HU Travellers Meeting Ontario 2018

THE PREMIER OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAVEL EVENT

Horizons Unlimited 7th Ontario Travellers Meeting - Rice Lake

Thursday May 24 to Sunday May 27, 2018

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, May 24 to Sunday, May 27, 2018.

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, May 27.

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 approx one week before the event.

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is subject to change at any time - all the presenters are volunteers and travelling, thus they may be delayed or unable to get there. Some may have anxiety attacks and be unable to perform! ;-) And sometimes travellers show up unexpectedly with great pics and stories, so we try to fit them in!

Presenters at HU Ontario 2018 include...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below
Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy, Ride4Adventure

My Motorcycle Wanderings
A retrospective of 40 years of motorcycle adventure touring

A look back on my experiences of riding a motorcycle on an extended road trip some 40 years ago compared to a recent trip I took in 2016. In 1976, I left for the first of many motorcycle adventures that I would experience over the next four decades. With no prior motorcycle experience, I bought a new bike, loaded it with gear, and headed out to explore the world. My travels would take me across Canada, USA, Central America, Europe, and northern Africa - 60,000 km of travel. Nearly 40 years later in 2016, I again set out for an extended road trip around the world. This time, I had my BMW GS flown over to Dublin Ireland, and spent the next 4-5 months touring around Ireland, Europe, and the Balkans. Find out what's different and what stayed the same.

BRIAN KENNEDY is an avid adventure traveller and motorcyclist. Over the last 40 years, he participated in over 30 trips by motorcycle and 4x4 across Canada, US, Central and South America, Europe, and Africa. Thanks, also, to my work as an exploration geologist, he's been to some of the most remote and distant parts of the world.

Iceland gravel road

Bike in the Alps

Isabelle and Terrence Porter

Isabelle and Terrence Porter, 2CanRide

South America by Motorcycle
Overcoming trepidation and adversity to allow cultural connection

In South America, Isabelle and Terry encountered kindness and beauty at every turn. There was richness in scenery, culture and friendship. There was adventure and great joy. There was help whenever it was needed. There was adversity too: flat tires, crashes, broken bones and the force of the Patagonian wind. Hear these stories and more. Ask questions. Not so long ago, Isabelle and Terry were where you are now, just dreaming. On Sunday after HU Ontario, they will return home to Ottawa. Maybe this workshop will help you to wait no longer and just go!

ISABELLE and TERRY PORTER's colleagues thought they were crazy; their adult children thought they were badass. One of them didn't even know how to ride! Hear how this couple in early retirement prepared for, then delighted in, everything South American during 14 months on two motorcycles.

Isabelle and Terrence Porter with their bikes

Joe Enberg

Joe Enberg, ADV Joe

Adventures on Snow!
A Canadian adventure motorcyclist's winter survival guide

Joe does not let blowing snow and freezing temperatures hold back his spirit of adventure. He starts his snowmobile and heads out into thousands of kilometers of snow-covered trails of Ontario and Quebec. Find out how to beat the winter blues by listening to Joe's adventures on the white stuff. Travelling by snowmobile gets you to places that you would not normally be able to travel. Much like motorcycle travel, lots of preparation goes into snowmobile adventures, but there are different challenges and things to consider when the temperature gets into the minuses.

JOE ENBERG is an all-season adventurer who, when recovering from two broken ankles, bought a Suzuki bike sight unseen based on feedback from friends who test rode it for him. A guy with good friends like that is someone you can chat with anytime, like, say, at HU Ontario!

Joe and his snowmobile

Ted Kierstead

Ted Kierstead

Yunnan Province (China) and Tibet (Tibet Autonomous Zone)

An old guy and his adult daughter embark on a 4000+ km ride to the "roof of the world". This was a search for Shangri La, the Dalai Lama's Palace, the Yeti, the Silk Road, the Leaping Tiger Gorge, and the Mount Everest Base Camp. This was not a vacation - it was an adventure ride on rented Chinese motorcycles. One of the bikes, a "Jialing Motorsuper", was fuel-injected while the other, a "Shine Ray XS400GY", was carbureted. Elevations ranged from 6,000 ft to above 17,000 ft.

We saw and did more than we could have imagined. On this spectacularly scenic trip, we crossed many of the world's highest mountain passes. Most roads are brand new asphalt, worthy of track status with its hundreds of hairpin turns. The road was interspersed with unannounced rugged detours, sometimes parts of the road were missing and with dizzying heights alongside. There were many long tunnels and numerous police/identity/speed checks in out-of-the way places. Re-fueling the bikes is a story unto itself: we carried buckets of gasoline from the pumps to the bikes and poured it into the tanks. Temperatures on the road ranged from -10 to +30 C. These conditions combined with people encounters, ancient historical locations, the crazy traffic (or none at all!), and the delicious and sometimes unusual food, resulted in a most memorable riding experience!

TED KIERSTEAD rode a few years as a teen, then resumed later in life in his 60s. In the last 18 years since retiring, Ted managed to swing two trips to Alaska, a few laps around most of the U.S., and short rides in Cambodia, Morocco, Spain, and China. He currently rides a "well-farkled" F700GS.

Ted Kierstead

Warren Milner

Warren Milner

Farkling - Fashion or Function
Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT): Is There One in Your Future?

Farkling - Fashion or Function
Discussion of the pros and (mostly) cons of some common add-on accessories

Having worked closely with Honda R&D, I have a pretty good understanding of why motorcycles are designed the way they are. Many popular accessories that people bolt onto their bikes compromise the original design intent. I explain some of the things that should be considered before bolting anything to your bike. I'll also cover some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding motorcycle modification, then wrap up with a Q&A to address any area of specific concern for you.

Dual Clutch Transmission: Is There One in Your Future?
Discussion of the pros and cons of Honda's DCT

A number of Honda models now offer a Dual Clutch "automatic" Transmission and it's a matter of time before other manufacturers follow suit (BMW already offer it in their cars). Many people misunderstand exactly what DCT is and see it more as a convenience technology rather than as a performance enhancing technology. I will explain how DCT works in concept, why it offers improved performance in many situations, and address some of its limitations. For the manual transmission fans in the audience, if time permits, I will also cover the care and feeding of manual transmissions, including such topics as synthetic oil... yes or no.

WARREN MILNER worked at Honda Canada for almost 30 years, with extensive experience in product development working with R&D Japan. He's ridden in Europe, Japan, the Carribean, Mexico, all U.S. states, and all Canadian provinces and territories. Warren was pro road race champion 1982. He averages a "modest" over 40,000+ km on adventure bikes per year.

Warren Milner.

Helen Black

Helen Black

How to be a Chicken in Turkey (and Iran)
The Highs and Highs of Peru

How to be a Chicken in Turkey (and Iran)
A novice rides around Turkey and Iran on a cheap eBay bike

Purchasing a $1000 bike off eBay in England (Helen lives in Australia) and riding solo around Turkey and Iran, Helen proves that you don't need expensive gear or heaps of experience to fulfil your desire for adventure. This is a humorous story of how a "chicken" discovers amazing landscapes, friendly people, and the nerve to keep going. In her forties, and after having been given a double on the back of her partner's bike, Helen decided this motorbiking thing was horribly scary, so she'd better be on the front!

Broken bridge in Iran

The Highs and Highs of Peru

Armed with a couple of hired Honda XR250cc bikes, questionable navigational skills, and half a dozen of the wrong Spanish words, Helen and her partner set off to explore Peru from the top of the Andes to the Amazon jungle. On roads less travelled, they find the true Peru... warm and welcoming villagers, breath-taking Andes crossings, retreating glaciers, sheer drops from gravel tracks and steaming Amazon jungles. Who'd've thought a gob full of coca leaves was an adventure must-have?!

HELEN BLACK learned how to ride later in life and slowly makes her way around different countries when she has the chance.

Helen and bike in Peru

Michelle Solaro

Michelle Solaro

Himalayan Histerics
A first-time account of riding a clapped-out Royal Enfield in Nepal from a woman's point-of-view

Years later, a "Plenty of Fish" promise turns into a Christmas gift of plane tickets to Kathmandu where Michelle falls in love with exotic, intoxicating Nepal. Upon acquiring her leaky, rattle-can 350 Enfield, she dodges the butt-clenching madness of Kathmandu traffic for the serenity of the Kali Gandaki Gorge before heading west to the earthquake-ravaged Jiri region. From the snow capped Annapurna mountains to the steam of Sauraha's jungles, she clatters her way around a country where neither she nor her mate can read the signs or speak the language. At the end of it all, one brilliant shining moment in a home that fosters children of women in Nepali prisons tattoos a mark on her heart. One day she is told, in no uncertain terms, why you don't see much of women riding motorcycles in Nepal: "Because it's too hard." That's when things get interesting.....

Trading in her shiny road bike for a rough-and-tumble ready KLR 650 has opened up a world of possibilities for MICHELLE SOLARO as she chases the vanishing point just over the horizon.

Michelle and bike close-up, GoPro still

Michelle riding cliffside road in Nepal

Oliver Solaro

Oliver Solaro, Brokentooth

Sun Dog
Brokentooth Champlain

Sun Dog
A CCM GP450 takes to the Arctic sea ice after hauling a thousand pounds of dog food to Churchill, Manitoba

Shaking the snow off his kevlar kilt, Brokentooth hops on to his ridiculously modified (well, bodged really) CCM GP450 "Frankenbike" for a tear from Gilliam to Churchill, Manitoba. Why? He's built a traditional Baffin Inuit "Qamitik" sled large enough to haul nearly 2000 lbs of much needed supplies, kibble and hay to the dogs and horses of "Polar Bear Town" after floods knocked out the only rail connection to the rest of Canada. All this during what is supposed to be another -50c Polar Vortex February for the Hudson Bay region of Canukistan. Yeah, that's right.... on a motorcycle.

Oliver in a zodiac

Brokentooth Champlain
Retracing the route of Champlain through New France on a motorcycle... sorta.

After founding the settlements that would later become Saint John, NB and Quebec City, France's King Henry IV had a job in mind for Samuel de Champlain. In 1615 with the help of Wendat and Algonquin First Nations, Sam was sent out to map a route through New France. At the time, every explorer's transport of choice was that Canadian icon we know all too well, the canoe. So what if he also had a bike? A couple thousand kilometers through "The Shield" of Ontario's wilderness and waterways has never in the history of madcap adventures been attempted with a motorcycle strapped in all its top heavy glory onto a whitewater cataraft. Leave it to our resident moto-nutbar, Brokentooth, to figure out how to take an idea that makes zero practical sense and "make it float."

Arctic travel by motorcycle is OLIVER SOLARO's idea of a relaxing "vacation." This summer, however, he also managed to get a little time out on the water...nudge nudge...wink wink.

Oliver and his franken-snowbike

Faham (Moe) Hanif

Faham (Moe) Hanif

Three Guianas and the Mighty Amazon River
Riding a Suzuki 250 DRZ

A native of Guyana, Faham (Moe) decided to circumnavigate the north bank of the mighty Amazon River via the three Guianas. He shipped his motorcycle from Toronto, Canada to Georgetown, Guyana and started his adventure. He travelled through the rain forest of Guyana to Boa Vista, Brazil, and to the city of Manaus on the Amazon River. Placing his bike on a boat, "Moe" sailed East to Santarem and then on to Port Santana at the mouth of the river. Riding up the east coast of Brazil, he crossed into French Guiana, and visited the infamous Devil's Island; then on to Paramaribo and Nieuw Nikkerie, Suriname. He crossed the Courantyne River back into Guyana and ended the trip in Georgetown where he started 18 days before. Moe shares his excitement, the challenging encounters, his long solitary rides, the fantastic scenery along the way, and the simplicity and wonder of the people he met.

FAHAM HANIF, affectionately known as Moe, was born and raised in Guyana, then emigrated to Canada in 1975. He is 64-years-old, married with two grown daughters and a granddaughter. He is an avid pilot who built his first airplane and enjoys restoring and riding his 1968 Norton Atlas motorcycle.

Moe Hanif and bike in Guyana.

Moe and bike beside Amazon River

Jillian Henderson

Jillian Henderson

New Zealand on a Modest Budget
Escape the Canadian winter in New Zealand & Fiji

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 curvy roads, lovely scenery and small towns while maintaining a modest budget. Highlights include the Cape Reinga, the Coromandel Peninsula, geothermal mud baths in Rotorua and, of course, the many twists and turns of the famous New Zealand country roads. Learn about str etching your budget through the WWOOF program (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) and HelpX.

JILLIAN HENDERSON started riding in 2012. Overland travel experience includes Arizona, Colorado, Utah and eastern Canada. Recently Jillian took off to New Zealand to escape the Canadian winter for a little while and spend time with some friendly Kiwis.

Jillian at HUMM Appalachians

Jillian at track day

Bill Hooykaas

Bill Hooykaas

London to China Across the Himalayas
Four friends head east from London... only ONE makes it back by bike

Four GSs left London. After 20,000 km in 60 days, only one made it back. This is a story about getting on each other's nerves, crashing many times, passing through war zones, dealing with nervous Russian combat troops, having a bike stolen and left with just a wet tent, sleeping bag and shorts... all while not speaking a word of local language or able to read their alphabet! Don't tell us you're not already hooked to hear the rest of the saga.

BILL HOOYKAAS is a self-professed old-timer boxer bum kicking around the globe for over 50 years.

Bill's river crossing in Asia

Michel Lévesque

Michel Lévesque

Dreaming of Africa
Our trip in South Africa and Namibia

This adventure trip on the back roads of South Africa and Namibia was decided on the last day of our Mongolian adventure. A trip of 4,500 km in 15 days, riding through the mountains of South Africa and the sand of Namibia. We started in Cape Town and headed north to the Namibian Atlantic coast, passing by the Namib Desert and to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. We then turned south toward Cape Town, brushing against the Kalahari Desert and through the Karoo Mountains, and terminated this wonderful adventure along the south coast of South Africa. I'm still not sure if it was all a dream!

MICHEL LÉVESQUE has been an HU Ontario regular since 2013 (except for 2016 when he was touring through Mongolia). He's crammed in some great adventures in the years that follow and there's no end in sight: a 28-day trip in western U.S. and Canada, Mongolia (which he presented in 2017), and more recently, South Africa and Namibia. Next up in Spring 2018 is a Moroccan adventure!

Michel riding on sand

Dieter Eberhardt

Dieter Eberhardt

Namibia: Gravel, Sand and Dust
Some of the best and challenging dualsport riding anywhere in the world

Dieter presents a visual delight with commentary highlighting some of the spectacular, unforgettable vistas and destinations Namibia has to offer. Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Caprivi Strip, Swakopmund, Kolmanskop, and more. Trials and tribulations of riding in an unforgiving, vast, empty, and visually stunning landscape.

DIETER EBERHARDT has had over 50 years of riding BMW motorcycles and spent the past decade exploring with his BMW R1200GS Adventure and his wife, Janice. They've travelled along the Translab, Dempster, and Dalton. Also visited South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Dieter and bike

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

How it all began. The story of Grant and Susan's 11-year trip around the world, without a plan or a clue!

Way back in 1987, before the Internet, two young and naive Canadians set out from Vancouver to ride around the world on a motorcycle. The plan (and budget) was for 3 years, but it didn't quite work out that way!

Grant steers around a road hazard - aftermath of flooding on the Pan American Highway!

Tech Sessions and Workshops

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

Clinton Smout.

Clinton Smout, SMART Adventures

Dirt is not just for potatoes! Practical demonstration of traction loss control in sand and gravel on large dualsport m/c.

I am a passionate rider who has taught rider training for over thirty years. I own an off road rider training school that includes curriculum for adventure touring / large dualsports. I am a BMW GS off road instructor and love helping fellow riders become more comfortable with their own m/c in challenging traction situations.

Initiating traction loss and then practicing how to control it is a great way to develop the muscle memory habits of handling traction problems on loose surfaces. I would also like to illustrate the best way to pick up a fallen m/c, how to mount and dismount a fully laden m/c, how to use your feet to steer a m/c.

Clinton Smout.

I will be riding a BMW GS or a Yamaha Tenere. I will also suggest ways to setup your m/c for extended off road riding (tire pressure, bar and peg adjustment, shut off ABS and traction control etc.) Lastly, I would like to demo slow speed control, counter balancing, and tight turns.

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! You can do it - we can help! Finding your way around Horizons Unlimited, other resources. Lots of great pics and video clips.

"Grant and Susan Johnson are icons in the round-the-world (RTW) motorcycling community. The Johnsons host - or more appropriately write, edit, produce, manage and coordinate Horizons Unlimited - a global network of motorcycle travelers... and a bona fide adventure motorcycling phenomenon." Dan Hilton, Rider Magazine

This seminar will be an overview of 'How To' travel overland topics. Includes content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

Grant Johnson showing tire changing.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

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

Grant's tire changing seminars are always well attended and appreciated. This seminar covers: how to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one; the best tools and how to use them for tube and tubeless tires; hands-on practical for beginners to experts, optional tire changing contest.

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

Grant's tire changing seminar at HU California meeting.

Grant Johnson.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Bike mods and ergonomics!

Grant will host a bike 'Show and Tell' - bring your bike and show us your favorite travel mods. Critique and discussion.

When you picked up your new bike, did they take the time to make it fit you? You'll learn the amazing difference a properly setup bike makes to your riding fun.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

Walter Romanowski

Walter Romanowski

Suspension Clinic

Walter will cover how to get the most out of your stock suspension with a few adjustments. You will learn how to improve the way your motorcycle feels and handles, with getting the most out of the suspension that came with your bike.

WALTER ROMANOWSKI has enjoyed motorcycle trips to states and provinces including Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Maine, and Florida. Western states included Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. The Central USA rust belt states are his favorite travel areas.

Walter Romanowski

Greg Powell

Greg Powell

Budgeting for Adventure Travel

After completing his 11-month, 14-country, 65,000 km solo motorcycle journey across the Americas, Greg was often asked "How did you afford to do this?" Find out how some very simple techniques can have you saving enough for the big trip sooner than you think! Greg covers a lot of ground, including: everyday money saving tips, budgeting for your trip and life, personal tax, common spending traps and how to avoid them, budgeting while on-the-road, other sources of income, and much more.

GREG POWELL is your host for HU Ontario, a fellow adventure traveller, and weekend warrior who earns his living as a professional accountant. Greg is a Certified General Accountant – Chartered Professional Accountant in Ontario, a Fellow in Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the U.K., and Certified Fraud Examiner with over 20 years of professional experience ranging from personal taxation and small business to multinational public companies. (Yeah, we're confident you'll get solid info here!)

Greg Powell and bike

Wolfe Bonham

Wolfe Bonham

Long Distance Riding
Making the Dream a Reality
Fly and Ride

Long Distance Riding
An intro to modifications needed to ride 12+ hours/day & tales from the Iron Butt Rally (11,000 mi in 11 days)

Several years ago I got into long distance riding. This led into competing in long distance motorcycle scavenger hunt rallies, culminating with the Iron Butt Rally last summer (11000 miles in 11 days). I also organize day long motorcycle scavenger hunt rallies several times a year in Ontario. This talk will cover the basic modifications that are made to motorcycles in order to be comfortable riding for these sort of times and distances, as well as an introduction to long distance motorcycle certification rides and competitions.

Making the Dream a Reality
How to create a PART-TIME travel lifestyle

Not everyone is able, or brave enough, to sell everything and take off traveling. This talk will focus on ideas on how to create a lifestyle that gives you large gaps of time in which to travel, while still allowing you to return home to 'reality' between trips.

Fly and Ride
Arrive in-country, grab a set of wheels, and GO!

Many times my trips have either been too short to warrant shipping motorcycle to the destination, or the costs have been prohibitively expensive. So instead I've flown in, rented local bikes, and made my way around just like I had my own bike. This has included several SE Asian destinations, Egypt, Dubai, and Australia. I'll cover tips, tricks, scams, and dangers involved in the Fly and Ride idea.

WOLFE BONHAM has ridden motorcycles all over the world and last summer competed successfully in the Iron Butt Rally (an 11-day, 11,000-mile motorcycle endurance competition).

Wolfe after finishing the Iron Butt Rally

Wolfe's scooter and Egyptian pyramids.

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

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

What the heck is a HUMM?

A unique 2-day 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! www.horizonsunlimited.com/humm for more details.

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

HUMM Rockies 2016, riders on trail, pic by Denis Semenov.

HUMM Rockies 2016, riders on trail, pic by Denis Semenov

How can I get into this?

We're running full-fat HUMM events in 2018 in Granite Mountain, Arizona (Apr 13-15), Monashees, BC (July 20-22), and Appalachians, WV (Sep 14-16). They're a great way to test your map reading and navigation skills, find hidden secrets, and enjoy fabulous riding. The trails and roads are amazing, the scenery is breath-taking, and the people are wonderful. Come along and bring your friends - if you can handle the competition!

HUMM Rockies 2016, team 'Dirty Girls' planning.

HUMM Rockies 2016, team 'Dirty Girls' planning their route

But what if you can't get to Arizona or BC or West Virginia, or you're not sure about this whole concept?

For the HU Ontario 2018 Travellers Meeting, we are offering a taster, the first Mini-HUMM. This 4-hour event (8am-Noon) will be offered on Friday and Saturday mornings. You ride one or the other, not both. Overall winning team is for the two events combined.

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

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

You must sign up when you register for the event, so we can plan how many books and maps we need. The Mini-HUMM will be open to all HU Ontario attendees, but the numbers will be limited, so sign up NOW! There will be prizes for the winning team, and it's only $25 to enter!

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

HUMM Monashees 2017, following Virginia Lane, pic by Ken Delathouwer.

HUMM Monashees 2017, following Virginia Lane, pic by Ken Delathouwer

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.

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
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.

Tekrider

Tekrider

Makers of the Tekvest and Tekdusters: protection for you and your toys

Exhibitors To Be 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 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.

SPECIAL DEAL:
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 Exhibitors.

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

HU Ontario 2018 is moving in space and time to a fantastic new venue - Golden Beach Resort at Rice Lake! We'll be in a great riding area, and a bit further east, still very convenient from Toronto and closer to Ottawa and Montreal.

Lots of accommodation choices on site for every budget, from camping to cottages. More good news - the entire facility is heated!

Golden Beach Resort on Rice Lake, Ontario.

Camping & Parking

There is plenty of room to camp, and since we've booked an entire area for our folks, we've got a great price for you - only $10 per night per TENT!

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!

Showers & Toilets

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

Accommodation

Golden Beach Resort offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget, from powered camping sites to condo suites to classic cottages suitable for sharing by 2 or 3 couples. Please book your un-powered camping spot when you register, but for all other accommodations please book directly with Golden Beach Resort at 1-800-263-7781.

Beachfront at Golden Beach Resort, Rice Lake, Ontario.

2 and 3 bedroom Traditional Cottages

Traditional 2 and 3 bedroom cottages have ceiling fans, electric coffee makers, microwaves, basic satellite T.V. and bedding. Our traditionals are clean, comfortable and have a great view of our harbour or our lakefront. Max 4-6 people per cottage.

Traditional Cottage at Golden Beach Resort, Rice Lake, Ontario.

2 Bedroom Condos

Our newly renovated 2 Bedroom Condos (max 4 people) are self-catering units that face the water. With an exceptional view overlooking the harbour, there are welcoming balconies to enjoy the sunsets.

Condo Suites at Golden Beach Resort, Rice Lake, Ontario.

All units are equipped with air conditioning, gas fireplace, ceiling fans, full-sized fridge and stove, coffee makers, microwaves, flat screen T.V's satellite, and bedding. Our bedrooms in the Condos include one room with a queen sized bed and the other with two twin sized beds. These units accommodate up to 4 people.

Condo Suites living and dining area, Golden Beach Resort, Rice Lake, Ontario.

2 bedroom Classic Cottages

These superior 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom magnificent cottages are located on the beachfront. They are complete with ceiling fans, electric coffee makers, microwaves, basic satellite T.V, in-room safes, fireplaces and bedding. The master bedroom has a queen size bed with an en suite, while the second bedroom has 2 single beds which can be easily combined to create a king size bed. The main bathroom is a four piece. These cottages also have large, spacious, partially covered decks, which face directly onto the lake. Max 4 people per cottage.

Classic Cottage kitchen, Golden Beach Resort, Rice Lake, Ontario. Classic Cottage living area, Golden Beach Resort, Rice Lake, Ontario.

Housekeeping Items

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.

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.

Pets

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, or you can keep them in the Traditional Cottages only (not the Condos or Classic Cottages). 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 leash 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 any building. 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. The venue'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.

Food, glorious food!

Food at Golden Beach Resort is a significant step up from 'camp food', and offers quite good value. These meals 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 presentations. Always enjoyable.

For 2018, we have negotiated individual meals for pre-booking. If you're staying in cottages, kitchen facilities are available, or there is also a well-reviewed restaurant on site.

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.

Menus below (Prices before 20% gratuity and 13% HST):

  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast  

Scrambled eggs two ways with homefries, breakfast sausages and peameal bacon served with multigrain and butter croissants with housemade preserves
- $14 ++

Frittatas - crust less quiche served two ways with onion and potato patties, individual yogurts with maple oat granola and fresh fruit
- $14 ++
Variety of Egg Wraps - plain scrambled eggs, scrambled eggs w/ ground spiced sausage, aged cheddar and green onions, scrambled eggs w/ goat cheese and roasted sweet peppers served with a fruit platter
- $14 ++
Lunch   Assorted pizzas - chicken, pepperoni and vegetarian served with caesar salad with smoked bacon and foccacia croutons - $16 ++ Pulled pork in a chipotle bbq sauce served on pretzel buns and Italian sausages with sourdough bun with fresh coleslaw and assorted condiments served with house made kettle chips
- $16 ++
 
Dinner

Steak and Chicken Stirfry with seasonal vegetables in a hoisin sweet chili sauce served with basmati rice and scallions
- $20 ++

Linguini in a house made tomato basil sauce with meatballs stuffed with smoked gouda and Chicken Alfredo in a creamy parmesan sauce with sweet peppers and chunks of grilled chicken breast served with garlic butter baguette slices - $18 ++ Chicken Marsala and Pork Tenderloin medallions in a rosemary beef gravy served with roasted herb potatoes and seasonal vegetables in chive butter. Served with a fresh garden salad and assorted dinner rolls - $24 ++  

Meal time at HU Ontario 2016.

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

2018 PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES

ALL PRICES in CDN $. Includes admission to all slide shows, Tech Clinics, demos, ride outs and discussion groups. Camping and Meals (Optional) are priced separately.

 

Full Pass

2-Day Pass
(arrive Friday night)

Register and Pay before Dec 31, 2017

54

39

Register & Pay before Apr 24, 2018

69

54

Register & Pay before May 17, 2018

85

69

AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER MAY 17)

Pay Cash or credit card on Arrival

Full Pass

2-Day Pass (arriving Friday night)

 

95

75


CAMPING

Accommodation is not included with your registration. Accommodation options include camping or condo suites or cottages (see descriptions above). Pay when registering for un-powered camping. Camping prices are $10 per night PER TENT!

For powered campsites, condo suites or cottages, book directly with Golden Beach Resort AS SOON AS POSSIBLE - 1-800-263-7781.


MEALS

Food at Golden Beach Resort is a significant step up from 'camp food', and offers quite good value. For 2018, you can pre-book individual OR all meals so you don't miss out on the yummy food! There will be vegetarian alternatives, so let us know your preferences when you register.

NOTE: Ordering meals is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL. Kitchen facilities are available in cottages, or there is also a well-reviewed restaurant on site. Note if you're comparing the below to restaurant prices, these include gratuity and taxes.


NOTE: Below are the costs to us - there is NO MARKUP!

Description

 

Cost Before Gratuity + HST

Cost Incl
20% Gratuity + 13% HST

Thursday Dinner - Steak and Chicken Stirfry with seasonal vegetables in a hoisin sweet chili sauce served with basmati rice and scallions

20

26.60

Friday Breakfast - Scrambled eggs two ways with homefries, breakfast sausages and peameal bacon served with multigrain and butter croissants with housemade preserves

14

18.62

Friday Lunch - Assorted pizzas - chicken, pepperoni and vegetarian served with caesar salad with smoked bacon and foccacia croutons

16

21.28

Friday Dinner - Linguini in a house made tomato basil sauce with meatballs stuffed with smoked gouda and Chicken Alfredo in a creamy parmesan sauce with sweet peppers and chunks of grilled chicken breast served with garlic butter baguette slices

18

23.94

Saturday Breakfast - Frittatas - crust less quiche served two ways with onion and potato patties, individual yogurts with maple oat granola and fresh fruit

14

18.62

Saturday Lunch - Pulled pork in a chipotle bbq sauce served on pretzel buns and Italian sausages with sourdough bun with fresh coleslaw and assorted condiments served with house made kettle chips

16

21.28

Saturday Dinner - Chicken Marsala and Pork Tenderloin medallions in a rosemary beef gravy served with roasted herb potatoes and seasonal vegetables in chive butter. Served with a fresh garden salad and assorted dinner rolls

24

31.92

Sunday Breakfast - Variety of Egg Wraps - plain scrambled eggs, scrambled eggs w/ ground spiced sausage, aged cheddar and green onions, scrambled eggs w/ goat cheese and roasted sweet peppers served with a fruit platter

14

18.62

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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.

Dee Masters, volunteer extraordinaire!

"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. 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!"

"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 - 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."

"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 (787 kb):

HU Ontario 2018 meeting poster.

High res poster (2.9 MB)

POSTCARD - NEW!

Postcard in pdf format (971 kb) full colour Event postcard, can be printed 4 to a page:

Horizons Unlimited Ontario 2018 postcard.

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Thanks!

Be a Presenter

We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation / GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications / blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging / bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 minute and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

Click here to submit your ideas

PLEASE NOTE:

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

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 2018 Venue Location

Golden Beach Resort
7100 Northumberland County Rd 18,
Roseneath, ON K0K 2X0
N 44.15216' W 78.15260'



 

Distance from Toronto - 148 km, 1 hr 33 mins

Distance from Ottawa - 278 km, 3 hr 14 mins

Distance from Montreal - 424 km, 4 hr 20 mins

Information about the area

A good source of information on the area is at Ride the Highlands website.

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

Local Hosts

Greg Powell. 

Greg Powell is the local host for this event, assisted by Joe Enberg, Bill Hooykaas and 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.