Toronto International Boat Show 2012
By Elli Davis, January 13, 2012
Bright sun and the deep blue sea, open air and gentle waves, a summer breeze and the sand beneath your toes. These things are synonymous with a boating lifestyle, and for the 54th year in a row, the Toronto International Boat Show promises to bring you all this and more at the Direct Energy Centre.
The largest boating show in Canada, and one of the largest shows of its kind in the world, the Toronto Boat Show boasts almost 600 exhibitor booths and over 1,000 boats. From fishing boats and powerboats to yachts and kayaks, this is truly heaven for any boating enthusiast.
Along with aisles and aisles of manufacturers and dealers showcasing boats and equipment, the Boat Show also presents several special features:
- Marvel at the world’s largest indoor lake, containing more than one million gallons of Lake Ontario water. Take free boat rides on it, and enjoy wake boarding and boat-handling demos.
- Visit the Discover Boating Centre, which offers free resources and advice from experts on how to get started with boating: buying the right boat, destinations and activities, boating courses, and more. A must for first-time boaters.
- Catch celebrity boaters Zac and Abby Sunderland as they speak about their boating adventures at the show. Both siblings set records for sailing solo on the high seas under the age of 18.
- Perfect your fishing with the Great Canadian Fish Tank, a giant 40-foot aquarium filled with Ontario marine life. Professional anglers show you how fish react to various lures and casting techniques.
- Relax at the Kids Boating and Fishing Zones, perfect for the family to take a break from walking around the showroom while enjoying some water fun.
- Attend free boating seminars given by experienced sailors, including topics such as boating safety, storm avoidance, sailing destinations, knot tying, docking, and many more.
Toronto International Boating Show by Docktime
There is also the Special Preview Night, on Friday, January 13th, which supports Children’s Charities and Canada’s boating Olympic athletes via ticket sales and auctions. Aside from fine cuisine, drinks, and live music, this night is also a chance to meet some Olympic athletes, such as Marnie McBean, Tyler Bjorn, and Michael Forgerson.
For veteran sailors and those who are curious about recreation on the open water, the annual Toronto International Boating Show is the perfect event to start planning for that glorious summer boating experience!
Show dates and hours
Special Preview Night:
Friday, January 13, 4:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Regular show hours:
Saturday, January 14th to Sunday, January 22nd
Saturday 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Sunday 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Weekdays 11:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M.
Special Preview Night: $100
Regular show: Advanced online tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors (65 and up). You can also get the two-day ticket for $22, $16 for seniors. There is also the weekday evening pass for $17, which allows you to attend the show an unlimited number of times during weekday evenings from 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. Prices for all tickets and passes increase if you wait to buy tickets at the show.
Also, kids 16 and under enjoy FREE admission when accompanied by an adult.
Get tickets online
Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Boulevard
By TTC: from Bathurst Station, take the 511 streetcar to Exhibition Place or from Union Station, take the 509 streetcar.
By GO Transit: Take the Lake Shore line to Exhibition Station.
By car: from the west, take the QEW/Gardiner and exit at Lake Shore Boulevard, then turn left at one of the following streets to enter Exhibition Place: British Columbia Drive, Ontario Drive, or Newfoundland Drive. From the east, take the Gardiner west to the Spadina/Lake Shore Boulevard ramp and follow the signs for Lake Shore. Then, take Lake Shore to the Princes’ Gates (just west of Strachan Avenue).