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There is something for everyone at the 61st 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.

2019 details coming soon!



Indoor Lake
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Preview Day

Mark your calendar now for Preview Day – January 18, 2019.

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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The CH-146 Griffon Search and Rescue Helicopter

Many boaters may have seen Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters flying overhead as they operate near Toronto, over the Great Lakes and other parts of Ontario, but an up close and personal experience with the women and men who operate these helicopters is something you don’t want to miss!!  One of the RCAF’s primary SAR mandates includes response to marine incidents on  waterways under federal jurisdiction.  Come talk to the pilots, flight engineers and Search and Rescue Technicians of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron and members of Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton to learn more about the Royal Canadian Air Force’s preparedness for aeronautical and marine SAR missions and what boaters can do to prevent SAR callouts.

424 Transport and Rescue Squadron

8 Wing Trenton

Royal Canadian Air Force

JRCC Trenton (Twitter)

RCAF Facebook

 

Located in G863 in Mariners Marketplace​​​​​​.

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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"!

Click here for the Full Lake Schedule.



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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 and learn from the pros.

Lots of casting fun! Lots of prizes!

  • Saturday, January 19 – 5:00 pm - 5:30pm
  • Sunday, January 20 – 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, January 25 – 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 26 – 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 27 – 2:30 pm - 3:00 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!

Enter to win a Lund A-14 fishing boat packaged with a Mercury engine, Shoreland’r trailer!

For a chance to win the Lund fishing boat package: Fill in a ballot onsite (January 18 – 27) at the Kids Fishing Zone.

See contest page for more information.

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

Check back for the 2019 Schedules.

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Behan & Jamie Gifford – A Decade of Sailing the Globe, SailingTotem.com

Hear the remarkable adventures of this family of 5 that set off for a sabbatical and ended up sailing the globe together for more than a decade. Their story is now chronicled on SailingTotem.com and their popular YouTube channel.

  • Wed. Jan 23rd & Thurs. Jan 24th @ 12:30pm: “Healthcare While Cruising: How to Prepare and What to Expect”
  • Wed. Jan 23rd & Thurs. Jan 24th @ 5:30pm: “Ten Years Around the World: A Family Circumnavigation”

Salon 107

Check out our Seminar Speakers.



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Bob Bitchin & Jody Lipkin – Amazing Cruising Lifestyle, Cruising Outpost Magazine

Bob Bitchin and his wife Jody are the producers of Cruising Outpost Magazine, the #1 selling cruising magazine in the USA. They have sailed the world for decades and will be sharing just how easy it is to participate in the amazing cruising lifestyle.

  • Sat. Jan 26th @ 1:30pm - “Living The Dream: The South Pacific”
  • Sun. Jan 27th @ 1:30pm - “Living The Dream: The Caribbean and beyond…”

Salon 107

Check out our Seminar Speakers.



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Formula One Boat Racing

Formula One Boat Racing Drivers Mark Major and Rusty Wyatt, Canadian drivers representing Canada will be available to talk about what it feels like when Mercury powered tunnel boats hit speeds of 130 MPH with 5-7 GForce turns.  Stop by and see the Moore Hull from France that is the only one in North America and a US built Revolution Hull.

Visit Booth A-9 Located at The Lake.




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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 to view the 2019 New Product Showcase



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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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Aged to Perfection – A Celebration of 100-Year-Old Boats

The mission of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) is to protect, preserve and promote our Canadian heritage of antique and vintage watercraft from antique mahogany launches to classic fibreglass runabouts and ski boats.   Stop by and learn more about Canada’s rich boating heritage and the rare grand old boats of the Muskoka’s and beyond!

Mark Your Calendar - 39th Annual Vintage Boat Show – July 6, 2019, Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst

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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A Rare Find...

Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association presents 1959 CROSBY runabout, Model: Fish-n-Ski, LOA : 16'7"

This "all original " one owner Fiberglassic was placed in a 40 ' tractor trailer unit late summer 1993. The boat was "uncovered " August 2018 and is presently undergoing a complete cosmetic revitalization.

Manufactured by : Crosby Aeromarine,  Grabill, Indiana.

Equipped with an outboard : 1958 Mercury Mark 78E " Super Marathon " and trailer: 1960 Tee Nee.

View this beauty in the Galleria Lobby Space 1010!

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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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