Calgary Boat Sportsmen's Show Building Excitement about Coming Season

Organizers of the upcoming Calgary Boat and Sportsmen's Show anticipate area residents have a serious case of cabin fever. The show begins on Thursday, February 5 and runs through to Sunday, February 8 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.

"As Albertans we know that the arrival of Spring can be extremely unpredictable,' says Alberta Regional Manager, John Baldwin, "but regardless of when it arrives, outdoor enthusiasts certainly don't want to be caught unprepared. The Calgary Boat and Sportsmen's Show has everything you will need to enjoy the outdoors whether it is boating, fishing, hunting, camping, or adventure travel.'

The Calgary Boat and Sportsmen's Show will be the first local opportunity of the season for Southern Albertans to take in all that is new in marine products, watercraft and outdoor gear.

Each year organizers prepare of series of show highlights designed to get consumers excited about the approaching summer season.

Major manufacturers will be on site conducting product demonstrations and offering show specials at the Fishin' Hole booth.

Mariko Izumi from the World Fishing Network's Hookin' Up will be available at the Fishin' Hole location to meet fellow fishing enthusiasts and sign autographs between 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on show's Friday and Saturday.

Over at the Outdoor Education Stage, visitors can sit in on presentations by some of Western Canada's most renowned outdoorsmen. Wes David, Chris David, Brad Fenson, TJ Schwanky, Richard Mellon and Claudio Ongaro will all be sharing their insights on a variety of outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing related topics.

The event features the Trigger X Kids Fishing Pond, providing kids under the age of 12 an opportunity to catch a live trout. Any donations received at this attraction go to the Sarcee and Calgary Fish and Game Associations.

Another family favorite is the Alberta Birds of Prey. Experts from the centre will conduct information sessions focusing on many of the centre's inhabitants including burrowing owls, hawks, falcons and golden eagles. Alberta Birds of Prey's mandate is rehabilitating and releasing injured birds of prey back into the wild. They encourage positive habitat stewardship through increased public awareness and promote hands on practical solutions that directly benefit wildlife and the environment.

Consumers fascinated by art and sculpture may want to see award-winning chainsaw artist and Team Canada member Joerg Jung in action. Presented by Husqvarna, Joerg will be on site carving his masterpieces for all to see. Watch as his pieces take shape over the course of the show.

The adventurous may enjoy the travel and tourism area of the show. Visitors dreaming of an African safari, canoe adventure or a remote fishing or hunting lodge trip, there are a variety of exhibitors representing outdoor adventure destinations you can book right at the show.

There are also plenty of opportunities to enter to win great prizes at this year's Show, including a weekend houseboat rental from Twin Anchors Houseboats valued at $2,200, a $3,000 Husqvarna gift package, and a fishing trip for two valued at $5,000 courtesy of BonChovy Fishing Charters.

As a nonprofit corporation, Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows (CNSS) is committed to conserving Canada's outdoors and instilling Canadian youth with an appreciation for nature and outdoor activity. CNSS uses the proceeds from these Shows to support and promote outdoor campaigns and programs in Canada. According to the group, since its first show in 1948, more than $32,000,000 has been donated.