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YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 4:24 a.m. PST

Are there any big historical gaming conventions, or big overall gaming conventions that may have a miniatures component (like a GenCon or Origins here in US) in Canada each year? It would be great to mix a trip to Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, etc., with gaming.

No, this has nothing to do with the chaos in our governments in US and U.K. at the moment (Wink, wink).

nevals09 Jun 2017 4:29 a.m. PST

There is Hot Lead held at the end of March in Stratford, 2hrs drive from Toronto.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 5:27 a.m. PST

Hot Lead is pretty much the biggest. CANGAMES in Ottawa (May long weekend) is really not about miniatures. I believe the Trumpeter club in Vancouver has a good games day by all accounts. That's pretty much it.

willthepiper09 Jun 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

In Vancouver, Trumpeter Salute will be March 16-18 in 2018.

Vancouver also has Bottoscon: link

In Edmonton, the EWG MayDay convention is the first weekend of May.

Calgary has FallCon (Sept 22-24, 2017), which combines boardgaming with miniature gaming:

As mentioned above, Hot Lead in Stratford, Ontario in March is an excellent con:

Cangames in Ottawa in May:

Saskatoon has ToonCon:

I'm sure there are others, that's just what I can come up with off the top of my head. Depending on where you are in Canada, you might have reasonable access to US-based cons (from Vancouver, it's about a 3h drive to Enfilade in Washington State, for example).

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 7:19 a.m. PST

This is an American wanting to visit Canada more asking.

willthepiper09 Jun 2017 9:21 a.m. PST

Sure thing. Canadian cons might not reach the size of the largest US cons, but the big ones in the US are accessible to Canucks. I was looking at the last line of your OP (wink, wink).

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 6:26 p.m. PST

This is an American wanting to visit Canada more asking.

Well there are thousands of things to do in Vancouver and Ottawa and they are great vacation destinations. Time your visits with the cons.

I live close to Stratford and am partial to Hotlead. Stratford is a smaller city with excellent restaurants and the world famous Stratford Festival. Unfortunately, Hotlead is before the start of the Festival season so you can't really combine the two. So you'll have to come twice!

KSmyth09 Jun 2017 10:00 p.m. PST

Let me just second Salute in Vancouver. Great convention, run by great guys.

Must Contain Minis09 Jun 2017 10:50 p.m. PST

Hotlead is the best I have been to. Council Fires in Brantford and Broadsword in Hamilton are also good conventions.

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