Great Outdoors & DIY Weekend a Success

Pete Bowman and Angelo Viola shake hands and share fishing tales with a fan.

The Great Outdoors & DIY Weekend was held this past weekend at the International Centre in Toronto, Ontario. It hosted four shows in one - Fall Cottage Life Show, Canadian Home Workshop Show, Explore Adventure & Travel Show, and Outdoor Canada Show. There were many experts and television hosts on hand to give advice, answer questions and sign autographs. Of particular interest to anglers was the Fishin' for Answers Quiz Show that featured a Q&A session with Roland Martin and Jimmy Houston, as well as Canadian fishing television show hosts Bob Izumi, Dave Mercer, Angelo Viola, Pete Bowman, Mike Miller, Leo Stakos and Ron James. In addition to this star-studded event, there were several seminar and demonstrations at various stages throughout the entire weekend.

Several fishing and outdoors retailers were selling their goods at the show with exclusive sales, as well as manufacturers showing off their products. It was a great chance for anglers and outdoors enthusiasts to check out the latest gear and make some purchases for the holidays.

#A truly special guest at the show was Park Canada's mascot - one of the giant beavers that were part of the closing ceremonies at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. He made for a great photo opportunity for attendees.

Overall, it was a successful event with lots to see and learn, and plenty of chances to get photos and autographs from some of fishing's great celebrities.

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