The Toronto Boat Show is an annual event held in the depths of winter, mid-January, to remind everyone that summer is coming and there isn't long to wait for warm water, sunny days, and open waters leading to quiet islands and bays.
The Boat Show has been a feature of Toronto's winter events for decades and it puts on a great exhibition of all things boating in even the toughest economic times, such as the present. Almost every major boat builder, every marina and dock in southern Ontario, and every supplier to the boating world is there. And in the evenings and weekends, there's all the pizzazz that major events add nowadays. This year the preview, opening and show included cheerleaders, wakeboard shows, live bands, and a variety of local media celebrities.
There's all kind of boats, from these pedal boats, including 'hybrid' pedal and electric boats for you and the kids to mess around on the water.
There are even Hobie sailboats fitted with pedals to help out when the wind doesn't blow or it blows the wrong way:) These pedal boats aren't the kind you see at your local park or resort. These are serious boats you can travel in.
Moving up the 'power' scale from pedal boats, canoes and kayaks are a popular way of touring Ontario's rivers and lakes.
They're even popular for fishing from, though I'd want something a little more stable myself -- particularly if I finally caught 'the big one'.
But if exploring smaller lakes and rivers, or quietly getting close to wildlife, interests you, then these boats are what you need.
The next step up from canoes, in the power stakes, are sailboats and yachts and the show has them, everything from single-sailor Hobies to the big J-Class boats.
Sailboats are my favourites, to look at anyway. They suit my historical leanings, though these boats bear little relationship to boats and ships of yesteryear.
Moving on up the power scale are small power boats, the ones I can afford. As you'd expect, the boat show has hundreds of these because they're easy to transports and you can fit lots of them into an exhibit stand.
That ease of transport and relatively small size is what makes them ideal for the regular boat owner and the builders work hard to be sure there's one to suit your needs. Whether you want to tow skiers, tubes, and wakeboards or just potter around your local lakes and rivers, there's a boat for you.
Ontario is blessed with thousands of lakes and the Trent-Severn Waterway and these boats great for exploring both. One of the most popular types of boat in this size are, of course, the ones made for fishing.
At the top of the power scale are the big cruisers that I can't afford but maybe you can. The Toronto boat show has a good selection of these too and many more on the 'For Sale' boards and brochures.
These floating palaces can take you out into the Great Lakes or even down the East Coast to Florida, Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Earlier, I mentioned the indoor lake at the Boat Show. Here's where you can try your hand at paddleboarding, canoeing or kayaking, or watch the wakeboard champions perform.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the Boat Show's website at Toronto Boat Show.
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