A rainy Sunday had the family and I touring the DIY show that was exhibiting in Toronto. The DIY show incorporated 4 shows in one--the Outdoor Canada Show, the Explore Adventure & Travel Show, the Cottage Life Show and the Canadian Home Workshop Show. Being a hard core angler, I was glad to spend time during the off-season of trade shows walking around. Sure beats the mobs of people at malls. For the serious angler there wasn't too much there. Very few retailers and the ones that were there only sold camping and clothing. Unfortunately, the industry booths were absent as well and this made it difficult to see anything new.
I did get a chance to chat with Gord Pyzer the Fishing Editor of Outdoor Canada and Ken Bailey their Hunting Editor. Both were very nice. They did a few different seminars to small crowds which provided a real friendly atmosphere.
It was the first time meeting Ken. We chatted about hunting in Argentina and some Western hunting. Gord, who I met at ICAST in Vegas this past July, and I got a chance to discuss the KBI. The KBI is a huge bass tournament on Lake of the Woods in north western Ontario. It is a Canadian classic and might be on my to-do list one of these days. Lake of the Woods is larger than some countries, so it is not a lake you figure out in a few days.
Overall, the kids had a great time with the Haliburton Huskies and the FISH TV trout fishing pond. My hat goes off to FISH TV and my buddies at of OCAA (Chinese Fishing Club) for all their hard work and patience with the kids. My oldest daughter landed 3 out of 4 trout and my little girl landed 1 for 2. We took advantage of the very short waits and went several times. Why not the kids were having a blast.
If you're interested in a whole cottage thing in a dead part of the season, the DIY show was worth the price. They had a lot of cool kids stuff, especially in the building sections and a lot of discounted power tools. I didn't need anything but the prices seemed cheap.
Hope you got to enjoy a warm weekend.