Invermere, British Columbia, July 4-7
Horsethief Hideout is a ranch just outside Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, which is famous for its big rally every July. The Hideout is pretty cool on its own, with a replica Wild West jail, dance hall, fort and saloon. The Memorial rally is an event for motorcyclists to attend in remembrance of lost friends. It started when Hideout owner Gary Oja wanted to put together an event to remember a friend who died in a motorcycle accident.
It’s a huge rally now, with hundreds of motorcycles showing up to enjoy the area’s fantastic riding (it’s right off the Golden Triangle loop, a 320-km route through Yoho, Banff and Kootenay national parks). But even with all those great roads and gorgeous scenery, rally attendees want to honour friends who’ve passed on, and that’s why the rally ends with traditional memorial bagpipes playing on Sunday morning.