Widely regarded as “Canada’s Largest Fishing Show,” the 2012 Spring Fishing & Boat Show takes place at the International Centre (Mississauga, ON) from February 17th to the 20th.
With over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space and more than 200 exhibitors this show is definitely geared towards avid anglers. This is by far my favourite show to attend as it breaks me out of a winter funk and gets me excited for the open water season ahead!
The Spring Fishing & Boat Show is a mecca for fishing enthusiasts and “gear-heads” as it brings together a few of the top retailers in Southern Ontario all under one roof. There is an overwhelming amount of gear at the show — if you think your local Bass Pro Shop has a lot of gear, you’re in for a treat!
TIP: It is worthwhile for you to walk around and check out all the vendors before you pulling your wallet out. There are great deals to be had, but you may find better deals around the corner so keep your eyes out.
Although shopping for new gear is always fun, what makes this a great event is the opportunity chat it up with industry professionals and other avid anglers. You will see many top pros giving talks, signing autographs and representing their sponsors.
The line-up of seminar speakers that is expected to present at the show is quite impressive:
- Bob Izumi
- Italo Labignan
- Dave Mercer
- JP DeRose
- “Big” Jim McLaughlin
- Gord Pyzer
- Jim Saric
- Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson
- Paul Powis
- Nick Pujic
- Wil Wegman
- …just to name a few!
In addition to all these great speakers, you will see a number of pro and field staff working at the show for various vendors and brands. So, if you have questions they are there to help.
In order to truly enjoy the experience of the show, plan on spending a few hours there. If you want to get the most out of being at the show, I would encourage you to chat it up with other people while there — you will notice the majority of those who attend the show are just like you!
Here’s a little something to save you a little money on the admission, so it could be better spent on tackle (click on the pic below and print):
Friday, February 17: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 18: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 19: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, February 20: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Seniors: $12.00 ($6.00 on Friday, February 17)
Juniors: $10.00 (Ages 13 – 17)
Children 12 & Under: FREE*
*(when accompanied by an adult)
International Centre, Halls 3A & 5
6900 Airport Road
If you’re planning on going to the show — drop me a message below. See you at the Spring Fishing & Boat Show!