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There is something for everyone at the 62nd annual Toronto Boat Show.

World's Largest Indoor Lake for Boaters

The world's largest indoor lake for boaters returns to Ricoh Coliseum, where novice and experienced boaters can experience FREE boat rides; canoes, kayaks and pedal boats and more!

The Lake also features the spectacular Winter Wake Fest show, packed with pro wakeboard/wakeskate riders, Stand UP Paddle Board races, and more.

Click here for the Full Lake Schedule.



Indoor Lake
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Preview Day

Mark your calendar now for Preview Day – January 17, 2020.

The evening is a truly unique shopping experience! Platinum and Gold ticket holders preview the show's 550 marine exhibits while enjoying live entertainment and delicious food and beverages. Plus, they have the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items – including the latest in marine accessories and gifts with the proceeds going to charity.

To date, the Toronto Boat Show’s Special Preview Night has raised more than $835,000 for initiatives close to the hearts of the boating community.

Click here to learn more about Preview Day.



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Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel Returns to the Toronto Boat Show!!

It’s Forever Summer at Twiggy’s Lagoon! Come join Twiggy and her team for a family friendly, fun-filled, interactive show featuring Twiggy the World Famous Water-Skiing Squirrel! Learn about water safety, waterskiing and what wild things Twiggy gets into at her lagoon. This show is full of laughs, surprises and even features a special guest, Roxie, as Twiggy’s trusty lifeguard!

Twiggy will be appearing daily throughout all nine days of the Toronto Boat Show!

Twiggy’s pool located in Mariner’s Marketplace!

Daily Performance Schedule: *subject to change

Saturday, January 18

  • 11:30am, 2:00pm, 3:45pm & 5:45 pm

Sunday, January 19

  • 11:30am, 2:00 pm, 3:30pm

Monday – Thursday

  • 2:30pm & 6:00 pm

Friday

  • 3:00pm & 6:30pm

Saturday, January 25

  • 11:15am, 1:00 pm, 3:15pm & 5:30pm

Sunday, January 26

  • 11:30am, 2:00pm & 4:00 pm

 
YouTube: Twiggy’s Inc.
Instagram: @twiggysinc
Facebook: Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel
Twitter: @twiggysinc
LinkedIn: Twiggy’s Inc.

Twiggy is a proud partner of the Canadian Safe Boating Council. As a partner, Twiggy helps promote boating & life jacket safety. You can learn more about safe boating here.


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Cooper’s Treasure

Treasure Hunting From Outer Space!

Considered one of NASA's original space pioneers, astronaut Gordon Cooper discovered something extraordinary on a 1963 mission. While circling Earth during a 122-hour flight to detect nuclear sites, Cooper photographed more than 100 anomalies around the South Caribbean. He later believed the dark patches that appeared on the photos to be sunken ships, and while working for decades in secret, Gordon created a map that he thought could uncover treasures worth billions of dollars.

Before passing away, he shared his meticulous research with long-time friend Darrell Miklos, and now Miklos is teaming with seasoned explorers and researchers to finally make good on Gordon's dream and locate incredible treasures lost at sea!

Meet & Greet crew members Darrell Miklos, Jim Sinclair at the Cooper’s Treasure feature booth January 17 – 19 and hear stories of their time scouring the ocean floor in search of sunken treasure!

And don’t miss their fascinating presentations located in the Presentation Theatre:

  • Saturday, January 18 at 12:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 19, at 12:00 pm

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Parks Canada

The Rideau Canal and Trent-Severn Waterway are historic canals operated by Parks Canada, welcoming recreational boaters, paddlers, and land-based visitors. 

Visit Us in Cottage Country E112 

 

parkscanada.gc.ca/rideau

 

parkscanada.gc.ca/trent

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Great Canadian Fish Tank

Providing a fish-eye's view of how fish react to different lures and techniques, our 40-foot long aquarium is filled with 5,000 gallons of water and stocked with native Ontario marine life.

Daily seminars demonstrate how different fish react to different types of bait, step-by-step casting methods, and the latest tips on how to catch "the big one"!



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Yamaha Fish Off

Sign up at The Lake to get the chance to participate in the Yamaha Fish Off at the World’s Largest Indoor Lake.  Learn how to cast from top Canadian fishing pros and fishing experts!

Lots of casting fun! 

Yamaha Fish Off Schedule:

  • Saturday, January 18       3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 19         3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, January 24         3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 25       4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
  • Sunday, January 26         3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Click here for the Full Lake Schedule.

  • JP DeRose of Breaking Boundaries

  • Italo Labignan of Canadian Sportfishing

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Kids Fishing Zone

Kids can learn how to catch and release live fish with the help of experts at the Kids Trout Pond. So much fun and prizes too!

Check back to learn more about the onsite enter to win prize package!

Located in the Food Court Adjacent to Mariners Marketplace.

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FREE Hourly Seminars

Boating experts from around the world educate, inspire and entertain at the Toronto Boat Show, sharing their experience and expertise on everything from boating basics to spellbinding boating adventures.

  • Main Seminar Stage (Presentation Theatre, 107 and 108)
  • The Boathouse – Ask the Experts
  • New Boater Seminars
  • Fish Tank

2020 updates coming soon!

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Sailing Around the World!

Jamie & Behan Gifford

When Behan and Jamie Gifford sailed south from the Pacific Northwest in 2008 they anticipated cruising for a two- to five-year sabbatical. Life had other plans! Nearly a decade later they closed the loop on a circumnavigation aboard their Stevens 47, Totem. Their three children are growing up afloat, with the first transitioning ashore for college this past year. The Totem family has sailed nearly 100,000 km while visiting 48 countries/territories, from Madagascar to Martinique.

Plan to attend their seminars on the Opening Weekend of the Show!

  • Saturday, January 18 at 11:30am  —  The Cost to Go Cruising (Salon 107)                                 
  • Saturday, January 18 at 3:00pm  —  Facing Fears and Going Anyway (Salon 107)
  • Sunday, January 19 at 2:00pm  —  Route Planning (Presentation Theatre)

Check out our Seminar Speakers.



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New Product Showcase

If there is a new product on the market, one of the first places you'll find it is at the Toronto International Boat Show. The latest and most innovative products from eye-catching boats to handy new boating accessories will be featured at individual exhibitor booths. Just look for the "New Product" balloon!

Click here for the 2020 New Product List.



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Get Into Sailing

The most popular sailing yachts in Canada are open for boarding at the Upper Deck, and you'll find dinghies and inflatables nearby. Yacht clubs, sailing associations and cruising destinations are onboard as well. Set your compass further north to shop the Industry Building for cruising and racing accessories and the latest electronics.

More great sail features and talk to experts in the field of sailing!

Visit Booth 1442

  • Sailing Simulator: Get a hands on sailing experience! For individuals 100 lbs or less
  • Virtual Reality: What does sailing feel like? Experience sailing from the comfort of our booth – no lifejacket required
  • Hiking Bench: Think you have what it takes to sail a laser? Test your endurance against an Olympian!
  • Knots: Learn how to tie the most useful sailing knots.
  • Life raft: Be prepared in case of an accident on the water. Learn what to pack in your ditch bag!

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Celebrating Antique and Vintage Boats – “Magic on the Water!”

Canada has a rich boating history spanning over 100 years and the mission of the Antique and Classic Boat Society-Toronto is to protect, preserve and promote Antique and Vintage boats. Stop by the ACBS display and learn more about ACBS-Toronto and view several of these magical watercraft that tell the story.

With Ontario being home to an amazing array of antique mahogany launches, cedar strips, classic fibreglass runabouts and ski boats, ACBS-Toronto organizes one of the largest vintage boat shows in North America.  2020 marks the 40th year that the Antique and Classic Boat Society- Toronto has been celebrating the magic of antique, vintage and classic watercraft with an in-water boat show.

Plan on attending the show on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst Ontario.

Location:  Galleria Lobby

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Kids & Classics Boatshops Museum

The Kids & Classics Boatshops Museum is a community, volunteer boatshop in Glen Williams (near Georgetown), where donated antique boats are being restored, and kids-at-risk boatbuilding programs take place several times a season.

Check out "4 kids build a 12-foot rowboat in two days" learn to row and then go sailing and seafleaing as follow-up to the boatbuilding. The goal is to infect them with "Wooden Boat Disease"! This year you can carve a miniature paddle, assemble an antique outboard and try other hands on activities in the booth - visit us, buy a raffle ticket on a sea flea or skiff or just chat old boats!

Galleria Lobby Booth # 1005

For more information visit http://kidsnclassicsboatshops.blogspot.ca.



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CharterAbility

- Accessible Boating for All!

CharterAbility is a registered charity dedicated to providing accessible, recreational, boating at no cost to people of all ages deprived of the opportunity due to physical limitations or personal circumstances.

On 16-Mile Creek adjoining Busby Park, our dock is fully accessible as are onsite washrooms and the pontoon boat that transports guests on an hour-long voyage of discovery into a wildlife sanctuary in the heart of downtown Oakville. Donations fund the trips, and dedicated volunteers crew the boat.

We are committed to improving lives by enabling time on the water, in safety and with dignity, relaxing in the company of friends, families and/or companions.

Visit www.CharterAbility.com.

Visit Booth 1010 in the Galleria Lobby

Wheelchair, walker, scooter and baby strollers can access the boat independently.

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Cottage Country

There's something about being in cottage country that always puts you at ease and the quickest route there is through the Toronto Boat Show.

In the East Annex (next to The Lake) you'll find everything you need to complete the cottage experience – waterskis, canoes, kayaks, and a boatload of different gizmos and gadgets.

While you're stopping by Confederation Log Homes, check out the selection of outdoor gear, docks and swimwear.

Hungry? Thirsty? Stop by the Water’s Edge Pub to recharge! Enjoy good food, live music and cold beverages!!



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Mariner’s Marketplace

From deck shoes to electronics, boat insurance and other services, docks - or a marina or yacht club at which to dock your boat -- everything you could possibly need to complete the boating experience can be found in our Mariner’s Marketplace.



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Food Truck Court

Are you hungry and thirsty? Looking for a place to sit down and relax? We’ve got the place for you, just follow the floor stickers and head to the Food Truck Court located adjacent to Mariners Market Place.

Catch up with friends and family to plan your next boating adventure. While you are visiting enjoy the live music and take in some of the features this social hub has to offer – The Great Canadian Fish Tank, The Kids Trout Pond, The Boathouse – Ask The Experts workshops, along with more boats and tow vehicles!



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Water’s Edge Pub

Another great place on the show floor to sit down, get something to eat and drink while listening to live music!

Meet up with friends and family to talk about your next boating adventure, dock renovation, new accessory purchase or simply soak in how good you feel when you think of yourself on the water!

Water’s Edge Pub located in Cottage Country.



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