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There is something for everyone at the 59th annual Toronto Boat Show.

World's Largest Indoor Lake for Boaters

Everyone's favourite showstopper – The Lake – is back to help chase away those mid-winter blues! The world's largest indoor lake for boaters returns to Ricoh Coliseum, where novice and experienced boaters can get their feet wet by taking advantage of FREE boat rides from Discover Boating in canoes, kayaks and paddleboats.

The Lake also features the spectacular Winter Wake Fest show, packed with pro wakeboard/wakeskate riders, Discover Boating’s Hands-On Skills Training, and more.

Click here for more details and for the Lake Schedule.

Preview Day

Mark your calendar now for Preview Day – January 20, 2017.

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 $748,000 for initiatives close to the hearts of the boating community.

Click here to learn more about Preview Day.

Meet Ted Lange!
The World’s Most Famous Bartender!

Ted Lange, writer, director, producer and actor, makes his first-ever appearance at the Toronto International Boat Show. Lange is best know for his role as Isaac the bartender in the hit 1970’s TV series The Love Boat, and has been hailed as “the world’s most famous bartender” ever since.

You will find the famous bartender at the Muskoka Brewery Bar located in the Food Court on the following dates and times:

Friday, January 20 Preview Day:4pm – 5pm & 6pm – 7pm
Saturday, January 21:12pm – 2pm & 3pm – 5pm
Sunday, January 22:12pm – 2pm & 3pm – 5pm

Come for the autographs and Love Boat bartender stories!!

Water Safety Awareness Day – Tuesday, January 24

Come celebrate Water Safety Awareness Day, the day kicks off with “10th Annual Anchors Aweigh,” a popular boat show tradition as Toronto’s first responders battle it out in a relay race at the Lake.

The rest of the day is filled with water safety education. We invite you to learn from the experts that help to inform boaters about the importance of safety on the water!

Make sure you check out these exhibitors!

Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel

Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel Returns to the 2017 Show! She’s been entertaining audiences of all ages for the past 33 years and a big advocate of water safety. A true star with cameos in films such as Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy; as well as Brad Paisley’s River Bank video. Sure to make waves on the water, Twiggy will be appearing daily throughout all nine days of the Toronto Boat Show!

Daily performances:

11:30 am
2:00 pm
4:00 pm
5:30 pm

11:30 am
2:00 pm
4:00 pm

Monday – Friday:
2:30 pm
6:00 pm

View Twiggy & Brad Paisley video

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 to view the 2017 Fish Tank Seminar Schedule.

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!

Located in the Food Court Adjacent to Mariners Marketplace.

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.

Click here for 2017 Schedule.

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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 our online New Product Showcase


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.

Check out the daily schedules for Sailing Informative Seminars in the Presentation Theatre and Salon 107.

O Canada Sailing

The Canadian entrant to the 2020 Vendee Globe, round the world solo race, Sandy Macpherson, and his team are back again with the most interactive experience ever. Sail an Open 60 “virtually” through our VR experience. Try on some ocean racing gear. Meet the team and find out how you can sail on Canada’s fastest sailboat. Live stream of the 2016 Vendee Globe finishers will also be shown at our booth!

Location: Booth 1442 in Sailfest Hall D

The Watermark Project - Share your water story with us!

Do you have a story to tell about your time out on the water? Share it with us at our Watermark Booth!

The Watermark Project is a community effort to collect and archive true stories about the ways people interact with water. These stories protect waterbodies across Canada. At the Watermark Booth, you are invited to protect your waterbody by sharing your stories of water with us. You can do this either through being interviewed at our Watermark Booth or by submitting your stories online at

Located in Hall D 1625

Canada 150: Birch Bark to Fiberglass

The mission of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) is to protect, preserve and promote our Canadian heritage of antique and vintage watercraft.

In celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial, we will feature everything from birch-bark canoes to classic fibreglass boats with both vintage and modern era wooden boats. Stop by and learn more about Canada’s rich boating heritage.

Location: Galleria Lobby.

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

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.

Rock on Rock – Daryl Maddeaux

Watch in amazement as Canadian Daryl Maddeaux balances rocks and builds extreme rock towers creating gravity-defying sculptures. He will place point against point, sometimes huge rock on tiny stones without the use of glue, nails, or anything else that could hold them together. He has performed all over the world including Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands.

Daryl will be performing daily in Cottage Country in the Water’s Edge Pub.

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.

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, Trout Pond and Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel. Enjoy the comforts of a Smokercraft Pontoon while you picture yourself on the water and ask the GMC folks how best to tow a boat.



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