavoidable, how to plan and budget for your own epic journey whether two weeks or five years. We will also share information on border crossings, navigation tips and tricks, routes, and more. S&M Boiler Works will share all costs, hard won lessons, and strategies from their 3-year journey around the world.

Mike and Shannon Mills fixing a tire in Bolivia.

Olivier Preston

Olivier Preston

How I Fell in Love with Riding
Riding in Vietnam and the Himalayas

No one plans to fall in love. That's how it was for Olivier. At 23-years-old, with no plan, no prior experience, and even less money, he's just back from a solo motorbike trip in Vietnam and India. He learned to ride a bike in Vietnam... after he bought the bike... and travelled 4000 km from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. He then rode along the border to China for 10 days, followed by a trip through the Spiti Valley in the Himalayas in India for 20 days, having rented a Royal Enfield Thunderbird in Manali and traded some items for a tent in India. He's big on inspiring people to ride and travel as they are "by far the coolest experiences of (his) life."

It doesn't have to be that complicated to make a trip like this happen. Olivier didn't plan his trip in India until he arrived there, and relied on meeting people and asking questions. He firmly believes riding a motorcycle is one of the best ways to visit a country now and is very excited to do some more travelling by bike. While he encourages people to ride in the Himalayas in India or Nepal, he's a huge fan of the Spiti Valley which is a hidden gem for motorcyclists - a popular recommendation based on conversations with many motorcyclists from India.

Olivier just graduated university and is totally smitten with riding. Now that he's back in Canada AFTER his travels, he'll be getting his motorcycle license soon!

Olivier and his bike.

Leanne Amy

Leanne Amy

Planning for Successful Outcomes
Planning for the Unplanned

Adventure travel, by its very nature, can have uncertain outcomes. So how can we prepare for and mitigate the less desirable outcomes? Leanne gives an overview of prep, tools, and services to be aware of; registering your travel tracking devices; medical history and information sharing. When it comes to insurance, do you know what to consider when shopping around for primary, secondary, supplementary, repatriation, etc.? How about networking?... you are more connected than you know.

Leanne began riding in August 2012 as part of a friend's bucket list, not hers. As soon as the course was complete, she bought a BMW F650GS. Since then, Leanne and her husband have done numerous BC/AB, Washington, and Oregon camping trips, including a 2015 trip to Austria and the Italian Alps which has further hooked her on more exploratory moto adventure travel in the future.

Leanne Amy on her bike.

Don Hatton

Don Hatton

Dakar Adventures

Don Hatton has truly chased his dreams. His adventures have taken him all over the world. He has ridden motorcycles in the outback of Morocco, Sardinian Dubai, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Italy, Tunisia, and Mexico. He has been lost in every major desert in the world. He's been mugged, lost, run over, and had a serious crash in Argentina that put him in intensive care for seven days and nearly ended his life, yet he continues to chase his dreams. Don has some amazing tales to tell - don't miss this exciting evening.

Don competed in the Dakar Rally three times, the Baja 1000, and many other international off-road motorcycle races. He competed on Sardinia Italy as a member of the Cyril Despres Factory KTM team in Sardinia Italy; was teamed with Simon Pavey on a BMW-Husqvarna supported team in the 2013 Dakar Rally; worked with Charley Boorman in the filming of Extreme Frontiers Canada (complete with a cameo appearance); and was the featured adventure-riding instructor on 12 episodes of the TSN series "Motorcycle Experience".

He's offering 2-3 riding clinics on Saturday, so be sure to sign up and be a part of it.

Don crossing Baja 1000 finish line.

Don with Charley Boorman and Russ.

Bob Forster

Bob Forster

Fly Your Bike - Quick Trip to Europe
2-up on an R1200GS, Air Canada's 'Fly Your Bike' program, and the costs + experiences

In June 2017, Bob and Tracey flew their R1200GS bike from Calgary to Frankfurt to start a 26-day trip through Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and the Italian Dolomites before returning home. They'll share the pros and cons of shipping your own bike vs. renting, the costs involved, and the documents required. They'll talk about their planning, what went right, what went wrong, and what they'll do differently next time. And, of course, their experience of the places where they stayed, the people they met, and the roads they travelled.

Bob and Tracey Forster on a mountain tour

Robert Thode

Robert Thode

See the World on the Installment Plan
The Band of Brothers Tour
Travelling Europe

1. Seeing the World on the Installment Plan

What do you do when you have that urge to ride your motorcycle around the world, but you have a family, an 800-acre farm, and a company with 20 employees? Shutting down your home life is not an option. Rob talks about how he travelled one "chunk" at a time, the mistakes he made, and what worked. Plenty of pictures and highlights of his travels through 76 countries, AND his plans for the next 30+ countries!

2. The Band of Brothers Tour

World War II was our fathers generation's war. This trip was a history lesson and memorial to the sacrifices their generation made. Robert read some on WWII and his wife Martha's father was an officer on the European front, was captured, and spent time in POW camps. Rob and Martha followed the Band of Brothers route with some diversions to battle sites that Martha's dad was involved with. They also made a diversion up to Keil, Germany, where his great grandfather was from to connect with some of his family roots.

3. Travelling Europe

A whirlwind motorcycle road trip of Europe - from Rome to the Arctic Circle and back to Wales. Europe is expensive, fuel is double U.S. price, food and hotels are 50% more. So how do you do it without going broke? Europe is easy to travel with most borders indicated only by a sign as long as you stay in the EU. We did travel a short way into Russia - crossing that boarder took some time. Robert shares some of the logistics and inside tips of staying in the black with your budget.

Rob's first "escape" was to New Zealand in 2006 and he was hooked. To date, he has traveled by motorcycle in 76 countries with base plans for the next three "escapes". At home, his family farms cattle, hay, raises timber, and are specialty contractors in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Robert and his bike

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!

Maria Schumacher and Aidan Walsh

Maria Schumacher and Aidan Walsh, Following Tarmac

Kangaroos and Corrugations
The length of India - Not on an Enfield

1. Kangaroos and Corrugations

You'd think riding around a first world country like Australia would be plain sailing. And in a way it is: spare parts are easily available and everyone speaks English. It's the rhythms of nature that will pull you this way and that, taking you on a wonderful rollercoaster ride of adventure, survival, and riding fun. The twisties in the snowy mountains will have you lose all track of time while lusciously green Tasmania seems like a world of its own, with wild Tasmanian devils and Pademelons wandering the mushroom carpeted fields. Australia's centre is so vast that a house number like 13501 is not unheard of and people have to drive for miles to mail boxes of any shape and size they fancy. You'll have to bring extra fuel, water and rations just to make it between neighbouring cattle stations, and Jackeroos heard cattle by horseback, motorcycle or helicopter. Bikers across the country will warn you that you shouldn't watch the helicopter in the sky, but flee the inevitable stampede it forebodes. We'll be telling tales of riding through Australia's eastern mountains, exploring Tasmania, traversing the dry and dusty centre, avoiding crocodiles in the north, enjoying encounters with the locals, and - if we have time for it - the wonderful west, too.

Maria riding the red Australian dirt.

2. The length of India - Not on an Enfield

We'll tell you how to go about buying a bike in Delhi that isn't an expensive Enfield (it can be done even without the help of the famous Lali Singh). Then we'll share tales of our 6-month adventure riding around India. First, the freezing cold and stunningly beautiful Himalayas, through the recently flooded Srinagar, where we lived on a boat. The deserts of Rajasthan and the Pushkar camel fair. Bootlegging in Gujarat with its dried up salt planes that flood in the rainy season, almost cutting it off from the rest of India. Christmas amongst the ruins of Hampi and living with a tribe in the tea mountains, and the stunning hippie beaches of Goa and the waterways of Kerala. And, finally, we'll tell you how to sell the bike again.

Maria and Aidan's bikes and an India mountain vista.

Doug Laird

Doug Laird

Nordkapp 2017 - The Last Corner
Half the FUN is planning the ride. Things I have learned about planning and then riding these adventures.

Over the last five years, I've planned my trips to include the length of the Pan America Highway and a ride around the world. Having visited three corners of the world, I had a goal of visiting Nordkapp. On my way home from this adventure, I want to share with you the planning process for these self-directed rides and lessons I have learned. I must admit that, for me, half the fun of an adventure is the planning process. It is not as difficult as you might believe to plan your own trip of a lifetime. I'll share some resources available to you for the initial planning and then more specific details for obtaining visas, shipping the bike, getting insurance, finding hotels, communications, setting up your GPS, etc. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and also learning from you.

Doug Laird at Tierra del Fuego

Trevor Hughes.

Trevor Marc Hughes

Riding Across Historic British Columbia
B.C. is full of wonderful historic places to travel to on a motorcycle. Join Trevor as he shares his travel tales and welcomes your ideas, too.

Join author and motorcycle travel writer Trevor Marc Hughes as he tells of his journeys across this huge and wonderful province. What he likes to do most is combine his love of motorcycle travel and his interest in British Columbia history. He'll speak of journeys along challenging roads to unique ghost towns, travelling twisty roads to lands end on Vancouver Island and forest service roads that will take you to the oldest forest in the country. From natural history, to First Nations history to European settlement history destinations, the roads of British Columbia can lead you to so many fascinating discoveries. Come and hear Trevor tell of his adventures and be prepared to share some of your own B.C. history travel stories.

Trevor has been riding a motorcycle for nearly 20 years. His current bike is a KLR650 and he writes about motorcycle travel in British Columbia for several magazines. His two books, "Nearly 40 on the 37" and "Zero Avenue to Peace Park", explore the history of the province via the motorcycle journey.

Trevor at Kettle Valley Railway

Dave Rankine.

David Rankine

Motorcycling from Korea to Europe
Motorcycling To and From Alaska
Riding from the U.S. to Argentina

1. Motorcycling from Korea to Europe

A presentation on riding a motorcycle from Korea to Europe emphasizing practical advice for those contemplating such a trip. Dave has spent his retirement riding the world which he has been around two-and-a-half times.

2. Motorcycling To and Around Alaska

A former Alaska resident, Dave will give a slideshow of the various routes to and around Alaska emphasizing practical advice on roads and climate to aid one planning a trip there.

3. Riding from the U.S. to Argentina

This is a slideshow and talk about riding a motorcycle from the U.S. to Argentina. The emphasis is on practical advice on climate and distance.

Dave Rankine in Russia.

9MMFF

9 Minute Moto Film Festival

Brand new films for your viewing pleasure

9MMFF is premiering brand new films during the weekend. Sit back, relax, and enjoy what fellow motorcyclists have created from their adventures. Who knows... maybe they'll inspire you to see the story hidden within the hours of video footage at home. 9MMFF founders, Nevil and Michelle Stow, are conducting a video workshop, too. Check below for more info.

The 9 Minute Moto Film Festival (9MMFF) is the brainchild of Nevil and Michelle Stow. They seek to showcase short (maximum 9 minutes, to be precise) movies made by motorcyclists and travellers around the globe at their annual festival at the Mad Dog Cafe in Alberta.

9MMFF-HU poster

Workshops and Educational Sessions

...because Horizons Unlimited meetings are about information, not just inspiration!

Don Hatton

Don Hatton, Hatton Insurance Agency

Riding Clinics (Saturday, Aug 26th)

A BMW-certified, international, off-road motorcycle instructor, Don has taught with world-renowned BMW off-road riding instructor Simon Pavey. Don runs a very popular adventure rider training facility in Duncan, British Columbia, along with a very successful insurance agency specializing in motorcycle insurance.

Don competed in the Dakar Rally three times, the Baja 1000, and many other international off-road motorcycle races. He competed on Sardinia Italy as a member of the Cyril Despres Factory KTM team in Sardinia Italy; was teamed with Simon Pavey on a BMW-Husqvarna supported team in the 2013 Dakar Rally; worked with Charley Boorman in the filming of Extreme Frontiers Canada (complete with a cameo appearance); and was the featured adventure-riding instructor on 12 episodes of the TSN series "Motorcycle Experience".

He's offering 2-3 riding clinics on Saturday, so be sure to sign up and be a part of it.

Don with Simon Pavey

Michelle and Nevil Stow

Michelle and Nevil Stow, 9 Minute Moto Film Festival

Video & Filming Workshop
Uncover your creativity from your moto adventures

Nevil and Michelle will cover the type(s) of cameras to carry, choosing your equipment, what works for you, and what video-editing programs are out there. They will discuss how you want to make your movie - the "storyboard" is your journey, so how do you go about filming it? There will be info on copyrights, drone use, permission forms, and composition. Bring all your questions for the Q&A at the end, 15-20 min.

The 9 Minute Moto Film Festival (9MMFF) is the brainchild of Nevil and Michelle Stow. They seek to showcase short (maximum 9 minutes, to be precise) movies made by motorcyclists and travellers around the globe at their annual festival at the Mad Dog Cafe in Alberta.

9MMFF sticker on bike

Herman Kovacs

Herman Kovacs

Making Your Own Custom Seat
How to customize your M/C seat so your trip will be more enjoyable

Herman will show you how to customize any motorcycle seat for touring or off-road bikes. He has been making custom motorcycle seats for the past thirty years, on all brands of bikes. He'll show you, and bring his tools (knife, sandpaper, drill, the right glue). You have most of these items at home now. Using the correct density of foam is extremely important for this will determine how long the seat will last. Herman will bring samples of the foam and glue as well as large pictures of various seats he has made in different stages of production, including at least one motorcycle with his custom seat at the event. Don't worry about making the seat cover - even Herman sends out his seats to one of the local upholsterers in town. They are the experts in that area.

The seat must be made ergonomically correct for the rider... Herman will share all. If you are on a trip and and your bottom is hurting and don't know where to sit on your bike anymore, He has some suggestions that should help you finish the trip more comfortably.

Herman has ridden motorcycles for forty years. In the past nine years, he's toured Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, four western provinces, and the Maritimes. Previous to all that, he's visited the Grand Canyon and, in the winter of 2015, a second trip to Death Valley.

Herman Kovacs visiting Death Valley.

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 various 'How To' topics. Includes 'How to' content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

Grant Johnson showing tire changing.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

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

Grant's tire 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 tire changing contest.

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

Grant's tire changing seminar at HU California meeting.

Grant Johnson.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

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.

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!

Farkle Walk - Take a stroll and talk about your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

The Adventure Travel Zone - TBC

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

Exhibitors

Honda motorcycle.

Honda Canada

Honda Canada will be bringing some bikes and gear to drool over, and will be doing Honda Demo rides!

Melanie MacCarthy from ROK Straps Canada will be there with ROK Straps elastic cargo tie-downs for Bikes, ATV's, Camping, Hiking etc.

ROK Straps - The ultimate stretch strap.

The Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company specialises in all inclusive Adventure Motorcycle Vacations in the heart of Alberta's Rocky Mountains, we exclusively use The Honda CB500X "adventure" By Rally Raid UK, in association with Giant Loop of Oregon.

Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company specialises in all inclusive Adventure Motorcycle Vacations in the heart of Alberta's Rocky Mountains.

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

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days!

The HU CanWest 2018 Travellers Meeting will be held in Nakusp, BC. Activities will be primarily at the Nakusp Arena and the Nakusp Municipal Campground, which we completely reserve for the event. We have a fantastic menu of catered food at the event itself.

Although Nakusp has a population of under 2,000, it's a tourist destination and thus has a fantastic range of accommodation including camping, restaurants and shopping choices (in the summertime, anyway!)

Nakusp Lake.

Nakusp Lake

Camping

We have reserved the entire Nakusp Municipal Campground for this event. Camping is NOT included in your registration fee! Tent camping is a very special price for us of $11 per tent per night, payable on check-in. (Regular price is $19-$27). Motorhome price (powered) is $22 per vehicle per night.

Nakusp campground. Bikes at Nakusp campground.

Powered sites are extremely limited, only for medical issues, CPAP machines, etc. Choose 'Powered Site' when registering, and indicate in the comments why you need it (you can charge your phone/tablet at the Charging Station at the Reg Desk). Motorhomes can also use the powered sites, you must register as a motorhome - fee is $22 per night.

The powered spaces have 50 amp sockets for motorhomes, so you WILL NEED an adapter. You may be able to buy one in town, but safest is to bring your own! If you check in early, BE SURE to clarify with the campground attendant that you are with us.

PLEASE NOTE: For 2018, 'Walk-ins', even if they show up early, will be assigned space in the Overflow Area near the Arena. If you want to be in the campground, you MUST pre-register and pay in advance.

Also note, there are NO RESERVED SPACES from Thursday Aug 23 through Saturday Aug 25. You will be sharing sites, so plan to make new friends!

Nakusp Municipal Campground Map

Nakusp Municipal Campground Policies

  • Dogs are welcome but must be tethered and or on a leash at all times.
  • Owners are responsible to pick up feces as per Village Bylaws.
  • Firewood is available for purchase from the campground manager.
  • Quiet time is 11PM to 7AM
  • R/V Generators may only be used from 7AM to 11PM
  • Fires are permitted in fire pits only and are subject to fire bans
  • Do not burn garbage in your fire pits, and please do not damage the trees.
  • Campground speed limit is 5km/hr

Glamping

Riders Retreat
1-250-265-8043

Rebecca at Riders Retreat offers motorcycle friendly camping (glamping?), with an outdoor kitchen, all bedding, cooking and camping supplies provided. Rebecca is a super hostess who also runs the bar at HU events! Be sure to tell her you're with the HUMM!

Riders Retreat, Nakusp, BC."Riders Retreat is the ideal place for motorcyclists who love to camp. Situated on the Golf Course in Nakusp, BC, we offer camping, and a furnished RV and Bus. One feature that sets us apart from any other campground is our equipped tent sites, which include your tent, bedding, lanterns, chairs, coolers and a picnic table. All set up and ready to go. So feel free to pack nice and light.

There are washrooom and shower facilities available, which include all your towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner, as well as a community cooking area equipped with pots and pans, BBQ's, cookstoves, dishes, silverware, spices and basically anything you would need to feed the weary traveller."

Hotels / Motels

CMH K2 Rotor Lodge
Phone: 1-800-663-0100

Centrally located in Nakusp within walking distance to all amenities, public beach, arena and campground.CMH K2 Rotor Lodge, Nakusp, BC. The hotel has two main accommodation areas at different prices.

The main building has a restaurant (Arrow Lake Tavern), lounge, liquor store and 28 guest rooms, all non-smoking. These rooms have ceiling fans but no air-conditioning. The Tenderfoot Annex is newer, has 19 rooms, all non-smoking with air-conditioning. We have stayed here and can recommend it.

Selkirk Inn
Selkirk Inn, Nakusp, BC.Phone: 1-800-661-8007

The Selkirk Inn is centrally located, has 39 rooms, most air-conditioned and many of them include kitchenettes. No restaurant on site, but Gabi's Fairytale Cafe does breakfast across the street. We have stayed here, and it is clean and comfortable.

Canyon Court Motel
Phone: 1-888-509-4499

We haven't stayed here, but this motel gets good reviews. Per their website, the rooms all have air-conditioning, cable TV, fridge, microwave and coffee maker and free wi-fi. Larger units have a full kitchen and separate bedroom.

Canyon Court Motel, Nakusp, BC. Canyon Court Motel, Nakusp, BC.

Leland Hotel
1-250-265-3314

Leland Hotel, Nakusp, BC.The Leland Hotel is the Oldest Hotel in BC, in operation since 1892. It also has the best location in town, overlooking the lake, and a good restaurant that takes full advantage of the views. All rooms have air-conditioning, wi-fi, fridge and microwave. Some rooms allow pets.

We haven't stayed here, but we have had reports that on weekends the rooms near the bar can be quite noisy, so be forewarned!

Bed and Breakfasts

The Nakusp Visitor Info Centre is super helpful and can assist with reservations for bed and breakfasts, of which Nakusp has many! Let them know you're here for the Horizons Unlimited event! Toll Free: 1-800-909-8819

Food

We recommend the Food - Deb Guest, the caterer is highly praised every year! These dinners are an excellent way to meet fellow participants and talk to presenters, and since you're eating right there on site, you won't miss any of the after-dinner slideshows.

Dinners - 2018 Menus - To be confirmed:

Thursday - Mexican - Chicken enchiladas, black bean and corn salad, ensalada, chili and Mexican rice, creamsicle cake, coffee, tea or soft drink.

Friday - Greek - Roast lamb, souvlaki, spanakopita (spinach pie), Greek salad, rice pilaf, pita bread, tzatziki and baklava, coffee, tea or soft drink.

Saturday - Awesome Roast beef, yorkshire pudding, potatoes, hot veggie, green salad, strawberry shortcake, coffee, tea or soft drink.

Please PRE-BOOK dinners with your registration. There will be limited amounts available for late-comers. You MIGHT be able to get it on the day, but it's first come first served!

Cheesecake selection at HU Canwest 2015.

CanWest 2017 - Canada's 150th and Horizons Unlimited 30th Anniversary cake!

Breakfasts & Lunches

For 2018 you will have an option for convenient breakfast or lunch on site. You can, of course, cook for yourself, or go to cafes or restaurants in Nakusp.

Deb Guest Catering, Nakusp.

We have the best caterer in the Kootenays!

Breakfasts

Deb Guest, our caterer, will offer breakfasts (pre-booked) as follows:

Friday - Bacon, eggs and sausages, poppyseed muffins, fruit salad, toast, cereal, yogurt, coffee, tea, juice.
Saturday
- Omelettes (ham & cheese, veggie), mini-croissants, hash browns, banana bread, cereal, fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, juice.

Lunches

Deb Guest will offer lunches (pre-booked) as follows:

Friday - Build your own burger (beef, chicken or veggie), all the fixings, salads and soft drink
Saturday - Build your own sandwich (ham, turkey, salmon), salads and soft drink

Restaurants

Nakusp has heaps of restaurants to suit everyone's budget. We have eaten at many of them over the years, but not all of them! These are just a few of your dining options.

Caffe Lago, Leland Hotel is one of our favourite places to chill, big deck overlooks the lake.

Caffe Lago, Nakusp, BC. Caffe Lago, Leland Hotel, Nakusp, BC.

Chumley's Restaurant and Three Lions Pub has a nice outdoor seating area. Broadway Deli Bistro does breakfasts and lunches.

Woodfire Pizza, Nakusp, BC. What's Brewing gluten-free options, Nakusp, BC.

Nick's Place Italian Restaurant on 5th Ave gets good reviews. Gabi's Fairytale Cafe does great breakfasts, but don't expect speedy service, it's lightly staffed!

Nicks Place Italian Restaurant, Nakusp, BC. GabisFairytaleCafe.jpg

Shops

There are lots of shops in Nakusp! Just a few of the pics on Broadway Street, which is the main shopping street.

Grocery choices include Overwaitea Foods, which is a good-sized supermarket. There is also an organic food store and a deli, which also serves meals.

 

Overwaitea supermarket, Nakusp, BC.  Organic Foods, Nakusp, BC.

Cutrite Meats, Nakusp, BC. General Store, Naksup, BC.

The Home Hardware is well-stocked. There are lots of clothing and handicraft shops.

Home Hardware, Nakusp, BC. Prima Materia, Nakusp, BC.

CIBC Bank is the only major bank in town, but their ATMs accept other bank cards. There is also a Kootenay Savings Credit Union.

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

PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES

Includes admission to all slide shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
Tech Clinics and demonstrations. Meals and camping are priced separately below. All prices in Canadian $.

Pre-Register & Pay before:

Event Price

(all presentations and workshops)

November 1, 2017

April 1, 2018

August 16, 2018

55

69

85

AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER 16 AUGUST)

Pay Cash or Card on Arrival

Full 4 Day Pass

Weekend-Only Pass (arriving after 6 pm Friday)

Friday Day Pass

Saturday Day Pass

 

95

65

40

50

MEALS

You can pre-book all meals (available through our caterer, Deb Guest). There MAY be individual meals available at the event, and Nakusp has cafes and restaurants. There will be vegetarian alternatives, so let us know your preferences when you register.

Thursday Dinner - Mexican - Chicken enchiladas, black bean and corn salad, ensalada, chili and Mexican rice, creamsicle cake, coffee, tea or soft drink.

18

Friday Breakfast - Bacon, eggs and sausages, poppyseed muffins, fruit salad, toast, cereal, yogurt, coffee, tea, juice.

14

Friday Lunch - Build your own burger (beef, chicken or veggie), all the fixings, salads and soft drink.

12

Friday Dinner - Greek - Roast lamb, souvlaki, spanakopita (spinach pie), Greek salad, rice pilaf, pita bread, tzatziki and baklava, coffee, tea or soft drink.

18

Saturday Breakfast - Omelettes (ham & cheese, veggie), mini-croissants, hash browns, banana bread, cereal, fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, juice.

14

Saturday Lunch - Build your own sandwich (ham, turkey, salmon), salads and soft drink.

12

Saturday Dinner - Awesome Roast beef, yorkshire pudding, potatoes, hot veggie, green salad, strawberry shortcake, coffee, tea or soft drink.

20

ACCOMMODATION

Camping is not included in your registration. There is lots of room for camping! For 2018, we have reserved the ENTIRE campground for Thursday through Saturday night, so you can pitch up wherever you like UNLESS YOU NEED POWER! Camping prices are PER TENT (OR MOTORHOME) PER NIGHT.

Camping - unpowered site, 11 if paid in advance. At check-in it's 12.

11

Camping - medical powered site

11

Motorhomes - powered site

22

Note: Powered sites are limited, so you will probably be sharing.

Regular price is $19-27 per night.

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HU Supported Charity

Do Good as You Go.

The HU Supported Charity is 'Do Good As You Go', Volunteer Programs for Independent Travelers Around the World, which is run by the Muskoka Foundation.

"Do Good as You Go is a network that connects individuals that are traveling and volunteering to quality small to mid-sized organizations making significant, positive impact on their local community.

The objective is to fulfill the needs of the organizations as well as leverage the unique skill set of the travelers.

By lowering the barriers to high quality, meaningful volunteer opportunities we look to encourage people traveling for all different reasons to Do Good as they Go.

By working closely with the directors of our partner organizations we work to develop relationships and programs that are sustainable and provide a deep local impact."

See below for a short slide show on how this works.

You can support Do Good as You Go by getting raffle tickets for our Saturday evening charity raffle.

Thanks for your support.

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.

Comments about HU Events

"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."

For more about HU Events, see some magazine articles here.

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 (278kb) full colour Event poster.

High res format (710 kb)

HU Canada West 2017 meeting poster.

POSTCARD - NEW!

Postcard in pdf format (425kb) full colour Event postcard:

Horizons Unlimited Canada West 2017 postcard.

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Thanks!

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 minute and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

Click here to submit your ideas

PLEASE NOTE:

Submitting a Presenter registration DOES NOT mean you will automatically be included in the schedule, as we often have more presenters than available presentation slots. We will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can (but not immediately!).

In order to get FREE entry to the event, you are expected to either REPEAT your presentation OR do TWO or more DIFFERENT presentations.

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 Canwest

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Canwest 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

Canada West Venue Location

Nakusp Arena and Campground
200 8 Ave NW, Nakusp, BC
50.241037, -117.810248



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Venue is at Nakusp Arena, 200 8th Ave NW, Nakusp; and the municipal campground is around the corner at 4th Street at 10th Avenue, NW.

Nakusp is located 47 km. (29 miles) north of New Denver on Highway 6. Nakusp Airport is located 3km north of town.

Driving Distance / Time to Nakusp:
From Distance
Vancouver 664 km
Seattle 481 - 533 miles
Calgary 511 km
Edmonton 805 - 920 km
Missoula 448 miles
Denver 1341 miles
San Francisco 1127 miles

NOTE: If you're coming from the USA, some of the more remote, smaller border posts close at 5PM.

Where are we in Nakusp?

Town of Nakusp, BC. Click for larger map.

Information about the area

Attractions include national parks all around, fantastic roads that are easily among the best in the world, beautiful lakes and more, so plan to spend a few days!

This whole area is full of amazing roads! See Destination Highways for a book on BC Roads (paved)- some of the best are right near Nakusp.

If you're happier in the dirt (and gravel), and you like a bit of competition, check out the HUMM Monashees team navigation challenge, which we are organizing in the area from July 20-22, 2018.

Thanks to Ken DeLathouwer and Virginia Lane of the 'Sask and the Furious' for this short video from HUMM Monashees 2017, showing the spectacular riding in the area!


Hot Springs

Nakusp Hotsprings and Halcyon Hotsprings are close by, and there are a number of free bush hotsprings too.

Tourism Information

Nakusp Visitor Centre.

Nakusp Visitor Centre
92 West 16th Avenue
Nakusp, BC V0G 1R0
Toll Free: 1-800-909-8819

"We are here to answer your questions! We have information on events, accommodations, attractions, recreation, community services, local businesses, as well as regional and provincial information. Lots of maps, free wi-fi and a public bathroom. We sell maps and souvenir items, and offer printing, copying and fax services."

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

Local Hosts

Mark and Leslie Kuzminski at CanWest 2017.

Mark and Leslie Kuzminski, Ekke Kok and Audrey Allenspach-Kok are hosting this event!

Ekke Kok and Audrey Allenspach-Kok.

Huge thanks to them for all their help! 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.

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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.

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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.