Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Follow All-Canada on TV and Radio

The All-Canada Show will be featured on TV and radio in the next few weeks. Norm "the Great" McCreight will be on FOX2-TV in St Louis, WLS and WGN-TV in Chicago plus radio shows on KMOX in St Louis and ESPN1000 in Chicago.

In the picture above...Norm was live wtih Moose Johnston on WFAA-TV in Dallas last year. Follow out Tweets @allcanadashow for more details on when to watch and listen.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Busy Days are Here - Packing and Mailing

The hum of the copy machine, the zip of the paper folder, the ring ring of the phone. Show time must be close.

The office is busy with getting all of the press releases, copied, folder, sealed, stamped and delivered. Not only do we at the All-Canada Show post press releases on our website,, email all major media outlets for newspapers, radio, and TV, personally call all network TV stations and major radio stations, mail our media kits (including our full-color magazine to 150 outdoor writers), we also mail hard copies of our press releases (with a CD for convenience) to over 1,100 newspapers in 11 cities. It is a fun time of year. Keep watching for the All-Canada Guide in your mailbox. We mailed out St. Louis and Indianapolis already. Thanks to all of the helpers in the All-Canada Show office.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Join our fan page today on facebook

By: Jennifer Young, All-Canada Show owner

Photo submitted by Camp Narrows

Our facebook page is alive, and we would like you to become part of it. Sign in on facebook and type in All Canada Show or click link below. Great show news, promotions, and fun photos of Canada are on the page for you. All Canada Show facebook page

Many people are posting their own favorite Canadian photos including fish, big game, scenery photos. Click 'Like' today and post your favs.

You can also share the facebook site with your friends on your wall.

Hope you like the new page. Let us know your thoughts.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Great improvements in 2011 at All-Canada Show

By: Jennifer Young

The All-Canada Show is getting ready for great shows in 2011.

Norm McCreight is back to host the Mainstage with lots of great fishing and hunting tips. All-Canada Show will be providing how to seminars by Jennifer Young, Steve Cegielski, and Joel Prunty. Check out our great facilities and show info at Click on the left side of the page and choose the show that you are attending. We have the seminar schedule, exhibitor lists, show hours, ticket prices, prizes, show attractions, and we even have group hotel info there for those of you who like to make a holiday of it.

New in 2011, for weekday shows we are offering
FREE LUNCH Wednesday Attend one of the following shows: Indianapolis, Madison, and Omaha between the hours of 11 and 2 and receive a free fish sandwich and chips!Also, Sioux Falls, SD we will offer the free fish sandwich and chips on Friday night from 5-7.

Plan your trip to the shows now, and we will see you at the All-Canada Show.

Friday, November 5, 2010

FREE ticket offer coming soon!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

All-Canada Show set for Successful Whitetail Hunt

Joel Prunty, media manager, All-Canada Show - The whitetail hunt is on in many parts of Canada. Right now, in central Canada, conditions look to be favorable after two consecutive years of poor rut hunting conditions.

Next week the All-Canada Show and Cabela’s Television head out on a whitetail hunt for All-Canada Show Adventures magazine and Cabela’s Ultimate Adventures TV Show. We are headed to Heritage Whitetail Hunts in the Rainy River west of Fort Frances, Ontario.

Speaking of whitetail hunting, All-Canada Show Pro-Staffer Steve Cegielski bagged this nice buck bow hunting near Bear Creek, Wisconsin this week. God luck to all whitetail hunters this fall – have a safe hunt!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Omaha Prize Winner has Great Time

Troy Powers of Omaha was the lucky winner of our Vacation Prize there and he send us a follow-up note after taking his trip.

We drove overnight from Omaha to get to Woman River Camp, northeast of Ear Falls, Ontario. We met owners Paul, Debbie, and their daughter, and they could not have been more accommodating. Paul immediately marked a map for us, and showed us specifically where we could catch walleye, northern pike, smallmouth, and lake trout. He set us up in a very nice cabin, and showed us our boat (the 4 stroke Yamaha's are great).

We were a little tired the first day, but got unpacked, tied on some lures, and ventured out. We only had to go about 200 yards to a nice rocky point, where we caught enough keeper walleyes for dinner that night. We ventured a little further (maybe another 1/2 mile) and started catching as many 20-25" northern as we wanted. They weren't trophies, but my brother-in-law, Scott, was in heaven: the action was non-stop, and we had a riot!

After the first day, the rest of the trip was pretty much the same. Every day, we would go fish rocky points or humps, and would catch more keeper walleyes than we could eat. Although we didn't catch any monster walleyes, I did lose on at the boat that was in the 24" area. We would then go fish the northern area's Paul had marked and catch northern nonstop. Scott loved the action, and on the clear days, he could not believe the northern were so aggressive. He couldn't believe the same fish would attack his lure 3-4 times on occasion before he was able to hook it.

Scott also landed some great smallmouth when we were fishing some rocky points. Although I love to catch lake trout, we didn't spend any time fishing for them because they were so deep. We caught fish nonstop, and witnessed some very nice fish in the cleaning station. We also had a great time meeting the other fishing groups, and spending the evenings comparing stories.

One night, Paul and Debbie had a burger night, and the food and company was outstanding! Overall, it was a great trip, and everything I was hoping for; a very remote camp, but access to drive in and bring what we wanted (did I mention we bring a lot of gear). Thank you very much for helping set this trip up, and I can't thank Paul and Debbie enough for the great experience. I can't wait to return!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Unpressured Whitetails

By: Steve Cegielski, All-Canada Show, Operations Manager
Whitetail hunting is a passion that runs wild this time of year. And, the rut is the coveted time of year to be sitting in a treestand in Canada. As you may know the rut is traditionally later in Canada than in Midwest states. Fawn birth dates need to be later in the spring to survive. So start marking your calendar for mid to late November.
Hunting pressure is everything when hunting in the states, and just the opposite in Canada. Virturally unpressured whitetails are the norm when north of the border. Sure local hotspots and easy access points lead to wary whitetails, but for the most part human intrusion is minimal. Bucks don't look in trees, are active during daylight hours, calling works, and even scent control isn't as critical. Just the lack of human pressure makes the whitetails less wary of the hunter.

Calling techniques that have been over used in the states like antler rattling and doe bleat can work to perfection in Canada. Just remember their hearing is the same and they'll pinpoint your location from long distance and march right to the spot....ready or not.

Nocturnal habits of monster bucks is uneed in Canada. Sure early morning and late afternoon are still traditional transition periods, but midday bucks are more willing to explore for "hot" does.

It's hard to explain until you experienced it first hand, so give it a try and I gurarentee you'll enjoy the experience. Good luck to all heading north this November.

Make sure to talk to your lodge owner about a Wolf'll find wolves where deer are located...great food source for the wolf.

Have fun and shoot straight!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Moose Hunting in Full Swing

Joel Prunty, media manager, All-Canada Show - Reports we’ve heard from central Canada say this Moose hunting season has been excellent. Conditions have been classic for a good hunt, very cold evenings with frost followed by calm days for calling.

In fact, one outfitter Fern Duquette at Kashabowie Outposts in Atikokan, Ontario found time to so some Moose hunting of his own. Fern’s specialty is bow hunting for Moose and he bagged a personal best pictured here. This monstrous moose measured 59 1/8 inside spread which is an indicator that it will easily qualify for Pope & Young.

If you have never been on a Moose hunt and you are a avid hunter, make plans to do so in the future. Moose are one of the truly great big game hunts in North America.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ultimate Fishing Town – Canada

Joel Prunty, media manager, All-Canada Show – There are just a couple more days in the World Fishing Networks (WFN) Ultimate Fishing Town Canada and Nestor Falls, Ontario, which I know well, is currently in second place. Nestor Falls is located on the east shore of Lake of the Woods and deserves all the votes they are getting.

EDITORS NOTE: Nestor Falls, Ontario came in second for Canada's Ultimate Fishing Town

In my mind the entire country of Canada is an Ultimate fishing town and I think the real vote should be Ultimate fishing Country because Canada would win hands down. Ontario alone has 100,000 lakes and Canada is the second largest country in the world and 90% of their 25 million people live with 100 miles of the U.S. border. That leaves a lot of untouched wilderness for us to explore.

Anglers and hunters looking for the best possible outdoor experience need look no farther than north of our border for unbelievable fishing and hunting experiences. Plus its affordable…what are you waiting for? Plan your next adventure today at

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Moose Hunters GET READY

Joel Prunty, media manager - All-Canada Show It’s been said you can describe Canada with three “M”s. MOOSE, Mountains and Mounties. Believe me, there is a lot more to Canada than those three, but it does tell you how important moose are to the Canadian identity.

Moose are absolutely incredible animals that can grow up to seven feet at the shoulder, 10 feet in length and weight over 1200 lbs. And, the antlers can grow up to 5 feet in width! They are also excellent swimmers and have a keen sense of smell.

Wolves are their natural enemies and moose are vulnerable in deep snow. Otherwise a mature moose can easily defend itself from wolves by kicking with its back legs and using their antlers.

Moose hunting is done during the rut when bull moose are actively looking for cows to breed. Hunters use a series of cow and bull calls to bring bulls into shooting range. Most Canadians hunt moose for the meat which is highly prized.

Friday, September 17, 2010

NOTO Convention is coming in October

By: Jennifer Young, All-Canada Show Owner

The All-Canada Show has been a strong supporter of many provincial and regional associations over the years. I believe that we have been a member of NOTO since the beginning of the shows almost 30 years ago. Now I am serving as the Allied Board President, and I am looking forward to the upcoming NOTO Convention. We have made it shorter than in the past, and it will be held in Dryden close to lots of lodges and camp. To all the Ontario Exhibitors, I hope that you are able to make it this year.

NOTO's 83rd Nature & Outdoor Tourism Conference
October 27th & 28th, 2010
Dryden, ON
Hosted by the Best Western Dryden Motor Inn
You will find below numerous links to help you register and learn more about our 2010 event!

Tentative Agenda
Registration Form

Host Hotel Information
To book your room at the host hotel please contact the Best Western Dryden Motor Inn at 807-223-3201 or 1-888-394-2378 before September 25th to get the following NOTO rates.

$100.95 - Single or $106.95 Double(rates do not include applicable taxes)

When making your reservation tell the operator that you are booking for the NOTO Conference.

NOTO Convention Page

Allied Member Exhibits
As part of the each NOTO Conference, we invite our Allied members to participate in our Allied Trade Show. This opportunity is available EXCLUSIVELY to our Allied Members.

The 2010 conference will take place at two separate facilities over the two day event. The daytime agenda on October 27th will take place at The Centre. At this facility, Allied displays will be set up in the back of the auditorium and out in the atrium.

On October 28th, the conference will remain at the host hotel, the Best Western Dryden Motor Inn for the rest of the agenda. Exhibitors will have the option to set up their displays at the host hotel for no additional charge. Be sure to indicate your interest in this additional opportunity on the reservation form at the link below.

Please complete the form and return it to the NOTO office by October 15th, 2010. We encourage you to reserve your booth in advance of the deadline to ensure you get a spot. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Marcil at 705-472-5552 x24.

Allied Display Reservation Form

We want our Allied members to participate in conference. Join us at meals and take the opportunity to mingle and get to know the camp operators better. Allied Members are provided with a special "meal deal". Use the form listed below to register for meals during the conference.

Allied Meal Deal Form

Sponsorship Opportunities
Take the opportunity to help your industry organization and gain valuable exposure by sponsoring a coffee break, meal, or a number of other events and/or donating items for our fundraising efforts. To review the available opportunities click the links below:

Sponsorship Levels
Sponsorship Form

We hope you will join us in Dryden in October. If you have any questions about our conference, please do not hesitate to contact us at (705)472-5552 or by email at

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Proper Release

Joel Prunty - media manager, All-Canada Show - Catch and release fishing – especially as it relates to trophy fish – is now standard practice for anglers. And these actions are greatly improving the quality of fisheries in Canada. The likely hood of catching a trophy these days is better now than anytime in the last 50 years and the main reason is catch and release.

The next major improvement in Catch and Release to come is survival rates and how to improve them. It does no good to release a fish if it doesn’t live and we still need to make major improvements on how we handle trophy fish. Here a few quick tips for handling your next BIG fish:

NETTING - Leave your trophy in the net and in the water, remove the lure then lift your trophy out of the net. (If you bring the fish into the boat it’s going to flop around and entangle itself more.)
HOLDING – Always hold your trophy pike and lake trout with two hands with one supporting the stomach. Never hold a trophy vertically with one arm.
ACT QUICKLY – Time is of the essence. You want to enjoy your trophy and get a good photo, but act quickly. A lodge owner once told me “think of yourself holding your breath under water…that is what fish are doing out of water.” While your trophy is being removed from the net, set up your picture to save time.
WEIGHT - Never weigh a fish by haning it from a scale...weight your fish in the net by attaching your scale to the net and raising it, the weight of the net is so small the reading is still accurate

Paying attention to these three tips will greatly increase the odds of your trophy surviving to fight another day.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lost Landmark

By: Steve Cegielski, All-Canada Show, Operations Manager

Last Tuesday Vermillion Bay, Ontaio lost a landmark business. The Village Corner burned, taking out a great resturant and tackle shop visited by many anglers / hunter traveling up the Red Lake Highway (Hwy 105). I've personally eaten many great meals in the resturant and own my fair share of last minute tackle from the Village Corner.

Sad to see such a thriving business end, but hopefully rebuilding plans are already under way. I was able to have one last visit....last week Saturday I purchased a few trout jigs on my way north to Ear Falls. Little did I know three days later the building would burn. I did capture a few photos of the damage on our way south last weekend.

Good Luck to all Moose hunter getting ready to head north....Archery bull hunters are packing, and warming up their vocal cords to call in the massive bull moose.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Tips Learned

By:Steve Cegielski, All-Canada Show, Operations Manager

Everytime I travel to Canada I'm always on the look out for new tips / tricks to add to my arsenal to create a better trip for myself and the Canada crew. Even after dozens of trips north of the border, I almost always come home with a few new ideas. Our latest trip to Sportsmans Lodge, Sask. provide multiple tips that will definitely make the next trip even more enjoyable.

Guided adventures allow access into dedicated guides way of life...tricks they've been using for years, so I pay close attention. I watched and learned cooking techniques, boat manuvering, fish cleaning secrets, and maybe the most important bird's nest removal.

Anyone who has ever casted a bait casting type reel knows how demoralizing a good birds nest can be....watching your buddy hit some amazing water while your out of the game with twisted line. I've mastered the bait caster, but still 3-4 times per week I forget to change the tension after switching lures and the next cast isn't pretty.

We'll last week after one of those so called bad casts I found myself alone holding one of the best bird nest's I've ever created. After a few minutes I located the problem loop and all I needed was to pull the loop free and get back fishing. But the problem was the loop was buried in the spool and my fingers were to big to reach....Here comes the best tip of the trip....The guide tapped my on the shoulder and handed over a special line clippers with attachements including a small hook and pointer. Wow, I've got to have one of those....I think I saved 10 minutes of fishing. One quick hook of the loop and I was back in business.

I'm happy to report I've found just the tool this weekend at the local sport shop, now I'm ready to battle the birds nests.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Making memories and living life

By: Jennifer Young, All-Canada Show owner

This summer has been so fun. My family has made so many great memories together. As I get older, I am starting to appreciate people in my life more than ever. I recently had a friend who died of a heart attack at age 41, and his facebook page had pictures of a cruise that he took with his wife and daughters last year. I am certain that his family is so glad that they didn't wait to take that vacation.

When money is tight, people sometimes want to give up things that they should keep (family vacations) and keep things that should be given up (wasteful spending - daily cups of coffee from Starbucks, fast food, extra vehicles, interest from credit cards, etc). If you want to discuss more ways to save money for your next trip to Canada, please email me at

When I look back on my life, I can remember the sights, smells, sounds from trips to Canada and other places much more than I remember other childhood memories. My youngest child is 9 and my oldest is 13, and it seems like yesterday when they were born. They all remember our trips together to Canada, and it is such a great tradition - way better than going to Disney World! Take your kids with you on your fishing trip to Canada - it is OK for them to spend some time at the camp or lodge without video games and all of the other entertainment that they have at home. Kids love to spend time with their parents, and they love it when your cell phone is turned off or not usable! Parents love their children, and we want the best for them. The biggest gift that you can give your children is your time. Enjoy them now while they are still young.

I am laughing out loud (lol) in the boat. It is an unusual picture of me, but it makes me smile every time that I see it, so I wanted to share it with you.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Saskachewan Lake Trout

By: Steve Cegielski, All-Canada Show, Operations Manager
Traveling north of the border with three other hungry Northern Pike fanatics set the competition bar high. I knew I probably had the least experience when it came to tangling with the toothy monsters of Saskatchewan. I've chased my fair share of large pike, but I'm truly a walleye fisherman that dabbles with pike. Don't get me wrong I love the pike beasts and desired the trophy as much as the next guy. But on this trip the Veteran skill prevailed just like I could have perdicted. I did tangle with quite a few nice pike, but left the heavy lifting to the veterans. As a group we boated 10 pike over 40 inches...not bad for a 4 day trip!

So if you can't beat them at their game switch gears and try something new. I'll be the first to admit I have limited knowledge of Lake Trout and their desired habitat, but I'm learning quickly. Lakers have intrigued me for the past year, I've trolled the depths of lakes and landed my share of Lakers, but jigging in 100 ft of water has peaked my attention.

Well that's where I found my self last week....we were between pike honey holes and the guide took the oppurtunity to float drift over a Laker hang out. Quickly with light walleye gear I tied on a heavy jig with gulp attached and lower to the depths. Not 5 minuites into the drift I hooked a large 30" - 10lb plus healthy Laker that wanted nothing to do with the waters surface. With 6lb test mono I had my hands full to pursuade the Lake Trout to the surface....what a fight, my forearm still aches after that fight.

Now the fire has been fueled with alittle sucess. I need to study the Laker and their tendencies, so I"m prepared to target them on my next trip north to Canada.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Shore Lunch Recipe

Joel Prunty, media manager, All-Canada Show - I’ve eaten a lot of shore lunches over the years…and traditional fried walleye, potatoes and baked beans is still my favorite. A fishing trip to Canada isn’t official until I’ve eaten one.

There are many varieties of shore lunch in Canada including fish chowder, which is great on a cold rainy day, stir fried fish and vegetables is awesome too – plus you have every kind of baked fish imaginable. But on our latest adventure to Sportsman’s Lodge in Saskatchewan this month we had something new and so good it is now my second favorite shore lunch.

After frying up some walleye our guide drained the frying pan and added a ½ bottle of zesty Italian salad dressing. Then he pan fried northern pike fillets in the dressing, boiling off the liquid and searing the pike in what remained…just scrumptious!

On my next adventure to Canada I will defiantly be trying it out for myself. If you have a favorite shore lunch recipe…pass it on to us.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer is coming to an end

By: Jennifer Young, owner All-Canada Show

School shopping, teacher lists, school supplies, it sounds to me like summer is coming to an end for all of those children and teachers who have had the months of June, July, and August.

I come from a long line of teachers: my grandmother Hutchison, my mom, multiple aunts, two sisters (Cecilia and Theresa), my mother-in-law, and my husband are teachers. It is fun when they get together because the conversation usually goes back to the classroom or their "kids".

My sister, Theresa, says summer is like a weekend: June is Friday, July is Saturday, and August is like Sunday.

Hopefully all of us have spent quality time with our loved ones this summer. Summers pass by so quickly and when you look back sometimes years fly by. Take your family to Canada this year...don't wait. The memories will last a lifetime.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

deHaviland Otter a magnificent plane

Joel Prunty, All-Canada Show, media manager - Last week I flew on a deHaviland DHC3 Turbo Otter (pictured here with my nephew Joe). This is the exact same model of plane that crashed in Alaska this week where ex-senator Ted Stevens and five others were killed. This is a sad story for many reasons, but the saddest of all is it didn’t have to happen.

The Otter is an unbelievably airworthy plane and with the turboprop conversion, incidence of mechanical failure is among the lowest of all aircraft. The first Otter flew in 1951 and was originally called the King Beaver after its little brother the deHaviland Beaver.

Like the Beaver, the Otter was built for the bush and this no-nonsense plane is at home in the wilderness. It can carry a large payload or up to 10 people comfortably. The Otter has earned a well deserved reputation for being very reliable even in the extreme conditions of the Arctic.

I don’t know the circumstance of the crash in Alaska, but my guess is the weather conditions will be the primary factor. This usually comes down to poor judgment (pilot error) in marginal flying conditions. The rugged, varied and mountainous landscape of Alaska adds greatly to that risk.

Personally, I can’t wait to hop in an Otter again…they are a magnificent aircraft designed and built in Canada. Do not be afraid, however, to question your pilot if visibility is potentially a problem. As one pilot told me “I’d rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air…than in the air wishing I was on the ground.” Safe Travels

Moose Hit the Road

By: Steve Cegielski, All-Canada Show, Operations Manager
Late summer means "Locked at Lac Seul" has been in storage for a few months and not expecting to make any apperance until winter. This all changed last week when Cabela's called to request "Locked At Lac Seul" to be apart of their booth display in Alanta,Ga at the FLW Bass Fishing Tournament.
I awakened the sleeping giants, dusted off the massive antlers, and readied them for the long trip south. Repacked the trailer wheel bearings and greased the display rollers and the moose were ready. It took some adjustment to driving the huge trailer without the concern of icy roads. I'll have to say it did take some of the challenge out of the trip, but I definitely welcomed the dry roads for the 2006 mile round trip.
Hotlanta definitely lived up to it's name....100 degree days is common down there. Great to showcase great taxidermy in new areas....that's the farthest away from home the moose has ever traveled.
Good to be home...the moose are back in there summer resting mode, ready for winter travels....2011 All-Canada Show is right around the corner.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Booths for Sale - 2011 All-Canada Show

By: Jennifer Young, owner

The vision of the All-Canada Show is to be THE best place in the world to plan and book your next fishing or hunting vacation to Canada.

Our website has evolved over time. It is
It includes multiple ways to search for lakes, fish species, trophy hunts, lodge name and more.

The All-Canada Show is a sport show that travels to 11 cities in January and February. Here is the website that includes facility locations, show hours, hotels, show attractions and features by city:

If you own a Canadian lodge, camp, resort, or outfitting company and are looking to promote your business to Americans, please contact me at or 920-983-9800 X 111.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Big Pike

By: Steve Cegielski, All-Canada Show, Operations Manager

My neighbor, Randy Theobold travels to Canada each year in pursuit of the elusive 50" pike. But as a twist this year Randy took along his 15 year old daughter, Morgan. What an experience to share with his daughter. We need more Dad's to share their passion with young adults....I believe Morgan's hooked for life now. She shared some thoughts about the trip....her memories.

Not many 15 year old girls would be willing to go on a six day fishing trip with their Dad. Well, I’m the exception. I got the opportunity to go on my first fishing trip ever, in Canada, with my Dad this summer and I had the best time of my life. My Dad has come back from Wollaston Lake Lodge year after year now, always excited about what had happened in the week that he was there. And now I know why. It was such a neat experience for me. I went on a float plane for the first time in my life and it was so cool! I also saw (and caught) the biggest fish I have ever seen. I loved our guide, Brian. He was so patient and he knew everything there was to know about Wollaston Lake, which is around 800 square miles!! He always made me laugh, made the best fish during shore lunch, and he always had cookies in the boat for me!
It could be debatable which day was my favorite. The first day I caught my biggest fish which was a 43 inch pike. But the last day was by far the best. We drove an hour and a half in a boat to a fishing spot, which is a long time, but totally worth it. We caught 187 pike that day and about 30 of the fish were over 35 inches! That is the most pike our guide has ever gotten in his boat in one day after working there for about 15 years. When we were fishing we noticed a big rock in the middle of the bay and we thought it would be funny to let me fish off of it. Brian told me that if I caught a fish, he would name it Morgan Rock. I did! Just a little guy, but he still counted! We caught 418 northern in 4 days!!
If you ever get a chance to go to Saskatchewan, I highly recommend it. I had an amazing time in Northern Saskatchewan and I am already begging to go back!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Winner Visits Saskatchewan

Joel Prunty - media manager, All-Canada Show - Each year, in conjunction with our show circuit, we award Canadian adventures to lucky winners. This past year we partnered with Tourism Saskatchewan, Sportsman’s Lodge on the Churchill River and The Score 670AM in Chicago partnered with the All-Canada Show to offer an incredible Saskatchewan Adventure.

The vacation included roundtrip airfare from Chicago, lodging, meals maid service plus guided fishing and was won by Jim Vyhanek. Jim took the trip with his son and recently returned forwarding several pictures…he also indicated they had a fantastic time.

A big thank you to Tourism Saskatchewan, Ruffo Schindler (pictured in center) at Sportsman’s Lodge and 670 The Score!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Even Lodge Owners Fish

Joel Prunty – media manager, All-Canada Show – Sometimes even lodge owners get to fish. Our good friend and lodge owner Bill Pryndik send us a photo from a recent adventure with his sister Bev. Bill owns Golden Hook Camp on Gull Rock Lake near Red Lake, Ontario.

Bill is also a private pilot and owns his own plane, so he Bev and her grandson took some time off recently to do a little walleye fishing. Bill said the fishing was great and they saved enough to eat a hearty shore lunch.

Each spring, on our annual tour of Northwest Ontario, Bill opens his door (and his boat) to host us for a few days. Then we are fishing for pike and several of us have caught trophies with Bill as our guide.

Glad to hear you are finding time to fish Bill, enjoy it while it lasts! Joel

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mosquitoe Relief

By: Steve Cegielski, All-Canada Show
Mosquitoes….the one creature I can live without. It’s amazing how much impact such a small insect can have any outdoor activity especially hunting and fishing in Canada. We’ve all been pestered by mosquitoes one time or another and in the past we’ve only had a few options to eradicate the pesky insect. I personally dislike any spray-on repellent because of the residue that it leaves behind, not to mention the aroma that spooks big game. My only remedy was to stay in the breeze or retreat indoors during periods of intense mosquitos’ activity.

Thanks to a relatively new product called ThermaCELL swatting mosquitoes while
Filleting fish, relaxing by the fire, fishing off the dock, and camping are only a distant memory. I’m hooked on the ThermaCELL as a personal mosquito repellent without the negative effects of traditional sprays. I highly recommend all outdoors enthusiasts to check out Cabela’s to purchase their own ThermaCELL.

Under intense testing the ThermaCELL unit rated off the charts in my opinion. My first test was under an extreme attack from mosquitoes while turkey hunting over Memorial Day weekend. About 10am Saturday morning the mosquito attack became overwhelming. I had two choices, leave or give the ThermaCELL a test under unfair conditions. I must admit when I pulled the ThermaCELL from the backpack I had my doubts. I remember thinking we only have a few minutes or our escape back to the truck will be on a dead run. My hunting partner Alex Pelishek was getting eaten alive. I fired up the ThermaCELL and placed it against the tree we were leaning and with 5 minutes it was eerily quite. The buzzing was gone. The true testament was when I watched Alex do the famous head bob and struggling to keep his eye lids open from our 3:30am wake-up call. Nobody can sleep while a thousand blood sucking insects gnaw at every inch of exposed skin.

I’ve since tested the ThermaCELL under normal situations – deck, fishing, and camping all with outstanding results. You’ll see a mosquito enter the ThemaCELL zone and immediately retreat-awesome.

I intend to put it to the test on fishing trips to Canada this year. I’m curious about black flies, and other biting insects.

I wish I would have had this product while spring black bear hunting in Manitoba a few years back. I think my hearing was damaged by the buzzing sound I dealt with that week. The sound could drive you crazy.

Always eager to hear how you’ve used your ThermaCELL and applications that worked or didn’t work out. One question left to answer….what effect does the slight odor of the warm repellent pad have on big game like deer, bear, moose etc. Drop me a quick email…if you’ve used in hunting applications.

Bottom line the ThermaCELL allows me to enjoy the outdoors longer which means more chances to catch that trophy fish or bag that big game trophy. It has changed the way I think about outdoor activities forever.

Monday, July 19, 2010

2011 Show ciruit changes

Joel Prunty, media manager, All-Canada Show - For those of you in All-Canada Show markets, be sure to double check the dates and location of the show near you. Each year we make adjustments to the schedule and this year is no exception.

Our Minneapolis show has new dates Feb 18-20 and a new location on the north side of Minneapolis at the Earle Brown Heritage Center near the intersection of Interstate 694 and 94. This well known location offers easy access and free parking.

Dallas, Texas also has new dates of Feb 25-27 and a new location in Irving TX at the brand new Irving Convention Center. This location puts us in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. This state of the art facility is perfectly suited for the needs of this show.

Sioux Falls is now on a weekend, Super Bowl weekend, but not over the Super Bowl. The show is Thursday, Friday and Saturday…NO SUNDAY. The new weekend date will allow more people to attend from a larger area.

Stay tuned for any more changes that may occur before showtime!

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Gadgets

Joel Prunty, media manager, All-Canada Show – I like gadgets. In fact I wish I could afford more of them. Some of my personal favorites are my key chain knife sharpener, an infrared pocket thermometer for measuring fish fry oil at shore lunch and of course my GPS.

This year I will be testing a new gadget…a Rapala cordless electric fillet knife. For me it doesn’t pay to purchase an electric fillet knife because there aren’t any electrical outlets at shore lunch in the Canadian wilderness. In fact, there are not electric outlets in the fish house of any outpost cabins either.

The first week of August I head on my first Canada adventure of the year to Uchi Lake Lodge, a fly-in American plan camp north of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. This trip will be unguided, so I will be doing the fish filleting and can hardly wait to break in the newest gadget.

I have never used an electric fillet knife of any kind, so this will be an experiment. The way I look at this…the faster I can fillet a walleye the quicker I can get to eating it! I’ll keep you posted.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fabulous Trip to Cedar Point Lodge in Ontario, Canada

Kids hanging out at campfire on 4th of July at Cedar Point Lodge.

By: Jennifer Young, All-Canada Show owner

I will be writing a full feature article for the 2011 All-Canada Adventures magazine. You can pick up a magazine at any one of the shows in 2011. Click here for the 2011 All-Canada Show circuit.

Our trip to Canada was so much fun. There is so much to do and so much to see in Nothern Ontario, and Cedar Point Lodge caters to families.

They have a sand beach with a raft for the kids to swim to as well as a paddle boat. Eagle Lake offers great fishing for walleyes, northern pike, muskies, and lake trout. We focused on the walleys and pike, and with four kids on the trip 13 and under hitting the honey holes was lots of fun. We all enjoyed the boat rides as well. I prefer to sit in the front of the boat with the wind on my face and nature all around.

We had the American Plan which includes all food, license, boat, motor, gas, and guide.

Click here to check out the Cedar Point Lodge website. Check out the article that I wrote 8 years ago.

We are all talking about our return trip to Northwest Ontario and planning the next adventure.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Black Bear Tune-up

By: Steve Cegielski, Operations Manager, All-Canada Show
With Black Bear season about a month away from gearing up in Canada, I think it's time to dust off the rifle or tune the bow. Never to early to begin preparing for a quality Black Bear hunt north of the border.

A few years back I had a chance to hunt with Pine Acres Bear Camp out of Vermillion Bay, Ontario. Traveling back and forth from our baited stand locations with the owner of Pine Acres Bear Camp, Chris Lavoie, gave me a chance to pick a black bear experts brain on the bear. We discussed everything from hunting strategy to a bears life cycle. Here's some bear facts that I learned during our daily truck ride to and from the hunting grounds helped give me a better understanding of black bear habits and tendencies.
Black bears mating season occurs in June, and cubs are born in the den during the month of February. Sows have a gestations period of roughly 8 months before giving birth from 1 to 3 cubs. If you see cubs with a sow in August they are roughly 6 months of age. The sow will winter the following winter with the cubs before chasing them off in June before mating season at 18months of age and about 100lbs.
It’s difficult to tell the sex of adult bears from a distance, but some minute differences include; skull size, and body shape.

A black bear can live in excess of 25yrs.

Most people think black bears have a poor sense of sight, but in reality they have average eyesight. Sight alone won’t spook a bear, two senses must be peaked before they panic – sight and human odor will surely push the black bear into cover in a hurry.

I'm not heading north this year for bear season, but I'll be thinking about all the hunters living their dream hunt this fall. Shoot straight and then send me your story. If you haven't planned that awesome Black Bear hunt yet, check out to book that trip of a lifetime.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Winner Enjoys Trip

Joel Prunty, All-Canada Show media manager - In each show market we partner with a radio station and give away a Canadian fishing trip. In Green Bay WI we partnered with 107.5 The Fan and the winner was Jason Seefeldt and he brought his father with him last week. Jason managed to land a very nice northern pike on the trip and they loved their stay at Whitefish Bay Camp on Lake of the Woods Ontario. CONGRATULATIONS Jason!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Social Fishing…

By Rodney Schlafer Show Director, All-Canada Show - Social Media is taking Canadian Lodges by storm. Everyday I see more and more lodges are adding twitter, facebook and blogs to their sites. Here are some of the lodges links to their pages:
Face Book

All-Canada Show

Whitefish Bay Camps -
Hatchet Lake Lodge
Black Bear Island Lodge
Patricia Regional Tourist Council

Pine Sunset
Talston Bay
Wilderness Air
Bolton Lake
Kashabowie Outposts
Canoe Canada Outfitters
Clarks Camps
Fireside Lodge
Nungesser Lake Lodge
Andy Myers Lodge
Aikens Lake Lodge

Woman River Lodge
Mattice Lake Outfitters
Nueltin Lake Lodge

If you have a favorite lodge facebook page add it to the comments I would like to follow them on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy Canada Day

Joel Prunty, media manager, All-Canada Show – This week on July 1st Canada celebrates Canada Day – or as the French say “Fete du Canada” - which is celebrated every year on the 1st of July. Similar to our 4th of July holiday, Canada Day celebrates the creation of the Dominion of Canada through the British North America Act of 1867, which came into effect on July 1, 1867.

The holiday itself began in 1879 and was originally called Dominion Day, making reference to the Canadian-originated term 'dominion' to describe the political union with Britain, at a time when Canada’s founding fathers were hesitant to use a name such as the Kingdom of Canada. The name was changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982.

It is a federal holiday across Canada celebrated by all provincial governments and most businesses across Canada. Quebec also has Moving Day on July 1st, due to the fact that most leases there begin and end on that day, where lots of people move and change residences. In Newfoundland and Labrador, July 1 is also recognized as Memorial Day and commemorates Newfoundland's heavy losses during World War I in the Battle of Beaumont Hamel as part of the Battle of the Somme.

For most Canadians Canada Day is a day of gathering with friends and family over a picnic, a few beers and some fireworks. Sounds like an American holiday to me! Happy Canada Day everyone!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Live Bait – To much / Not enough?

By: Steve Cegielski, All Canada Show, Operations Manager
Have you ever stood in a bait shop in Canada wondering how much live bait to buy for your week of fishing at the outpost? You don’t want to over buy and waste, but you also would rather have a couple dozen extra rather than run short early in the week.

Many factors go into the bait puzzle – number of fishermen, type of fishing, time of year, and bait storage. I would never recommend taking just one type of live bait – you never know the feeding habits until your there and it’s to late.

I’ve found when “mix fishing” (fishing for multiple species – pike, walleye, lake trout) 40 doz. Minnows, 2lb leech’s, and 10doz crawlers will keep 6 fishermen happy for a week on the water. I’ve found that minnows tend to work best in spring and leeches in the late summer with crawlers staying consistent thru out the year.

Even before purchasing bait you have to have a plan of transport or all above ideas will go to waste. We’ve all seen the guy who buys ten doz. Minnows along with a Styrofoam bucket in hopes of reaching the outpost camp with minnows – not going to happen.

Timing is of the utmost importance when transporting minnows. Don’t buy minnows the night before a long trip into an outpost – the only advantage is that they will be easier to catch in the bucket the next day. I like to make the bait shop the last stop on our way out of town.

Find a bait shop that will put your minnows into clear plastic bags and able to pump air into the bags prior to tying shut. Place the minnow bags into the cooler and surround with ice. You should be able to fit 25 doz minnows into a standard Colman cooler. Shut the lid and don’t open until at camp – GO!!!

Once at camp I bring along a 30 gallon plastic barrel with drilled holes and door opening to house the minnows for the week. The only trick is to get the barrel deep enough into the water – down to the cold water. About 5- 6 feet is all that’s required on a Canadian Lake in the middle of summer. Toss a few rocks into the barrel, tie a line to the dock and watch it sink. If careful in handling you will loose less than 5% of the minnows.

Housing leeches at camp is easier. Take 2 one-gallon milk jugs – poke small nail size holes into one – leaving the bottom two inches of the jug hole free. Cut the other jug in half keeping the handle end. Once at camp use the half jug as funnel to pour the leeches into the other jug with holes – tie a line to jug handle and watch it sink. The milk container allows for easy distribution the next morning and leftovers from the day can be easily put back into jug with the funnel – no wasting bait. The funnel can also serve a double function – boat bailer after a rainstorm.

It’s Canada, so if bait plans go wrong - stiff minnows and sun dried leeches and crawlers might still fool Canadian walleyes.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Flight Safety Website

By Rodney Schlafer - Show Director, All-Canada Show - One of my favorite things about the Canadian wilderness is the float plane. The outfitters that fly them ensure that safety comes first and take all the necessary precautions to get you to and from your destinations safely. I was reading a blog post on Ignace Outposts site and thought this was something that would be good to post on our blog.

Next time you fly pay attention to the pre-flight instructions, a couple key items to familiarize yourself with on the plane are the exits and your life jacket. Know where the exit doors are and think about how you will get out in case of an emergency. On a recent trip, the outfitter was going over the pre-flight and he pulled out the life jacket and showed us how to use it. He said if you do not know what it looks like and how to put it on it might as well be a sandwich! Good point!

If you are planning a trip on float plane this summer check out this website on Float Plane Saftey, it may save your life one day!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Family returns to fishing lodge after eight years

By: Jennifer Young, owner of All-Canada Show

Next week, my family and I are off to Cedar Point Lodge.

Jeff, Kayla, Brian and I were there eight years ago, our youngest was only one year old back then, so she stayed home with Grandma and Grandpa Hutch.

Check out the old article.

Brian was 3 and Kayla was 5. They have been talking about this trip-they remember it.

It is amazing how time flies. Take your kids to Canada this year!! Don't wait!! They will love you for it.

Jeff and I have our passports ready, and we have the kids' birth certificates. This time we are also taking our niece, Cece Maravilla. She is 8 years old. We will be fishing for walleyes and pike. Jigging for walleyes and casting for pike.

We will be posting photos after the trip.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Canada Day is Coming

Joel Prunty, media manager, All-Canada Show – Next week Thursday is Canada Day – or as the French say “Fete du Canada” - which is celebrated every year on the 1st of July. Similar to our 4th of July holiday, Canada Day celebrates the creation of the Dominion of Canada through the British North America Act of 1867, which came into effect on July 1, 1867.

The holiday itself began in 1879 and was originally called Dominion Day, making reference to the Canadian-originated term 'dominion' to describe the political union with Britain, at a time when Canada’s founding fathers were hesitant to use a name such as the Kingdom of Canada. The holiday was changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982.

It is a federal holiday across Canada celebrated by all provincial governments and most businesses across Canada. Quebec also has Moving Day on July 1st, due to the fact that most leases there begin and end on that day, where lots of people move and change residences. In Newfoundland and Labrador, July 1 is also recognized as Memorial Day and commemorates Newfoundland's heavy losses during World War I in the Battle of Beaumont Hamel as part of the Battle of the Somme.

For most Canadians Canada Day is a day of gathering with friends and family over a picnic, a few beers and some fireworks. Sounds like an American holiday to me! Happy Canada Day everyone!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

By:Steve Cegielski, All-Canada Show, Operations Manager
Traveling in Canada’s wilderness areas provides lots of opportunity to view wildlife in their natural surroundings, not like at the local zoo. Over the years I’ve traveled over 10,000 miles in Canada by truck or floatplane.
The view from above is awesome, when my stomach can handle looking down from above, I’ve seen moose, caribou, and bears out the float plane window.
By land many times bears have crossed the road or a bull moose standing in the ditch. I believe their lack of human interaction makes them appear more relaxed, but they do view the unknown as danger. Always take precaution when stopping to take photos, especially when viewing bear cubs…momma’s not far away.
On one All-Canada Show spring sales trip a few years back, we were traveling Hwy 101 towards Timmins, Ont. when I sighted moose. Well at first I didn’t know what I was looking at thru the windshield. I studdered Moose but my mind was thinking white horse. I hit the brakes and a white cow and two calves crossed the road behind the truck. One calf was the normal dark brown, while the second calf was almost pure white like it’s mother. I had heard the stories of the white moose in the Timmins, Ontario area, but it was awesome to see first hand.
When traveling across Canada be sure to keep the camera and video handy, you never know when the wildlife sightings will happen. Happy travels!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Joel Prunty – Media Manager, All-Canada Show - One of my favorite things about traveling in Canada is the chance to view some amazing wildlife. On numerous occasions I have seen moose, bear, whitetail deer and fox. On one trip I was pulled over on the side of the road getting a soda out of the cooler located in the back of the truck when a fox came running out of the bush to great me…I jumped in the back of the pick-up and closed the lid…it must of thought I was going to feed him…I did not take any chances.

And although wildlife is cool to see on the highway it can also prove to be deadly.
An adult moose can go over 1000 lbs. and hitting one with your car can cause some serious damage. I have never actually hit a moose or any animal for that matter with a car but I have had a few close calls. Here are some good tips on how to stay safe on the highway. The number one way is to SLOW DOWN.

The following information was provided by Brad Greaves owner of Ignace Outposts – Ignace Ontario.
Moose, Bear and Deer are thrilling sites on your visit to Canada, but occasionally...too thrilling. In many areas of Canada we share the roadway with unintended big game animals. Even though most accidents occur between 5-8 am and 6 pm to midnight, hitting a large animal on the road will ruin your trip at anytime of day. Here are helpful tips you can use to avoid an incident with an animal:
• Use high beams when possible
• Be sure your windshield is clean and your lights are working
• Scan the road continuously from shoulder to shoulder
• Be aware that in most animal/vehicle accidents the animal was “just barely” on the paved portion of the road
• At night, watch for flashes of the small glowing eyes of animals
• Wildlife crossing signs do actually indicate areas of increased risk
• Always slow down when passing wildlife – they may suddenly turn or dart into your path
• Remain alert after passing an animal, it may be with others or with young
• Never attempt extreme maneuvers to avoid a collision.
It may not seem logical but don't swerve to avoid an animal. It is often better to clip the animal than to loose control of your vehicle and end up head on in the other lane or rolled over in the ditch.
• Don’t assume the animal will move out of your way
• Watch your speed, KPH and MPH are different!
• Moose, Bear and Deer are large enough to activate your airbags when you hit them. Keep this in mind as you sip from a bottle or cup in the front seat.
• You don’t often hit the animals you see.
• If you hit a bear, do not stop to see if he is alright. A wounded bear is not an animal you would want to visit with for any length of time.
• If you come across a fox, rabbit, bird, or other small animal on the roadway, don't leave your lane. See the note above about swerving.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Happy 50th!

Joel Prunty, media manager, All-Canada Show – I’m on vacation this week celebrating my 50th birthday (thanks Rod for posting my blog). And, at such a milestone it is hard not to reflect on where I have been.

Where I have been – as it relates to this blog – is some of the most incredible fishing spots in Canada…no make that the world. These fishing milestones the past 20 years would not have happened without the support of Jennifer Young, All-Canada Show president and Dave Hutchison, the show founder. Thank you.

Some adventures were with new acquaintances and some with my closest friends and family. Some were in the dog days of summer where we fought to catch shore lunch and some were during the best fishing of the year. Regardless, every single trip to Canada has been successful and each is cherished.

Looking ahead, I envision another 20 years of adventure with great longing. Imagine all the potential trophies my casts will entice, all the camaraderie to be shared and all the cigars to be smoked!

The fish picture above is one of my favorites because it was totally unexpected and just like fishing, some of life’s best experiences are unexpected as well.

I hope you enjoy another 50 years for fishing adventures too! Cheers, Joel

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mayfly's - Tough Bite

By: Steve Cegielski, All-Canada Show, Operations Manager
Rodney Shalafer, All-Canada Show, Sales Manager wrote in the last blog about fishing techniques to use while under attack from the Mayfly. Well I had first hand experience last summer dealing with a full blown Mayfly hatch. Day 2 of the trip we battled an extreme hatch. The walleyes had a belly full and enticing one to bite was difficult. I agree with Rodney, finesse fishing was the only technique that worked. On a positve note the hatch was over as quick as it started and within a few days the walleyes were back feeding in traditional locations. Don't get over frustrated during a hatch, just change techniques and remember to to take the chicken out of the freezer in the morning.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Catch More Fish During Mayfly Hatch

Joel Prunty - Media Manager All-Canada Show - Reports from across Northwest Ontario and Central Manitoba say the Mayfly hatch is starting and will be in full swing next week.

Fishing during a mayfly hatch can prove to be difficult. However, if you change up your technique you can still catch plenty of fish. Fish areas where mayflies are hatching such as mud flats, and shallow where water temps rise first. Try larger baits using an aggressive approach such as tipping a jig with a crawler and using an erratic twitching movement. Remember walleye will be feeding on mayflies and this agressive technique will entice them to strike. We also like to troll crankbaits on the weed edge or just on the edge of mud flats during the mayfly hatch.

Do not use the annual “hatch” as an excuse; use your tackle to catch more fish!