With skyscrapers pressed against the surreal backdrop of snow-capped mountains, lush rainforests, and ocean waters, Vancouver shines brightly along Canada’s West Coast. It’s genuinely one of the world’s great scenic cities and seamlessly blends its striking natural beauty with the cultural sophistication found in its heavenly restaurant scene, boutique shopping, diverse neighborhoods, and engaging entertainment options. What’s more, is that the bustling seaport is the largest city in Western Canada and embodies the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you find yourself indoors or outdoors, Vancouver is a thrill-seeking destination immersed in natural beauty.
Vancouver Boat Show 2020
Between the passion for boating, deep connection with the community, and exciting atmosphere, the Vancouver Boat Show is something we at Sundance Yachts look forward to each year. Feel free to stop by both our indoor and outdoor locations to browse our selection of yachts, take guided tours, or say hello! Armed with comprehensive and practical advice, our friendly and well-informed staff will be eager to answer any questions you may have, exchange knowledge, and share stories.
The 2020 edition of the Vancouver Boat Show is set to take place from February 5 – 9. This year marks the 58th edition of the famed annual event, which will showcase the latest in all-things boating, including yachts, luxury cruisers, fishing boats, personal watercrafts, marine technology, accessories and more. This exciting 5-day event is truly a celebration of all-things boating in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, where you can browse, view, and shop as much as your heart desires.
What to See
At this year’s Vancouver Boat Show, we’ll be showing off our fantastic collective of Prestige yachts, including the 420, 520, 590 and 630 models. Among our most popular cruisers, Prestige boats are comparable to a second home on the water with its contemporary styling, luxurious amenities, and spacious interiors. Defined by a well-balanced exterior look, the Prestige 630 epitomizes this to the fullest. The luxury cruiser is highlighted by a beautiful flybridge and bright interior layout with generous living spaces, making it perfect for entertaining and socializing with friends and family. The 62.5ft (19m) vessel boasts a beautiful selection of materials, color harmonies and a level of equipment usually reserved for large superyachts, while the three cabins can comfortably accommodate six overnights guests
In addition to viewing and browsing, you can also participate in one of more than 125 free seminars and workshops set to take place at the Vancouver Boat Show 2020. These events showcase the deep ties of the local community, where passionate attendees come together to share, inspire, and educate one another. Scheduled programs at the exhibition include environmental challenges, trendy trip destinations, anchoring seminars, salmon fishing and winterizing your boat.
Most of the exhibition will be held indoors at BC Place, complemented by a marvelous floating display on the nearby Granville Island. Home to several maritime businesses and traditions, the vibrant community Granville Island makes for a fun added dimension to the boats on display. In between browsing, you can engage with the small artisan shops, independent galleries, and thriving public markets of one of Vancouver’s most charming districts.
When planning your visit to the Vancouver Boat Show, consider a trip to Granville Island first as this part of the show closes at 5:30 pm each day (5:00 pm on Sunday), which is earlier than the rest of the show. There will be free shuttles and water ferries running continuously between the two locations. At the entrance to the Floating Show at Granville Island, you can sign up for a free 30-minute power or sailboat rides by Boating BC to get a taste of the boating life!
Where to Stay
The Vancouver Boat Show has partnered with a small selection of hotels to ensure your stay has the perfect blend of comfort, entertainment, and convenience. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel checks all the boxes for a great stay. The all-suite hotel just a short 5-minute walk from BC Place and close to all entertainment district hotspots and landmarks. This hotel will make you feel at home right away with its cozy furnishings, clean linens, floor-to-ceiling windows, and custom amenities.
Just around the corner lies the luxurious Georgian Court Hotel. The rooms are airy and calming with nine-foot ceilings, opening windows, and timeless touches. It is the perfect urban oasis to recharge your batteries after a busy day of boating, shopping, and sightseeing in Vancouver. Another nearby option is the Hampton Inn & Suites, which is direct across the street from BC Place. This comfortable hotel is a restful escape that’s well-suited for the entire family, offering free Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, LCD TVs and a fully-equipped fitness center.
Check out our Vancouver Hotel Guide for a complete breakdown of accommodation options.
Where to Dine
A stalwart of the bustling Robson Street, the marvelous Cin Cin Ristorante + Bar is known for its contemporary, Italian-inspired gourmet offerings and award-winning wine cellar for more than 25 years. Led by executive chef Andrew Richardson, Cin Cin puts forth a sophisticated palette of clean, smart, and utterly delicious dishes that each reflect the ideals of simplicity and balance. The rich flavors and captivating aromas of an Italian cookbook are brought to life using the bountiful regional ingredients.
Just a few paces away from the downtown waterfront, Royal Dinette pairs the laid-back, informal atmosphere of an old-time diner with contemporary elegance. The stunning space is smart and sophisticated with tasteful retro touches such as swivel seats at the marble kitchen counter and updated wooden shelves. Led by Head Chef Amanda Healey, the delicious menu offers several creative bites that are made from locally-sourced ingredients and change as the seasons do.
Housed in a brick-and-beam warehouse in the heart of the trendy Yaletown district, Blue Water Cafe is considered Vancouver’s definitive seafood destination. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Frank Pabst, the “east meets west” kitchen has created several captivating seafood dishes that use an abundant selection of fresh wild fish caught with sustainability and responsibility in mind. Follow the full main bar out to the heated patio and private dining rooms where you can enjoy some of the best seafood in the Pacific Northwest.
Take a look at our Vancouver Restaurant Guide for an expanded list of culinary experiences across the city.
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.
Located right next to downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park and the Seawall is an absolute must-see. Along the 8.8 km Seawall lie scattered beaches, Native American monuments and picture-perfect views of English Bay that can be seen on foot or bicycle. Head into the 1,000-acre green area and you’ll understand why it’s recognized as one of the world’s great urban parks. Landmarked by a whistling Steam Clock and Victorian buildings, the trendy Gastown district is filled with trendy eats, charming cafes and indie art galleries.