Boating enthusiasts in the Greater Toronto Area are in for a treat, because the Toronto International Boat Show is set to take place January 8-16 at the Direct Energy Centre. Featuring boating gear, seminars, boat information and loads of family-friendly activities, there will be lots to see and do.
Thanks to their indoor lake (the largest in the world), guests will be able to partake in a free ride on a kayak, canoe, paddle boat or inflatable boat. Wakeboarding lessons are also scheduled throughout, as well as a spectacular wakeboarding show.
Catch a demo of the world’s first “bio boat”, also known as the Campion Allante 645i Bowrinder. Recipient of an environmental award for its earth-friendly construction, the Allante is the first bio resin and diesel powered vessel.
Guest speakers include Zac Sunderland, the youngest solo sailor to circumnavigate the world, Mike and Kim Petersen, a couple who lives with their children on a 65-foot power catamaran and Mylène Paquette, the only woman on a six-person rowing team that crossed the 2,800 nautical miles between Morocco from Barbados.
Kids will enjoy the 5,000 gallon aquarium filled with local fish. Dads and moms alike may enjoy the daily fishing seminars by world-class anglers.
A kid’s boating zone, where little ones can enjoy a ride in a specially-designed mini-lake and a kid’s fishing zone (with live trout!) will also be at the show.
Touted as the largest exhibit of its kind in Canada, the Toronto International Boat Show is celebrating its 53rd year of promoting the boating lifestyle. More than 1,200 boats will be on display and there will be hundreds of booths presenting top-of-the-line gear, gifts, accessories and references.
Catering to all boaters – from fishermen to yachters – the show will have something for everyone (and every budget). With countless experts and industry professionals present, it provides a good opportunity to learn more about boats, secure insurance and financing for a major purchase and stock up on the latest gadgets.
Tickets are $18.00 CAD for general admission. Buy online and save $3.00. For more ticket information and promos, visit the Toronto Boat show’s official website.