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