… The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show is almost here!
If you’ve just about had it up *to here* with the snow, here’s an idea – pack up the family, visit the Direct Energy Centre from February 5th to 8th, and start planning all the time you’ll savour outdoors this spring and summer.
Fishing. Hunting. Boating. Outdoor adventure and travel. Yes, yes, yes and yes! You can find everything you need – and more – at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show. Now in its 68th year, the show is the largest its kind in Canada, bringing together the very best in outdoor adventure. And this year, there are even more new attractions that will delight and entertain, whether you’re an adventure seeker, animal lover or a lumberjack-in-training!
So, what can you expect? Over 300 exhibitors and activities, to start. Yes, The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show is the perfect way to spend a day with the family! Some of the features you can look forward to include:
Axe Throwing and Chainsaw Carving presented by Husqvarna
The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show is pleased to welcome the West Coast Lumberjacks who will amaze audiences with their unbelievable axe throwing skills. Lucky visitors will even be able to try their hand at this increasingly popular and dexterous sport! Visitors can also watch art come to life as world class carver Mike Winia uses only his imagination and chainsaws to turn plain wooden logs into incredible masterpieces.
The WoofJocks Canine All Stars
Joining The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show for the first time, the WoofJocks Canine All Stars are a talented troupe of pup-sized entertainers who can do more than just fetch. The WoofJocks will amaze audiences with their choreographed shows filled with tricks demonstrating canine agility and obedience.
Speaking of Wildlife
Have you ever wanted to take a selfie with a skunk? Pose with a porcupine? Here’s your chance – live animal outreach group, Speaking of Wildlife, will be at the 2015 Toronto Sportsmen’s Show. Delivering hands-on wildlife education since 1989, Speaking of Wildlife will give visitors a chance to get up close and personal with native species of Ontario.
Outdoor Adventure Zone, featuring the Hamilton Halton Brant Tourism Adventure Pool
Paddle your kayak, canoe or raft over to the Hamilton Halton Brant Tourism Adventure Pool to discover how the ultimate Canadian adventure can be had right in your own backyard. Learn how to keep your kayak afloat and ways not to tip your canoe so you can start to pack your bags and explore the extensive network of trails, waterfalls, and shimmering shorelines that make up the truly Canadian landscape of the Hamilton Halton Brant region.
Canadian Canoe Museum
Row, row, row your canoe at this fun and entertaining exhibit! A new feature at this year’s show, The Canadian Canoe Museum will host interactive demonstrations in paddle carving, snowshoe weaving and cedar-canvas canoe making, and is sure to be a delight for the entire family.
Fish TV Zone
Get ready to cast your line and hook a big one at the Fish TV Zone – expert fishermen and hosts of Fish TV, Leo Stakos and Ron James, will be on hand throughout the show to meet their fans and show them a thing or two about landing their dream fish. Anglers alike can learn new tips and tricks from the impressive line-up of pro staffers on the Fish TV Stage while amateur anglers can catch their first fish in the popular trout pond.
Birds of Prey
The Canadian Peregrine Foundation is returning to The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show this year to educate visitors on some of North America’s most magnificent feathered friends. This popular exhibit showcases live Birds of Prey to give visitors a chance to see, touch and learn more about the work that is being done to conserve these endangered species.
Of course, one of the reasons I’m most excited about the show is the opportunity to turn my boys onto nature at a young age. I won’t lie – at ages 4 and 6, they’re already attached to handheld electronic devices. Introducing them to the great outdoors, and helping them develop a love for outdoor activities and adventures, is high on my priority list at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show.
(And I’m in luck – children under six years old are FREE when accompanied by an adult at The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show. Click here for visitor info and ticket prices.)
If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, or will be in town next weekend, take some time to plan your best summer ever! Visit The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show.