TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--From square dancing and alligator wrestling, to chainsaw carving and multimedia fishing seminars – the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show has certainly featured an evolution of entertaining exhibits since its inception in 1948. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, what has remained constant throughout its history is the show’s focus and appreciation for outdoor adventure. The opening of The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show each year signals to Canadians that spring is near and it’s time to polish fishing reels, air out the camping equipment and practice those duck calls. With a wide variety of family features to choose from, this year’s show will highlight the very best of fishing, hunting, boating and outdoor adventure to the International Centre in Mississauga from March 15th to 19th.
“It’s our 70th anniversary and we’re as excited as ever to host the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show this March Break at the International Centre,” said Peter Lockhart, President of the Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows. “Our constant goal throughout our history has been to wow guests with a large variety of exhibits that showcase the latest and greatest in Canadian outdoor adventure, and we plan to continue that tradition this year and beyond.”
With more than 350 exhibits, the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show is a supersized event that includes a vast selection of educational, engaging and interactive attractions. After 70 years, the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show continues its enduring legacy as a mainstay show that can deliver the ultimate outdoor experience for all members of the family.
“We are a family destination this March Break and are pleased to once again offer free parking and complimentary admission for children aged 12 years and under,” Lockhart adds. “Coupled with the exciting array of exhibits, this year’s show will definitely inspire the outdoor enthusiast in all of us.”
Just some of the many features headlining this year’s show include:
West Coast Lumberjack Show presented by Husqvarna
Log rolling, axe throwing, tree climbing – oh my! The adventurous West Coast Lumberjacks are back with a thrilling show that guests will not want to miss. The traveling outdoors group will showcase their amazing skills in the arenas of block-chopping, cross-saw racing and much more!
Kevin Lewis, Chainsaw Artist presented by Husqvarna
What does a tree stump have in common with an owl? Not a whole lot – but that doesn’t stop talented chainsaw carver Kevin Lewis from combining wood and wildlife via his artistic masterpieces. Using just a Husqvarna chainsaw, Kevin will showcase his skills on-site – turning ordinary tree stumps into countless pieces of inspiring and beautiful art right before your eyes!
Speaking of Wildlife
Want to watch a sassy skunk give the (not literal) stink-eye to a pompous possum? Ever thought it would be fun to see what happens when you actually leave it to beaver? At the Speaking of Wildlife booth, anything is possible! This educational animal outreach group will be at this year’s show to give visitors a chance to get up close and personal with native species of Ontario.
Survival Experts: David Arama, WSC Survival School and Skeet Sutherland, Sticks & Stones
These two men are the ultimate survival experts – and Canadian Bear Grylls enthusiasts. Both can speak to their unique experience surviving throughout the wild Canadian landscape and share tips and tricks for audience members looking to elevate their next camping, boating or portaging adventure to extreme levels.
The WoofJocks Canine All Stars
Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, has not met the WoofJocks! Back by popular demand, these fluffy entertainers will take centre stage once again with their exciting choreographed variety show. With performances that showcase their impressive canine agility and obedience, The WoofJocks Canine All Stars will fetch the hearts of every audience member.
|Seniors (60+): $13.00|
|Juniors (ages 13-17): $13.00|
|Children (12 & under): Free! (when accompanied by an adult)|
About Toronto Sportsmen’s Show
The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show, part of the Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows (CNSS), first took place in Toronto in 1948 under the leadership of world famous outdoorsman, author and dedicated conservationist, Frank Kortright, who devoted his life to protecting Canada’s wilderness. Seventy years later, CNSS has helped protect Canada’s outdoors with grants in excess of $32 million.
Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows (CNSS) is a not for profit corporation and the largest producer of boat, fishing, hunting, sportsmen’s, ski and outdoor shows in Canada. Through its family of shows, the corporation raises funds to ensure that generations of young Canadians can benefit from Canada’s great outdoors. Since the first show held in 1948, more than $32 million has been contributed towards to these causes.