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Posted on January 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm


Water Walkers, Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga, Winter Wake Fest,
Wakeboarding, Viking Boat Races, Accessible Boat Rides and the Return of Duma the Wakeboarding Dog!

- PLUS – More than a million square feet of boats, marine accessories, workshops and seminars to discover

January 11-19, Direct Energy Centre

(Toronto, ON) – The 2014 Toronto International Boat Show is turning up the heat with all new thrills, activities and exciting demonstrations on the world’s largest indoor lake.  Filled with more than one million gallons of water from Lake Ontario, Ricoh Coliseum will be transformed into a playground for watersports and boating enthusiasts alike.  NEW to The Lake, visitors can try Water Walkers – walking on water inside a durable clear plastic ‘bubble;’ as well as fan favourites such as learning wakeboarding, free boat rides, Winter Wake Fest and wakeboard show, Duma the wakeboarding dog, and stand up paddle boarding demos are all returning with new themes, surprises and much more.

The 56th Annual Toronto International Boat Show. Canada’s largest, most popular marine marketplace, drops anchor January 11-19, 2014, at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. All activities are FREE with admission! Visit for more information, features and complete schedules.

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Friday, January 10:
A mid-winter rendezvous for the boating community, Special Preview Night returns to the Toronto Boat Show in support of children’s charities! Since 2000, Special Preview Night has raised more than $630,000 for initiatives that are close to the hearts of the boating community. Tickets available now at or by calling (905) 951-0009.


NEW – Water Walkers:  A fun new way to experience The Lake, visitors of all ages can walk (and roll) on water inside a large durable floating “bubble.”  This feature is provided by Elephant Thoughts, a charitable organization that offers unique, sustainable educational solutions for children from kindergarten to Grade 12.

NEW – CharterAbility: Demonstrating accessible boating for persons of all ages with disabilities.

Stand Up Paddle Board Fitness: One of the most buzzed-about fitness trends gets even better by adding the element of yoga to stand up paddle boarding!

Discover Watersports & Go Wakeboarding: Guided by expert instructors, show-goers receive hands-on wakeboarding instruction “on shore,” then take to The Lake to try out their new skills behind the Sesitec System 2.0.

Winter Wake Fest: Some of North America’s elite wakeboarders and skaters will crank up the volume on The Lake for a spectacular show of grinds, tricks and flips. Special guests include world champion rider Shaun Murray, MTV star Oli Derome, pro riders Raph Derome, Ben LeClair, Kaesen Sunderhoud, Kevin Henshaw, Daniel Powers and Yan Lecomte.

Duma: The wakeboarding, boat-driving wonder dog returns with another awe-inspiring, entertainment-packed show for the entire family.

FREE Boat Rides: From kayaking to canoeing, paddleboats, inflatables, and itBikes, The Lake welcomes all types of boaters at all levels of mastery! NEW – test your Viking skills against your friends in the Great VIKINGS Longship Race presented by the HISTORY Channel.


NEW – Russell Newberry: Former deck boss and most outspoken cast member of Discovery Channel’s popular reality series, Deadliest Catch, Newberry survives to tell his tales on the Bering Sea aboard massive fishing vessels in search of the ultimate payday.  A 35-year commercial fisherman veteran, Newberry has braved deadly storms, monstrous waves, bone-chilling hypothermia and seasickness for the “Big Catch” – once netting a 67-pound king salmon.

NEW – Lin and Larry Pardey: Renowned sailing experts and North America’s first couple of cruising, Lin and Larry Pardey, are making their Toronto Boat Show debut in 2014. Together, they’ve sailed over 200,000 miles, including two circumnavigations east-to-west and west-to-east aboard self-built, wooden, engine-free cutters, proudly displaying the Canadian flag. The Pardeys will be sharing sailing tips and their record-breaking adventures on the Seminar Stage.                                                                    

NEW – Canadian Canoe Museum: Featuring interactive and educational displays for the whole family, this unique national heritage centre explores the cultural significance of the canoe and its enduring connection to Canadians. The Toronto Boat Show brings highlights of the Museum including canoes from around the world, artifacts ranging from the great dugouts of the First Nations to modern-day metallic watercrafts, as well as engaging programming and activities such as live canoe-building demonstrations, woodworking studio and carve your own paddle. FUN for KIDS: soapstone carving, paddle painting and bracelet making!                   

Kids Boating & Fishing Zones: Kids can learn to catch live trout with Fish TV’s Leo and Ron, or enjoy FREE paddle boating on the mini-lake custom-designed for pint-sized captains.

Great Canadian Fish Tank: The 40-ft long aquarium provides a fish-eye view of native Ontario marine life, and is the perfect teaching tool for experts demonstrating how to catch “the big one.”

Discover Boating Centre: Experienced and novice boaters can learn from unbiased experts. Find the boat that’s right for your lifestyle and budget, receive information on courses and boating destinations, and much more.


More than 140 entertaining and informative seminars with an exceptional variety of guest speakers including Herb McCormick, former editor-in-chief of Cruising World magazine and yachting correspondent for the New York Times, as well as the bestselling author of Maiden Voyage and youngest American woman to sail around the world, Tania Aebi.  The complete seminar schedule is posted on


WHEN:                        January 11-19, 2014
Monday to Wednesday, 11am-8pm; Thursday & Friday, 11am-9pm
Saturdays, 10am-7pm; Sundays, 10am-6pm

SPECIAL PREVIEW NIGHT – Friday, January 10, 4-9pm

WHERE:                     Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto, ON

TICKETS:                   $18 – General Admission (17 – 64 yrs.)
$15 – Seniors (65 yrs. & better)
$20 – Unlimited Weekday Evening Pass (4pm – close)
$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

* Buy online at and save $3/ticket until midnight January 10, 2014.

PHONE:                       905.951.0009


The Toronto International Boat Show is owned and produced by Canadian Boat Shows Inc. In generating more than $354 million in economic impact to the region, it remains one of the largest consumer boat shows in North America. During the last five years, the Show has annually attracted more than 550 exhibitors and 80,000 attendees. More boats are purchased at the Toronto International Boat Show than at any other place or event in Canada.

About 35% of Canadians (9.4 million people) participate in boating and Canadians own more than 4.3 million boats. Direct revenues across Canada’s core recreational boating industry total $4.4 billion per year and it directly employs approximately 40,000 Canadians. (NMMA Canada – The Economic Impact of Recreational Boating In Canada; 2012.)


Media Contacts:
Tran Nguyen                                                              Vanessa Andres
416-628-5607/cell: 416-220-4285                       416-628-5612/cell: 647-828-8802