Everyone’s headed to the Boat Show


Jan 23, 2020

The Vancouver International Boat Show will include more than 250 exhibitors, providing boat enthusiasts with a first look at the 2020 boating season’s premiere boat models and accessories – and include over 125 presentations and workshops led by boating experts. The 58th annual event, scheduled Wednesday, February 5 through Sunday, February 9.

This year’s Show will once again be hosted in two locations, indoors at BC Place and the floating show at Granville Island. Free shuttle buses and water ferries will also be operating continuously between the two venues.

One of the high points of the event will undoubtedly be Twiggy, the word famous water-skiing squirrel who has been announced as one of the many highlighted features of the show.

Main FloorTwiggy will be performing on a daily basis during the event, where show-goers will learn about water safety, waterskiing and experience some of fun excursions Twiggy undertakes within her lagoon. This show is full of laughs, surprises and even features a special guest, Roxie, as Twiggy’s trusty lifeguard!

Other feature attractions include:

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Seminars: With over 125 combined presentations, Boating experts from around the world educate, inspire and entertain at the Vancouver Boat Show, sharing their experience and expertise on everything from boating basics to spellbinding boating adventures. (more info: https://www.vancouverboatshow.ca/education/seminar-speakers/)

Floating Show: Fresh air, saltwater and spectacular boats make the Floating Show at Granville Island a must-see highlight of the Vancouver International Boat Show!

The perfect place to see and board boats on the water, Granville Island hosts the largest motor yachts and sailboats featured at this year’s boat show.

You can sign up for FREE boat rides with Boating BC and learn about the Boating Lifestyle from seasoned Skippers!

Plus, you can tour the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue’s (RCM-SAR) new Falkins Class Type II Vessel — one of the newest and most capable SAR vessels available today!

Or step aboard Bluewater Cruising Association’s fully equipped, offshore-ready boat and imagine what it would be like to voyage to remote, exotic islands and atolls, steeped in history and rich in culture.

Located under the Granville Street Bridge, this stunning marina is a brief shuttle ride from BC Place – and for your convenience, FREE shuttle buses and FREE water ferries run continuously between BC Place and Granville Island.

Click here for more information.

We recommend you begin your boat show visit at Granville Island, as the Floating Show closes daily at at 5:30pm, Wednesday through Saturday, and 5pm on Sunday.

GranvilleDockside Grill: The Dockside Grill takes cooking on the dock or boat to a whole new level! Watch and learn from seasoned chefs on how to make simple and tasty snacks and meals that are great for ‘boaters on the go!’ These cook masters will demonstrate how these morsels are whipped up in small spaces and deliver big taste for all to enjoy!
Featuring teams from Sundance Seafoods,  Sossy’ Outdoors, BC Outdoors Sportfishing and more!

Located in the main floor food court at BC Place!

CLICK HERE for full schedule of cooking demonstration and sampling times.

Womens Day: Join us on Saturday, February 8, 2020 for Women’s Day at the Vancouver Boat Show. Women’s Day is a one-day educational opportunity for women of all levels and types of boaters! A full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire. All events during the day are intended to build confidence by presenting information in a fun and supportive environment. Built into the day will be time to meet other like-minded women, ask questions, share stories and create communities that will live on outside this one day!

There are lots of topics to choose from ranging from basic electrical, emergency procedures, docking, anchoring, Howe Sound weather, electronics and apps, boat insurance, and tips and tricks for the galley and crew. The presentations, for both power and sail, will help beginners get started and offer seasoned boaters a fun refresher. Registration is required and includes a ticket to enjoy the boat show on any show day; since this is a full day event and you won’t have much time to visit the boat show.

And to top it all off, every registrant receives an amazing gift bag and raffle prize!

Registration is required, space is limited to 100 women* All sessions will take place at BC Place Stadium. Only $99 (GST included). Your day includes:

• Seminars
• Keynote presentation
• Lunch & Learn Panel Discussion
• End-of-day reception
• Gift bag and raffle prizes
• A general admission ticket to attend the show any other day (February 5-9, 2020)

Show Hours for February 5 – 9, 2020 are as follows:

Wednesday through Saturday 10am – 8pm

* the floating show will close at 5:30pm daily, Wednesday through Saturday

Sunday                                      10am – 5pm

Specific program details will be posted at www.VancouverBoatShow.ca as they are finalized.

Western Canada’s largest consumer boating event, the Vancouver International Boat Show is owned by the Boating BC Association and produced by Canadian Boat Shows.
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