The first Canadian National Sportsmen's Show took place in Toronto in 1948. A group of sporting enthusiasts under the leadership of world-famous outdoorsman, author and dedicated conservationist, Frank Kortright, were responsible for an event that would eventually evolve into the Toronto Sportsmen's Show. Kortright saw the approaching environmental crisis and resolved to do something about it, long before it became a worldwide issue. He devoted the latter part of his life, his full attention and abundant energies toward the cause of protecting the wild animals of the fields, the forests, the waters and the skies. In so doing, he created for all Canadians a legacy that will be appreciated by many generations to come.
Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows grew from Frank Kortright's vision. Today, it is a not for profit corporation and Canada's largest producer of outdoor shows. In addition to the Toronto Sportsmen's Show, Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows produce the Toronto Ski & Snowboard Show and shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Quebec City. The company also produces the Great Ontario Salmon Derby.
For over 70 years, Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows has helped protect Canada's outdoors with grants exceeding $32 million. We distributed these funds in the form of grants to organizations and institutions including the Ringwood Fish Culture Station, Association de Conservation de la Vallee du Gouffre, Orillia Perch Festival, Camp Winston, Kid's Fishing Days, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, the Ontario Snow Resorts Association, Friends of Toronto Parks & Trees, the Credit River Anglers' Association, Parkview Hatchery, Project C.A.N.O.E., and the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association.