Sidney Harbor Marina

BC Boat Show Moves to Sidney

Evin Moore Boating Business

Sidney Harbor Marina

Early morning at Sidney Harbor, B.C., soon to be the site of the 2018 B.C. Boat Show.

The British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association (BCYBA) has announced that this year’s BCYBA boat will be moving to a new location and changing its name. “We outgrew our space and now we’ve outgrown our name!” they stated in a press release.

Formerly called the Victoria Inner Harbor Boat Show, starting this year the show has been renamed the BC Boat Show. The show has moved from their original location, Victoria’s Inner Harbor, to their new location at Port Sidney Marina in Sidney, B.C. The new location offers extra space for vendors, exhibitors, and attendees, plus more parking.

With about 200 boats in the water and an average attendance in the thousands, the BC Boat Show is the largest in-the-water boat show on the West Coast. The show is a great opportunity for local brokers to sell to a large audience; all boats are open for perspective buyers to tour.

Professional brokers will be standing by to answer questions about boats’ histories and features. Out of the water there will be vendors representing every corner of the marine industry; fishing, equipment, clothing, electronics, and boat yard services.

Many boat sales will happen right at dock, as many brokers are willing to offer special deals and discounts to get at-the-show sales. Aiming for more of a festival feel this year, the BC Boat Show will have activities, displays, and events at the marina and the surrounding area. The dry-land exhibits will be hosted on a tented barge in the marina, and there will be a floating food and beverage garden. The show takes place May 3-6 from 11:00-18:00 on Thursday and Friday and 10:00-17:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Everyone is welcome, and children are encouraged to attend with their parents. Tickets are $10 at the gate; children 16 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Find out more at bcyba.com/events.

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