A returning favourite for 2017 is the “Cook Your Catch” stage, presented in partnership with Foodland Ontario. Fishing pro Italo Labignan will be preparing fresh walleye with Conservation Officer Mark McKernon speaking about the proper packaging of fish. Chefs Ted Reader and Tawfik Shehata will also be cooking with game and fresh fish.
Visitors can purchase Outdoors Cards, as well as fishing and some hunting licence tags, and can get information on the rules and regulations for hunting and fishing. Conservation officers will be on-site to answer all your hunting and fishing questions.
The MNRF booth has lots of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Our fishing simulator invites children and adults to experience the thrill of catching a fish. Kids can explore the Learn to Fish station and design their own Lucky Strike fishing lure for their tackle box. Our three 115-gallon aquariums full of Ontario fish will help you learn about Ontario’s fascinating underwater ecosystems and practise your fish identification skills.
New this year is the fish culture, fish stocking truck on site. Speak to staff about fish stocking, and learn about the updated version of Fish ON-Line, (the web based mapping tool to help you plan your next fishing trip). Staff from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change will be showcasing the new 2017 version of the “Guide to Eating Ontario Fish”.
At the Ontario Parks booth, staff will be helping visitors plan trips, especially fishing trips. Knowledgeable staff will be providing all the best advice and recommendations for planning backcountry or fishing adventures around the province.
Visit the Fire Education trailer and learn about building and properly extinguishing a safe campfire or shore lunch fire for recreationalists and campers. Fire staff from Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, and Dryden will be on hand with information on fire bans and Restricted Fire Zones. Smokey Bear will also be making multiple appearances for adults and kids alike. We will also have information on hand related to recruitment into Aviation, Forest Fires and Emergency Situations (AFFES) and how to become a Fire Ranger.