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There is something for everyone at the 55th Vancouver Boat Show.

Floating Show at Granville Island

Fresh air, saltwater and spectacular boats make the Floating Show at Granville Island a must-see highlight of the Vancouver International Boat Show!

The perfect place to see and board boats on the water, Granville Island hosts the largest motor yachts and sailboats featured at this year’s boat show.

You can sign up for FREE boat rides with Discover Boating and learn from the experts at Discover Boating’s Hands-On Skills Training.

Plus, you can tour the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue’s (RCM-SAR) new Falkins Class Type II Vessel -- one of the newest and most capable SAR vessels available today!

Or step aboard Bluewater Cruising Association’s fully equipped, offshore-ready boat and imagine what it would be like to voyage to remote, exotic islands and atolls, steeped in history and rich in culture.

Located under the Granville Street Bridge, this stunning marina is a brief shuttle ride from BC Place – and for your convenience, FREE shuttle buses and FREE water ferries run continuously between BC Place and Granville Island.

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We recommend you begin your boat show visit at Granville Island, as the Floating Show closes daily at 5 pm.


Ever wonder what it’s like to skipper a luxury mega yacht? Find out first hand from helmsman Captain Harold Lee Rosbach.

Capt. Lee is best known for his role on Bravo network’s hit TV Show, Below Deck, where he oversees command of the 154’ superyacht, ‘Valour’, an eclectic crew, and an even more eclectic group of on-board guests, as they sail through exotic Caribbean destinations.

Born and raised in Saginaw Michigan, Lee started yachting a little later in life than your average “yachtie.” At the age of 35, Lee took the time to get his Captain’s license and pursued his passion for the seas. The gin clear water with its multiple shades of blue is priceless and not something he can get in an office setting. He loves his job and everyday looks forward to new people and new adventures. Capt Lee is always ready to answer the call of the Caribbean, the Med or anywhere there are islands to explore. There is always a new adventure just beyond the sunset.

Some of the superyachts that have been under his command are 164’ Cuor di Leone, 162’ Mustang Sally, 155′ Ohana, 140′ Just Enough, 135’Atlantica, 120′ Sovereign, Pauly D, Insatiable, Morganstar, Mostro and 135’ Feadship, Sea Ghost.

Meet Captain Lee at the Below Deck feature adjacent to the seminar rooms on the main floor of BC Place. Capt. Lee will be onsite meeting fans and sharing stories of ‘Luxury Life at Sea’ during the following times:

Wednesday:12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
Thursday:12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
Friday:12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
Saturday:12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
Sunday:12pm – 4pm


Flyboarding – Superhero’s On The Water

Harnessing the power of a Seadoo, stealing 100% of the jet flow, and redirecting and focusing that energy directly below the Flyboard, thrust is produced, propelling the rider through the water and into the air. The end result…nothing short of extraordinary. This revolutionary new watersport is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have on the water. See the Canadian Jetpack Adventures professionals in action with live shows performed at the Floating Show at Granville Island.


The Lower Deck – presented by Gemstone Masonry

Meet your friends, and grab a drink and snack at the show’s central socializing hub in the middle of the food court on the Field Level of BC Place. Watch the bartenders flip-up your favorite beverage ‘Cocktail’ style and map out what seminars you want to catch.

Take a break from the show floor to capture the Boating Lifestyle in its truest sense!


The Dockside Grill – presented by Gemstone Masonry

The Dockside Grill takes cooking on the dock or boat to a whole new level! Watch and learn from seasoned chefs on how to make simple and tasty snacks and meals that are great for ‘boaters on the go!’ These cook masters will demonstrate how these morsels are whipped up in small spaces and deliver big taste for all to enjoy!

Featuring teams from Sundance Seafoods Saucys Got Game and more!

Located in the main floor food court at BC Place!

The full schedule of cooking demonstration and sampling times will be posted soon!


We’re the Loxy Ladies, sisters who work for our family business, Sundance Seafood Ltd. Our father started the company in 1990 in order to be closer to his wife and two baby girls (us!). Having been raised by a fisherman for a father and an amazing cook for a mother, it was only natural that our passion for food would blossom. We love creating recipes with our products that are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare.


Tammy Wood, Agassiz’s hometown celebrity, finished in the Top Ten of Canada’s Master Chef, Season Two. Since the show, Tammy’s career has blossomed in the culinary world. As a passionate Chef and avid hunter and fisher girl, Tammy has combined her loves of the outdoor lifestyle and cooking to create a career of Wild Game cooking.

Her first published cookbook, “Around the Woods in Thirty Plates”, features Venison recipes and she is currently working on her own hunting and cooking show titled, “Saucy’s Got Game”, which has been approved by three networks so far for 2017, including Wild TV. Tammy also works with BC Outdoors as a Food Editor for both the BC Outdoor Hunting and Fishing magazines and has earned the title of “Pro Staff” at Abbotsford’s Cabela’s, where you can often find her cooking wild game dishes for the customers during special events, or just hanging out in the hunting department.

We are excited to welcome Chef Tammy to the Dockside Grill, her motto of “loving what you do” sure to be an inspiration to us all!

Tammy Wood has become a bit of a hometown celebrity with her Master Chef Canada Season Two debut! Since her success on the show, she has become a published cookbook author, a food editor for BC Outdoor Fishing and Hunting magazines, and a Pro Staff for Cabelas's Canada. She has her own cooking show, "Saucy's Got Game", which will air in 2017! Chef Tammy is well known at all the BC Hunting and Fishing Shows for her Wild Game and Seafood demos.


Formula 1 Tunnel Boats

Kelowna’s Mike McLellan and Formula 1 Tunnel Boats return to the Vancouver International Boat Show for 2016 with the Autoplace F1 Team based in Kelowna, B.C. Competing on the USF1 Tour, Autoplace F1 competes at the very top of outboard racing in North America, in fact the next step up is the world tour! Reaching speeds of over 220KMH, these boats routinely pull over 6G’s in the corners. Powered by 2.5L Mercury V6 racing engines, an F1 boat will out accelerate Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s!

“We had such a great time last year and are excited to be back!. This is a great way for us to kick off the racing season”.

Visitors to the show can see the Autoplace Formula 1 boat adjacent to the food court on the field level, where you can see the boat, get autograph’s, and meet the team. As well as see their merchandise line up.

NMEA 2000® ConnectFest

The NMEA 2000® ConnectFest is a ‘live’ demonstration of the NMEA 2000® “open industry networking standard” in operation. Many manufacturers will participate by connecting their NMEA 2000 certified products onto the NMEA 2000 backbone and demonstrating interoperability on the network. Hands-on experience with the NMEA 2000® cables and connectors system illustrates the advantages of the light-weight, quickly installed network and how systems can be expanded for future needs. ConnectFest visitors may ask questions of costs, installation, configurability and scalability. The NMEA 2000® network is an open plug and play system, enabling connection and disconnection of products with no downtime on the network.

Location: Booth 297 on the Concourse Level of BC Place.


Sport Fishing in BC

Finesse your sport fishing technique with this series of seminars dedicated to sport fishing in BC! Topics range from deep sea fishing off the coast of Vancouver and Vancouver Island, to freshwater lake fishing, and fishing the rivers of BC.

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100+ FREE Hourly Seminars

Boating experts from around the world educate, inspire and entertain at the Vancouver Boat Show, sharing their experience and expertise on everything from boating basics to spellbinding boating adventures.


The DIY Garage – an informational resource

NEW for 2016! The ‘DIY Garage’ is an informational resource area and series of seminar presentations on common boat maintenance topics researched by ‘Do-It-Yourselfers’. This is an interactive environment where attendees can ask questions to professional instructors from BCIT’s Marine Mechanical Technician (MMT) program and Quadrant Marine Institute’s Marine Service Technician (MST) program. Here you can get answers to help ensure you’re headed down the correct path! And if your project is outside your scope or mechanical ability, these professionals will know where to go for further assistance

Look for the DIY Garage as part of the Seminar Rooms across the aisle from the food court on the main floor of BC Place!


The Most Sailboats on Display Anywhere on the West Coast!

From the newest sailboat models, to nautical products, sailing services and maritime destinations and more, this year’s Sailing Display offers a truly unparalleled showcase of all things sailing-related.

Stop by the Floating Show at Granville Island to see, board, and shop the largest selection of sailboats anywhere on the West Coast with vessels displayed in their natural habitat, all while enjoying the sights, sounds, and local charm of Vancouver's iconic sailing oasis.

And explore the many sail-related exhibitor booths inside BC Place. Sail-related exhibitors throughout the show are also easy to find; just look for the “SailFest” flags.

And be sure to check out this year's expanded Seminar Series for an abundance of sail-related presentations.

Free shuttle buses and water ferries run continuously between BC Place and Granville Island. The Floating Show closes daily at 5 pm.

Discover Boating Centre

A wealth of FREE resources and unbiased experts are on hand at the Discover Boating Centre to answer every boating question and help boat show visitors navigate their way to getting out on the water.

Whether you are new to boating or already an experienced boater, our boating experts can help you figure out the perfect boat to fit your lifestyle and budget. They can provide advice on everything from destinations and new activities to try, to boating courses, safety information, accessories, maintenance, docking tips, and much more.

You can even get pick up a boat-shopping guide to use at the show, plus lots of free information, including magazines and DVDs to take home with you.

Drop by the Discover Boating Centre and find out why life is better with a boat!


Mustang Survival Inflatable PFD Inspections

Own an inflatable PFD, but have no idea how it works? Don’t know how to maintain it? Didn’t know you needed to maintain it? Then bring your PFD to the Vancouver Boat Show to receive a free inspection.

Members of Mustang Survival’s Research & Design team will be onsite to provide free inflatable PFD inspection and maintenance services. These services include a visual inspection, inflation test, installation of replacement components and re-packing.

If replacement components are required, they will be made available at a discounted price onsite and installed free of charge.

The service will be available in Mustang Survival booth #265.


Kids Zone

Kids will love the Nautical Play Centre located in the Kids Zone! There are friendly, energetic staff and lots of fun things for kids to do, including paddleboat rides, arts and crafts and an interactive display by the Creative Crusaders team.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Dream Cabins – Custom built!

Ever wonder what your dream cottage could look like? Have a building lot? Want a quality custom home or cabin at the best price? Linwood has designed and supplied more than 10,000 exceptional home packages since 1968. Each Linwood design and material package can be customized to meet your individual needs and built to the unique specifications of your property. Linwood homes are recognized world-wide for their outstanding home building materials, gorgeous exposed timbers, and environmentally-friendly site specific designs. Check out the custom Linwood cabin façade at the entrance to The Lower Deck, in the food court on the main floor of BC Place!


The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network

The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network is a unique stewardship project that involves commercial and recreational mariners and coastal citizens in gathering data about the distribution and habitat use of endangered whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sea turtles.  Sightings data is not only used within the organization, but is also shared with other conservation and research projects done by government agencies, universities and ENGOs. Sightings are analyzed to better understand the relative abundance, distribution, and habitat use of BC's cetaceans. Meet the team next to the flood court on the main floor of BC Place, Friday through Sunday.


Ocean Wise

Overfishing is the biggest threat our oceans face today. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program, which now includes more than 600 Ocean Wise partners across Canada. Ocean Wise makes it easy for consumers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come. Meet the team next to the flood court on the main floor of BC Place, Friday through Sunday.


Wooden Boat Alley

Meet some of BC's finest craftsmen, demonstrating traditional wooden boatbuilding maritime skills.

Inquire about their techniques, and admire their beautiful creations – these highly skilled and experienced boatbuilders are happy to share their passion for this time-honoured and traditional marine craft.

BC Marine Authors

A "bookstore within the show," BC Marine Authors boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of BC marine authors and titles in the province.

Pick up a "how-to" book on boat repair, maintenance or navigation, or enjoy tales of sailing adventures, destinations, travel on the high seas, and more.

Featured authors are scheduled to appear at BC Marine Authors throughout the show.

Government Services

The Vancouver International Boat Show also features an area dedicated to marine related Government Agencies. Speak with the RCMP on a range of topics including efficient marine transportation and safe, secure and sustainable marine practices; discuss the sustainability and development of Canada's waterways and aquatic resources with Fisheries and Oceans; speak to members of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue team about its day-and-night search and rescue services – plus many other dedicated Government exhibitors are available to answer any questions you may have.

Located on Level 2 Concourse between Sections 224 through 225.

New Product Showcase

If there is a new product on the market, one of the first places you'll find it is at the Vancouver International Boat Show. The latest and most innovative products from eye-catching boats to handy new boating accessories will be featured at individual exhibitor booths.

Click here to view our online New Product Showcase.






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