December 9, 2015

Calgary Boat ShowThe 2016 Calgary Boat and Sportsmen’s Show will take over all five halls of the BMO Centre, Stampede Park February 4-7th, 2016.

“If you are an outdoor enthusiast the 2016 Calgary Boat and Sportsmen’s Show is a must attend event,” says Pamela Ziwani, Assistant Show Manager – Alberta, “this show covers all aspects of the outdoor lifestyle including boating, off roading, fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, adventure tourism, destination travel locations, and every conceivable outdoor related product and service as well as organizations devoted to education, conservation and preservation.”

Millions of dollars in boats and marine products will be on display on the Show floor to provide show-goers with the perfect opportunity to shop and compare all under one roof. Boat dealers will be offering some of the best deals of the season on watercraft and accessories. Order at the Show to ensure an early Spring delivery.

If a fishing expedition is on your radar then be sure to check out the Fishin’ Hole’s 33 Hour Savings Fishtacular. There will be product demos and manufacturer’s representatives on hand to steer you in the right direction when choosing the necessary gear and equipment that is just right for you.

Knowing you want to take an outdoor adventure trip is the easy part, but deciding where to go and what to do is another. The travel and tourism area of the Show features fishing charters, remote hunting and fishing lodges, vacation rentals and weekend excursions for those who enjoy the outdoors.

Getting the kids interested in an outdoor lifestyle can start right at the Show. The Kids Fishing Pond allows children under the age of 12 to give catch and release a try. All the proceeds benefit the Calgary and Sarcee Fish and Game Association.

Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows is delighted to partner with organizations that are dedicated to education,preservation and conservation, and Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association (AHEIA) is one such organization.Their Education Centre offers a family friendly environment with hands on displays, hunting and fishing simulators as well as educational exhibits. The ever-popular Alberta Birds of Prey Centre will conduct presentations throughout theweekend, sharing stories and educating attendees about the Centre and its program to rehabilitate injured birds of prey and release them back into the wild. The Kids Scavenger Hunt is back by popular demand, make your way through the show, answer questions and collect information for a chance to win daily prizes – it is fun for the whole family.

Husquarna sponsored chainsaw carver Kevin Lewis will be carving live at the Calgary Boat and Sportsmen’s Show. Anative of British Columbia, his pieces are only limited by his imagination, his pieces created using a chainsaw focus on wildlife, which are often incorporated into functional furniture.

The Outdoor Education Stage will feature some of the biggest names in the Canadian outdoor industry including: TJSchwanky, Vanessa Harrop, Richard and Sandi Mellon from Outdoor Quest TV, professional outfitter and host of Claudio Ongaro’s Hired to Hunt; Claudio Ongaro, prolific writer and avid outdoorsmen Brad Fenson, as well as outdoor writerand photographer Wes David. They will be sharing their personal experiences, stories, as well as tips and tricks related to their areas of outdoor expertise.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enter to win this year’s grand prize of a Spring Clean Up Package, valued at $3,000.00courtesy of Husqvarna.

Purchase your advance tickets at the Fishin’ Hole, Campers Village or on-line at ticketmaster.ca. Present your WIN card at the door and receive $2.00 off the regular Senior or Adult admission price.

 

http://www.calgaryboatandsportshow.ca/

 

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