Outdoor Adventure Show – Toronto
This past Sunday we hopped in the Paddle In truck and headed down to Toronto to visit the Outdoor Adventure Show. As an avid paddler I’m always excited when this show comes around. Filled with great products, fantastic presentations, and meetings with old and new friends, it made for a perfect Sunday afternoon.
Ontario Parks had a great booth as always. Full of people going over maps and planning trips. A “meet the naturalist” table which was a big hit with my daughter. You can tell people are thinking about spring as they chat about this years canoe routes and swap tips and stories.
The place was full of vendors. Lots of show deals to be had this weekend. We walked away with a few new products by Eureka which I’m very excited to try this year.
One vendor which caught my wife’s eye was the Muskoka Surfboard Co. Any of you who are interested in long boarding, wake boarding or just having fun on the water should check these guys out. They have a wicked “retro” type pull behind board and disc which looked like it would be way too much fun on the water. They also have a sweet long board which I think I definitely see in my near future.
The demo pool in the center of the paddlers paradise was great. Very informative demos going on at all times of the day. My favorite part of the show had to be the Adventures in Paddling stage though. A series of great outdoors men/women telling stories, sharing tips, and having a laugh.
Another highlight was getting to meet some of the people who we interact with daily through social media. Meeting David Lee of The Passionate Paddler was great. We talked about tents and managed to catch his presentation later in the day on “The Perfect Canoe Route”. We briefly talked with Jeff McMurtie of Jeff’s Maps. If you haven’t checked these maps out yet you are missing out, so click the link! This has to be one of the best things about the OAS. Meeting people who love and enjoy the same activities you do is a wonderful experience. Plus all of the other wonderful folks we met. Meeting each and everyone one of you was awesome!Thanks to everyone who makes the OAS possible. Its a wonderful event that we will continue to attend year after year after year.
So what’s next? Well we have another guest post with Ontario Parks coming any day now. Spring is definitely in the air and we’re busy planning all kinds of canoeing and camping trips. A few that i’m excited about
-Our annual opening of brook trout season visit to Algonquin Park
-My daughters first portage trip in may
-A very special canoe trip in July. Its a secret! How secret? Well so secret that i’ll probably get in trouble just for mentioning this.
Plus all the trips we have planned with new friends. Its gonna be a great year for us here at Paddle In and I hope you all come along for the ride.