*NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.*
When I think of the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show, I think of all the things I steadfastly try to avoid: namely, the outdoors. It’s no secret that I’m not the camping type (I prefer glamping 9 times out of 10, and I prefer a 5-star hotel 10 times out of 10), yet I’ve made peace with my somewhat strained relationship with Mother Nature by using the tried-and-true avoidance technique.
Alas, I have two boys. Two boys who would rather spend every waking moment (and often, even sleeping moments) under the sun or stars. Two boys who hear “It’s time to eat chopped liver!” when I holler “It’s time to come inside!” and therefore, look at me with horror and disdain and often, drop to the ground in protest. I mean really, guys, the sun will come out tomorrow. But it’s time for bed now.
Hence, I’ve learned to become the outdoorsy type in small steps – the kind of steps used in a 12-step program where the only wagon I can fall off is the one I’m riding during a family-friendly farm adventure. So, I’m going out of my comfort zone completely here and taking my boys to the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show.
Think it’s just for hunters and fishermen? Think again. This year’s event is set to be the best yet – with interactive activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
1. SIZE MATTERS: With over 400 entertaining and educational exhibits, the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show is the largest combined fishing, hunting, boating and outdoor adventure show in Canada.
2. A HISTORIC GEM: The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show has introduced many generations to Canada’s outdoor heritage during its 67-year history. That tradition continues this year with parents bringing their children, and outdoor enthusiasts gathering to discover the latest and greatest products, services and pro tips.
3. A MODERN MECCA: Over its 67 year history, the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show has been the place for sports enthusiasts offering a panorama of outdoor exhibits for winter-bound folks eager for summer. This year, the show will be returning to its roots within the Princes’ Gates at the Direct Energy Centre.
4. A-LISTERS: A number of notable personalities are slated to make appearances at this year’s show including Toronto Maple Leafs hockey legend Bobby Baun. There are two seminar stages where you can learn from pros such as Leo Stakos and Ron James from Fish TV and the Beasley Brothers from the popular hunting and adventure show Canada In the Rough.
5. FISH & FEATHERS: Kids can try catching real live fish at the Fish TV Live Trout Pond or get up close and personal with the Birds of Prey exhibit which will feature a number of North America’s endangered species of birds.
6. GET ACTIVE IN ADVENTURE: Visit the Outdoor Adventure Zone where not only can you preview the largest selection of camping, canoeing and kayaking gear, but you can also break a sweat testing out your kayaking and canoe skills at the Hamilton Halton Brant Tourism Adventure Pool.
7. FRESH TASTE TEST: In addition to educating visitors on fish and wildlife programs, the Ministry of Natural Resources will be demonstrating and teaching audience members how to properly cook different kinds of fish found in the Great Lakes.
8. FOUR-LEGGED STARS: Check out The Marvelous Mutts, A Canine Spectacular, for a thrilling dog sports entertainment show featuring rescues that have become some of the world’s finest canine athletes.
9. ART OF THE CHAINSAW: Professional chainsaw carver Bobbi Switzer will be demonstrating how she uses chainsaws to create her well-known and unique wood carvings.
10. BRING HOME THE $: Try your luck at the Toronto Sun Casting Pond to win one of two cash prizes of $30,000!
This year, I’m most excited to experience the Hamilton Halton Brant Tourism Adventure Pool. It’s a chance to test drive canoes and kayaks, plus learn tips and tricks during the informative demonstrations. Now I know you wouldn’t peg me for the canoeing kind of gal, but it’s actually one of the few outdoor adventures I adore! Plus, I’ve heard the pool is massive and it will be a hub of activity all hours of the show.
The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show takes place from Thursday, February 6th to Sunday, February 9th, 2014. Tickets are $19 for adults, $13 for juniors and seniors, and children under 6 are free. Also, save $3 off the price of admission when you purchase online before February 5th.
You can also WIN passes here!
I’ve got two (2) Family Passes of 4 to give away to nature-loving readers, valued at $45.00 each. To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. I’ll draw for two winners on January 31st. Good luck all!