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There is something for everyone at the 60th 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.

Click here for details on the 2017 Lake features – 2018 details coming soon!



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Preview Day

Mark your calendar now for Preview Day – January 12, 2018.

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 $796,000 for initiatives close to the hearts of the boating community.

Click here to learn more about Preview Day.



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Brenda Lowe: Cast Away, Actress, Adventurist

Ever wonder what it’s like to be abandoned on a remote island in the middle of nowhere… with nothing… with people you don’t know… Or filming a movie with two of Hollywood’s biggest names… or even having the opportunity to paddle your way around amazing locations across the globe?

Brenda Lowe has done all of the above! So when you’re at the show, take your opportunity to talk with her and learn about her experiences as a paddle sports enthusiast, being part of the Baywatch move, and being a castaway on Survivor… twice!

Brenda started paddle boarding back in 2009 when she was first introduced to the sport, and founded Paddleboard Miami in order to connect others who were just as enthusiastic about the sport as she was. This group later turned into one of the first stand-up paddleboard rental delivery services in Miami when the sport was just in its infancy in South Florida.

Brenda’ reality television career started in 2010 when she was chosen to be a contestant on Survivor: Nicaragua, which was an “unbelievable experience”. During the season she maintained tight alliances, smart social gameplay and physical competence but was eventually targeted for being perceived as having too much power.

Most recently, she landed a role in Baywatch: The Movie.

Meet Brenda Lowe at the Baywatch feature in The Water’s Edge Pub, Cottage Country E-350 (Jan 12 – 14) and Stand up Paddleboard Demos at The Lake!

  • Friday, January 12 3pm – 7pm
  • Saturday, January 13 1pm – 3pm & 4pm – 6pm (Demos on The Lake 2:30pm – 3:00pm)
  • Sunday, January 14 12pm – 2pm & 3pm – 5pm (Demos on The Lake 12pm – 12:30pm)

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Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships operates the world’s largest volunteer-run floating hospital. With 75% of the world’s population living within 150km of a port city, our hospital ship reaches people who live with little or no healthcare in some of the poorest and most remote parts of the world.

We are a team of nurses, doctors, surgeons, and other crew members from all over the world, donating our time to help on board the world’s largest non-governmental floating hospital.

As a floating hospital, we can sail directly to some of the world’s poorest people to deliver life-saving medical care and provide safe, state-of-the-art facilities in which to treat them. Our supporters are a vital part of the team, paying for essential medical supplies and ship repairs. Together, we have helped transform the lives of more than 2.42 million people in more than 70 countries since 1978. The Canadian office is part of a global network of 16 land-based national offices that support the work of Mercy Ships International. For more information go to www.mercyships.ca

Visit Mercy Ships Canada at Space A1 (south entrance to The Lake)

To learn more and to donate click here.

Facebook: facebook.com/mercyshipscanada/

Instagram: instagram.com/mercyshipsca/

Pinterest: pinterest.ca/mercyshipsca/

Twitter: twitter.com/MercyShipsCA

Email: tim.maloney@mercyships.ca

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Water Safety Awareness Day - Tuesday, January 16

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. Further details to be posted later in November.

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!



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Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel

Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel Returns to the 2018 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!

Check back for Twiggy’s schedule.

View Twiggy & Brad Paisley video




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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"!

Check back for 2018 Fish Tank Schedule!

New this year, Attend a seminar at the Fish Tank on January 13 & 14 or January 19, 20, 21 and get a chance to be selected by the Pros to participate in a Pro-Am Fish Off at the world’s largest indoor Lake! So much fun! So much Fishing Fun! So many prizes! Even if you don’t get selected come out and cheer on the Fishing Pros and Amateurs!

Pro-Am Fish Off Schedule at The Lake

  • Saturday, January 13: 3:15pm – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 14: 11:15am – 11:45am
  • Friday, January 19: 2:15pm – 3:15 pm
  • Saturday, January 20: 3:15pm – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 21: 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm



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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 14’ Lund fishing boat packaged with a Mercury engine & Shoreland’r trailer!

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.

2018 updates coming soon!

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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 from 2017 – the 2018 New Product List coming soon!



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Get Into Sailing

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

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Keeping the Passion Alive – A Salute to the Heritage of Boat Shops

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.



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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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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.



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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, 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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