BC’S inaugural Family Day statutory holiday is the second Monday in February 2013 – and Vancouver International Boat Show has adjusted its schedule to take advantage of the new long weekend. Next year’s VIBS will run from Thursday, February 7 to Monday, February 11, instead of its traditional Wednesday-Sunday slot.  

“VIBS has always focused on providing an experience the entire family can enjoy. Parents and children can get up close to a wide range of boats and see which boats best suit their family; they can even enjoy a free boat ride at Granville Island,” says show director Linda Waddell. “To be able to hold the 2013 show on BC’s first Family Day is incredibly exciting for our industry.”

Boats and gear will be on display by more than 250 exhibitors at two locations – indoors at BC Place Stadium and on the water at Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina.

www.VancouverBoatShow.ca

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