The fourth annual Nanaimo Boat Show is coming in hot, Thursday, April 12, through Sunday, April 15, to the Waterfront Suites and Marina of Nanaimo, British Columbia. This family- and pet-friendly event features a tent-style exhibitor hall and in-water boat show. The live music, food, and drink are appreciated bonuses. Of course, the location of Nanaimo is a treat unto itself.
There is more to this event than just a typical in-water show. The Kids Zone promises face painting, a bouncy castle, and children-oriented boating activities and education. Free parking is offered at the Maffeo Sutton Park, a short walk away from the venue that also has free shuttle service every 30 minutes to and from the show.
Proceeds of ticket sales also go to the Nanaimo Region of the John Howard Society, a charitable organization devoted to addressing homelessness, addictions, mental health challenges, and incarceration. In 2015, the Nanaimo Boat Show raised a reported $3,188 for the organization.
Hours vary somewhat day to day, with April 12 running from 1200 to 1800 hours, April 13 and 14 from 1000 to 1800 hours, and April 15 from 1000 to 1500 hours.
You are encouraged to buy your tickets online at the website (see below), $10 for an all-access pass and $8 for a single day pass. Children aged 12 and under are free. Buying tickets online also automatically enters the purchaser into a prize drawing. Check out the event’s official website, nanaimoboatshow.com, for more details. We hope to see you there!