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Toronto International Boat Show: Attendance Tips

Here are some quick tips for attending the Toronto International Boat Show from those who have been attending for years.

1. If seri0usly looking to buy,avoid the crowds by visiting on a weekday.  Research what you’re interested in viewing before you go and know where in the show the dealers are located.  Call the dealer ahead to say you’re coming and when so there’s a better chance they are available to work with you – boatshows are busy and, while dealers try to meet with everyone, sometimes they just can’t spend the time with you they’d like to. Have your questions ready.

2. If you’re bringing the whole family it’s best to avoid weekends if possible.  Make sure you have a plan of what you’d like to see and do. The show is very large and can be overwhelming and you don’t want to miss the family activities.  Avoid bringing strollers – baby carriers or backpacks are much easier to maneuver and allow you to get closer to exhibits and demonstrations.  Bring a damp cloth or wetnaps for little hands – while dealers are open to viewing the boats, the boats are for sale and a lot of work goes into keeping them clean.

3. Leave your coats in the car, they are hot and cumbersome.  Dress in layers – temperatures vary from hall to hall, particularly when visiting The Lake.

4. There are many dining options available but not many places to sit down for a meal.  If you can, plan your meals outside of peak hours – you stand a better chance of finding a seat.

5. You will collect a lot of paperwork and possibly purchases so bring a bag or backpack.

6. Wear shoes that are easily removed.  When viewing the boats, people are moved quickly through and you don’t want to be stuck undoing and doing up laces every time.

7. Check out the Toronto International Boat Show website before going.  Purchasing tickets online can save you money.

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