Apr 26, 2018

Port SidneyIt’s been many years since Sidney, BC hosted a boat show, but this May 3-6 the waterfront will be buzzing as the BC Yacht Brokers Association bring their annual show back to the Port Sidney Marina.

Each year yacht brokers and marine vendors gather from all over the Pacific Northwest (US and Canada) to showcase the on-the-water lifestyle. Previously located in downtown Victoria, this year the Victoria Inner Harbour Boat Show becomes the BC Boat Show and takes place in beautiful Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula. The move allows space for even more boats for visitors to explore, and easier access and parking.

The BC Boat Show has something for everyone in love with boating. Inside the marina the over 3,500ft of dock space will be lined with boats of all shapes and sizes. Look out for the popular Ranger Tugs and demo boats from the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue as well as luxury yachts, sail boats, power boats, fishing boats and more. For the serious buyer sea trials will be available in the sheltered waters of the Haro Strait.

In the floating pavilion vendors and exhibitors will have all things marine-related on display and for sale. Everything from outboards, dinghies, navigation equipment, rigging, boat yards, chandlery, clothing and a host of boating and fishing gear. Meet the team from SALTS Sail and Life Training Society, volunteers from Search and Rescue and experts from the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. You can also find out about boating and water education and how to get started earning your BC Boaters license.

Adding to the festival feel, new this year is a beer garden on Bridgeman’s Barge, serving casual food and drinks, allowing visitors to make a day of it. There are not many places more spectacular to grab a bite to eat than the Sidney waterfront!

Kids attend free when attending with a paying adult – great value for families. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea will be offering discounted admission for visitors to the show over the weekend, just show your wristband at their front desk.

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