Large Crowds on Toronto International Boat Show's Opening Day

From the entrance doors, no one could see the end of the line of people waiting to enter this year's Toronto International Boat Show. Opening Saturday morning at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, Ontario, the event was greeted with uncharacteristically warm weather, attracting a large crowd of visitors. The nine-day show runs until January 20.

Canadian Boat Shows Inc. (CSBI), Toronto, Ontario, operates the event, which features the largest in-door lake at a boat show in North America and features well over 500 exhibitors.

Exhibitors seemed pleased with opening day traffic as CSBI decided to open the show ten minutes early to manage the increasing number of people lining up in the Direct Energy Centre's outer hallway.

Each year, marine manufacturers and suppliers chose to event to debut new product to the Canadian market, and this year is no exception. For example, Legend Boats, Whitefish, Ontario, is introducing three newly designed pontoon lines at its booth; Bayliner, Lake Forest, Illinois, brought a new entry-level bowrider to the show; and Sea Ray, Knoxville, Tennessee, is displaying its first-ever jet boat.

CSBI plans to release show attendance numbers every few days during the event. According to CSBI, last year the show attracted an overall attendance of 76,253.