Saturday, January 13, 2018

Toronto International Boat Show 2018

Everyone is a Captain at the Largest Indoor Boat Show so be your swashbuckling best when you check out your new ride. You can get everything from tiny little Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) to luxury yachts. Actually it is hard not to trip over a boat and end up buying one and if it is really expensive you can probably talk them into launching it into the indoor lake so you can take it for a winter spin.
Ship lovers are down at the Toronto International Boat Show taking place at the Enercare Centre in Exhibition Place from January 12 to 21, 2018. There are also free shuttle buses between the Sheraton Centre, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Chelsea Hotel and the Enercare Centre. Parking is free at Exhibition Place on weeknights after 4pm, otherwise parking is $18 in the outdoor lots.

"In a province with more than 250,000 lakes and 98% of residents living within a short drive to the best boating in the world, there are countless options. We want more people to know what we know - getting out on the water is affordable. Boating is open to everyone and the memories made with family and friends last forever."

Show Hours:

Saturdays (13 & 20)
10am to 7pm

Sundays (14 & 21)
10am to 6pm

Weekdays (15 – 19)
11am to 8pm
I took in the Twiggy waterskiing squirrel show and I loved the little furry girl. Twiggy and her 'mom' are going to retire after this show and stay in Florida. If you want to see this fuzzy rodent you have to come down to this year's boat show and watch for yourself as Twiggy dons a life-jacket and hops aboard the skiis and zooms around the small pool. Later he goes for a swim which was less exciting than the waterskiing but still darn cute. You can find her down at the North Extension Food Court each day of the show - twice on weekdays, four times on Saturdays and three times on Sundays.
TIBS is a licensed event and there are alcohol stations spread throughout the Enercare Centre - Muskoka Brewery is the official beer of the event.

You can win great prizes at the 60th boat show including a Princecraft, an Antigua Sailing Vacation, a Boston Whaler and a 14' Lund Fishing Boat. New boaters visit the welcome centre/discover boating centre. And if you buy a boat at the show you have a chance to win $10,000 towards the purchase.
wakeboard lessons

The indoor lake is full of bone chilling Lake Ontario water the show schedule is full thrills with the Winter Wake Fest Wakeboard Show with displays of exciting tricks, the Greatest Water Ski Show on H2O, as well as free boat rides and wakeboard lessons. Tiny wooden race boats take part in the World Championship indoor Sea Flea Races. Actress Brenda Lowe of Survivor and Baywatch the Movie will make appearances at the show and perform paddleboard demonstrations at the lake. The lake is in the Ricoh Centre, home of the Marlies, and the stands are a good place to rest while exploring the show or catching the action on the water.

Enercare Centre is divided into several sections such as Cottage Country, Mariner's Marketplace, Food Truck Court while the massive main hall featured the main boat displays including the Pride Marine Group, Sea Ray Boats, Princecraft and Executive Yachts. The kids fishing zone is in the Food Truck Court area.

See more boats after the jump.
Jet Surf
Learning to sail

Large yachts waiting for some deep pockets
Captain at the Winter Wake Fest Show

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