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Calgary Boat and Sportsmen's Show Opens Next Week

Published By: Jonathan Lee

The 2017 Calgary Boat and Sportsmen’s Show is coming to the BMO Centre, Stampede Park from February 9 to 12.

“The variety and shear volume of boats that will be on displays is astounding,” says Pamela Ziwani, Show Manager – Alberta, “if you are in the market for a new watercraft, this is the best place to shop and compare prices on everything from kayaks and personal watercraft to ski boats and ocean cruisers and everything in between.”

Water sports and activities have long been a popular activity for many Albertans. The fun, freedom and serenity can be enjoyed by all members of the family, young or old. Those interested in spending time casting a line or trolling the waterways will find everything they need for the coming season.

Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to provide expert advice and ensure you have everything you need from waders and rods to lures and line.

Being prepared and well equipped adds to the enjoyment of any outdoor adventures.

Many outdoor enthusiasts dream of fishing off the West Coast for halibut or salmon, or flying into a remote lake to try your hand at catching some of the local species is a bucket list item for many. The destination travel and adventure tourism area makes choosing your next trip easy. Trips for all budgets can be booked right at the show.

Visitors will discover both hunting and fishing simulators as well as hands-on displays provided by the Alberta Hunter Education Instructor’s Association (AHEIA). These are designed to peak the interest of seasoned and aspiring outdoorsmen alike.

The Alberta Birds of Prey Centre presents ‘Bird Talks’. These sessions are engaging and highlight some of the individual stories of injured birds of prey that have been brought into the Centre, rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Get up close and personal with various owls, a golden eagle, and hawks.

The West Coast Lumberjack Mountain Show – presented by Husqvarna – is always a crowd pleaser. Here current and former Canadian champions will demonstrate their speed and agility in head to head competition. A variety of disciplines will be featured including log rolling, springboard chop, cross cut sawing and others. Bring the family, pick your favourite team and cheer them on.

In keeping with the lumberjack theme, professional chainsaw carver Kevin Lewis will be carving live at the show. Lewis is known for creating functional pieces of art that reflect his personal style. Stop in and watch the progress as the pieces come together.

The Kid’s trout fishing pond provides an opportunity for youngsters under the age of 12 to cast a line and try and catch and release a live trout. For many, this is their first time holding a rod let alone catching a fish. All proceeds go to the Calgary and Sarcee Fish and Game Associations.

Thursday, February 9 is Camo Day at the Calgary Boat and Sportsmen’s Show. Come dressed in your best camo for a chance to win cash prizes.

On Friday, February 10 the Bigfoot Field Research Organizations (BFRO) will hold and Open House to discuss the ongoing field and laboratory investigations in an attempt to prove or disprove the existence of Bigfoot/Sasquatch. Many of the sightings in recent years have been from those who spend a great deal of time in the outdoors. Plenty of opportunity to share your experiences and theories will be provided.

The outdoor stage will be a beehive of activity throughout the weekend. Taking the stage will be well known Canadian outdoorsmen including TJ Schwanky (co-host of Outdoor Quest); Wes David (host of Fishing the Wild West); fly fisherman and guide Josh Nugent; and special guest Hank Patterson comedian and fly-fishing expert. When Patterson takes the stage on Friday, he will entertain audiences with a focus on hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. 

Husqvarna is also providing a $3,000 Ultimate Spring Clean Up Package to be given away to one lucky show goer. Visitors can enter for a chance to take home this awesome prize.

Purchase your advance tickets at the Fishin’ Hole and Campers Village. Present your ‘Win’ card at the door and receive $2.00 off the regular Senior or Adult admission price. 

Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows is a not for profit Corporation and the largest producer of boat, fishing, hunting, sportsmen's, ski and outdoor shows in Canada. Since the first show held in 1948, more than $32 million has been committed to these causes.