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What to do on a Snow Day?  Head to Canada’s largest boating and recreational show for some wakeboarding, fishing and paddleboating fun!

As the temperature drops, so too do the options for parents looking for activities to plan in the middle of winter for the entire family.  Look no further than the Toronto International Boat Show to entertain, educate and offer unique activities that bring summer fun indoors, January 14 – 22, 2012.

Ever wonder what luxury yachts look like inside? The Toronto Boat Show has more than a million square feet of show space at the Direct Energy Centre packed with awe-inspiring boats to see and tour, free seminars and demonstrations, marine accessories ranging from canoes and kayaks to fishing rods and wakeboards – AND boasts the largest indoor Lake in Canada.

All activities are FREE with admission, making the Toronto International Boat Show the best entertainment value for your dollar. Children 16 years and under are also FREE when accompanied by an adult.  Buy early online and save even more!  For details, visit www.TorontoBoatShow.com.


Go Wakeboarding – Here’s your chance!  FREE lessons, practices and demonstrations are offered on The Lake by trained experts using Ontario’s only Sesitec System that gently and safely pulls riders across the water.  Lifejackets, wetsuits and wakeboards are provided in all sizes.  Whether a novice or experienced rider, this will definitely get the adrenaline pumping.

Pro-Rider Wakeboard Show – If you’re not quite ready to try wakeboarding, sit back and enjoy the flips, tricks and stunts of pro wakeboarders as they crank up the action on The Lake. It’s an awesome display of acrobatics as riders hit the rails and test their skills.

Kids Boating Zone – The love of boating can start at any age so start them young!  The Kids Boating Zone is a safe and fun place for kids to take a break from navigating the show floor. Mom and Dad can relax and enjoy a slice of Pizza Pizza while the kids embark on a fun-filled paddleboat ride on our mini-lake specially designed for kids only.

Duma the Waterskiing Dog – Always a crowd pleaser, this adorable Jack Russell Terrier is back to entertain audiences of all ages.  Not only does she waterski on The Lake (a sight to behold), Duma also drives her owner’s boat.  You gotta see it to believe it!

Abby Sunderland – the youngest person ever at age 16 to sail solo around Cape Horn…and almost to sail around the world if not for a rogue wave that rolled and dismasted her boat, almost killing her. Abby will share her incredible sailing adventures as well as her amazing stories of courage and determination.

Go Fish! – Lake Ontario may be frozen, but there’s plenty of fish to catch at the Boat Show. Let your little ones try their hand at catching live trout with Fish TV’s Leo and Ron; and for the parents, you too can hone your fishing skills at the Great Canadian Fish Tank, where daily demos provide a fish-eye’s view of how fish react to different lures and techniques.

Go Boating – The Lake is open to families to enjoy leisure boating activities such as paddleboating, kayaking, canoeing and inflatable boat rides – all FREE and all supervised.  Lifejackets are provided, so relax, have fun and enjoy a ride on The Lake with the kids.

Canadian Yachting’s Island Village – Nestled among the colourful sailboats is an island oasis where parents and kids can sample the tastes and sounds of the Caribbean.  Palm trees, tiki huts and lounge chairs make for the perfect setting and might just inspire you to talk to one a representative about planning the next family vacation.

Henry’s Fish House – Take a break from the show and refuel at Henry’s Fish House.  If you haven’t yet, you must try Muskoka’s famous fish & chips – it’s the best fish in town!

Boat Deals – The Toronto International Boat Show is the best place to buy a boat with exceptional show deals and unbiased expert advice to help decide on a boat that fits your lifestyle and budget.  You can also get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card on-site – it’s the law – and find everything else need to accessorize your boat.

Shop the show online at TorontoBoatShow.com in advance and see what boats will be on display for 2012.

Show Details:

When: January 14 – 22, 2012

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weekdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Special Preview Night Friday, January 13

Where: Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place

100 Princess Blvd.

Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

TICKETS: $18 – General Admission (17 – 64 yrs.)

$15 – Seniors (65 yrs. & better)

$20 – Unlimited weekday evening pass (4 pm – 8 pm)

$25 – Two-day Adult pass (17 – 64 yrs.)

$19 – Two-day Senior pass (65 yrs. & better)

FREE – Kids 16 years & under when accompanied by an adult

Special Preview Night tickets available online or call 905-951-0009

*Buy online and save $3 off regular admission (valid to midnight January 13, 2012, www.TorontoBoatShow.com)

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