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Feb 8, 2018

It’s show time. The 2018 Halifax International Boat Show opens today at Exhibition Park. The show runs until Sunday, February 11th and features hundreds of new boats and related exhibits.

The Halifax International Boat Show is a great opportunity to meet up with your boating friends, look and buy the latest in marine equipment and electronics, buy a new boat, find out about brokerage options or figure out how to upgrade and add value to your current boat. Visit with Yacht Clubs and Sailing Schools in the Discover Boating Centre and if you are a new boater, attend the Canadian Safe Boating Council’s START Boating presentation on Saturday morning.



HIBS Boat JumpIf you have been considering sailing across the Atlantic on a Tall Ship, Henry Hoeksma crossed aboard the Top Sail Schooner the Wylde Swan, from Saint John, New Brunswick to Harlingen in the Netherlands. Henry will be presenting his story with lots of photos of the trip on Saturday.

In additional to a wonderful selection of new boats, the show has much more to offer. Here are a few of the unique displays:

HIBS Boat DisplayBoating with Solar Power

Over the last few years, Ed Sulis has gone SOLAR! He has replaced all shore power and his engine alternator with solar panels, battery and a true sine wave inverter. His system supplies all his on-board power requirements and winter storage and spring maintenance. The evolution of the design and its testing can be discussed directly with Ed at his display.

Ship Modellers

The South Shore Ship Modellers’ Guild and the Maritime Ship Modellers’ Guild are non-profit organizations which promote model building and the sharing of building techniques with their members and the public. Members come from all walks of life and are delighted to show their expertise to the public. Models can consist of just about any sort of marine craft, ocean liners, mine sweepers, dories, 15th century warships, fishing vessels and even the Bluenose II.

Lunenburg Bound Books

Remember those wonderful sailing adventure stories that might have got you hooked on going on the water? Well Lunenburg Bound does as well. New and previously enjoyed copies of just about anything about going out on the water,

HIBS Crowd 2adventure stories, reference books, how to books, picture books, design books, historical books even historical nautical romances are at this fabulous book shop.
Lunenburg Bound Books are buyers and sellers of fine new and used books. It is an eclectic and charming bookshop with a special interest in nautical books and seafaring. They stock nautical fiction and non-fiction, focusing on seamanship,

design and construction of boats, the history of the sea and seafaring as well as books focusing on the Navy.

Traditional Marine

A variety of authentic items that have been “to sea”. This truly eclectic collection has something for everyone! Its worthwhile browsing from old marine hardware to mermaids, you can find nautical buoys, old ships’ lights, lanterns, running lights, propellers, netting, cargo nets, wood float beads & net corks, life boat oars, paddles, small dory oars, lobster traps, old colorful lobster buoys, binnacles, trawl tubs, barrels & buckets, pulleys, blocks and deadeyes, netted glass ball floats,
old manila rope, lobster crates, signal flags, rope ladders, steering wheels, and more.

Wylde SwanAquatic Adventures with Dory and Nemo

Who would have thought that Dory and Nemo could be found at the Boat show! These adorable and huggable mascots will be on hand Saturday and Sunday for kids of all ages. Be sure to bring the kids and take a few fishy photos for Facebook. They appear Saturday from 12 – 3 and Sunday from 1 – 3


BOATsmart! Is accredited by Transport Canada to educate and certify boaters for their Pleasure Craft Operator Card. All motorized boat operators in Canada are required by law to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (more commonly known as a boating license), regardless of age, length of boat or engine horsepower. Visit their kiosk and challenge the test right at the show!

“Enjoy the show and remember boating season will arrive – before you know it!”
– Chris Power, Halifax International Boat Show Chair

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