Saturday, January 14, 2012

Toronto International Boat Show

Never let it be said that there weren't any boats at the #Toronto International Boat Show - there were halls and halls filled with all manner of boating craft and a little slice of heaven in the area called Cottage Country. Just like Bubba Gump Shrimp there were paddle boats, sail boats, party float boats, pontoon boats, cruisers, yachts, sea-doos, speed boats, swan boats, houseboats, etc. The Great Canadian Fish Tank was pretty impressive and highlighted one of the main activities that people do on the water - fish. The show runs until January 22, 2012 at the CNE's Direct Energy Centre. A wakeboarder creates some big splashes on the world's biggest indoor lake in the photo at top.

Mercury outboard motor

More boats, boats, boats after the jump.

Sutphen racing boat

Line ups to get onto the big boats
Swan paddle boat
Coins and shiny gold from Mel Fisher's Treasure

Kid's indoor lake called the Boating Zone with tiny, yellow paddle boats
Muskoka beer samples and draft tap with Muskoka chairs
An enclosed hammock
Colourful kayaks
NASCAR driver and champion Andrew Ranger signs autographs

Brass diving helmet
The World's largest indoor lake in the Ricoh Centre full of over 1 million gallons of cold Lake Ontario water. "Put some summer in your winter" was the indoor body of water's catchphrase which was perfect I guess, unless you had to swim in it. Besides seminars and tutorials they had professional wakeboarders and wakeskaters doing some exciting demonstrations of the strength, skills and guts to do the acrobatics off the ramps.

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