Toronto International Boat Show

It’s less than five months to next year’s Toronto International Boat Show, one of the biggest events on the boating calendar. The show is scheduled to run from January 8th to January 11th at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. Tickets haven’t gone on sale yet (put the 1st of October in your diary for that), but that’s no reason not to start getting excited about your trip!

2011’s show will be the 53rd in its history and, by all accounts, will be bigger and better than ever before. The Toronto International Boat Show is known as Canada’s premier marine event, with more than 1,200 boats being exhibited, along with hundreds of booths demonstrating and selling the brightest and the best in marine accessories. That means that if you’re on the lookout for a new boat propeller, this show will be the perfect opportunity to see real-life examples and talk to some experts. In fact, whatever your level of interest or expertise, the Discover Boating Centre is a must-see for all show attendees offering the latest in boating information and unbiased advice on anything from insurance to safety guidelines.

Bargain hunting aside, this boat show is guaranteed fun for all the family. There are loads of on-the-water boating activities planned, lots of free boat rides up for grabs, as well as wakeboard & boat handling demonstrations. There will also be daily boating seminars with the pros, and younger attendees will have plenty to choose from, including boat building, trout fishing and lots of games.

A lot of these activities take place on the world’s largest indoor lake – don’t forget January in Toronto isn’t exactly warm! This huge construction is called the Ricoh Coliseum, and it will take more than 1 Million gallons of water to fill it up. Look out for performances from one of the show’s main attractions: Duma the boat-driving dog!

And a final word for The Great Canadian Fish Tank, a 40-foot long, 8-foot tall giant aquarium that will be filled with native fish. These aren’t just for looking at though… this tank will give a practical illustration of how fish react to various fishing techniques, giving you a unique opportunity to learn how you can improve your technique.

Need more convincing to take the whole family along? Children aged 16 or under are permitted to this show for free, when accompanied by an adult.

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