This weekend was the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show
, the weekend when all the companies who offer anything related to the outdoor world comes together and hawks
shows off their wares.
To be honest, I have never really enjoyed going but each year I make the pilgrimage to see what is new and to talk to a bunch of friends who I know running booths. This year was generally speaking, no exception. The same ho-hum booths quickly thrown together and filled with a smattering of products that they hope will appeal to the common man walking by.
The current economic climate seemed to have a major effect on who came and what size of booth they rented. Almost everybody scaled back considerably and there were several canoe manufactures missing who normally would be there.
This event is also different then other shows I go to as the emphasis on new boats is clearly canoes. Ontario is solidly canoe country it just makes sense. The gang from the Complete Paddler
were there with their kayaks which was great to see. They are one of the few Valley
dealers for Ontario and still waiting for some new products to come in later this spring.
There were a couple of bright spots that I thought was really interesting: