Louise and I spent a couple of hours wandering around the first day of the Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo, taking place this weekend at the always lovely George R. Pearkes Community Centre just a few blocks from our house.
We checked out the Atlantis Kayaks booth. These sweet boats are made up in Ladysmith and we always demo some when we go to Paddlefest.
That's their new Spartan model in front in black, but I'm partial to their Titan at the back in red/yellow.
We stopped by the Wavelength Magazine booth, and picked up their new Gulf Islands kayaking map. Their maps series, as well as their guide books, are terrific and very informative, a must-have for anyone who kayaks these waters. And their website has just been redesigned -- check it out.
Then Louise got mauled by a bear. (Which is different from the time she was bared in a mall. But that's another story.)
Then we wandered by the Ocean River Sports booth. You know, just in case. You never can tell when you might suddenly need to buy more kayaking gear.
There were over 100 booths and displays, everything from boating to diving to hotels to guides and tour operators. Anyone who likes being outdoors would probably find something of interest here.
The Expo continues tomorrow and Sunday.