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Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto

Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto 2012

My husband Frank and I headed to this year’s Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto to check out the latest in travel, outdoor activities and equipment. So many great exhibitors were part of this year’s show, including booths from more tourism organizations focusing on adventure travel.

We liked how the show was organized into categories from various travel destinations (Ontario, Canada, International Adventure, Caribbean), camping, canoe and kayaks, running and cycling and others.

Although you can learn so much from a show like this one, there are some pitfalls when it’s become so successful over the years.

Despite arriving fairly early at 11 a.m. on Saturday (the show opens at 10:30 a.m.), we had to fight through crowds in the tight aisles including several families with large strollers/baby buggies. So even if you get there early, you need to have patience with people jostling you around. Perhaps next year’s event will be in a larger hall or a more spacious conference hall (fingers crossed!).

Being slightly claustrophobic and dealing with a bad headache on my part, our visit was also limited to hitting up a few key booths.

Although the environment wasn’t the best for a leisured walk-about, we were nevertheless inspired:

  • Ithaca, NY, Kentucky and Virginia are top on our list for places to visit in the US for touristy activities as well as hiking.
  • Nova Scotia and Iles de Madeleine are top on our list for Canada.
  • At some point in our married life we’ll invest in a kayak for two.

Here are a few highlights:

Outdoor Adventure Show Toronto

The Newfoundland and Labrador booth was one long one, and attractive with costumes and music.

Outdoor Adventure Show Toronto

Kids got to try out a rock climbing wall

Outdoor Adventure Show Toronto

The Ontario pavilion had people tapping their toes and enjoying the show.

Outdoor Adventure Show Toronto

Frank and I are considering Virgina… for lovers.

Outdoor Adventure Show Toronto

Colourful kayaks caught the attention of many at the Paddle Shack

Outdoor Adventure Show Toronto

Look what we found! Badger Paddles!

Thank you to Schenley Clarke, for providing us with tickets to the show!


  1. My dad got caught up in the Paddle Shack as well due to colourful kayaks! Between them and Scott Canoe he almost bought from the competition! I had a one track mind and that was the Flax Fusion from my friends at Swift Canoe and Kayak! I took some pics if you want to check out my blog: http://algonquinblog.wordpress.com


    • LOVE your pics. It looks like you were just loving the Flax Fusion. You managed to capture a few good photos of the crowds too. I have to agree with you, they were missing the camping gear. I think if the hall was larger there would be more opportunities for better organization and bigger retailers/brands.