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January 12 - 20, 2013 Direct Energy Center
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Indoor Lake

Giant Indoor Lake


Building of the World's Largest Indoor Lake for Boaters


World's Largest Indoor Lake for Boaters

In the dead of winter there is only one lake in Canada that provides thrills without chills! At the 56th Toronto International Boat Show you can leave the bulky winter clothing at home, relax lakeside, and enjoy the engineering marvel – known as The Lake – that takes over six days to create with more than one million gallons of Lake Ontario water pumped into the Ricoh Coliseum!

Grab a seat on shore to watch professional wakeboarders and wakeskaters perform tricks and flips; or join the fun and take a FREE ride in an inflatable boat, canoe, kayak, or paddleboat.

Other activities at The Lake that are sure to wow include Duma the wakeboarding and boat-driving dog, boat-handling demonstrations, canoe and kayak seminars, and more!

Click here for the complete 2014 Lake Schedule


Discover Watersports & Go Wakeboarding!

Go wakeboarding in January? In Ontario? No problem – just head to the world's largest indoor lake for boaters to check out the action and sign up for fun on the water!

Guided by expert instructors from Summer Water Sports, Canada's largest watersports school, you can receive hands-on wakeboarding instruction "on shore." Then take that learning right onto The Lake – and try out your new skills behind Ontario's first Sesitec System 2.0!

When you arrive at the show, make your way to the east entrance to The Lake (connected to Cottage Country) to sign up. There are two one-hour sessions each day, with participation on a first-come, first-served basis.

Some experience is necessary, and boards, dry suits and lifejackets will be provided. All you have to bring is your adventurous spirit!

Note to parents: Even with dry suits, there is no guarantee that kids will stay 100% dry. You may want to bring a bathing suit for them to wear under the dry suit.

Shaun Murray

Oli Derome

Raph Derome

Kevin Henshaw

Winter Wake Fest!

Catch jaw-dropping action on The Lake, with pro wakeboard/wakeskate riders wowing audiences with their spectacular grinds, tricks, and flips! Watch as they launch off The Lake's official dock (provided by EZ Dock) to hit the rails and test their skills and athletic ability!

Click here to view the Winter Wake Fest wakeboard show schedule.

Special Appearances on January 11 and 12:

Raph Derome – Pro wakeboarder representing Liquid Force
Oli Derome – Pro wakeboarder representing Rockstar Energy
Ben LeClair - Pro wakeboarder from Quebec, Canada
Kaesen Suyderhoud – Pro wakeboarder representing CWB

Special Appearances on January 17, 18 and 19:

Shaun Murray – Pro wakeboarder representing Fox Wake
Kevin Henshaw – Pro wakeboarder representing Liquid Force
Daniel Powers – Pro wakeboarder representing CWB and Rockstar Energy
Yan Lecomte - Professional wakeskater from Quebec, Canada

Meet & Greet! Drop by the Boarder Pass Both E106 in Cottage Country after each show to meet the riders and learn more about the sport!

Daily show giveaways compliments of Wow Water Sports, booth G140 in Mariners Marketplace.

Click here to see Shaun Murray and the other pros in action at last year's show!

Click here to see the Toronto Star's January 7th coverage of Winter Wake Fest


Let's Go Boating!

Get set to Discover Boating: From kayaking, to canoeing, paddleboats and inflatables, The Lake welcomes all levels and types of boaters!

Each year, crowds flock to this popular feature, so we encourage you to drop by The Lake as soon as you arrive at the show to sign up for your FREE boat ride on the water! (Sign-up is at The Lake entrance at the east side connected to Cottage Country.)

For your boating safety, be sure to get your life jacket supplied by Mustang Survival, then make your way across The Lake's official dock (provided by EZ Dock) and Put Some Summer in Your Winter!

Then visit BOATsmart Canada before heading back out onto the show floor, for information on boating safety and writing your exam to secure your Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

The voice of the lake is non-other than Ted Rankine representing! Your link to a comprehensive boating safety website which provides a variety of tips and safety related information for your size and type of vessel. Browse demo-style instructional videos and pictures on relevant topics, along with useful downloadable materials to help keep you safe on the water each summer.


HISTORY’s The Great Vikings Longship Race

In anticipation of the return of Vikings to HISTORY Channel, join us on The Lake and see what it’s like to paddle a Vikings Longship.

And don’t miss us on Saturdays and Sundays where you can test your Viking skills against your friends in the Great Vikings Longship Race!

Click here to see Lake Schedule for paddle and race times


Water Walkers

Sign up at The Lake and have an experience you will never forget as you walk on water!

Get ready to try something new and have a ton of fun!

This feature is provided by Elephant Thoughts, a charitable organization, that offers unique, sustainable educational solutions for children from kindergarten to grade 12.

Stop by their booth located just at the entrance to The Lake to learn more and visit


Accessible Boating for Everyone!

Just because you’re in a wheelchair or a lot less sprightly than you use to be doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a boat ride with friends. Roll aboard or stroll aboard CharterAbility’s pontoon boat in Oakville or the one we have here in The Lake kindly provided by Hastings Marine.

Come aboard for a spin around The Lake. EZ Dock and Bennington Pontoon make boarding a breeze! Sign up at the show for one of the three 15 minute trips we will be having each day.

The purpose of recreation is not to kill time but to stimulate activity – not to keep people occupied but to keep them refreshed – not to offer an escape from life but to expand its possibilities.



Dusty Miller's Boat-Handling Demonstrations

As a teacher and international authority on boat handling for more than 25 years, Dusty Miller brings a world of knowledge and a lifetime of experience to The Lake.

Internationally renowned, Dusty is a TV show host, founder of Dusty Miller's Power Boat Handling School, and author of "Handling with Care," a feature column for Power Boating Canada magazine and now a regular contributor in Boats 'n Places magazine and Waterways Ontario.

His one-on-one teaching method makes it simple to understand how to control and dock a boat in all conditions, and his series of boat-handling DVDs is designed to give you the knowledge and confidence you need to do more with your boat, whatever your current level of skill or expertise.

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Duma the Famous Wakeboarding
& Boat-Driving Dog!

Back by popular demand, Duma is making waves again at the 2014 Toronto International Boat Show.

This one-of-a-kind Jack Russell Terrier not only wakeboards but also drives the boat on The Lake! It's an awe-inspiring, entertainment-packed show for the entire family.

Duma will meet her fans for photos and more after each show, twice daily, January 17 to 19.

Click here for the complete 2014 Lake Schedule

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Canoe & Kayak Seminars, Stand Up Paddle Board with Fitness and Yoga Demonstrations

Each day at The Lake enjoy a stand up paddle board along with fitness and yoga demonstrations by the experts at Swift Canoe & Kayak and SUP Love.

Both of these boating activities are growing in popularity around the lakes and rivers. A great work out and fun too!

Canoe and kayak seminars are scheduled daily on The Lake by the experts at Swift Canoe & Kayak and Clearwater Design.