Outdoor Adventure Show #OASToronto

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The Outdoor Adventure Show, in my opinion, is the best show to visit in the off-season if you’re a paddler or camper.  Everything that you could possibly want or need, whether it’s tripping advice from Algonquin Outfitters or a new canoe or paddle, you can find right here.  Sure it’s not every outfitter or canoe company but you are able to comparison shop in a way.  The one thing I am finding though is that the show is very repetitive.  Same exhibitors, same layout, same thing.  It’s time for the show to grow and take over more space so that more people can show off the products they have.  Otherwise you’ll start losing visitors.

This year the show added an Adventures in Paddling Stage where they had various people speak including Hap Wilson, Preston Ciere (Portageur.ca) and Kevin Callan.

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The speakers above are from the Bay of Fundy Symposium(L) and Hap Wilson (R)

 

As always they had the demo pool where this year things got a little furry!  Preston Ciere and his paddling dog Nancy were showing how to take our furry companions on canoe trips.

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Something else that they added this year was a zip line above the show floor.  There were a ton of people who took part in that.  I myself didn’t feel like waiting in that line up but I still would have done it :).  Over all it was a great day.  I got to meet up with some old friends from Algonquin Outfitters and Swift, met a new friend from Some Eventful, Gayle, and got a chance to catch up with some of the speakers from TEDxAlgonquin like Preston Ciere, Kevin Callan, and Boris from Parkbus!

For more photos check out the Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/AWalkInAlgonquinPark)

~Enjoy your Trip!

CONTEST ALERT – Paddle In The Park!!

If you are a fan of giveaways and geocaching then this contest is totally for you!

Paddle in the Park is a treasure hunting contest that encourages us to unplug and get into nature.  Three celebrity paddlers – Hap Wilson, Kevin Callan, and Preston Ciere – have hidden 6 Badger Paddles along some portages in Algonquin, Temagami, and Killarney Parks.

Your goal?  Follow the hints given on the Paddle in the Park website and locate the paddles on the portages.  If you find the paddle you get to keep it and you get to win some other cool prizes too!  Can’t get to the parks this summer?  That’s ok.  You can enter the draw on the website and have a chance to win as well!

Prizes include:

  • Signed books by Kevin Callan, Hap Wilson, and Laurie Ann March as well as
  • Prizes from Portageur.ca, Jeff’s Map, North Water, Swift Canoe and Kayak, Algonquin Outfitters and more!

Are all the geocacher’s ready?  Set?  GO!

~Good Luck!!

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