Toronto Boat Show booms

TIBS 2017

Feb 7, 2017

According to the organizers and what we saw firsthand, The 59th annual Toronto International Boat Show saw all signs of positive growth for the boating industry with a nearly 10% increase in attendance from 70,643 last year to 77,105 attendees in 2017 over the show’s 10-day run. As usual it is the biggest indoor boat show in North America.







Tibs CarverThis year’s show had more big boats than ever

Marine manufacturers and retailers regard the Toronto Boat Show as the economic bellwether for the boating industry; and demand for exhibitor space for the 2017 show quickly sold-out, packing over a million square feet of the Enercare Centre.







Leaving the boots behindleaving winter boots behind to get on board

This year, the Toronto Boat Show provided extensive programming and education for all levels of boaters and interests from on-water pedal board demos to discover watersports and hands-on skills training, and more than 250 free seminars and workshops to empower and excite new visitors to get into the boating lifestyle.










TIBS new Reader



start them young: “Mummy, I want to be a boater when I grow up” 

Photos: Andy Adams and Amelia Morris

Save the Date: 2018 will mark the 60th Anniversary of the Toronto International Boat Show, January 12 – 21, Enercare Centre.



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