The biggest exhibition of its kind in Canada, the Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show has products, information and presentations on a variety of fun activities.
In 2024, the Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show takes place on March 2nd and 3rd. The event runs in conjunction with the BC Bike Show which happens every year at the same time at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Other events taking place on the same Saturday and Sunday this year are the Vancouver International Wine Festival and Vancouver Chocolate Run. Experiential games and adventures you can do on the same weekend include Space Explorers: The Infinite, virtual reality games at Zero Latency, and ropes courses and ziplining at WildPlay Element Park in Maple Ridge. There are also outdoor adventure games with Vancouver Mysteries.
To learn about what else is happening in the Lower Mainland, see our March Calendar of Events. For information about the BC Bike Show, continue reading.
BC SPORTSMEN’S SHOW IN ABBOTSFORD
On the same weekend as the event at the convention centre in downtown Vancouver, a similar event happens at TRADEX in Abbotsford. The BC Sportsmen’s Show claims to be British Columbia’s largest event for fishing, hunting, boating and other outdoor activities. It takes place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of March 1st to 3rd in 2024.
Vancouver’s Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show
An annual exhibition of all things related to Outdoor Recreation, the Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show has a wide range of displays to explore. Not only are there informational presentations on travel destinations all around the world, but there are retailers showcasing the latest in equipment and tech designs.
Things you’ll normally see at the show are tents, camping equipment, kayaks, surfboards, paddleboards and information booths with representatives from different travel organizations and adventure tour operators. There are also stages where presentations about different adventure travel-related subjects take place.
The trade show is also interactive with activities available for all ages. The biggest exhibit is an indoor climbing wall open for anyone who wants to try. There is also a Junior Outdoor Adventurers Zone full of things for kids to enjoy.
The show runs on the Saturday and Sunday of March 2nd and 3rd in 2024.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN WHISTLER!
If you like exciting outdoor recreational activities, then check out The Adventure Group in Whistler. It offers Snowmobiling Tours, RZR All-Terrain-Vehicle Tours, Ziplining opportunities, Ropes Course adventures and all kinds of other fun stuff! The same venue is where you’ll also find the Vallea Lumina light walk attraction.
For The Adventure Group’s official website, click tagwhistler.com.
Location and Admission
The Outdoor Adventure & Trade Show is held at the Vancouver Convention Centre which is located at 999 Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. The event happens in the Canada Place part of the convention centre – the building with giant white sails on its roof – not in the newer building with all the glass windows.
The show takes place at the same time and in the same building as the BC Bike Show. The two events are partners; in fact, buying admission to one also gives you free access to the other. One of the events takes place in one half of a giant hall at Canada Place and the other event happens in the other half.
The hours of operation for both trade shows are usually from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on the Saturday and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on the Sunday.
Admission rates when purchased online in advance in 2024 are below. Prices on the day at the gate are about $1 more. All prices are plus taxes.
- Adults (ages 18 to 59): $14
- Seniors (ages 60+): $12
- Youth (ages 12 to 17): $12
- Children (ages 11 and under): Free
You can also buy a weekend pass for $18. That gives you full access to the shows on both days. The cost for the weekend pass is the same regardless of age (with children younger than 12 still free).
Exhibitions and Activities
In terms of categories, the Outdoor Adventure & Trade Show is divided into nine different areas (not including the BC Bike Show which takes place in the same giant hall). About half of them are about travel and vacations, like the International Adventure Travel Zone and Explore Canada.
In the various areas you’ll find representatives from popular travel destinations from across a variety of places, ready to educate you on what is on offer in terms of travel and vacation ideas.
At the event there are also manufacturers and retailers on hand for those looking to bolster their own arsenals of gear. Different zones include Camping Showcase, Paddlers’ Paradise, the US Pavilion, and Scuba and Caribbean Adventures. There’s also the Health & Wellness Zone which focuses on nutrition, workouts and other ways to stay fit.
For those looking to test their climbing mettle, there is a 30-foot-tall Rock Wall available on-site. Anyone who wants can try it for free. There are specific kid-oriented parts to the wall as well. And for the younger ones there is a Kids’ Bike Camp available. Children can tackle some small obstacles with professional guides helping them along the way.
ROPES COURSE ADVENTURES
A great place for outdoor adventures in the Lower Mainland is at WildPlay in Maple Ridge. It has amazing ropes courses and ziplines! WildPlay wasn’t at the trade show in 2022, but it does offer exceptional outdoor adventure opportunities right here in the Lower Mainland. (TIP: Use the promo code VBP15 and save 15%.)
Adventure and Travel Presentations
Another key part of the Outdoor Adventure & Trade Show is the array of presentations on any number of outdoor recreational topics. There is the Best of Canada Adventures Stage and the International Travel Theatre, both of which provide interactive seminars on travelling and outdoor adventures from a variety of sources.
Some of the presentations in 2023 included Yukon 101, Outdoor Adventure in the Boundary; Tanzania Destination, Climbing Kilimanjaro, Safari and Zanzibar Island; Discover Grenada, Spice of the Caribbean; Canada’s Newest National Park: Thaidene Nene and many more. 2024 presentations will be comparable.
For more information about the event, visit the Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show website. To learn about the biking-themed event that takes place at the same place on the same days, see our article about the BC Bike Show.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Outdoor Recreation in Vancouver
- Vancouver Parks and Nature
- Vancouver Festivals and Events
- Camping in the Lower Mainland