Outdoor Adventure Show - International Centre, Toronto

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Outdoor Adventure Show - International Centre, Toronto

Canoes, kayaks, hiking boots, scuba equipment, healthy food and more. We saw it all at the annual Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto on the weekend.
We arrived shortly before noon on Saturday to an absolutely packed parking lot. Thousands of people had arrived just after the show opened at 10 am.
Navigating the aisles was sometimes difficult with so many people packed into one hall. We both agreed that the organizers need to expand to a larger area that would allow for more exhibitors and ease the traffic jams up a little.

The highlight of the show for us was seeing Les Stroud (of Survivorman fame). I hadn't realized that amongst his many talents he is also a musician! He sang beautiful 'earth' songs, answered questions from the audience and with his particularly grand sense of humour, told many stories.Les Stroud at the Outdoor Adventure Show Did you know that his 'scariest' survivor experience was right here in Canada ?!? That's right; of all the places in the world he has been, the scariest thing that has happened to him is being chased by a bull moose during rutting season right here in our own Algonquin Park. He survived by climbing a tree.
What's the most important thing to bring into the wilderness when you might not see civilization for days or weeks? According to Les it is 'fire'; something to make a fire with is of utmost importance when trying to survive in the wilderness.

After watching Les, we walked around and talked with many resort and travel operators. One of our favourite booths at the Outdoor Adventure Show was the Newfoundland and Labrador information centre. We met with the man who has bought up old lighthouses in Newfoundland and turned them into Inns. The Quirpon Lighthouse Inn on the north-east tip of Newfoundland is particularly fascinating. You can sit and watch the icebergs and whales from your doorstep when visiting the inn. We can't wait to visit there next year.

Being avid canoeists, we admired the beautiful, lightweight fibreglass canoes that came in such a beautiful array of colours. As we ran our hands over the fine workmanship, we dreamed of canoeing down the French River in Northern Ontario.Canoes at the Outdoor Adventure Show

Mark your calendar and be sure to attend the Outdoor Adventure Show at the International Centre in Toronto next year.

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Comments (14)

Kathy Clulow
Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Hi Jo - is there a lighthouse stay in your plans for this year

Feb 25, 2013 12:41 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Hi Jo-Anne, What I love about your post is the way you interacted with the event and your conversation with Les. I think the strongest event sharing is really when the agent is or has been actually involved. Very well done and this is a great example for others to emulate.
Feb 25, 2013 01:20 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Jo sounds like a ton of fun to me.  Well presented my friend.

Feb 25, 2013 01:25 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Jo-Anne what a great event.  This event certainly made attendees dream of the spring and summer outdoor activities.

Feb 25, 2013 04:29 PM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

This really puts me in a spring state of mind, can't wait to spend more time outdoors. Hopefully not being chased by a rutting bull moose though.

Feb 26, 2013 02:21 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Kathy,

We would love to visit Newfoundland...it's near the top of our list of our next trip (next to Ireland), however not sure when we'll get there. It will likely be next year sometime.   Such a stunningly beautiful province and such friendly people there. When we do go, we'll definitely stay at the Quirpon Inn for a night or two.


Feb 26, 2013 05:16 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi William,

How are you? Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment.


Feb 26, 2013 05:17 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Thank you!


Feb 26, 2013 05:18 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Jennifer,

It certainly did. Just seeing all of those canoes and colourful maps and brochures (not to mention the videos at each booth) had us dreaming of the warm months to come.


Feb 26, 2013 05:19 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Spring is so beautiful in the Quinte region...the lilacs, the beaches, the hills.


Feb 26, 2013 05:20 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I agree with what William said in his comments. When you interact with people, you get to know them on a completely different level. You're like a newsreporter, not just reporting the event, but telling us something of importance and value about the person that we normally wouldn't know.

You're an excellent communicator!!!

Mar 01, 2013 10:02 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I checked out the link for Quirpon Lighthouse and drilled further into the Newfoundland and Labrador video and beyond - WOW!!!

That one is now on my bucket list!!!

Mar 01, 2013 10:21 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Good Morning Patricia!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment.  I'm glad to hear that Newfoundland is now on your bucket list...I think it's one of the most beautiful places in the world and the people there are sooooo friendly. You'll love it.


Mar 01, 2013 10:34 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

This sounds like it was a great day Jo, I too love canoeing and spend far too much time looking at canoes while I still use my old alumacraft that I bought in hs over thirty years ago.

Mar 09, 2013 12:52 PM