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January 12 - 20, 2013 Direct Energy Center
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Show Features

2014 Show Features at a Glance


Building of the World's Largest Indoor Lake for Boaters


World's Largest Indoor Lake for Boaters

Everyone's favourite showstopper – The Lake – is back to Put Some Summer in Your Winter!

The world's largest indoor lake for boaters returns to Ricoh Coliseum for the 2014 Toronto International Boat Show, where novice and experienced boaters can get their feet wet by taking advantage of FREE boat rides from Discover Boating in canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and inflatable boats.

The Lake also features the spectacular Winter Wake Fest show, packed with pro wakeboard/wakeskate riders, boat-handling demonstrations, and more.

Containing more than one million gallons of water from Lake Ontario, The Lake takes six days to create and offers an educating and entertaining experience second to none!

Click here for all the "Features on the Lake"


A Day at a Glance:
Special Appearances, Presentations & Activities

Click below on the date you are visiting the boat show for a handy guide to help plan your day!

Click here for a complete Day at a Glance schedule covering Saturday, January 11th through Sunday, January 19th.

Fun for the Whole Family!

As the temperature drops, so too do the options for parents looking for activities to plan in the middle of winter for the entire family. Look no further than the Toronto International Boat Show to entertain, educate and offer unique activities that bring summer fun indoors, January 11 – 19, 2014. Ever wonder what luxury yachts look like inside? The Toronto Boat Show has more than a million square feet of show space at the Direct Energy Centre packed with awe-inspiring boats to see and tour, marine accessories ranging from canoes and kayaks to fishing rods and wakeboards, and free seminars, demonstrations and on-water entertainment.

Boat rides are available on the world's largest indoor lake for boaters, along with wakeboarding lessons, practices and demonstrations by trained experts using the Sesitec System that gently and safely pulls riders across the water. Lifejackets, wetsuits and wakeboards are provided in all sizes. All activities are FREE with admission, making the Toronto International Boat Show the best entertainment value for your dollar. Children 16 years and under are admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult.


Russell Newberry - Dungeness Crabber to Deadliest Catch!

New this year! Russell Newberry talks about the “world’s most dangerous job” aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea, battling treacherous seas, frigid conditions and taking unforeseen risk! Visit Russell each day of the show as he makes his debut in Toronto speaking about his experiences fishing for crab when he was 15 aboard the dungeness crabber "Granite Sea", a 42 ft concrete vessel out of Homer AK and then in 2007 he landed jobs on several fishing vessels including the "Time Bandit", "Wizard" and "Kodiak", featured vessels on Discovery channel's Deadliest Catch.


The Canadian Canoe Museum

Discover! Create! Engage!

Looking for an authentic hands-on experience? Wondering where you can find a fun, interactive, creative space for kids to make, create and learn? Interested in immersing yourself in a one-day paddle carving class or engaging in process of building a canoe? Have you wanted to visit this national treasure in Peterborough, Ontario but haven’t made the trip?
The Canadian Canoe Museum is coming to The Toronto Boat Show! See a selection of canoes and kayaks from across Canada, a canoe building workshop, a paddle carving studio and a dedicated kids’ zone, To sign up for paddle carving course at the Boat Show, click here, or, to bring your Scouts/Guides or students for kayak-building or paddle-carving workshops, click here.


Discover Boating Centre

A wealth of FREE resources and unbiased experts are on hand at the Discover Boating Centre to answer every boating question and help boat show visitors navigate their way to getting out on the water.

Whether you are new to boating or already an experienced boater, our boating experts can help you figure out the perfect boat to fit your lifestyle and budget. They can provide advice on everything from destinations and new activities to try, to boating courses, safety information, accessories, maintenance, docking tips, and much more.

You can even get pick up a boat-shopping guide to use at the show, plus lots of free information, including magazines and DVDs to take home with you.

Drop by the Discover Boating Centre and find out why life is better with a boat!


Rendezvous at Henry’s

The famous Henry’s Fish House returns to the show with a temporary restaurant set up to freshly prepare its world-famous fish dishes!

A favourite destination for thousand of boating enthusiasts looking for a taste of summer – Henry’s permanent location is on an island in Georgian Bay, open only in summer with access by boat or seaplane.

The perfect rendezvous point for you and your friends at this year’s boat show, Henry’s provides a vibrant atmosphere, a licensed bar featuring Muskoka Brewery, plenty of seating, and great food!

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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


Great Canadian Fish Tank

A 40-foot long aquarium filled with 5,000 gallons of water and stocked with native Ontario marine life, the Great Canadian Fish Tank is the perfect teaching tool for pros to share their tips with anglers of all ages.

It literally provides the fish-eye's view of how fish react to different lures and different techniques.

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

Click here for the 2014 Great Canadian Fish Tank Schedule.


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" starburst sign.

Click here to view our online New Product Showcase.


Kids Boating Zone

The love of boating can start at any age so start them young at the Kids Boating Zone where the Toronto Boat Show has created a safe and fun place for kids to take a break from navigating the show floor.

Mom and Dad can relax and enjoy a slice of Pizza Pizza while the kids embark on a fun-filled paddleboat ride on our mini-lake specially designed for kids only.



The most popular sailing yachts in Canada are open for boarding, 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.

Considering setting off on a major sailing adventure? If so, click here for details on our full-day Offshore Cruising seminar with John Neal & Amanda Swan-Neal!

Plus, click here to view the vast array of sail-related topics in our 2014 Seminar Series!

Click here for the complete 2014 Lake Schedule

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Kids Fishing Zone

Share the thrill of hooking a big one with the kids at the Kids Fishing Zone – a live trout pond at the Toronto Boat Show. Expert anglers and television hosts Leo Stakos and Ron James of Rogers Sportsnet – Fish TV will take your children from their first cast to their first catch with plenty of laughs in between.


More than 140 FREE Seminars!

Boating experts from around the world educate, inspire and entertain at the 2013 Toronto Boat Show, sharing their experience and expertise on everything from boating basics to spellbinding boating adventures.

Click here for the 2014 Seminar Schedule.

Click here for the 2014 Great Canadian Fish Tank Schedule.


Mandarin-speaking Presentations & Tours

Getting started in boating can be daunting for new Canadians, especially if English is not their first language. Daily demonstrations and guided show floor tours provided in Mandarin bridge language barriers and make boating more accessible to everyone.

For Mandarin-speaking presentations and tours, meet boating specialist Charley Zhou of Ahoy Captain Yachting Services in Salon 108 at these times:

  • January 11 at 11am & 4pm
  • January 12-15 at 1pm
  • January 16 & 17 at 6pm
  • January 18 at 11am & 4pm
  • January 19 at 1pm

Click here for further details in Mandarin.


Derek Hatfield

Derek has represented Canada in three single handed around the world races and has become Canada's most experienced and successful offshore racer. He will talk about his podium finish and record breaking Velux 5 Oceans single handed round the world yacht race and his next steps in a career that has spanned over a decade and 200,00nm single handed racing.

Visit Derek at the seminar stage as he talks about TAKING ON THE WORLD, ALONE and in SailFest at his booth.

Visit Derek in SailFest at his booth, or catch his presentation – Derek Hatfield and the Spirit of Canada – on the 2014 Seminar Stage. Dates and times to be confirmed shortly.



The Classics

Supporting the preservation of Canada's rich and diversified nautical heritage, and evoking wonderful memories of past adventures and family stories, the Antique & Classic Boat Society will have classic wooden and fibreglass boats on display at the show.

Step back into history, and experience the evolution, workmanship, and innovation that brought us to the boats we continue to enjoy today.

Visit this display in the Galleria Lobby.



Kids & Classics Boatshop 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 programmes take place several times a season.

Learn about the Boats 4 Folks event, 4 kids build a traditional 12' rowboat in 2 days then get in it and row it on the second afternoon! These kids are then offered the opportunity to go sailing and seafleaing as follow up to the boatbuilding. The goal is to get them infected with "Wooden Boat Disease" following which they'll have a great life!

For more information visit



CPS Boating Midway

Fun for the whole family – join Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons and navigate your way through a variety of boating challenges!

  • Aids to navigation
  • Pre-departure checklist guest muster drill
  • VHF/DSC radio operation
  • Engine stopped – dead in the water use of anchor & drogue
  • Setting an anchor
  • Rope toss to man overboard
  • Use of flare guns & flares
  • Going overboard with lifejacket only, or lifejacket & dinghy
  • Cold-water immersion hypothermia
  • Kids & CPS
  • Movies – Cold Water Boot Camp


Canadian Boating Federation – Toronto Outboard Racing Club

Come by the booth and check out some of Canada’s top amateur team racing powerboats, including the Team Canada ThunderCat that recently placed 5th at the World Championships in England. We have local race classes for all ages and budgets. Circuit, oval, and drag racing starting with kids classes using 10hp outboards, up to 180 kph 400hp custom boats. Local driver and officiating schools too! Something for everyone!

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One Girl's Ocean Challenge

Skipper Diane Reid represents the team of One Girl's Ocean Challenge, participating in the 2013 Mini Transat Race from France to Guadeloupe.

Diane will join 100 competitors racing single-handedly across 4,200 nautical miles in her 21-foot open class Mini Transat Sailboat.

You can hear Diane’s stories and race outcome from France’s most prestigious race as she presents on the 2014 Seminar Stage. Dates and times to be announced.


Special Preview Night

Mark your calendar now for
Special Preview Night - January 10, 2014.

The evening is a truly unique shopping experience! VIP 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 $630,000 for initiatives that are close to the hearts of the boating community.

Click here to learn more about Special Preview Night.


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 the full-size cottage built by Confederation Log Homes, check out the selection of outdoor gear, docks and swimwear.


Careers In Boating

There's nothing better than making your passion your profession. Just ask those working in the recreational boating industry!

With fewer individuals coming up through the ranks to fill voids left by those retiring, the industry is experiencing a shortage of properly trained and skilled people. Currently, the main shortage is marine engine technicians, those who service and repair boats. Marine engine technician training is suitable for all ages and backgrounds and more specifically those straight out of high school and those in mid-life looking for a change or an exciting new career. Many also find the program provides a strong base for careers in other areas of the industry such as management, sales, distribution and human resources.

To learn how to become part of the recreational boating industry, visit and talk to representatives from participating colleges or members of Boating Ontario.

Be sure to visit the Marine Engine Technician students from the Midland Campus of Georgian College that will be participating in live demonstrations.

Click here for more information on careers in boating.


Online Contests:
Put Some Summer in Your Winter!
Win Boat Show Prize Packages!

  • Boat Show, Toronto Maple Leaf vs Montreal & Hotel Package
  • Special Preview Night and Hotel Package
  • 2014 Boat Show Ticket Packages!
Click here for more details.


Get Your Pleasure Craft Operators Card

All operators of power-driven pleasure crafts must carry proof of competency onboard at all times. You can write a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) exam at the Toronto Boat Show to earn your card as proof of competency – and it’s good for life.

For more information on educational programs to gain knowledge needed to complete the test, visit any of the following booths at the show:

  • - E532
  • – 1738
  • – S3
  • BOATsmart Canada – G326
  • Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons – 1828


Exclusive Boat Show Specials

Celebrating 56 years as the best place to see and buy boats, accessories and services, Canada's premiere boat show boasts more than 1,000 boats and hundreds of booths showcasing the latest in engines, electronics, marine gifts and accessories.

From fishing to cruising and family fun there are boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget. And there's no better time to buy. Offering exclusive onsite special deals, the Toronto Boat Show allows you to compare makes and models, secure insurance and financing, and gear up with the latest accessories – all at one time, under one roof!

As you navigate the show watch for Boat Show Special signs identifying deals available only during the nine days of the show!