HU Travellers Meeting Ontario 2017


Horizons Unlimited 6th Ontario Travellers Meeting - Bracebridge

Thursday Sep 7 to Sunday Sep 10, 2017


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It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Horizons Unlimited Ontario Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, Sep 7 to Sunday, Sep 10, 2017.

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 4:00 pm. The first presentations will begin at 6 pm. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday, Sep 10.

Over the course of the event there'll be talks, demonstrations, workshops, discussion groups, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won't miss out.

As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.

Draft schedule can be downloaded here.

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!

Presenters at HU Ontario 2017 include...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below
Michael Irvine

Michael Irvine

Six Weeks in South America
Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina

Michael presents his experience getting his KLR650 to Santiago (and back) and six amazing weeks that included the Atacama Desert, the Altiplano of Bolivia, the Gran Chaco of Paraguay, Patagonia, and much more. He'll focus on the things that helped him with this adventure and how at least one critical door has probably slammed shut behind me.

Michael enjoys all aspects of motorcycles - modern or vintage, big or small - he rides them all, takes them apart, and tries to put them together again. He's travelled to more than 20 countries by motorcycle, mostly with four-stroke singles.

Michael and the Hand in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Diana Londono

Diana Londono

Dempster Highway

Despite the odds, Diana Londono and Miguel Arango conquer the Dempster Highway. With full-time jobs, parents, and only two weeks available, they accomplish their dream of riding the top of the world, the Dempster Highway, crossing the Arctic Circle and spending the night in Inuvik.

Diana is a certified Hatha yoga teacher. As an engineer and former nationally-ranked athlete, she combines the qualities of commitment, organization and responsibility with creativity and compassion. Central to her teaching is her awareness of proper posture and alignment. The teachings of yoga have been a tool to prepare her better in enjoying her rides, a reminder that it is about the Journey, not the destination. (So, yes, Diana is also offering yoga for motorcyclists during the event!)

Diana Londono and bike.

Lorraine Philip

Lorraine Philip

A Backseat Point of View
Pros and cons of two people on one bike

Do you have what it takes to be a passenger? Most people think that you just get on behind and everything will be fine – and for some people that's true. But for many, the skills that are needed to become 'invisible' to the driver have to be developed. What are those skills? Lorraine takes a look at those attributes that make a 'good' passenger and what drivers can do to help their passengers develop them. She also explores the advantages and disadvantages of riding 'two up', exhibits some farkles to facilitate communication and navigation, and ends with a slide show of her South American adventure - all from a backseat point of view.

Lorraine has been the undaunted passenger on her husband's bike for more than 40 years. Between 2015 and 2017, they've ridden their Yamaha Super Tenere more than 80,000 kms - from Ushuaia at the tip of Argentina to Deadhorse at the end of the most northerly road in Alaska.

Lorraine riding pillion

Jean and Ross Copas

Jean and Ross Copas

Riding Across Russia
Incredible India

1. Riding Across Russia

Riding the Trans Siberian Highway from east to west and dispelling the myths. After forming a group of six to ride across Russia, we spent two years planning the trip but the information we were able to find was sparse and often contradictory. In the Fall of 2014, we completed the 12,000 km ride from Seoul, South Korea to Heidelberg, Germany and now have the real story first hand. Come and be prepared to be amazed by this mysterious land! Spasibo!

Jean and Ross in Russia

2. Incredible India

That's how it's described in the tourism brochures and it certainly is! Incredibly crowded, incredibly primitive, incredibly beautiful, and incredibly fascinating. So when the opportunity arose to ride there, we thought "what a great adventure!" However, an adventure is something that sounds fun when you are sitting home by the fire....and makes you wish you were sitting home by the fire when you are actually doing it!

Our presentation will give you some insight into riding Royal Enfields through northern India and Nepal along some of the most frightening roads and traffic we have ever experienced. Along the way, we explored Maharajah's palaces, ancient forts, sacred temples, and cremation ceremonies; ate wonderful varieties of local food; and developed a love/hate relationship that has resulted in a number of return visits. Come hear why.

Jean and Ross in India

Jean says: "Starting riding at age 40 meant a lot of catching up to do! After mastering the basics, I started going farther afield-first with my local club then with motorcycle tour companies and now with my husband, Ross. We have now ridden in almost 40 countries and completed going around the world in 2014."

Ross says: "I have always enjoyed riding and travelling which led to endurance riding with the Iron Butt Association. After travelling through all of North America, my horizons gradually expanded to include international travel-first to Europe then eventually around the world."

Janosch Rohdewald

Janosch Rohdewald

Northern Circle: Started as Father and Son
Fresh stories from Europe, the "Stans", Russia, Mongolia, and North America

Janosch is currently on a motorcycle trip around the northern part of the world and will just make it for the HU Ontario! :-) Having started in Switzerland (his home), he rode through Europe, the "Stans", Russia, and Mongolia to continue his journey through North America. For the first two months, he was on the road with his father, who then returned home from Mongolia to start his new job. Experience how it is to be riding together as father and son, and what it is like to continue alone after two months. Moreover, get to know why exactly they chose this route and the pitfalls dealing with visas and such. You will hear fresh stories about what happened on the road, including some tips and tricks that were learned during the journey.

Janosch is a 26-year-old motorcycle rider from Switzerland who is journeying around the northern world. He loves being outdoors and prefers motocamping away from touristy camping grounds.

Janosch crossing a stream

Liz Jansen

Liz Jansen

Change of Plans
When the unexpected takes you in a different direction

In August 2014, Liz started what she thought would be 12-18 months on the road, exploring her ancestry and the role of culture in shaping us. A few days after being at Nakusp, she experienced a trip and life-changing crash. Last year she returned to Alberta from Ontario to continue what she started. Although not how she planned it, the past few years have been intrinsically rich and rewarding. This is a story about embracing change and seeing life's detours as part of the journey.

Healer, Writer, Speaker, and Traveller. Liz's mostly-solo motorcycle travels have taken her across Canada and the United States numerous times. In 2016, she spent six weeks following the migration trails of her grandparents who came to Canada in the 1920s as refugees.

Liz and her bike

Claire Girard and Richard Moore

Claire Girard and Richard Moore

Riding in New Zealand
Riding in Australia

Both from a Canadian perspective

1. Riding in New Zealand: a Canadian Perspective

Richard and Claire are from Gatineau, Quebec, and have been riding in New Zealand over a two-month period from February to March 2017. They started their trip not far from Christchurch after buying two used motorcycles and rode over 10,000 km visiting many national parks on both islands. They will speak about their Canadian perspective, and why New Zealand is so attractive, special and unique for motorcyclists. Plus, useful tips on how to extend your dollar and make a trip in New Zealand more affordable.

2. Riding Australia: a Canadian Perspective

Richard and Claire had been riding in Australia for 3.5 months from April to mid-July 2017. They started in Melbourne (Victoria) and rode over 20,000 km visiting six states or territories, including the Northern Territory, crossing Australia from the Top End (Darwin) to the southern part and along the Great Ocean Road. They visited the major national parks and experienced the outback as well. From their Canadian perspective, Australia is very attractive, special and unique for motorcyclists. How does this compare with their previous experiences of riding, camping and visiting national parks throughout Canada and the U.S. during the previous ten years?

Richard and Claire have ridden all over Canada and the United States, from Newfoundland to Yukon, and from Alaska to California and to Louisiana. They started riding oversees in New Zealand as well as in Australia in 2017, now that they are both retired.

Claire Girard and Richard Moore with their bikes.

André Richard

André Richard, BMW Motorrad Canada

BMW Motorrad Updates
New motorcycles on display. Current and upcoming technology.

André Richard will give a talk on the current and future picture of BMW in Canada, talk about new models and innovations coming down the pipe followed by an always informative informal Q&A session. He'll have the K1600B and perhaps another new product on display.

Licensed for 33 years, André has been with BMW Motorrad for 13 years and has travelled with them all over North America. His primary focus is Aftersales (technical, parts and accessories).

André Richard by the Golden Gate Bridge.

Joe Enberg

Joe Enberg, ADV Joe

D2D - Riding the Dust 2 Dawson
My biggest solo-adventure yet, I left Ottawa Ontario in late May to attend the 25th anniversary of the D2D. This is that story.

I have been reading ride reports of riding into the great white north for a couple of years; I rode 2 of Canada's most iconic, remote adventure roads in the last 2 years. I followed Brokentooth's adventures and knew right away that he is a better man than I. Or a little crazier, maybe, lol. This past winter I came across some posts on the ADVRIDER website about the D2D, and after very little reading knew that I was going to attend. I booked a room at the Bunk House in November, starting doing some research, prepared as best I could, and in late May took off from my home in Ottawa Ontario astride Big Ethel, my V-Strom 1000. 15,000 kilometers and some of the most incredible sights later, this is a little piece of my experience.

Joe Enberg

Warren Milner

Warren Milner

Choosing the Right Adventure Bike
Design considerations that help you determine the right bike for your intended use.

Engineering is a series of compromises. All design elements have pros and cons. This presentation will discuss some of these pros and cons and give insights into which design features may be most suitable for different types of use. Depending on time and the number of questions, this presentation will cover topics such as chain drive vs. shaft, manual vs. DCT transmission, upside down forks vs. conventional, radial mount calipers vs. traditional, abs and traction control systems, and more.

Warren worked at Honda Canada for almost 30 years. His strong technical background allowed him to work closely with product planning and Honda R&D on development of new models. He has extensive adventure riding experience in every U.S. state, all Canadian provinces and territories as well as Europe, Japan, South America, and the Caribbean.

Warren Milner.

David Eady

David Eady

Southern India on a Royal Enfield Bullet
A tour of Kerala and Tamil Nadu

This presentation will give an overview of David's guided tour of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and will cover trip-planning, things to know when travelling in India, the experience of riding a motorcycle in India, and things to do and see while travelling. David presents a visual smorgasbord of slides and video snippets.

David Eady on his bike.

Wayne Doherty

Wayne Doherty

Mexico by Motorcycle
A summary of my experiences in five trips through Mexico.

I've often heard how dangerous it is to ride in Mexico. Before my last trip people would ask me if I was not concerned. I would show them the front page of a recent Toronto newspaper: "8 People Shot this Week-end" and said, no , I live here. Mexico is magical and I'll tell you why. But first you have to get there, so I'll give you lots of information starting with preparation, crossing the border, road hazards, and riding behaviour. Then you'll see some of the places I've been, places I stayed including my 5-star hotel rating, and motorcycle security. Of course, no motorcycle presentation would be complete without exploring the local cuisine! I ride a GS, but, except for rare instances, my riding has been on paved roads. This is a summary of my trips, the great new experiences, and the wonderful people I've met, all just next door.

After retiring, I realized I had to find a new activity. I have ridden over 250,000 miles since 2000. Although most of this has been on BMW GS motorcycles, almost all has been on paved roads. Gravel was okay, but if dirt appeared, then it was a mistake!

Wayne Doherty on his bike.

Jillian Henderson

Jillian Henderson

New Zealand on a Modest Budget
Colorado: Thin Air, Extreme Heat

1. New Zealand on a Modest Budget

Jillian took off to New Zealand and Fiji in December of 2016 for three weeks. She rented a Honda CB500X and explored the North Island solo. The upside of solo travel is you get to make every decision. The downside of solo travel is you MUST make every decision. Jillian explored the northern half of the North Island while maintaining a modest budget. Highlights include the northerm-most point of NZ Cape Reinga, the Coromandel Peninsula, geothermal mud baths in Rotorua and, of course, the many twists and turns of the famous New Zealand roads. Learn about stretching your budget through the WWOOF program (Willing Workers On Organic Farms).

2. Colorado: Thin Air, Extreme Heat

Jillian and Walter explored the Colorado Rockies and Utah. The US Rocky Mountains are beautiful, but altitude sickness can curtail your plans. Jillian experienced mild altitude sickness and had to adjust the itinerary until she could acclimate. They will discuss how to manage by giving your body time to adjust and by staying hydrated. A side trip to the Utah desert was fun but don't go out there alone in July! Temperatures of 43 degrees C are normal. Jillian and Walter will cover a few safety tips to make your trip an enjoyable one.

Jillian rides her bike whenever she can. When she's not riding she's thinking about riding!

Jillian standing next to her bike.

Michel Levesque

Michel Levesque

Half-Lost in Mongolia
Story of our 18 days riding through Mongolia

Mongolia is one of the dream places to ride a motorcycle adventure. In June 2016, Michael and Michel travel to this mystical country for an 18-day motorcycle trip. Soon they discover that even with good preparation, it is a necessity to be able to adapt and improvise. Orientation being the main challenge, road conditions, language, food and mechanical problems have added some spices and made this trip a real adventure.

Michel is heading to South-Africa and Namibia in 2017!

Michel riding on sand.

Tech Sessions and Workshops

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

Ross Copas

Ross Copas

Tires, Tires, and Tires!
Ross channels Grant for the tire fixing demo!

Ross shows you how to deal with flat tires (tubes and tubeless), how to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one using any of the best tools available; hands-on practical for beginners to experts. Ross has won Ironbutt Rides, no doubt quickly dealing with his share of flats along the way.

Grant's tire fixing demo.

Ron Smith

Ron Smith, Accelerated Technologies

Ride the Bike You Want, Not the One You Fit!

This is the motto of Accelerated Technologies, suspension specialists who specialize in suspension of all kinds including street bikes, road racing bikes, dirt bikes, ATVs, ice racers, and snowmobiles. Many 'adventure' bikes are extremely tall and often heavy with gear and accessories which make them hard to manage on some terrain. Accelerated Technologies can work with you to craft a motorcycle that fits both your body and spirit!

Ron works for Accelerated Technologies and is an expert in suspension technology. He's a "vertically-challenged" rider who knows firsthand how important it is to ride the bike you want and how to fit it personally to you. With his wealth of expertise in this area, he is always flexible with his presentations to allow for questions on any aspect of setting up bikes. Come and hear what he can do for you.

Ron and bike.

 John of Accelerated Technologies wins 'Tuner of the Year' for his work as Crew Chief of Jodi Christie Racing.

(Bottom photo, at right): John Sharrard wins 'Tuner of the Year' for his work as Crew Chief of Jodi Christie Racing.

John Sharrard, the owner of this operation, was himself a motorcycle racer before becoming Crew Chief for the likes of Pascal Picotte and Steve Crevier then moved on to become the Crew Chief for the Honda factory racing team. In 1997, he started his own business building forks, shocks and engines and today is well known in motorcycle circles for his ability to fit a motorcycle to the rider without compromising performance, comfort, or style.

Jennifer Page and Adam Tworkowski.

Jennifer Page and Adam Tworkowski

Invisible Baggage: Is There a Rack for That?
What are your expectations and motivations for motorcycle travel? Overloaded by invisible baggage?

Have you considered a maintenance checklist for your own mental health? While the topic of mental health may not be as sexy as packing lists or motorcycle modifications, sustaining good mental health is vital for peak travel experience.

Drawing from the highs and lows of traveling for nine months on the Trans-Continental Mambo Latin America tour, we will be recounting personal challenges to mental health - including homesickness, anxiety, depression, burnout and self-confidence issues - from several perspectives, and presenting the idea that regular mental health maintenance is as important as your motorcycle maintenance checklist.

Jennifer Page and Adam Tworkowski.

Jennifer Page (Art Therapist) and Adam Tworkowski (IT Professional) are self-professed late bloomers to the motorcycling world. Not content on being an 'arm chair traveler' via Skype, Jenn got her motorcycle license in 2010 while Adam was on a solo Latin American adventure. In 2013 Jenn and Adam embarked on the Trans-Continental Mambo Latin American tour.

Iron Butt Association logo

Ross Copas and Rick Morrison, Ironbutt Association

The World Is Our Playground

Sound familiar? This slogan is used by the Ironbutt Association whose members are dedicated to safe, long-distance, motorcycle riding. That sounds familiar, too. Having these two things in common, we have used many of the Ironbutt Association's "Archive of Wisdom" to ensure that we ride safely and efficiently. Through this organization, we have also increased our navigation skills and learned more than we ever wanted to know about "farkles"! Ross and Rick lead an open discussion about the Do's and Don'ts of doing an Ironbutt Rally. Rick is even riding all the way from Texas to be at HU Ontario this year!

Rick Morrison and Ross Copas, previous winners of the bi-annual Ironbutt Rally (11,000 miles in 11 days) will answer questions and lead a discussion following a movie made during an earlier Rally.

Miguel Arango

Miguel Arango

Basic First Aid for Motorcyclists

As an amateur rider and with not much time to travel for long periods of time, Miguel is always looking for time on his motorcycle. Unfortunately, the risk of an accident is always present and almost for sure he will be the first on the scene. A good management of an accident can make a difference not only in immediate survival, but also in the positive medical prognosis. Miguel covers different first aid procedures that should and should not be done during an accident, including topics such as basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation, evaluation of consciousness, fracture stabilization, and proper removal of the helmet, and more. He also discusses how to prevent illness during your travels, signs and symptoms of dehydration, gastrointestinal infections, etc. Everything related to a good first aid kit will also be covered.

Miguel Arango and bike

Diana Londono

Diana Londono

Yoga for Motorcyclists
Learn the basic importance of keeping proper alignment on your bike and how to build balance

[60 min talk & demo]: Join Diana to learn the basic understanding of the importance of keeping proper alignment in your bike and how to build balance between strength and flexibility plus improving endurance. Learn techniques to improve awareness and how to recover faster through YOGA, supporting your ride even beyond your destination. From the bike to the mat.

[90 min yoga practice]: As bikers, we are enthusiasts. We ride matching the intensity of any perceived boundary, so let's use this intuitive desire for joy and freedom by working from our body to our rides, to our life. As you learn to connect deeper to your body your ride experience will be greater, softer in the body, clearer in the mind, attention sharpens, we respect our limits, we live in more connection within our self and with the beautiful environment that is given to us to enjoy and protect. Recovery between bike rides is important to rest your mind, recharge energy and balance your body with strength and flexibility towards a wonderful journey. Improve your recovery time, sleep and circulation through an all around YOGA practice.

Diana Londono holding yoga pose.

Liz Jansen

Liz Jansen

Ride, Write, and Publish
Write your story so others - and editors - will want to read it.

Learn how to capture your stories in words and pictures so that others are intrigued and want to read them. Find out if you need a blog, best blogging practices, and what it takes to get your work published.

Liz and her bike

Walter Romanowski

Walter Romanowski

Fork Seal Clinic
Learn how to change leaking fork seals and gain the confidence to take on this project yourself.

You will learn how to remove and re-install your forks. Walter demonstrates how to dismantle, clean, replace seals, and re-assemble with new fork oil. Forks and tools will be available for you to examine during this clinic. He believes motorcycle maintenance is a component of the riding experience. In doing the maintenance on the five motorcycles he owns, he has acquired the satisfaction of knowing the job was well done.

Walter leaning into the curve.

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.

Meanwhile, here's a sampler of activities at HU Ontario 2016.

Jean and Ross Copas presentation at HU Ontario 2016.

Jean and Ross Copas presentation at HU Ontario 2016

Clinton Smout skills demo at HU Ontario 2016.

Clinton Smout skills demo at HU Ontario 2016

Group discussions by the lake at HU Ontario 2016.

Group discussions by the lake at HU Ontario 2016

Full house at HU Ontario 2016 presentation.

Full house at HU Ontario 2016 presentation

Riders on skills course at HU Onario 2016.

Riders on skills course at HU Onario 2016

HU Casbah!

We will be holding a personal travel gear swap meet in the Casbah. Bring those replaced jackets, boots, GPS units etc and sell them at the meeting. We will have a spot set aside in the main hall to display your stuff. Price it reasonably and good karma will follow you!

Note: this is just for adventure travel gear and not motorcycle parts, if you want to sell parts, set up at your tent please.

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.

The Adventure Travel Zone

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

Exhibitors Confirmed

Honda motorcycle.

Honda Canada

Honda Canada will be bringing some bikes and gear to drool over!

Honda Canada at HU Ontario 2016.

Twisted Throttle, Bolt-On Touring Accessories that fit YOUR motorcycle!

Twisted Throttle Canada

Twisted Throttle finds the best sport-touring and adventure-touring gear from Europe and imports it to Canada.

Twisted Throttle at HU Ontario 2016.

Outback Motortek - True To Its Name!

Outback Motortek
- True To Its Name

Outback Motortek is the manufacturer and designer of premium adventure and dual-sport motorcycle parts and accessories.

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

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

Clinton Smout
is offering a 25% discount for HU Ontario attendees for 1-on-1 or 1-on-2 training at the school in Horseshoe Valley.

Clinton will also be bringing BMW bikes for demo rides!

BMW Performance Riding Centre represented by Clinton Smout at HU Ontario 2016.

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

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

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

Riders at HU Ontario 2016.

HU Ontario 2017 is returning to Camp Tamarack in Bracebridge, Ontario! "Great event and perfect location. The food was amazing." "The event, the facilities and the food were all great..."

Camp Tamarack
1391 Stoneleigh Road,
RR#2, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1W9
p 705-645-4881 / f 705-645- 3996

The camp has a long golf driving range, kayaks, canoes, swimming, a fabulous high ropes confidence course, and of course ATV trails.

Bikes by the lake at HU Ontario 2016.

Honda Canada test rides at HU Ontario 2016.

Honda Canada test rides

Yoga on the dock by the lake at HU Ontario 2016.

Yoga class on the dock

Conversations by the lake at HU Ontario 2016.

Lots of space for group discussions

Camp Tamarack at sunset.

You might even catch a fish at HU Ontario!

Greg Powell demonstrates how easy it is to catch a fish off the dock at Camp Tamarack!

Campsite & Parking

There are plenty of camping spaces available, and also plenty of beds for anyone who doesn't fancy camping.

Camping by lake at HU Ontario 2016.

Campers at HU Ontario 2016.

Parking is available for 2-wheel and 4-wheel vehicles. You can park next to your tent or cabin (or inside it if you prefer!)

You can park your bike inside your tent!

Dorm rooms

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

Bikes parked outside cabin at HU Ontario 2016.

Camp Tamarack bunkhouse.

Dorm rooms - we will not use the upper bunks!

No Fires

Fires will be restricted to fire pits, which are plentiful around the site. Camping stoves are allowed. Please be aware that we will be obliged by the venue to enforce these rules very strictly.

Evening campfire at HU Ontario 2016.

Showers & Toilets

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

Camp Tamarack - dorm washroom.

Young Adventurers

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


If you'd like to bring your well-behaved dog or cat along to the event, we'll have a special area set aside for you to camp in. Please bring copies of vaccination records in case the health inspector comes by. Alas, there will not be specific pet activities either! ;-) You'll need to ensure your pet remains on a lead at all times and doesn't damage or foul the site. Pets will not be allowed in food areas. Owners of noisy or aggressive dogs may be asked to leave.

Smoking & Drinking

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

You may Bring Your Own alcohol for consumption in your cabin or tent. Due to safety hazards associated with broken glass, we kindly ask that all beverages brought into camp be in recyclable plastic, tetra, or aluminum cans.

In Ontario, the legal age for consumption of all alcohol is 19. Tamarack's policy with regards to alcohol is consistent with the provincial law. Any attendee who violates this law will be asked to leave camp immediately. No refund will be given.

Those of age who choose to consume alcohol must drink responsibly. We reserve the right to expel without refund any attendee who becomes intoxicated and/or causes a disturbance. Absolutely no alcohol will be permitted in any water vehicle.

Meal Package

Camp Tamarack has a great cook (lured from another venue)! "The food was amazing!"

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. Always enjoyable.

Meal time at HU Ontario 2016.

We have negotiated unbundled meal packages for 2017. Meal packages are either 8 meals (if coming for the whole event) or 5 meals (if coming for Friday/Saturday only):

Meal Package - 8 meals

Meal Package - 5 meals

  • Thursday dinner/snack
  • Friday breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sunday breakfast
  • Friday dinner
  • Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sunday breakfast

Meal time at HU Ontario 2016.

Each dinner will have an alternate, vegetarian and pasta offering. There will be a vegetarian option offered at each meal - we will need numbers for these, so please indicate when you register if you wish a vegetarian meal.

Special diets can be accommodated with advanced notice within reason.

Cold cereals, fruit bar, oatmeal, bagels and spreads will be offered at breakfast as well.

Breakfast buffet at HU Ontario 2016.

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

  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Egg Muffins w/cheese
Ass't Cereal
Fruit bar

French Toast
A'sst Cereal
Fruit bar
Scrambled Eggs
Continental (croissants etc.)
Fruit bar
Lunch   Hamburgers
Veggie Burgers
Ice cream sundaes
Chicken fajitas
Stir Fry
Salad Bar
Banana Bread


Oriental style vegetables and beef
Variety of cakes
Chef cut roast beef
Mashed Potatoes
Marshmallows and Hot Chocolate (fireside)  


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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 Ontario

"Another fantastic event! Looking forward to next year."

"A huge shout out to all the organizers of HU Ontario 2016. From the outside looking in, everything ran like clockwork, the presentations were entertaining and informative, and it was great to renew friendships and begin some new ones. Thank you all!"

"Great event and perfect location. The food was amazing. It was great to catch up with old friends and new friends."

"Awesome time was had by all I imagine! Thanks for all your efforts Greg et al."

"What a great event! Thanks to all who contributed -- whether by organizing or attending. Every single person added to what makes this gathering so special."

"Great event! Wonderful people!"

"It was a hoot! Great weather, food and friends!"

"I had a great time at my 4th HU Ontario rally. The event, the facilities and the food were all great, but the best was the shared camaraderie and love of motorcycles and travel. Met lots of great new and old friends and will be there next year."

"Greg, a most awesome event! Thank you, thank you, thank you to you and everyone who helped out, and the presenters, wow! What are people thinking missing out on Horizons Unlimited?"

"Well done. Great connections and comaraderie. And bikes, bikes, bikes!"

"Excellent event! Short trip from our place in Ottawa, we have been present to the five events thus far in Ontario and have always been privileged to meet fellow Canadians and long distance travelers. Always a great opportunity to get to know people that have a passion for motorcycle traveling. Great job to the dedicated group who makes it happen every year. Special kudos to Clinton Smout for his time and dedication to make all of us better riders and for leading us during the BMW test rides. Well Done!"

"Super Super fantastic time. Thanks to all who volunteered to make everything run smoothly. To those that presented, I cannot thank you enough for the wealth of information we have gained from meeting you. We wish we could have left on our adventure Sunday morning we were so excited. We are very much looking forward to the next HUBB meeting we're able to attend."

"My first, and very enjoyable HU meeting. Very much worth the trip south, from my home in the States, to Parry Sound."

"It was great to be part of the Ontario 'Rendez-vous'. It was a real pleasure to meet some of the world travelers and to eat in their company. These people are real nice to talk with and most important, they don't have an 'attitude'."

"Thank you again for organizing such a great meeting. It was our first and we are certainly looking to attend again."

"My first HU meeting but not my last! I thought I'd feel awkward but there were quite a few 'newbies' and I discovered I had been to a lot more places than I had thought. The friendliness and diversity of the people attending made it great! See you next year!"

"Thanks for the great weekend!"

"We had a great time, you have outdone yourselves once again. Lots of interesting folks and the presentations were well done and informative, not to mention inspiring! Hope to see you next year."

"I had a great and informative time at the HU meeting."

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 (447kb):

HU Ontario 2017 meeting poster.

High res poster (1.4 MB)


Postcard in pdf format (620kb) full colour Event postcard, can be printed 4 to a page:

Horizons Unlimited Ontario 2016 postcard.

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


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


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!)

Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?

We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.

Book your Trade Stand space

Over the course of four days, this Horizons Unlimited event offers a unique opportunity to build awareness of your brand and talk directly to potential customers.

The Adventure Travel Zone occupies a central position at the event site and is exclusive to trade stands representing the overland adventure travel market.

Choose between our Premium and Standard packages, both of which include on-site advertising and Pecha Kucha presentations about your products and services.

Click here to book your trade stand

Advertise at HU Ontario

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Ontario but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.

Click here to arrange advertising

Ontario 2017 Venue Location

Camp Tamarack
1391 Stoneleigh Road, RR#2, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1W9


Driving Directions to Camp Tamarack

From Toronto: Travel north on Hwy 400, continue on Hwy 11, Take Exit Hwy 117, Turn right onto Second Entrance to Stoneleigh Road and then stay to the right.

Getting to Camp Tamarack, Bracebridge.

Other Accommodation

Bracebridge is only 15 minutes by vehicle from Camp Tamarack, and has a wide range of accommodation options. However, September is busy season for the town, so DO NOT DELAY booking! Below are a few possibilities.

Wellington Inn
265 Wellington St,
Bracebridge, Ontario P1L1C1

Quality Inn
300 Ecclestone Dr,
Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1G4
(Formerly Muskoka Riverside Inn)
(705) 645-8775

Sleep Inn
510 Muskoka Rd 118 W,
Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1W8

320 Taylor Rd,
Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1K1

Information about the area

Muskoka is a great riding area, including lots of gnarly trails! Check out the video by Mike Bell of Bellistic Films of a ride on the Seguin Trail.

More info, map and other motorcycle tours on Motorcycling Muskoka and the Ontario Tourism site.

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

Local Hosts

Greg Powell. 

Greg Powell is the local host for this event, assisted by Liz Jansen, Jean and Ross Copas, Bill Hooykaas, and a lot of volunteers. We're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.

We can always use help - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register!

HU Events Refund Policy

We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

New to Horizons Unlimited?

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.

Susan and Grant Johnson
Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.