Canada’s largest boat show, the 59th annual Toronto International Boat Show opens its doors to boating enthusiast from January 20 to 29 at the Enercare Centre.
This year the event features all-new programming on its famous indoor lake in Ricoh Coliseum as well as free educational seminars and hands-on boat training.
Once again, Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel will be on-hand to represent the animal kingdom’s watersports skills for the show’s younger attendees. There will also be remote controlled boat races and a special appearance by actor Ted Lange who played the charming bartender ‘Isaac’ on the classic 70s/80s television show, The Love Boat.
In recognition of Canada’s 150th year, the Wakeboarding and Waterskiing Show returns with a brand new spectacle celebrating 150 years of Canadian summers on the water – complete with mascots, costumes and quintessentially Canadian characters.
With over a million square feet of showroom space, the Toronto Boat Show is Canada’s ultimate destination for shoppers to conduct side-by-side boat comparisons. The show features 550 exhibitors, educational seminars, unbiased advice and free resources all under one roof.
The show kicks off with VIP Preview Day on January 20th. Since 2000, the Toronto Boat Show has hosted its annual Preview Day event in support of children’s charities, which has become a tradition and must-attend event for the boating community. Nearing its goal to raise $1 million, Preview Day will be open from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, offering visitors more opportunity to get a first look at the show without the crowds while enjoying a VIP experience. Thanks to generous sponsors and donations, there will be over 100 auction items for guests bid on.
New for 2017
- Visitors can sign up for remote controlled boat races, cheer on participants racing in the paddle board competition on Sunday, January 22 or discover pedal board demos – a growing sport and fitness craze. Visitors can also go for paddleboat rides, kayaking, canoeing or receive wakeboarding instruction from the experts at Summer Water Sports – all of which are free to enjoy.
- ‘Isaac – the bartender’ from The Love Boat (played by Ted Lange) will be on hand to meet show goers from January 20 to 22. The arrival of 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic Aaron Spelling series. Lange played the fun-loving server whose signature ‘grin-and-point’ move made him a household name and one of the few cast members to appear in all 250 episodes of the show.
- New watercraft on display range from a 51-foot flybridge yacht to electric-powered surfboards and foldable kayaks. More new products are launched at the Toronto Boat Show than anywhere else in Canada. The show gathers all of the premier brands from Canadian-made to international manufacturers, offering first access to more than 1,000 new boat models, not to mention water toys, engines, docks, marine accessories, technology and outdoor gear.
- Winter Wake Fest and Crazy Canucks Waterski Show: Catch all the action on The Lake with pro wakeboard/wakeskate riders wowing audiences with their spectacular grinds, tricks and flips! To commemorate Canada’s 150th, the waterski team has been busy planning an all-new ‘Canadiana’ themed show celebrating 150 years of Canadian summers.
- Live Stream of the Vendee Globe: Watch one of the world’s most grueling competitions as it happens live via a televised stream at the Toronto Boat Show. The 2016/2017 Vendee Globe is a single-handed yacht race around the globe, sailing non-stop without assistance. Twenty-nine skippers were off to the races on November 6, 2016, and will endure several months of unpredictable conditions attempting to complete the 22,000 nautical mile route.
- The Canadian entrant to the 2020 Vendee Globe, Sandy Macpherson, and his team will be on hand with an all-new interactive experience in the show’s SailFest area. Through a VR experience, visitors can virtually sail the ‘Formula One’ of yacht racing on an Open 60. They can also try on ocean racing gear and meet the team and find out how you can sail on Canada’s fastest sailboat.
- Discover Boating’s Hands-On Skills Training: Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to learning new boating skills or how to become a better boater. Discover Boating presents three distinctive powerboating Hands-On Skills Training Clinics taught by trained experts to make boating more accessible, safe and enjoyable for all skill levels from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers.
- Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel, owned by Chuck and Lou Ann Best, is a rescued pet squirrel. Twiggy has made cameos in films such as Dodgeball: A Underdog Story and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as well as appeared in Brad Paisley’s music video. Twiggy will perform daily at the show.
- The Boathouse: A hub of knowledgeable and unbiased advice, The Boathouse is where boaters can ask the experts boating questions as well as join workshops, participate in ‘how-to’ demos and receive tips and resources on all boating topics related to boating, repairs, service and maintenance.
- 200 free daily seminars offer boating advice and education. Learn from seasoned experts and share in the incredible adventures of the world’s most accomplished boaters, including cruising expert Pam Wall; young sailing couple Sarah and Will Curry; and Chad Buchner, Trent-Severn Waterway Manager of Canal Operations and former Lockmaster.
January 20 to 29, 2017
Preview Day (Friday, January 20, 2pm to 8pm)
Monday to Friday, 11am to 8pm (January 23 to 27)
Saturdays, 10am to 7pm (January 21 and 28)
Sundays, 10am to 6pm (January 22 and 29)
Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto, ON
$45 Nine-Day Event Pass (excludes Preview Day)
Preview Day: $100 Platinum ticket, $35 Gold Ticket
$20 General Admission (17 to 64 yrs.)
$17 Seniors (65 yrs. and better)
$20 Unlimited Weekday Evening Pass (4pm to 8pm)
$25 Two-day Adult Pass (17 to 64 yrs.)
$20 Two-day Senior Pass (65 yrs. and better)
FREE Kids 16 years and under
Contact: 905-951-0009 or visit www.torontoboatshow.com
The Toronto International Boat Show is owned and produced by Canadian Boat Shows. In generating more than a reported $354 million in economic impact to the region, it is believed to be the largest indoor boat show in North America. According to NMMA Canada statistics (from 2013), 44 percent of Canadians (15 million people) participate in boating and own more than 4.3 million boats. Direct revenues across Canada’s core recreational boating industry total $5 billion per year and it directly employs approximately 67,000 Canadians.