Feb 4, 2020

Calgary Boat ShowSouthern Alberta’s Biggest Outdoors Show is coming to Calgary.  The 2020 Calgary Boat and Outdoors Show takes place February 6-9th at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. 

“There is nothing that soothes the soul more than breathing in fresh air and taking in the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer” says Marla Kimball, Show Manager, “if you enjoy spending time outdoors then the Calgary Boat and Outdoors Show is the place you will want to be.  You will find all the gear you need for your next outdoor adventure.”

If you are planning an escape or adventure whether it is near or far, the area dedicated to Travel and Tourism has a great selection of outdoor related trips and excursions.  Show goers can research and compare destinations and locations to find the one that is the best fit for them.

If your idea of an escape is an impromptu hike or something that requires a little more planning; like an extended fishing or hunting trip, you will find all the gear you need right at the Calgary Boat and Outdoors Show.  Outdoor adventures are all about the experience but also having the right gear is essential.  Many of the exhibitors are offering their best prices of the season on products and services.

The AHEIA Zone is an excellent resource for  There is no better way to introduce your kids to activities than giving them an opportunity to get hands on.  Give the archery, hunting or fishing simulators a try.  For those that have kids under the age of 12 the Kids Trout Pond is a must stop.  Kids can try their hand at this catch and release program for a $2.00 donation.  All the proceeds go to support the Calgary and Sarcee Fish and Game Associations.

Hands on is definitely an underlying theme of  Cobb’s Adventure Park and Calgary Reptile Parties are providing just those types of opportunities.   Cuddle with baby kangaroos and wallabies, or dare to touch and handle snakes, scorpions and even tarantulas.

The West Coast Lumberjack Show is a family friendly entertainment experience that should not be missed.  The show celebrates the lumberjack skills of yore, in a head to head team competition format.  Pick a team and cheer them on to victory.  One of the highlights of the show is always the log rolling finale.

Husqvarna presents Marina Cole, native to Alberta this talented chainsaw carver will be at the Show creating unique works of art created using only her chainsaw.  It truly is mesmerizing to watch her pieces take shape.

The Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation has been an institution in Alberta since the early 1980s.  The Centre, located in Coaldale, is responsible for rehabilitating thousands of injured birds and releasing them back into the wild.  The Centre’s staff are extremely knowledgeable and always willing to help educate anyone interested.  Find out more about the wonderful work they are doing or get up close and personal with some of the Centre’s most social media worthy residents.

The Calgary Boat and Outdoors Show has two Halls dedicated solely to watercraft, toys and accessories.  If you can’t find it at the Show, then it likely doesn’t exist.  Big or small we have it all.  Jet skis, pontoon boats, fishing boats and ski boats.  The selection is huge, shop and compare and make a deal to ensure delivery by early Spring so you can get the most out of your new watercraft in 2020.

The waterways in and around Calgary are some of the world’s best for fly fishing.  Check out the Fly-fishing Learning Centre and perfect your casting technique or learn from experts how to properly tie a fly.

The Outdoor Stage has lots to offer show goers.  The presenters are as varied as the topics that they will cover.  Always willing to share their experiences both good and bad, this group of outdoorsmen and women include Wes David, host of Fishing the Wild West, Paula Shearer, local fly-fishing guide and industry professional, Rob Dunham, well known outfitter, Lisa Roper, avid hunter and fisherperson, and Jordan Walsh host of the Raw Hide Hunting Series. There will even be presentations on boater safety and training put on by the Calgary Power and Sail Squadron.  Check the website for a complete list all the presentations and times.

Be sure to enter to win one of the many prizes being offered including the Husqvarna Supreme Yard Combo and Ultimate Yard Package valued at $1,500. each

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