BC Overland Rally
July 20-23, 2023 – Merritt, BC
What’s on the Agenda?
At the British Columbia Overland Rally, we bring together some of the overland world’s top travelers, instructors, vendors, and a huge variety of individuals, couples, families and friends, who want to learn new skills, meet vendors, make friends, be inspired, win prizes, and have a great few days camping and chatting in sunny Merritt BC, just 3.5 hrs from Vancouver or 1.5 hrs from Kelowna. What can I do there? Everything from 4WD training to wine-tasting.
What can you do at the Overland Rallies?
Join us for welcome cocktails on Thursday night! It’s a fun way to settle in and learn more about your new friends and neighbors. Lots of the vendors also offer beers, sodas or cocktails at their booths each evening.
Nightly Campfire and Raffle
Every evening we give away a huge selection of fun prizes around the campfire, everything from winches, roof-top tents, driving lights, luggage, camping gear, skid-plates, recovery kits, and lots of cool clothing.
In addition to the wonderful trainers leading classes, each evening we have presentations and Q&A sessions with inspiring and entertaining travelers. Past rallies have included the Expedition Overland crew, the couple who have traveled in La Cucaracha for the last 15 years, Camel Trophy driver Jim West, and Adventurer Scott Brady. This year’s lineup will be just as good as ever.
4WD Trail Drives
The trail runs are led by wonderful volunteers. With easy trails or hard, you can choose your own level of adventure. Spots will be available to register on the field.
Certified 4WD instructors will be teaching introductory and advanced 4WD techniques on our technical driving course. Learn the safest way to conquer the toughest trails, in your vehicle, or the one provided.
Our friend Bob Wohlers from the Off-Road Safety Academy will be back; his classes are legendary for their level of detail.
Our popular ladies-only classes will be back again this year, including Offroad Driving for Women, Recovery Skills for Women, and how to be a Rebelle (Ladies-only Rally Driver).
No, not how to spot a family as they go by, Trail Spotting is arguably the most valuable skill when you get off the pavement. This class will teach mom, dad, even the kids, how to spot and guide a vehicle over technical obstacles and through tight spots. Trips are more fun when everyone can participate.
Learn the steps to quickly and safely fix stuff on the trail, and how to choose a quality repair kit.
Learn the ins and outs of setting up a reliable customizable solar power system.
Start each day right with an optional exercise session. Yoga, hiking, biking, it varies by venue and year, but it’s never too intense. And don’t worry, no one will judge you if you decide to sleep in.
Photography and Cinematography
Hands-on sessions for great travel imagery.
Preparing for Medical Emergencies
Medical Instructors will take us through real-life scenarios, showing us how to deal with the types of accidents most likely to affect overland travelers.
Sommeliers will guide us on a virtual wine-tasting tour of the region’s best vineyards. Bring your glass and start exercising your taste-buds, because you will be in for a treat.
Nibbles, Treats, Vendor Specials and More
Everywhere you turn at the Rally there is something new to see, something tasty to eat, and someone fun to talk to.
Personal security, ham radio, new gear, kayaking, Mountain Biking, spotting, navigation, winching, fire-starting, shelter-building, etc. Whatever you are interested in, we probably have a class or a fun session.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.