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BC OVERLAND RALLY 2017

- By Bryon Dorr Travel · British Columbia · Colombia · Alberta · Saskatchewan · Land Rover · Land Rover Defender · The Challenge

The Cana­dian overland tribe fi­nally has a place to call home! The first an­nual BC Overland Rally was held at Bri­tish Columbia’s Sasquatch Moun­tain Re­sort June 22-25th. The event was a huge suc­cess, by all ac­counts, and is sure to have at least a sec­ond in­stall­ment in 2018.

Around 500 peo­ple gath­ered for Canada’s first overland rally. The crowd was mostly from BC and Al­berta, but there were a few trav­el­ers from Saskatchew­an, a va­ri­ety of west coast US states and even a few in­ter­na­tional trav­el­ers on their global overland ad­ven­tures.

The Rally was ac­tion-packed with ven­dors, classes, sem­i­nars, roundtable dis­cus­sions, driv­ing classes, trail runs and so much more. There were amaz­ing happy hours to en­joy each night, put on by a va­ri­ety of ven­dors. The Satur­day night wine tast­ing class, put on by Crankshaft Cul­ture, had to be a crowd favourite. The high­light for many was the nightly raf­fle around the camp­fire. The prizes got big­ger each night, cul­mi­nat­ing with big prizes like a Warn Winch and a CVT RTT at the

big raf­fle Satur­day night.

You’d ex­pect a gath­er­ing like this to of­fer up a ton of off-road spe­cific learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and the BC Overland did just that. Par­tic­i­pants got some top­notch in­struc­tion from Camel Tro­phy com­peti­tors, Land Rover in­struc­tors and off-road train­ing ex­perts. Be­sides hands-on work­shops about top­ics like winch­ing, non-winch­ing ve­hi­cle re­cov­ery, tire re­pair, ve­hi­cle elec­tron­ics and trail­side weld­ing. There were also lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get be­hind the wheel and tackle the on­site off-road course. Get­ting out and ex­plor­ing the lo­cal trails was also

en­cour­aged, with trail runs through­out each day of the event.

Sure there were off-road skills to be learned, but there was so much more on of­fer, for ev­ery­one. The BC Overland Rally is a fam­ily and dog friendly event that en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to get out and ex­plore. There were classes for ev­ery­one that in­cluded ac­tion pho­tog­ra­phy, drone pho­tog­ra­phy, nav­i­ga­tion, yoga, bor­der cross­ings and more. There were wom­en­spe­cific classes that cov­ered off-road driv­ing and re­cov­ery, as well as ve­hi­cle elec­tron­ics. The kids were not for­got­ten ei­ther, as they had pro­grams like sur­vival skills for kids, which mostly showed them how to start a fire and roast a marsh­mal­low. There was even a class that

cov­ered tips and tricks for trav­el­ing with your dog.

The Rally con­cluded on Sun­day morn­ing with the first-ever BC Overland Chal­lenge. The Chal­lenge was made up of two sep­a­rate events, with win­ners of each and an over­all win­ner crowned. The first chal­lenge was called the “Goldilocks Chal­lenge.” It con­sisted of go­ing around an off-road course while try­ing to hit a tar­get, with­out us­ing any tim­ing de­vices or go­ing over the tar­get time. The sec­ond chal­lenge is al­ways a crowd favourite, called the “Em­bar­rass­ing Wet­ness Chal­lenge.” This year it con­sisted of driv­ing back­wards through a short off-road course with a cup full of wa­ter taped to the hood. The idea was that you had to re­verse through the course in the fastest time, with­out go­ing out­side the course, and keep the most wa­ter in your cup. Time penal­ties were given for both in­frac­tions. The Chal­lenges saw a wide va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles and par­tic­i­pants, with ev­ery­one hav­ing a good time be­fore pack­ing up and head­ing home.

There are al­ready big plans in the works for the sec­ond in­stall­ment of the BC Overland Rally in 2018. Be sure to sign up early and come out for the fes­tiv­i­ties. The Overland Tribe is a wel­com­ing bunch, and al­ways stoked to meet new faces.

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