contest_map_jpg_t285Spring must be getting closer. Toronto's Outdoor Adventure Show is only a week away - February 26-28, at the International Center.

I love this event. It's a great time to gather and meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts and share the upcoming season's trip ideas. It's also time to take the credit card out of the wallet and purchase a few new camp gadgets. I have a new belt knife on the list, a Therm-a-rest pillow, and I've put money away for a few weeks now to buy a new Ostrom pack, replacing one I picked up in 1993.

I must say, it's become a lot better show the last few years. Not sure exactly when the change happened but there seems to be less cotton ankle socks and spicy sausage meats for sale along the side isles. The highlight, at center stage, is the Ontario Parks and Ontario Tourism booth. It's great. The government, dare I say, has done an incredible job at this show the last few years. Way to go. Last year Lake Superior region was highlighted. This year, Ontario Tourism is emphasizing "affordable close to home" adventures of the Georgian Bay region. Partnering them are National Parks, Provincial Parks, Conservation Areas and some of Ontario's best adventure providers. Georgian Bay itself is their "contest" feature, a seven day prize package on a fully guided tour worth $20,000 — see
Ontario Tourism for details and on how to win.

I'll be speaking on Saturday on a number of possible canoe/kayak trips in the Georgian Bay region, including a couple new trips I've yet to share — until now. Check out the rest of the speaking schedule for the Ontario Tourism stage and Adventure Show stage on the main site.