2018 BC OVER­LAND RALLY A SUC­CESS

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Hosted at the Sasquatch Moun­tain Re­sort near Hem­lock Val­ley in Bri­tish Columbia, the BC Over­land Rally (BCOR) re­cently hosted its sec­ond an­nual event, at­tract­ing more than 700 off-road en­thu­si­asts from all over Canada, in­clud­ing Al­berta, Saskatchewan, and On­tario, as well as parts of the United States.

“In only our sec­ond year, peo­ple are al­ready talk­ing about be­ing part of a com­mu­nity and are plan­ning for the 2019 event,” says Ray Hyland, the owner and or­ga­nizer of BCOR. Ray isn’t new to host­ing ral­lies. The BCOR’s sis­ter event, the NW Over­land Rally (an an­nual event held in Plain, Wash­ing­ton), is in its eighth year of pro­duc­tion. While the BCOR gar­nered ap­prox­i­mately 45 ven­dors and 750 peo­ple, the NW Over­land Rally at­tracted nearly 2,000 at­ten­dees. From home­made trail­ers to mod­i­fied Nis­sans, unique Mit­subishis and Land Rovers, the BCOR ap­peals to ad­ven­tur­ers who bring their rigs from all walks of overlanding life. It’s not un­com­mon to see such rigs rang­ing from one-of-a kind run­abouts to the eclec­tic folks who own ful­ly­loaded earth roamers that cost more than my house. What makes it more ex­cit­ing is that each owner is more than happy to talk about their rig.

Ray and his fam­ily are pas­sion­ate about the BCOR. They cor­ral off-leash dogs, pre­pare the nightly bon­fire, work with staff to co­or­di­nate ef­forts, and even man­age to in­clude at least one fe­male-des­ig­nated porta-potty in each area. Thanks Ray!

The event not only show­cases tricked­out ve­hi­cles (from both at­ten­dees and ven­dors), it hosts sev­eral sem­i­nars, hand­son train­ing, and trail rides each day. From winch train­ing, ac­tion pho­tog­ra­phy, and drone demos to trail weld­ing, morn­ing yoga, wine tast­ing and ed­u­ca­tion classes, there’s hours of in­for­ma­tive ses­sions and cer­tainly some­thing for ev­ery­one – kids in­cluded.

“Ven­dor row” in­cluded many in­no­va­tive prod­ucts. Off Grid Trek of Cal­gary, Al­berta, dis­played top-notch so­lar pan­els, which are not only ex­tremely durable and easy to use, but they boasted top ef­fi­ciency rat­ings. Off Grid Trek

Hum­mer on the tech course.

Ray and Mar­i­anne Hyland dur­ing the raf­fle.

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