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There is something for everyone at the 57th Vancouver Boat Show.

Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel Makes Debut at the Vancouver Boat Show!!

Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel has been entertaining audiences of all ages for the past 35 years and is a big advocate of water safety.

Twiggy will be appearing daily throughout all five days of the Vancouver Boat Show!

Check back for the daily performance schedule.

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Meet the Shaw Family! Four... FIVE on a Seven Year Loop Around the Pacific

Starting out as a family of four, and then growing to five, the Shaw’s embarked on a seven year adventure around the Pacific where they faced dirty diapers at sea, maintenance in exotic locations and uncharted reefs. They sold their house, purged their possessions and set off an adventure of a lifetime that covered over 35,000 nautical miles. Read more here: SV-Fluenta.blogspot.ca. And have the opportunity to listen to their story first hand at the show on:

  • Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 pm and 3pm
  • Sunday, February 9 at 1:00 pm

** Elizabeth will also be the keynote speaker at this year’s Women’s Day! Click HERE for more info!

The seminar rooms are located on the main field level of BC Place, adjacent the food court.

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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 Boating BC and learn about the Boating Lifestyle from seasoned Skippers!

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.

Click here for more information.

We recommend you begin your boat show visit at Granville Island, as the Floating Show closes daily at at 5:30pm, Wednesday through Saturday, and 5pm on Sunday.





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Women’s Day

Join us on Saturday, February 8, 2020 for Women’s Day at the Vancouver Boat Show. Women’s Day is a one-day educational opportunity for women of all levels and types of boaters! A full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire. All events during the day are intended to build confidence by presenting information in a fun and supportive environment. Built into the day will be time to meet other like-minded women, ask questions, share stories and create communities that will live on outside this one day!

There are lots of topics to choose from ranging from basic electrical, emergency procedures, docking, anchoring, Howe Sound weather, electronics and apps, boat insurance, and tips and tricks for the galley and crew. The presentations, for both power and sail, will help beginners get started and offer seasoned boaters a fun refresher. Registration is required and includes a ticket to enjoy the boat show on any show day; since this is a full day event and you won’t have much time to visit the boat show.

And to top it all off, every registrant receives an amazing gift bag and raffle prize!

Registration is required, space is limited to 100 women*

All sessions will take place at BC Place Stadium

Only $99 (GST included)

Your day includes:

  • Seminars
  • Keynote presentation
  • Lunch & Learn Panel Discussion
  • End-of-day reception
  • Gift bag and raffle prizes
  • A general admission ticket to attend the show any other day (February 5-9, 2020)

Registration Opens November 1st.
Check back for full detailed schedule.

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UBC Sailbot Team

UBC Sailbot is creating an autonomous sailing vessel to complete the Vic-Maui Race all on its own (as in no human body aboard!). The team has seen success in the robotic sailing world as they won the International Robotic Sailing Regatta for three consecutive years. Currently, their "sailbots" are considered among one of the best robotic sailboats in the world.

Composed of UBC students, the team previously set records launching a 5.5 meter autonomous sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean in 2016. With new challenges to overcome, the team has developed a new design to launch closer to home. Follow their story of what they learned both technically and as a team, and key features of their new vessel from naval architecture, software, electronics and control system perspectives.

Meet the team onsite, in the Kids Zone, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! And find out more at www.ubcsailbot.org

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The Lower Deck

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!



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The Dockside Grill

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,  Sossy’ Outdoors, BC Outdoors Sportfishing and more!

Located in the main floor food court at BC Place!

CLICK HERE for full schedule of cooking demonstration and sampling times.

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Loxy Ladies

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.



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Sossy’ Outdoors

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.

You can catch her on the Canadian Sportsmen Channel January 2020, on her new Show, “Sossy Outdoors”, sharing her passion and love for fishing, hunting and cooking! 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” is sure to be an inspiration to us all!

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Emergency Spill Response Education

When time is critical during a pollution/oil spill on the water, the right equipment makes the difference. The Hecate Sentinel is a 65-foot Ocean Class Oil Spill Response Vessel built by Rozema Boat Works in Washington State. The vessel is smaller, faster and more efficient than older unsheltered water vessels. It has a top speed of 26 knots when travelling to an incident. Once on-scene, the boom arms can be deployed within minutes. Two onboard skimming brushes have a combined skimming capacity of 32.8 tonnes per hour. The Hecate Sentinel provides Western Canada Marine Response Corp. with improved open water rapid response and night time operations capacity. This is a great chance to see the vessel at the Floating Show.

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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.



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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.

Click here for more information.

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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.



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The DIY Garage – an informational resource

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!



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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.

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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.



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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!



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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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