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!

Thinking Outside with #TedxAlgonquinPark

DSCN0236This week marked the return of TedxAlgonquinPark at the Algonquin Visitor’s Center.  I was thrilled to be able to attend this year!  As I posted on Tuesday some of the speakers included Kevin Callan, Preston Ciere, and Jeff McMurtrie.  The visitor’s center’s theatre was full and decorated really cool!  As you can see in the pic above they had a canoe and the Tedx logo on the stage.  To the right of the stage behind the speakers was a map made by Jamie McCrae from McCrae Lumber in Whitney!

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As I said the theatre was full!  As was the lobby!

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The theme was Think Outside.  From the very first speaker (Kevin Callan)  right to the very last (Preston Ciere) we were inspired and encouraged to get outside.  Some of the memorable quotes from the day are below!

“One month in the wilderness can change your life!”Kevin Callan

“To reconnect with yourself, you need to reconnect with nature”Kevin Callan

“Bears can’t help themselves. If natural food sources fail, they will look for other alternatives. They have no choice.”Martyn Obbard

“It’s important to be still, be silent!  I get my best ideas that way”Lyndsey Mask

“If kids are having fun, they’ll get something out if it. (Silly nature songs ) open up doors for questions.”Lyndsey Mask

“A map is a lens that shines perspective on the world around you.”Jeff McMurtrie

“Context can enliven the world around you.” – Jeff McMurtrie (Knowing what’s there is important!)

“64% of Toronto’s tree species are non-native and about half of the once native tree species are gone.” – Eric Davies

“Find a tree, get some seeds and plant a new tree!” – Eric Davies

“Barriers to camping: no experience, need comfort, no equipment, no transportation, no interest.” – Boris Issaev

“We need to refocus our message about our parks to get more people to embrace the opportunities out there.” – Boris Issaev

“Want to talk to aliens? The radio telescope in #AlgonquinPark will soon be able to let you do that” – Chris Soucy

“Get outside. It’s good for you! (And encourage other people to get outside, too!)” – Preston Ciere

It was great to rub shoulders and converse with fellow outdoors people!  The highlight for me was meeting people that I’ve admired for years like Kevin Callan, Preston Ciere, and Jeff McMurtrie.  During the breaks and evening reception we all got the chance to talk, mingle, and share ideas!

For those of you who went I’d love to hear from you your thoughts!  Thanks to the organizers for a great day and I look forward to next year!

~Enjoy your trip!

 

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