So a few weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of traveling to Omaha, Nebraska for the All Canada Show (by http://www.allcanda.com/). Now, I had been looking forward this show for a while. I mean...really...what is better than gathering up some of the most awesome lakes and lodges in Canada and putting them all in one place!!! How can a person not get excited.
Upon arrival at the Holiday Inn Expo Center, I was barely able to contain my excitement. I had already spent weeks perusing the All Canada website and looking at all the great vendors that were planning on attending the show. Some of the best lakes and lodges were planning on showing...and this show is a great opportunity to meet the faces behind the camps and pick up some information to help plan and research your next big trip. Additionally, this show offers you a great opportunity to apply for your passport if you are still in need of one. Remember that starting this year, you cannot travel out of and especially back into the United States with a valid passport!!!!
By far the best part of the show was sipping an ice cold bottle of Labatt Blue while viewing the many photos of monster fish that each lodge had to offer. I think that Labatt Blue might be my new favorite beer if for no other reason than it reminds me of fishing and Canada everytime I take a sip. The show was also supposed to give away a free Eppinger Lure (red and white...go Canada!!) to every person who came and paid admission on the first night. However, by the time I arrived they did not have anymore, and so, I was out of luck :(
One of the booths that I liked the best was the booth for Edmund Lake Lodge (http://www.trophypike.com/) where my husband and I were able to chat with the owner/guide, Greg Dick, who has recently bought the lodge and operates an outpost on Kistigan Lake. We have always been very interested in visiting this lake to fish for Northern Pike, and it was great to chat with Greg and really get a feel for how the business is run. He seemed like such a friendly, knowledgeable guy who would work to make your trip the best it could be. Other booths that were interesting were Bolton Lake Lodge, who is owned by the same family as Edmund Lake Lodge, Kississing Lodge, Travel Manitoba, Atikwa Lake Lodge, Nestor Falls Fly In Lodge and Showalters Fly In Service. There were many other outfitters there, and I suggest heading over to the website to check it all out!!! I do not know how many, if any, shows are left on the schedule this year. Omaha is the last one listed on the website. However, the website does offer the ability to gain all the information that was at the show in one neatly compiled place.
The show itself left me a bit disappointed. I was expecting more vendors than were actually there, and I think perhaps a few were not able to make it at the last minute. Overall, I did end up with a super big pile of information that I will spend many days pouring over after my dreaded bar exam next week. It's something to look forward to...I can't wait!!!!
Lizzy aka The Fisherbabe :)