One of the highlights in the Pacific Northwest yachting calendar and the largest consumer boat show in Western Canada, this year’s Vancouver Boat Show is set to take place from the 6th to 10th of February. The 2019 show will be the event’s 57th edition and is expected to draw over 250 exhibitors showing off the very latest in marine technology and cutting-edge gear as well as a packed program of masterclasses and workshops hosted by top boating experts.
Amongst the top new watercraft on display are the Greenline 48 Fly, Jeanneau Leader 10.5 and Jeanneau NC 1095, and Riviera 52 with a handy enclosed flybridge which is ideally suited to the changeable weather of the Pacific Northwest. All of these sporty powerboats have been selected with the particular needs of Vancouver’s boating enthusiasts in mind and are designed to facilitate comfortable year-round family cruising expeditions.
As well as the fabulous watercraft on show, there’s an excellent schedule of boating events and talks. Don’t miss the so-called “Loxy Ladies” Katherine Hamill and Ainsley Nesrallah who will demonstrating how to put together delicious and nutritious meals in a modest galley kitchen. The sisters will be doing a live demo of some of their favorite seafood and fish recipes including chowder on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.
As in previous years the Vancouver Boat Show takes place in two locations with the indoor show held at BC Place and the floating show housed at Granville Island. Located under Vancouver’s Granville Bridge, Granville Island is a fantastic spot to show off the boats on display thanks to its central location and vibrant local community with plenty of small artisan shops, a public market, and artist studios which can all add value to your show visit. When planning your visit to the show, consider pencilling in a trip to Granville Island first as this part of the show closes at 5pm each day, which is slightly earlier than the rest of the show.
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
There will be free shuttle buses connecting the two venues which depart from the main entrance of BC Palace and the Floating Show at Granville Island Maritime Market and Marine. There will also be free water ferries running between the venues which depart and drop off at the Plaza of Nations outside #11/Gate D. Parking is available at both locations with a mix of free and paid parking at Granville Island and a wide selection of parking lots around BC Place which range in cost from $3.00 to $30.00 depending on proximity to the venue. BC Place is also well connected by public transport with the #15 and #17 buses dropping off right by the venue and the Stadium/Chinatown Skytrain station is just a 5-minute walk away.
Visitors to the Vancouver Boat Show can also take advantage of special rates on a selection of partner hotels. These include the Sandman Hotel which is right across the street from BC Place, the stylish Georgian Court Hotel, and the Rosedale On Robson Suite Hotel which are both a short walk from the BC Place venue.
If you’re planning to make a trip out of your visit to the show, Vancouver has a wealth of attractions and activities to keep everyone entertained. A unique feature of the city is that it’s one of the few places in the world where it is possible to indulge in a spot of skiing in the morning before hitting the water in the afternoon. Top local ski resorts include Cypress Mountain and Grouse Mountain which are both year-round destinations offering winter sports and plenty of gorgeous hiking. You might also want to wind down with a visit to one of British Columbia’s nearby wineries to sample the delicious wines made locally. Great choices include the Lulu Island Winery just 25 minutes south of the city or 40 Knots Winery over on Vancouver Island.
TICKETS AND TIMETABLES
The show will be open from 10am until 8pm from Wednesday until Saturday and from 10am until 5pm on Sunday. It’s worth noting that the in-water show will close at 5pm throughout the event. Tickets can be purchase online via the event website and costs $15 for a one day adult pass, $20 for a two day adult pass, or $25 for a five day adult pass. Admission is free for children aged 16 and under.