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Edmonton’s Exciting Sportsmen’s Show Approaches

Published By: Jonathan Lee

The 2017 Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen’s Show returns to the Expo Centre, Northlands, from March 16 to 19.

A wide range of vessels will be on display, from small aluminum fishing boats and dinghies to ski boats and cruisers with living quarters. Dealers will be happy to provide information and help you secure a boat that best suits your immediate needs or plant the seed for a future purchase to add it to your wish list. Ordering a boat at the show usually offers consumers the best pricing of the year and secures vessels in time for spring delivery.

“Outdoorsmen and women are some of the most active leaders in conservation efforts,” says Pamela Ziwani, Show Manager, “they contribute their time and also provide financial support more than any other group.”

According to organizers, conservation groups will have a significant presence at this year’s event, including the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association (AHEIA).  AHEIA is said to promote the highest standard of sportsman behaviour, teaching the ethical and humane treatment of all living things as well as improving conservation education.  The group’s exhibition area will provide hands-on hunting, fishing and archery instruction for both new enthusiasts and the more experienced.

The Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation from Coaldale, Alberta return to the show with a variety of rare and endangered bird species. Knowledgeable staff will tell the stories of many of the centre’s inhabitants and share information with audiences to shed light on the work that is taking place to rehabilitate and release these birds back into the wild.

The Trailrunners K9 dog demos are sure to be a family favourite.  These demos highlighting the diverse skills of these well-trained animals, some of which work in law enforcement, the therapy field and as hunters.

The Kids Trout Fishing Pond provides kids under the age of 12 with a chance to catch a live trout and release it back into the pond.  For many, this is their first attempt at fishing, which can often spark their passion for the outdoors and all it has to offer. All proceeds from the fishing pond benefit the Edmonton Fish and Game Associations.

Over at the Fishin’ Hole’s Super Spring Sale, manufacturer reps will provide their expertise and offer insight into choosing the right gear.

The National Archery in the School Programs (NASP) National Champions will be taking place throughout this year’s show.  Thousands of school-aged archers from across the country will compete for the coveted National title.

This year’s Outdoor Stage presenters include Claudio Ongaro from Wild TV’s Hired to Hunt, Wes David, host of Fishing the Wild West, Richard Mellon host of Trappers Inc., outdoor writer and photographer Brad Fenson, and the team from Fatal Impact Outdoors. This is also where the AdventureSmart seminar will be held, providing information on how to avoid becoming lost in the outdoors and what to do if it should happen.

Hank Patterson is this show’s special guest on Friday, March 17.  Hank couples his natural “redneckish” humour and his love of fly-fishing and his love of the outdoors in a hilarious show. There will be an opportunity to meet and greet Hank in the Fishin’ Hole’s booth after each of his performances.

First timer Marina Cole will be at the Show to demonstrate her chainsaw carving skills.  She will be demonstrating her unique talent, creating a number of one-of-a-kind pieces throughout the course of the show.

Husqvarna presents the West Coast Lumberjack Mountain Show for the first time.  The presentation showcases the variety diverse skills necessary for a lumberjack in a fun, competitive head-to-head format.

Wander through the show’s travel and tourism area, which features every imaginable guided trip or tourism destination for enjoying the great outdoors and its wonders. This is a great place to start working through your bucket list.

Spring isn’t far off now and what better way to kick it off than by winning the Ultimate Spring Clean Up Package, courtesy of Husqvarna. This package is valued at over $3,000 and has everything you will need to get your yard in looking pristine and in tip top shape.

A proud tradition since 1948, 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. Through its family of shows, the corporation raises funds to ensure that generations of young Canadians can benefit from Canada's outdoors. Since the first show held in 1948, more than $32,000,000 has been committed to these causes.