2018 BC OVERLAND RALLY A SUCCESS
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.