HU Travellers Meeting Maritimes 2014

Horizons Unlimited Canada (Maritimes) Travellers Meeting

Friday Jul 4 to Sunday Jul 6, 2014 - Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

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 Maritimes Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Friday, Jul 4 to Sunday, Jul 6, 2014. The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 1 pm on Thursday, Jul 3, with the first presentations beginning on Friday, Jul 4 at 6 pm. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday, Jul 6.

There will be a choice of two ride-outs (dual sport or pavement) after breakfast on Jul 4. GPS Tracks will be provided for those who prefer to ride solo.

Over the course of the event there'll be talks, demonstrations, workshops, Q&A's, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won't miss out. As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics.

Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.

A draft Overview Event Schedule is here. A draft schedule of presentations will be posted here a week before the event. It is subject to change!

Presenters at HU Maritimes 2014 so far...

Paul Mitcheltree.

Paul Mitcheltree

Riding The Himalayas to Leh - Riding the Enfield Bullet over some of India's highest pass roads

"In 2000 I took an escorted tour with 7 Germans from the Kullu valley to Leh. We crossed 6 mountain passes up to 17,300 ft and rode the old style Enfield Bullet 500 bikes. The 21 day return trip to New Delhi was an amazing excursion on very interesting bikes in an area of India/Kashmir that has changed little. It is called Little Tibet and has wonderful people and some of the best unpaved high road scenery you will see anywhere."

Paul Mitcheltree.

Paul Mitcheltree.

Paul has been riding since 1968, NS to Alaska trip 1998, Trans Lab hwy 1999, India Himalayas ( Enfield Bullet) 2000, Colorado 2003, James Bay by route du nord 2005, Perth to Queensland 2011. Cameraman and grip on various films. Rode a BMW R11RS on most trips above, now own a DR650.

Bill Hooykaas.

Willem (Bill) Hooykaas,

Finding Colorado Ghost Towns - Some of the best off road riding in the Americas can be found in the US.

"Come see why I take a few weeks nearly every year to explore the back roads and trails of the Colorado high country. It can be a gruelling ride, so be prepared, mechanically, physically, mentally and of course have the KSAs to come out in one piece!"

Bill Hooykaas in Colorado.

Bill Hooykaas has logged well over 1 million kilometers on BMWs, riding the length and breadth of the Americas, all over Europe, parts of Africa and Asia. His next adventure will be riding from Japan to Europe through Russia and the Stans in 2015!

Terry Burt.

Terry Burt

Two Wheels Through the Big Land - A documentary on riding the Trans Labrador Highway

A condensed version of Bigland Adventure Films "Two Wheels Through the Big Land" a five part web series on riding through Newfoundland and across the now famous Trans Labrador Highway. Join Terry Burt and Peter Oxley, two middle-aged family guys trading their normal lives for one of adventure on a ten day kitchen pass, covering 4200km through Newfoundland and Labrador by motorcycle.

Terry Burt.

Terry: "I am a 45 year family guy with a craving for motorcycle adventure. My ten day trip over the Trans Labrador Highway was my first adventure which was filmed and edited by myself and Peter Oxley for the "Two Wheels Through the Big Land" web series on Youtube and Vimeo."

Peter Bodtke.

Peter Bodtke, Clockwise around South America

The Roads Less Traveled: My Latin America Sampler

After deciding to head down to South America, Peter thought it would be a great idea to go against the flow and head south down the east side of South America. On the way home, he was also struck by the excellent idea of riding the Stalhratte to Jamaica and Cuba which was an adventure by itself.

Oyapock River from Saint-Georges, French Guiana to Oiapoque, Brazil.

Oyapock River from Saint-Georges, French Guiana to Oiapoque, Brazil.

Peter Bodtke on Bolivia death road.

Yungas Road (the Death Road) Bolivia

Philip White.

Philip White

My most excellent adventure! Nova Scotia to Ushuaia, emphasis on South America

A trip from Nova Scotia, Canada to Fin Del Mundo, end of the world in Ushuaia with more of an emphasis on the South American section

Philip White - glad to have arrived.

Phil says: "I'm a 66 year old would be world traveller who has managed a start on my dreams. In 2012/2013 I travelled from Nova Scotia to Ushuaia and back up to Brazil where my ride ended. Waiting to see what the future will bring!"

David Allen.

David Allen, UK

Highlights of a RTW and the Trans Canada Adventure Trail

Highlights (and lowlights) of a RTW

Having being medically discharged from the Royal Navy in 2005, David watched the Long Way Round Series and decided that he would like to do something similar. In 2009 he left London, UK to ride around the world on a Yamaha XT660 and whilst in the USA decided to include South America in the journey. After 36 countries and a year later he returned home.

A quick year in the UK was followed by 8 months in Buenos Aires and then by a 'bovine' shortening whilst part way through a circumnavigation of South America.

David Allen.

The Trans Canada Adventure Trail

In 2013, David was studying in Halifax and needed a way of venting the frustrations associated with being a mature student. He recruited an experienced off road rider from the UK and they departed from St Johns, heading west into the vast and beautiful expanse of Canada. "The route and weather at times made the journey challenging and the aim of the presentation is to convey the highs and lows that were experienced. Actually there weren't any lows. Just a conveyor belt of great enjoyment."

David Allen.

Educational Sessions

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

Bill Hooykaas.

Willem (Bill) Hooykaas,

A-Z of Overlanding

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

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

Bill Hooykaas then and now.

Bill Hooykaas then and now

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

Bill Hooykaas in Chile.

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

Madeline Velazquez, Boston to Panama and back

Fears, overcome them, how?

Are the jitters holding you back from venturing out alone for a long motorcycle ride? Learn what it takes to overcome that fear.

Madeline Velazquez.

Many ask, "aren't you scared?" Learn what it takes to find the courage to venture out alone on your motorcycle and ride thousands of miles without support. Learn how to overcome the fear of being alone on the road with your best friend, "your motorcycle". I will also share some of the ups and downs of a ride through Central America, is it better to ride alone or with a group? A female solo rider in the United States riding from the cold island of Newfoundland to the Florida Keys. I'll share the experience and reaction of people when they see me with my bike fully loaded so far away from home alone.

Madeline Velazquez in Panama.

My first major ride was from Boston to the Panama Canal round trip. Everyone kept telling me not to go because of the dangers to a female solo rider. I did not listen and completed my 15,000 mile round trip motorcycle ride in 60 days. This ride created a deeper thirst for extreme riding. What will quench MissRIDER's thirst? Perhaps a RTW tour scheduled for 2017!!

Craig Cairns.

Craig Cairns

First on Scene Medical Care

What do you do when you're the first on the scene of a wreck when you're far out in the boonies and there's no doctor for miles around?  A presentation on the best approaches to provide care for injured riders, including proper helmet removal.  This clinic will also focus on injuries that can be expected and how to mitigate risks to ensure that the patient makes the best recovery.

   Craig Cairns by Kelsow -

Craig Cairns - Photo by Kelsow -

Craig is a Nova Scotia Intermediate Care Paramedic with 18 years experience providing Emergency Medical Care and First Response.

Craig Cairns.

Craig Cairns

What's in your First Aid Kit?

What should you be carrying in your First Aid kit?  This discussion will include what the basic necessities are to care for yourself day to day and what you might need to help yourself and others who may need your assistance on the road.  How to build a fully functional kit to maximize space, and dollars!

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.

Horizons Unlimited Canada Maritimes 2014 Ride-outs

Kerry Plourde and Clarence Tidd are going for rides on July 4.

Kerry will be going on a dual sport ride to the Ghost Town of New France.

Clarence will be going on a pavement ride to Long and Brier Islands.

For anyone interested in following, meet up after breakfast. GPS Tracks will be provided for those who prefer to ride solo.

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.

Facilities for a Fantastic Weekend

We are pleased to announce we will be camping at the 74th Crusaders Club House for HU Maritimes 2014, situated on the banks of the Annapolis River, with open fields and Clubhouse Facilities. Not only is there excellent riding on back roads in the area, but Annapolis Royal is the birthplace of Canada and features many historical landmarks.

HU Maritimes 2014 venue, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

Campsites and Parking

There are camping spaces available for up to 300 people and a nice motel nearby that offers clean, well appointed rooms. Parking is available next to your site for your 2 wheeled vehicle and 4 wheeled vehicles can park next to the clubhouse. There is also limited space available for RVs, but no services. Please indicate whether you will be bringing an RV. The club house canteen sells cold drinks and light snacks, and if you need more than this Annapolis Royal is only 5 minutes away.

No Fires

There is a community fire pit available for nightly fires. Camping stoves are allowed. Please be aware that we will be obliged by the venue to enforce these rules very strictly.

Showers and Toilets

There are shared facilities including some flush toilets and hot showers (most of the time) for all attendees next to the Clubhouse building.

Children and Dogs

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

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


Please PRE-BOOK dinners with your registration. There will be limited amounts available for late-comers. There MAY be some individual meals available at a higher price. You can, of course, cook for yourself, or go to restaurants in Annapolis Royal.

Dinners (pre-book pricing)

Friday ($15) - BBQ Dinner.

Saturday ($20) - Pulled Pork Dinner, including Rolls, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad and Pie

Breakfasts and lunches

Breakfasts will be provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings by the Crusaders Motorcycle Club. A Continental Breakfast (Cold Cereal, Toast, Muffins, Juice, Milk, Coffee, Tea) will be available for $7 or Hot Breakfast (Eggs, Bacon, Hashbrowns, Toast, Juice, Milk, Coffee, Tea) for $10.

Lunch will be provided on Saturday, menu TBC.

Meal Package

Meal Package - 6 meals including Friday, Saturday and Sunday hot breakfasts, Friday and Saturday dinners and Saturday lunch - if purchased individually would be $77. Pre-book as a package for $70.

Vegetarian and special diets

There will be a vegetarian option offered at each meal - we will need numbers for these, so please indicate when you register if you wish a vegetarian meal.

Special diets can be accommodated with advanced notice within reason.

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


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

Pre-Register & Pay between:

Event Price

(all presentations and workshops)

January 1st & March 31, 2014

April 1st & June 27, 2014

$35 (saves $20)

$45 (saves $10)


Pay Cash or PayPal on Arrival

Full Weekend Pass

Saturday only




We recommend pre-booking meals. There MAY be individual meals available at a higher price at the event. We may be able to accommodate vegetarians, so let us know your preferences when you register.

Friday Continental Breakfast
Friday BBQ Supper provided by Crusaders Motorcycle Club
Saturday Hot Breakfast OR
Saturday Continental Breakfast
Saturday Lunch - TBC
Saturday Pulled Pork Supper
Sunday Hot Breakfast OR
Sunday Continental Breakfast

Meal Package - 6 meals including:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday hot breakfasts,
Friday and Saturday dinners and Saturday lunch
- if purchased individually would be $77!


$   7
$ 15
$ 10
$   7
$ 15
$ 20
$ 10
$   7


$ 70


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

Camping is $15 PER TENT PER NIGHT, paid in advance.








What happens at HU events?

HU South Africa

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.

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


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.

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"

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.



  • California: April 18-21
  • Virginia: April 25-28
  • Germany Summer: May
  • CanWest: July 11-14
  • Switzerland: August
  • Romania: August
  • Ecuador: September
  • France: September
  • Austria: September 12-15
  • Queensland: Oct 4-7
  • Germany Autumn: Nov.

Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details