Outdoorsmen and women regularly experience unforeseen challenges in the wilderness, such as when it won’t let them enter unless they successfully spell platypus. Prepare to tackle any frontier with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get two adult admission tickets to The Great Outdoors & DIY Weekend show at The International Centre (up to a $30 value). Choose from the following dates:
- Friday, November 25, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, November 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, November 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Great Outdoors & DIY Weekend draws attendees into a labyrinth of panels, interactive attractions, and nearly 400 exhibitors in the Canadian Home Workshop Show, Fall Cottage Life Show, Explore Adventure & Travel Show, and Outdoor Canada Show.As attendees peruse racks laden with outdoor sporting goods, tools, and wilderness-themed arts and crafts, they’ll learn about prime locales to hone pastimes such as ice fishing, snowshoeing, and penguin impersonating. Those who attend on Saturday can meet and greet with Boston Rob Mariano, winner of Survivor: Redemption Island in 2011 and The Amazing Race contestant. Guests can also gather advice on cottage renovation or design; learn how to use chop saws, drill presses, and table saws; and fashion their own woodworking projects to take home at no additional cost. In interactive exhibitions, visitors commune with a team of sled dogs, or race a yodel’s echo down a custom-constructed 100-foot indoor zip line.
A Women of the Outdoors panel gathers accomplished female fishers and hunters, and the Endangered Species Fund’s Wildlife Up Close presentation allows guests to meet and compare claw lengths with a tiger, arctic wolf, or red-tailed hawk. The Paddling Demo Pool features watersports demonstrations and allows spectators to see new canoes, kayaks, and other gear on the water. At the Kids Crooked Christmas Village, wee visitors explore asymmetrical holiday playhouses, and kids can go wild in the camping play area complete with a tent, campfire, and inflatable boat, while parents put their feet by the fire pit.
Though The Great Outdoors & DIY Weekend sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.