British Columbia’s biggest boat show runs from February 6-10
Canada’s largest boat show is just around the mark, running February 6-10 in Vancouver, British Columbia. With two downtown locations – the indoor show at BC Place and the floating show at Granville Island – you’ll have plenty to explore and even more to discover. Over 250 exhibitors are navigating to Vancouver’s shores to display new and notable vessels, products, and services of the marine industry and offer invaluable education in the form of seminars, full and half-day workshops, cooking demonstrations, and do-it-yourself free workshops. Get tips on everything from sport fishing in B.C. to buying a boat. Brush up on boating careers, and even get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) by taking the PCOC exam right there at the show. With all these wet and wild activities, you’re going to want to take advantage of that free shuttle.
If you’re a new boater, download the Free Beginners Guide to Boating online at vancouverboatshow.ca. and get a taste of what the sea salty life is all about by signing up for a free 30-minute power or sailboat ride at the Discover Boating tent near the Floating Show.
And of course, stroll through rows and rows of shiny new models of vessels of all shapes and sizes both on the water and in Canada’s “largest indoor lake,” aka BC Place. Check out the biggest catamaran to ever appear at the Vancouver International Boat Show, the Lagoon 52 showcased by Fraser Yacht Sales. Get the lowdown on the Greenline 39 and 48, which are doing wonders for sustainable boating. The massive 66 Manhattan, which won the 2018 Motorboat and Yachting award for “Best Flybridge over 66’,” will be presented by M&P Yacht Centre & Mercury Sales Ltd. If you’re a fisherperson, don’t miss the Coastal Craft 33 Profish, a leader in aluminum cruising and fishing vessels with a top speed of 41 knots. If outdoor relaxation is your thing, stop by the Ferretti 550 from Blackfish Marine. A full list of power and sailboat exhibitors can be found on the Vancouver International Boat Show’s website at vancouverboatshow.ca. Be sure to check it out before you arrive. Houseboats even have their own category in this massive show.
If you’re in it for the long haul, go for the five-day show pass for $25. Not as committed? A two-day show pass is also available for $20. If your day job won’t spare you the weekday, think about the $5 after 1700 hours Twilight Ticket. Gifting the office a trip to the show? The Group Ticket Discount is just $10 a ticket for 20 or more attendees. Kids under 16 attend for free when accompanied by an adult. Single day, two-day, five-day, and $5 after 5pm tickets are also available onsite. Prices vary.