HU Travellers Meeting Canwest 2024

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

21st Horizons Unlimited CanWest Travellers Meeting

Thursday July 11 to Sunday July 14, 2024 - 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.

Inspiring, Informing & Connecting

Some people value Horizons Unlimited events for what they learn from the unique line-up of presenters. Some people value the chance to discover new products and services at the trade stands. Some people value just kicking back with a beer among old friends and new.

Most people enjoy a little bit of everything, and everyone goes home fired-up for adventure with a smile on their face.

Group photo at HU South Africa.

The event will include a packed schedule of presentations and activities. All within the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that Horizons Unlimited is known for.

Horizons Unlimited Canada West Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday July 11 to Sunday July 14, 2024.

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

Over the course of the event there'll be over 50 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.

The event schedule is available here!

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 2024 - so far!

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Lorry Gombos

Lorry Gombos, Outback Motortek

Two-Up Through Central Asia
East-to-west direction on a Suzuki VStrom 650 via the magical Pamir Highway.

Inspired by the Long Way Round and a few more similar journeys, we had decided to wrap up our teaching jobs in Taiwan and bought a motorcycle on the other side of the world just to get it shipped to somewhere in Asia. The road to getting our bike sorted and establishing a route was rough and full of ups and downs, as a true adventure should be. It turned into a two months' journey and an experience that taught us more than we had expected.

Chat more with Lorry and check out the Outback Motortek exhibitor's booth.

Lorry Gombos, Canadian motorcycle on dirt road.

Lorry and Kelli Gombos

We are former moto nomads having explored various parts of the planet. Most notably, central Asia besides a few other parts of the world such as the Balkan and Turkiye, Taiwan, the Philippines, Australia, and North America.

Janet Wilson and Tom Feuchtwanger

Janet Wilson and Tom Feuchtwanger

Dare to Chase Dreams and Travel the World
Insights and lessons from 96+ countries. How to define your goals, outline your plan, and make it happen to achieve success and manage failures.

We set off, overlanding 80,000 km across Africa. An adventure that was a test of our grit, skill, and sheer determination. In the face of adversity, we found strength we never knew we possessed. Our journey across Africa was a physical odyssey and a journey of self-discovery, pushing us beyond our limits and forging bonds that would last a lifetime. And as we pressed onward, navigating the wilds with nothing but our wits and Land Cruiser, we knew that no challenge was too great, no terrain too daunting. In the heart of adventure, anything is possible, even every traveller's worst nightmare.

Janet Wilson and Tom Feuchtwanger, Camping in Kenya.

JANET WILSON is a South African-born author and adventurer with a passion for Africa's wilderness, wildlife, and diverse cultures. Together with husband, TOM FEUCHTWANGER, they've completed three extensive overland travels around Africa in a Land Cruiser. They also drove from Alaska to Argentina. Overlanding is the way to discover and explore the world.

Micko O'Byrne

Micko O'Byrne

What to Do When It All Goes to S+%T /
East Timor, Indonesia and Borneo /
Cross-Cultural Issues You WILL Encounter

1) What to Do When It All Goes to S+%T
Dealing with unexpected challenges, broken bike (or you), lost passports, and more.

Having had passports stolen in China, being locked in a customs compound for several days in Western Mongolia, and having bikes and bones broken in very remote places, Micko can give good advice on how to overcome some of these challenges while still maintaining your sense of humour. Many experiences of unexpected delays and issues in his 55+ years of travel taught Micko how to keep on keeping on and to continue having FUN. This presentation will have lots of stories, some of them will be true. Come for a laugh and you just might learn something useful!

Micko O'Byrne

2) East Timor, Indonesia, and Borneo
Far east Indonesia. The most fun you can have with your clothes on.

A journey through the magical "Spice Islands" of Indonesia and Borneo. Dealing with Indonesian bureaucracy and the delights of the Eastern Islands beyond Bali. The issues of traveling in the tropics on ferries that often sink and other fun topics.

3) Cross-Cultural Issues You WILL Encounter
How to cope in different cultural norms, and what NOT to do.

Worldwide travel will have you encountering many different cultures. How you deal with them can make or break your experience. Learn a few good general tips as well as specific issues to avoid. Making meaningful contacts with people who don't speak your language. Dealing with helpful "fixers" and avoiding scammers. Leaving some good will behind.

Micko O'Byrne

MICKO O'BYRNE is an Australian who has been doing overland motorcycle trips since 1974 and has traveled to over 70 countries. He lives in remote rural South Africa and is currently on a solo trip from Ushuaia to Alaska.

Maria Schumacher

Maria Schumacher, Coddiwomplers

On Guided Tours and Getting Published /
Travelling in Venezuela and Bolivia?

1. On Guided Tours and Getting Published
Writing for magazines led me to take part in a fully guided tour of Ecuador. So what was that like? And how do you get published?

Normally we travel under our own steam, but when the chance came up to take part in a fully guided tour around Ecuador, in exchange for writing about it for a couple of magazines, I just had to give it a go. There are some profound differences to traveling by yourself as opposed to taking part in a tour. By yourself, you are the designer of your own journey. But what is it like to join a guided tour? Ecuador was the perfect country for this experiment since it is a small country, but it packs a lot of punch! All of this wouldn't have been possible, if I hadn't been a regular contributor to some motorcycle magazines. I'm no expert journalist by any means, but I'll share a few tips on how to get your stories published.

Maria Schumacher, Ecuador motorcycle tour

2. Travelling in Venezuela and Bolivia?
There seem to be many unanswered questions about travelling in these countries, so here are a few tips and recent experiences.

Venezuela has been in an economic crisis for decades causing poverty, currency devaluation and fuel shortages. Reliable information as to safety, how to pay for things or whether we would be able to obtain fuel to keep us going, was difficult to find. Curiosity won over trepidation and the country ended up surprising us, remaining a brilliant highlight of the trip. Like in Venezuela, fuel is difficult to obtain in Bolivia; for foreigners at least. For many this is a big worry. But with patience and kindness we got enough to get us through. Just as well, because we had our minds made up to ride the Uyuni Salt Flats and the notoriously difficult Lagunas Route in Bolivia; both known to break vehicles and get people lost. But their famously breathtaking beauty lured us in and we had to try, hoping the bikes would make it. And they did. Just.

Maria Schumacher, Refuelling in Venezuela.

In 2012, MARIA SCHUMACHER and her partner made a plan to travel the world by motorcycle. Since then, they lead a life interrupted by travel. Or is it the other way around? Having ridden around Europe, Eurasia, India, and Australia, they are now on a journey from Canada to Argentina.

Craig Luke

Craig Luke, I Think We Missed A Turn

EPIC GPS Adventures /
Packing Light for Backcountry Travel

1. EPIC GPS Adventures
Canada's new home for exploration planning.

EPIC GPS Adventures is a not-for-profit organization that passionately assembles trail networks, routes, and guidebooks for free. Three routes in BC will be immediately released, the Kootenay EPIC, the Okanagan EPIC, and the Border Patrol EPIC. More will follow quickly after this summer, including a route-building session in the Chilcotin for all of August, so come help us build the future! Craig is the in-house GPS guru and event host for the brand new non-profit EPIC GPS Adventures. Come learn about the routes already out and the new ones coming soon!

Craig Luke, Mountain laptop

2. Packing Light for Backcountry Travel
Participate in a hands-on interactive chat about all things gear-related

There is sooooo much moto and camping equipment out there. Does that mean you need to carry all of it? Of course not! Minimalist packing isn't for everyone, but there are lots of ultralight gear available these days that can lighten the load. Strapping it all down is essential and can be a bit of a science of what to put where. We'll go through shelters and sleeping systems, cooking setups, and general camp concepts. We'll also discuss water filtration, keeping all the electronic toys charged and tool kits. I'll be there with my bike and a mountain of gear. Let's have a hands-on chat about the pros and cons of all the options!

Craig Luke, stealth moto camping.

CRAIG LUKE has been travelling and thriving in the backcountry since gradeschool in every mode of travel you can think of! Despite being passably competent on-bike, navigation and equipment systems are his happy place. He's the creator of IThinkWeMissedaTurn.com, the map guy for EPIC GPS Adventures, and gear geek extraordinaire!

RUBY Moto logo

Eric Waterfall, RUBY Moto [EXHIBITOR]

The What and Why of Adventure Lighting
Learn the fundamentals of lighting and electronics, as told through the misadventures of R&D through travel.

Check out RUBY Moto's exhibit on-site!

There are products that are designed at desks and debugged by customers. Then there are products that are born in the field, tested by engineers and laymen alike, and produced by experts in their discipline. RUBY Moto was born out of necessity: better lighting at a significantly better value. With the internet full of bad information when it comes to lighting options for motorcycles or overland vehicles, come and learn first hand the what, why, and how of lighting that can tremendously increase your experience and safety. As told through personal experiences riding and traveling around the world, this fun and relaxed presentation will help you better understand the fundamentals of lighting science, production methods and materials, and vehicle-specific lighting applications, so that you can make your own informed decisions. Ride the light!

RUBY Moto, Night lights riding in the desert.

RUBY Moto, Dusk riding on pavement.

ERIC WATERFALL travels because he can. He studies because he must. He love because he is. Husband, father of four, traveler, type-2 fun seeker, and founder of RUBY Moto. Fifty-two countries, hundreds of nights in the bush, and thousands of adventures still to come.

Denise Francoeur and Normand Fortier

Denise Francoeur and Normand Fortier

Ten Months Two-Up on a DR. Interested?
Slowly exploring Latin America 2-up on a DR650. We took over 10 months to reach Ushuaia, Argentina, as the crow does not fly.

Travelling 2-up on a DR650, we took over 10 months to reach Ushuaia, Argentina from Vancouver, BC, as the crow does not fly. We went through 16 countries, covered well over 45,000 km, and used up six rear tires and three fronts. But it is a journey that is hard to summarize in numbers. It was at times frustrating, sometimes a bit scary, but always entertaining, and never regretting. Above all, the best part of our journey has been the people that we met along the way. Their kindness and openness toward us have been an enduring reality, everywhere we went. The presentation will offer a summary of our experience travelling in Latin America.

DENISE FRANCOEUR and NORMAND FORTIER have been travelling two-up for the past 11+ years on a variety of motorcycles ranging from 125cc (!) to 1000cc in almost 50 countries, mostly in Europe, all three Americas, but also small forays in Asia and Africa.

Denise Francoeur and Normand Fortier

Denise Francoeur and Normand Fortier

Sue Bossley

Sue Bossley, Adventure Pacific Moto Tours

Conquering Fears: Unveiling the Soul
Have you ever considered exploring Mexico on a motorcycle, but are concerned about your safety from what you hear on the news?

Have you ever considered exploring Mexico on a motorcycle? Wide-eyed stares were my usual greeting when I announced my solo recon mission for future tours. "Are you crazy?" was quickly followed by "Did you feel safe?" These are valid concerns, especially for a woman. Mexico, like many countries, faces unique challenges. However, media often amplifies negativity, creating a skewed picture. The truth though, is that I felt just as safe riding in Mexico solo as anywhere else. The experience was incredible! Mexico boasts a rich and colourful tapestry of history and culture and friendly locals add an extra layer of charm. Join me on an exciting journey beyond the stereotypes! Prepare to be surprised by hidden gems, captivated by the warmth of the Mexican people, and experience a glimpse of the Soul of Mexico firsthand.

Sue Bossley, Tanzania and two motorcycles

Sue Bossley, Ixtapa

SUE BOSSLEY (Adventure Pacific Moto Tours & Throttle West Moto Festival) is a solo rider, tour guide, moto-festival presenter, and general explorer who has traveled in over 30 countries and ridden in Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, Thailand, southeast Africa, U.K., and Canary Islands so far. Her goal is to ride "everywhere", and she is working on it!

Francis Walsh

Francis Walsh

Vive Mexico! /
Rwanda: the Africa You Didn't Expect

1) Vive Mexico!
Three winters of exploring Mexico with a simple plan: FIFO/MOMO Ride, store the bike, fly home, fly back, repeat.

Mexico is an amazingly beautiful and diverse country, filled with incredibly welcoming people, that often doesn't get the attention it truly deserves as many overlanders simply pass through it as a waypoint on their ride from Alaska to Ushuaia. I've been exploring Mexico for the past three winters using a simple plan: FIFO/MOMO. In the fall, I head south from Vancouver Island, riding for a month, before storing the motorcycle and flying home. A month later, I fly back south to continue my travels, repeating the cycle until spring when it's a good time to ride back to Canada. Join me as I share the grandeur of Barrancas del Cobre, the wilderness of Baja California's backroad tracks, the seductiveness of the unique cultural phenomenon Dia de Los Muertos, and the enchantment of Mexico's Pueblos Magicos. Vive Mexico!

Francis Walsh, A tunnel in Mexico.

2) Rwanda: the Africa You Didn't Expect
A February 2024 ride around Rwanda - not your stereotypical African country.

Rwanda is an African country unique in so many incredible ways. Although its small size makes it very easy to explore in just two weeks, there's a lot packed within its borders. The Land on 1000 Hills, with its national parks brimming with wildlife, verdant tea and coffee plantations throughout, and people everywhere constantly on the move carrying everything and more imaginable on their heads or their bicycles makes Rwanda visually stunning. I share my experiences travelling around Rwanda, an unbelievably beautiful country.

Francis Walsh, Rwanda vista.

FRANCIS WALSH has been a "Wandering Wonderer" for 40+ years, winding his way mostly on two wheels through 70+ countries on six continents, sometimes sailing across oceans to connect the dots, driven by curiosity and a need to see things for himself.

Rene Cormier

Rene Cormier, Renedian Adventures

The Pros of Solo and Tour Group Travel
Why talk cons? We're travelling!!

Let's be honest, if your only decision is to explore the world by yourself or explore the world with a guided tour, you are already doing really well. Stop by to hear some compelling reasons to continue your planning and get going. Rene Cormier is well-versed to offer tips and tricks for both sides, having completed a mostly solo, 4.5-year round-the-world trip before running guided tours with Renedian Adventures around the world for the last 14 years.

RENE CORMIER completed round the world motorcycle trip in 2009, and the same year started Renedian Adventures, a guided motorcycle tour company operating in Mongolia, southern Africa, South America, and Canada. He is the author of The University of Gravel Roads: Global Lessons from a 4 Year Motorcycle Adventure.

Rene smiling with his bike

Carrie and Glen Cullen

Carrie and Glen Cullen

Italy to Spain: Fall 2023 /
Morocco!

1) Italy to Spain: Fall 2023
We travel from Milan into the Dolomites and then down to the south coast of Spain

We pick up our travels in Milan where Pepe, our trusty 2014 Wee Strom, is patiently waiting for us and head north into the Dolomites. From there we work our way west through the Pyrenees and then south into Spain. We meet up with friends from Canada (two different couples!) and then ride along the east coast into Andalucia. A quick run back up to Madrid where we leave Pepe until we return in the spring of 2024

Carrie and Glen Cullen, Dolomite mountains

2) Morocco!
One month in Morocco in the spring of 2024

Picking up Pepe our motorcycle in Madrid, we head south to meet friends and then join forces to head into Morocco for a month long tour. Hitting all the tourist traps like Fes, Marrakesh, and the like, we also find ourselves in the Atlas mountains and taking a camel ride. From there we take in the Todra and Dades Gorges, then west to the coast. We learn to navigate the Midinas and old towns along the way.

Carrie and Glen Cullen, Pepe the Bike

CARRIE and GLEN CULLEN started their motorcycle travelling in 2013 and, shortly after that, attended HU Canwest. Since then, they have travelled around Europe and will be going through Morocco in the spring of 2024.

Chantil and Travis Gill

Chantil and Travis Gill, Viajar Moto

How Much Does Full-Time Travel Cost? /
3.5 Years in Europe and North Africa

1) How Much Does Full-Time Travel Cost?
Full-time traveling in Europe was less expensive than living in a home and raising a family. We share how much it cost us.

Full-time traveling is expensive, right? Not exactly. Travis and Chantil recently finished a 3.5-year overland tour of Europe and north Africa where they spent far less than what it cost them to live in a house in the United States and raise their family. They will share the complete cost of full-time motorcycle touring, including: accommodations, food, fuel, maintenance, ferry/parking fees, entertainment, and miscellaneous expenses. They will share their strategies for saving, budgeting, and getting the most out of a travel budget.

Chantil and Travis Gill

2) 3.5 Years in Europe and North Africa
We started a motorcycle journey of a lifetime in March 2020. After 3.5 years, 85k miles, and 53 countries, we're still loving it!

Travis and Chantil relocated to Europe for work in 2017 with nothing more than their two adventure motorcycles loaded with gear. While at their job in Germany, they realized they just couldn't travel enough with their limited vacation time, so they did what we all want to do - quit to start full-time traveling. However, their start date of March 2020 was not ideal. Despite a world-wide pandemic and the restrictions of a 90-day travel visa, they managed to ride through nearly every European country and a bit of north Africa.

They will share some of the highlights and challenges of full-time traveling over their last 3.5 years through 53 countries. They will discuss how to get insurance for a U.S. registered motorcycle, strategies for navigating the 90-day Schengen travel restrictions, and five tips for having a successful motorcycle adventure.

Chantil and Travis Gill

CHANTIL and TRAVIS GILL attended HU California 2015 where they were inspired to travel sooner than later. Since then, they've ridden most through Europe and a bit of north Africa over the past 3.5 years of full-time motorcycle overlanding. They share their adventures via UPSHIFT magazine and viajarMOTO.

Ekke Kok

Ekke Kok

Round the World - One Year at a Time /
Munich to Calgary, via Iceland /
Kathmandu to Lhasa on a Royal Enfield

EKKE KOK is a retired engineer who has travelled to 102 countries, 100 of them by motorbike. Audrey and Ekke travelled around the world, as far north as Nordkapp and as far south as Ushuaia, as far east as Japan, and as far west as Alaska.

1) Round the World - One Year at a Time
Audrey and Ekke took four year-long leaves of absence to travel the world

After being inspired by Grant and Susan Johnson in 1998, Audrey and Ekke took four year-long leaves of absence from work over a span of 20 years. They travelled to 83 countries (plus Antarctica) and covered more than 150,000 kilometres. This presentation will cover the highlights of their travels, provide a few lessons learned with an opportunity for an interactive discussion about travel afterwards.

Ekke and Audrey Kok, Egyptian pyramids.

Ekke and Audrey Kok, astride their motorcycles.

2) Munich to Calgary, via Iceland
Riding home from Munich, via Iceland and the Trans-Labrador Highway

After completing the ride with GlobeRiders from Muscat, Oman to Munich, Germany, Ekke had to get his bike back home to Calgary. Having used air cargo and sea freight half a dozen times to move the motorbikes from North America to Europe and back, it was time to try something a little different. A ferry from Denmark to Iceland and then sea freighting the bike from Reykjavik to Halifax was that different option. This presentation will highlight travel in Iceland and discuss some of the logistics around this trip.

Ekke Kok, Motorcycle in Iceland

3) Riding from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Lhasa, Tibet, on a Royal Enfield

Two months before departing for a trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, a Facebook post from Himalayan Motorbike Tours showed up on my feed. They had a motorbike tour leaving Kathmandu the day after the trek ended. Not one to turn down a golden opportunity, I changed the return date of my flight by a couple of weeks and signed up for the tour. From the chaos of Kathmandu to the wide open spaces of Tibet, the ride on a Royal Enfield Classic 500 was a fantastic adventure. As a bonus, after visiting Everest Base Camp in Nepal on the trek, I was able to visit Everest Base Camp in Tibet. What a study in contrasts!

Ekke Kok, Royal Enfield.

Susan and Grant Johnson

Susan & Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

How It All Started
The Horizons Unlimited origin story

Technically, "it" all really started with our first date in 1984. It wasn't long before we hit the road, two-up on a 1986 BMW R80GS, a couple of years later, unknowingly ending up doing a RTW (round-the-world) over the span of 11 years. At the time, websites weren't a thing yet. Like many overland travellers at the time, and there weren't that many, travelling and planning were a bit more challenging.

A lot has happened since then and we've learned and experienced a ton! Too much, in fact, to keep to ourselves. There's a world to explore, and people and cultures to befriend... and Horizons Unlimited evolved to what it is now with a global network of HU Communities that connect fellow travellers and emerging adventurers just like you. This is our story.

For those who don't know us yet, we are GRANT and SUSAN JOHNSON. We founded Horizons Unlimited in 1997 while we were on our 11-year, north-to-south around-the-world trip, visiting over 40 countries. Since then, we've been helping folks to achieve their dreams of overland travel to faraway places. Horizons Unlimited has become the global home of motorcycle travel, a worldwide network of travellers helping other travellers.

Beemerbago facing a very muddy road

Workshops and Educational Sessions

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

Adam Lund

Adam Lund

First Aid & Med Planning for Moto Travel
A practical approach, including hands-on kit show-and-tell and Q&A.

DR. ADAM LUND is an emergency physician with passion for 'playing outside'. He has planned and provided mobile first aid and medical care in many environments, including: medical moto for triathlons, cycling, and running events; building medical teams for adventure races and music festivals; cruise ship doctor; and a ski and downhill bike park patroller.

Adam Lund, Medic motorcycle at an Ironman event.

First aid and medical planning for motorcycle (or overland) travel begins with a personalized Risk Assessment. This permits you to customize the real needs of you and your travel partners, considering the actual trip you are going to take. We will work through an interactive planning approach and a take-away checklist/conversation guide that you can use and adapt to your next big adventure.

When it comes to first aid kits, there are many options on the market, including the option to build your own. We all know that space and weight are big considerations, particularly on a motorcycle. We will overview, and then take apart, a range of kits from minimalist through to 'pretty big'. Let's open up the packages and see what's actually in there, and chat about how you'd actually use that thing! We'll finish up with open Q&A to share your real-life experiences and concerns.

Adam Lund, Medic motorcycle.

Ryan Austin

Ryan Austin, Enduro Park Canada

Riding & Surviving /
Off-Road Skills Training - Learn to Ride Like the Pros

RYAN AUSTIN is the owner of Enduro Park Canada, Certified BMW Off-Road Instructor, BMW Tourguide, and Master Police Motorcycle Instructor.

1) Riding & Surviving
Advanced riding techniques, police motorcycle operations + training, and 30 years of major collision investigations

Seminar about Advanced Training techniques, Police Motorcycle operations & training, and 30 years of major collision investigations with Sgt Ryan Austin (Ret.). This action-packed talk covers collision causation, advanced training techniques used by Police motorcycle operators, Motorcycle VIP escort team operation videos, and real world tips to make your riding safer and more enjoyable.

2) Off-Road Skills Training - Learn to Ride Like the Pros
(PRE-REGISTRATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED)

Returning to HU CanWest 2024 are three of Canada's top BMW-certified Off-Road Instructors. Owner Sgt Ryan Austin (Ret.) and Jim Sprang will be on-site giving riders training and talks on the Adventure of Off-Road riding! Learn from Canada's only full-time BMW Off-Road training company. Introduction to Off-Road and Advanced Rider courses.

Some sessions are free; active rider training is paid sessions. More details below.

Enduro Park Canada, forest tour

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Four Easy Steps to Motorcycle Adventure Travel
You can do it; we can help!

We know lots of those travellers, people who have done amazing trips to every country in the world, too. We asked these veteran travellers to tell us their stories and share their tips with us. The main message is that you don't have to be rich or famous or young or heroic or super-fit to travel. Anyone can do it, and we're here to tell you how!

Get Ready // Gear Up // Get on the Road // Come home and plan your next trip!

It can be that easy. We will share some stories and tips from other travellers, and also tell you some things that we learned from our travels, in many cases the hard way. It's how we created the Horizons Unlimited Motorcycle Adventure Travel Guide video series - available only on Vimeo. There's also lots of great pics from our calendar contest.

Hubert Kriegel on sidecar

Josephine Flohr, Human jack

Grant Johnson.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Bike Mods and Ergonomics!

Tire Changing!

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. Maybe you're already feeling knots and kinks in your muscles after a long ride? It may not be you. It could be your bike!

Ergonomics demonstration.

Grant's ever-popular "Bike Ergonomics" demonstration at an HU Travellers Meeting.

Tire Changing Workshop

Grant demystifies the dark art of tires. Considering the fact you really can't rock'n'ROLL without tires on your travels, you don't want to miss this workshop. This session is absolutely perfect if you're newer to riding motorcyles or a bit nervous about travelling because flat tires give you the willies. The only time Grant likes using the word "conquered" for travel is when you deal with tires. :)

By the way, HU's TIRE CHANGING! instructional video can be purchased and streamed anywhere from Vimeo. Keep on practicing along with Grant in the comfort of your own home shop.

Tire changing demonstration at HU North Carolina meeting.

Grant's even-more-popular "Tire Changing Workshop at an HU Travellers Meeting.

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

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

Panel discussions at most HU events include...

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

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

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

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

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Walk arounds / Show and tell!

Tool Kits - Show us your favorite tools. Toolkit discussion.

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.

I'M READY TO REGISTER NOW!

SELECT YOUR PRE-REGISTRATION OPTION BELOW


Training for Travel

Off-roading

It's time to regain your riding legs - maybe you've been brushing up on your skills, or maybe it's long past time you did? Got a new Adventure bike, and finding it a little intimidating? Your first experience on gravel was terrifying, or disastrous?

Get an extra confidence boost by taking off-road and slow speed skills training at the CanWest event!

Sign up when you register!

Enduro Park Canada

Off-Road rider training by the Enduro Park Canada Team!

Enduro Park Canada

Arriving at CANWEST 2024 are 3 of Canada's top BMW certified Off-Road Instructors. Owner Sgt Ryan Austin (Ret.), Jim Sprang and Caroline Stevenson will be onsite giving riders training and talks on the Adventure of Off-Road riding! Learn from Canada's only full time BMW Off-Road training company.

Advanced Rider Training

The Advanced Rider course was created by Sgt Ryan Austin (Ret.) After years as a Master Police Motorcycle Instructor and Expert in Collision Reconstruction. These courses give riders the Advanced Handling and Collision avoidance skills previously only taught to Police Motor Officers. After 17 years this course is offered from BC to Ontario and in a number of US cities where it has been recognized not only for the skills it provides to riders of any level, but for the unique teaching methods employed by the Advanced Rider Training Instructors.

Learn to Ride like the pros!

Classes at CanWest 2024:

Introduction to Off-Road:

The perfect short session for riders new to off-road adventure riding or looking for the perfect refresher. Learn the fundamentals of bike set-up, riding position, and slow speed balance and maneuvering. This session is intended to be fun and stress-free where riders learn some amazing fundamental skills.
Free - 30 mins

Off-Road Rider Training:

In this session, riders learn hands-on skills for low-speed maneuvering of their adventure bike: a skill deficiency found amongst even the most experienced riders. Riders learn Enduro turns, body position off-road and improved balance and clutch / throttle control that will make their off-road and on-road riding safer and more enjoyable. This session is critical for all riders.

 

Sign up for training!

Training takes place each day on the event grounds. Openings are limited to maintain a good student-to-instructor ratio. This ensures a better training experience for all! Registration closes when we're full.

PRE-Registration is strongly recommended. There MAY be spaces available on the day, there may not!

All classes run if there are at least 5 students. If not enough students, we may move you to another slot.

All classes:

SUITABLE RIDING GEAR IS REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RIDER TO SELECT A HELMET AND APPAREL THAT WILL PROVIDE APPROPRIATE PROTECTION. RIDERS MUST RELY ON THEIR OWN JUDGMENT IN THE SELECTION OF HELMETS AND APPAREL FOR PROTECTION AND DURABILITY.

Note:

The focus for all training is on Slow-Speed maneuvers. Key fundamentals for newer off-road riders and excellent tips for more experienced riders, especially those coming from an all street background. Slow speed maneuvers are THE KEY to successful off-road riding.

HU CanWest Adventure Travel Challenge (ATC)

On Saturday afternoon, you can put your freshly-honed skills to the test in the CanWest Adventure Travel Challenge. There will be prizes!

Adventure Travel Challenge at CanWest.These events are open to ALL CanWest attendees, and you don't have to have done the training to compete (but it might help...)

Adventure Travel Challenge at CanWest.

Sign up at Registration.

NEW! MINI-HUMM (Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness)!

DOWNLOAD THE MINI-HUMM CLUES HERE! >>

What the heck is a HUMM?

A unique motorcycle orienteering / navigation challenge, the HUMM has also been described as an off-road motorcycle scavenger hunt. There is no set course, so you make your own adventure! Winning demands strategy, teamwork, riding and navigation skills and pure fun!

"The best 48 hours of my life! (apologies to my wife!)"

HUMM Monashees 2018 - Darcy Black grateful to find a tag!

HUMM Monashees - Darcy Black finds a tag!

HUMM Monashees 2018 by Chris Provencher.

HUMM Monashees - by Chris Provencher

Mini-HUMM

For the HU CanWest 2024 Travellers Meeting, we are offering a taster, a Mini-HUMM. This 4-hour event (08:30-12:30) will be offered on Friday and Saturday mornings. You ride one or the other, not both. An overall winning team will be for the two events combined.

HUMM Monashees 2017, checking book on the trail, pic by Ken Delathouwer.

HUMM Monashees, checking book on the trail, pic by Ken Delathouwer

The Mini-HUMM will be open to all HU CanWest attendees, but the numbers will be limited, so sign up when you arrive. There will be prizes for the winning team, and it's only $30 to enter!

"The most fun you can have on two wheels!"

HUMM Monashees 2018 - like the view?

HUMM Monashees - like the view?

I'M READY TO REGISTER NOW!

SELECT YOUR PRE-REGISTRATION OPTION BELOW


The Adventure Travel Zone

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

Exhibitors - So Far

Outback Motortek logo

Outback Motortek Inc. design and sell crash bars, skid plates, pannier racks, and panniers. Chat with them about outfitting your bike for your best adventures.

RUBY Moto logo

Jessica and Eric Waterfall from RUBY Moto shed light on adventure lighting systems. Come and learn the what and why of lighting, and make well-informed decisions on the best system for you.

KOVE Moto Canada logo

Joshua Bauer from KOVE Moto Canada will be on-site with KOVE 450 Rally motorcycles for your viewing and test riding joy. Talk to them about these competitive, lightweight, long-range rally bikes.

ROK Straps - The ultimate stretch strap

Melanie MacCarthy from ROK Straps Canada will be there with ROK Straps elastic cargo tie-downs for motorcycles, ATVs, camping, hiking, bikepacking, and more.

Renedian Adventures Ltd logo

Rene Cormier of Renedian Adventure Ltd. is back to answer all your questions about the adventure tours he leads and organizes in Africa, Mongolia, Canada, South America, and Scotland.

Turkana Soft Adventure Luggage is running show specials and includes free installation!

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them!
Exhibitors
, more details and registration here. Please contact us if you have more questions.

 

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days!

The HU CanWest 2024 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 $21 per tent per night. (Regular price is $27-$35). Motorhome price (powered) is $31 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 $31 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.

Also note, there are NO RESERVED SPACES from Thursday Jul 11 through Saturday Jul 13. 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 10PM to 7AM
  • R/V Generators may only be used from 9AM to 11AM and 6PM to 8PM. Generators must not be left on attended.
  • 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 Horizons Unlimited!

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

The Lodge at Arrow Lakes
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. The Tenderfoot Annex is newer, has 19 rooms. 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. 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 at 92 6th Ave. NW (just off the main street, Broadway) 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 - 2024 Menus

Thursday - Greek - Chicken Kebabs, Greek Salad, Spanakopita (spinach pies), rice pilaf, lemon creamsicle cake, coffee, tea or soft drink.

Friday - BBQ Ribs, baked potato, hot veggie, tossed salad, Strawberry Shortcake, coffee, tea or soft drink.

Saturday - Awesome Roast beef, yorkshire pudding, new potatoes, peas, carrots, Caesar Salad, Tiramisu Cake, coffee, tea or soft drink. Vegetarian: Chick pea cutlets with Miso gravy.

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 2024 you will have an option for convenient breakfast and 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 and Lunches

Deb Guest, our caterer, will offer pre-booked breakfasts on Friday and Saturday morning from 8-9AM and lunches from 12-1PM (see menu under Pricing).

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 has a nice outdoor seating area. Arrow & Anchor Pizza does fantastic pizzas - try the S'Mores dessert pizza! Did we mention Nakusp is very motorcycle friendly!

View from Chumleys Restaurant to Arrow Lake, Nakusp.  ArrowAnchorPizza, Nakusp, BC.   Nakusp is motorcycle friendly!

Hoss and Jill's does excellent breakfasts and lunches and is open at 7am. It was very popular with our crowd in 2023, as you can see!

Hoss + Jills Bistro, Nakusp, BC. 

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 Save-on-Foods, which is a good-sized supermarket. There is also an organic food store and a deli, which also serves meals.

Save-on-Foods supermarket, Nakusp, BC.  Organic Foods, Nakusp, BC.

Prima Materia, Nakusp, BC. General Store, Naksup, BC.

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

Home Hardware, Nakusp, BC.  Arrow-Lakes-Hospital, Nakusp, BC.

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

Hopefully you won't need to visit it, but good to know that Arrow Lakes Hospital is located in Nakusp.

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. Mini-HUMM is an additional $30 - sign up when you register. Meals and camping are priced separately below. All prices in Canadian $.

Pre-Register & Pay before:

Full Event Price

Weekend Price

December 1, 2023

Feb 1, 2024

July 5, 2024

89

104

119

65

75

85

AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER JULY 4, 2023)

Pay Cash or Card on Arrival

Full 4 Day Pass

Weekend-Only Pass (arriving after 6 pm Friday)

Saturday Day Pass

134

99

60

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 - Greek - Chicken Kebabs, Greek Salad, Spanakopita (spinach pies), rice pilaf, lemon creamsicle cake, coffee, tea or soft drink.

26

Friday Breakfast -Scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, yogurt, fruit salad and toast, coffee, tea, juice.

23

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

22

Friday Dinner - BBQ Ribs, baked potato, hot veggie, tossed salad, Strawberry Shortcake, coffee, tea or soft drink.

26

Saturday Breakfast - Omelette and Ham, hash browns, french toast, yogurt, fruit salad, juice, coffee, tea.

23

Saturday Lunch - Make own wraps (Mexican Burritos), salads and fruit, ice cream, soft drink.

22

Saturday Dinner - Awesome Roast beef, yorkshire pudding, new potatoes, peas, carrots, Caesar Salad, Tiramisu Cake, coffee, tea or soft drink. Vegetarian: Chick pea cutlets with Miso gravy.

28

ACCOMMODATION

Camping is not included in your registration. There is lots of room for camping! For 2023, 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

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Camping - medical powered site

22

Motorhomes - powered site

31

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

Regular Campsite price is $27-35 per night.

I'M READY TO REGISTER NOW!

SELECT YOUR PRE-REGISTRATION OPTION BELOW




 

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HU CanWest Supported Charity

The HU CanWest Supported Charity for 2023 is Arrow Lakes Search and Rescue. Part of the BC Search and Rescue Association, operating out of the Village of Nakusp, this team was founded in 1975 and has 30 volunteer members.

Arrow Lakes Search and Rescue.

As motorcyclists and travelers, we appreciate the services provided by Arrow Lakes Search and Rescue, though we all hope not to need them!

You can support Arrow Lakes Search and Rescue by donating at the event on Saturday evening.

Thanks for your support.

HU CanWest Photos

- by Gerry Muza

What happens at HU events?


Comments about HU Events

"So many trips, tips, subjects, discussions, questions, answers, experiences, insights... I could go on and on. I will be back, and back, and back."

"It was like being with family... a friendly group with shared love of adventure."

"Everyone was humble, genuine, and encouraging, and I really needed that kind of 'we're all just people' kind of atmosphere."

"You'll see and hear the most useful ideas on so many subjects that it boggles the mind."

"Full of very inspiring people who got me fired up again and motivated for my next trip!"

"What a fantastic inspirational weekend...we will be back."

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

"...a new league of awesomeness."

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

"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 (1.4 MB) full colour Event poster.

HU Canada West 2024 meeting poster.

POSTCARD!

Postcard in pdf format (432kb) full colour Event postcard:

Horizons Unlimited Canada West 2024 postcard.

Hi-res postcard can be printed 4 to a page

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

Thanks!

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.

Dee Masters greets rider at HUBB UK.

"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 45 minute and 100 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 can have more presenters than available presentation slots. We will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can (but not immediately!)

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 Exhibitor 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 can include a presentation about your products and services. Be sure to let us know you want to do a presentation when you register.

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



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.

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 6th Ave. NW
(just off the main street, Broadway)
Nakusp, BC V0G 1R0
Toll Free: 1-800-909-8819 or
1-250-265-4234

"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 at HU know.

Local Hosts

Grant and Susan are hosting this event, ably assisted by Rob McPhee, Allen Plantinga, Ekke Kok and heaps of volunteers!

Grant and Susan.

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

Like adventures, life can throw surprises our way. Stuff happens. While we would love for you to join the fun and connect with everyone at our events, we understand that you (and the funds) may be needed elsewhere. We'll catch up later!

On our side, we know you appreciate that we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

The best way to let us know that you're unable to attend an event is to reply to the Registration Confirmation Email you got from us when you first signed up.

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee and PayPal charges. At your request, we can apply your Event Registration and all fees to any subsequent HU event you wish in that year or following year.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund only the camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee and PayPal charges. At your request, we can apply your Event Registration fee (with no handling fee) to any subsequent HU Event you wish in that year or following year. If you purchased a t-shirt, we will ship it to the mailing address you provide.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds. At your request, we can apply your registration fee (with no handling fee) to any subsequent HU event you wish in that year or following year. If you purchased a t-shirt, we will ship it to the mailing address you provide.

If WE cancel an event:

We are constantly evaluating the situation for every event, and very much err on the side of caution. We will endeavour to announce "Final" decision one month or more before the event, but the situation COULD change closer to time, and we could be required by law to cancel.

If we are forced to cancel for COVID or natural disaster, we will roll your registration over to next year automatically.

If you want to transfer your existing registration to any other HU event in the world, just let us know.

Need a full refund? PLEASE REPLY to your original Registration Confirmation email to make it easier for us to find. If you can't find it, please email a request to: events-c (AT) horizonsunlimited(-)com with the subject line: "Refund event-name event-year"

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ALL Dates subject to change.

2024:

2025:

  • Queensland is back! Date TBC - May?

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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.