Ontario Tourism has announced it will be exhibiting for the second year running at The Adventure Travel Show from 20th – 21st January 2018 at Olympia in London. The destination will be exhibiting its “Canadian Canoe Culture” programme which brings together the canoe history, indigenous culture and identity of Ontario, cementing its position as the world’s premier paddling destination.
Ontario’s “Canadian Canoe Culture” programme is designed to share the core values and ideals of the province and with over 400,000 lakes, rivers and streams, the canoe has played an integral role in building Ontario. The Tourist Board plans to showcase this at the show, alongside its exhibiting partners. For those wanting to learn more, an evocative short documentary film about Canadian Canoe Culture has also been crafted by Goh Iromoto. This film captures the human connection and the remarkable bond between man and national symbol, the canoe, exploring how different Ontarians connect it with their families, their inner selves, their landscapes, their homes and their culture. The trailer can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFlnZsS6sUk, and there are five different stories to explore.
Exhibiting alongside the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation are Killarney Outfitters, Naturally Superior Adventures, Algonquin Outfitters and Red Lake Outfitters, who all offer different paddling adventures across the province.
Killarney Provincial Park, situated on the wild Georgian Bay Coast with its iconic white quartzite hills and stunning clear sapphire lakes is one of Ontario’s premier paddling destinations. With calm waters, Killarney is the ideal place for beginners with 50 lakes to choose from, and areas with easier portaging for those learning how to paddle. It also has a variety of more challenging locations for the more advanced paddler. Killarney Outfitters take the hassle out of planning such an adventure. Their convenient and personalised services, including all-inclusive outfitting packages, are ideal for those who enjoy self-guided wilderness escapades. They provide high quality canoes and kayaks; top gear and equipment; thorough and detailed planning; and delicious, healthy well-balanced wilderness menus. www.killarneyoutfitters.com
Naturally Superior Adventures, located on the world’s largest freshwater lake – Lake Superior – offers guided sea kayak trips, guided paddle trips, guided voyageur canoe trips as well as guided hikes. Surrounded by wilderness encompassing Lake Superior Provincial Park, the Superior Highlands Coast and the rugged unspoiled shores of Pukaskwa National Park, Naturally Superior Adventures offer a world class backcountry paddling experience. www.naturallysuperior.com
Found in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, Red Lake Outfitters is the only outfitter in the region that works alongside the park and its staff to offer an unforgettable wilderness canoe adventure. The park is a paddler’s paradise, offering almost 2,000km of maintained canoe routes, where visitors can find solitude amongst the boreal forest. The company’s guides show paddlers the best spots to fish, cook up delicious backcountry cuisine, and share local historical knowledge of the surrounding wilderness. www.redlakeoutfitters.com
Nestled in Ontario’s first provincial park, Algonquin Outfitters provides exhilarating back-country adventures in a landscape which inspired Canada’s most renowned artists, the Group of Seven. The company specialises in all-inclusive guided canoe trips, light weight canoe rentals, and camping packages designed to suit a range of needs and competency levels. Algonquin Outfitters is located near Oxtongue Lake, Lake of Two Rivers and Lake Opeongo, offering a multitude of adventures. http://algonquinoutfitters.com
Tour operator Windows on the Wild, who offer a comprehensive range of unique and exciting wildlife holidays and adventure holidays around the world, will also be exhibiting on the stand. The team will be available to assist all visitors looking to book their adventure holiday to Ontario. www.windowsonthewild.com
Randy Mitson from Algonquin Outfitters and Ted East from Killarney Outfitters will also be speaking at the show on Saturday 20th January 2018, providing insight in to the quintessential Canadian paddling trips that can be experienced in Algonquin and Killarney provincial parks. Ontario, along with the rest of Canada, will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its 334 provincial parks in 2018, a particularly significant event for Algonquin, Canada’s very first provincial park. Year-round activities are planned to commemorate this historic milestone and Randy and Ted will be there to reveal more. Meanwhile, Jake O’Flaherty from Naturally Superior Adventures and Harlan Schwartz, owner of Red Lake Outfitter, will be presenting on the second day of the show, (Sunday 21st January 2018), focusing their talks on epic paddling adventures that go right into the wilds of Canada.
In addition, Ontario Tourism will be hosting a competition where visitors have the chance to win an eight-day all-inclusive adventure trip through Killarney Provincial Park, travelling with Dave Cornthwaite, UK adventurer and founder of the ‘SayYesMore’ movement. Please visit here to find out more.
For further information, please visit the Ontario stand, B32 or visit www.ontariotravel.net/uk
Mark Bibby Jackson
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