A returning favourite this year is the Cook Your Catch stage, presented in partnership with Foodland Ontario. Fishing pro Italo Labignan will be preparing fresh walleye with Conservation Officer Micah Plourde speaking about the proper packaging of fish. Chefs Ted Reader, Tawfik Shehata, and David Wolfman will also be cooking with game and fresh fish. Brian Morin will be teaching the crowd how to butcher duck and other wild game.
Visitors can purchase Outdoors Cards, as well as fishing and some hunting licences, 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 fish will help you learn about Ontario’s fascinating underwater ecosystems and practise your fish identification skills.
New this year is the electrofishing boat from the Great Lakes. Speak to staff about fish stocking and learn more about 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 available to discuss consuming fish safely and hand out copies of the Guide to Eating Ontario Fish.
Did you know that it is the 125th anniversary of Ontario Parks? Join us as we celebrate over a hundred years of outdoor exploration and conservation. Come see our large display featuring provincial parks through the ages and find a 125th event in your favourite park!
Visit the Wildland Fire Outreach Trailer and learn about safe practices for building and extinguishing shore lunch fires, how to reduce the risk of your causing a wildland fire with your ATV, and water bomber safety tips for anglers! Fire staff from Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, and Dryden will be on hand with information on Restricted Fire Zones, and Smokey Bear will be making multiple appearances for adults and kids alike. You can even learn about how to become a Fire Ranger!