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There is something for everyone at the 56th Vancouver Boat Show.

Brenda Lowe: Cast Away, Actress, Adventurist

Ever wonder what it’s like to be abandoned on a remote island in the middle of nowhere… with nothing… with people you don’t know… Or filming a movie with two of Hollywood’s biggest names… or even having the opportunity to paddle your way around amazing locations across the globe?

Brenda Lowe has done all of the above! So when you’re at the show, take your opportunity to talk with her and learn about her experiences as a paddle sports enthusiast, being part of the Baywatch move, and being a castaway on Survivor… twice!

Brenda started paddle boarding back in 2009 when she was first introduced to the sport, and founded Paddleboard Miami in order to connect others who were just as enthusiastic about the sport as she was. This group later turned into one of the first stand-up paddleboard rental delivery services in Miami when the sport was just in its infancy in South Florida.

Brenda’ reality television career started in 2010 when she was chosen to be a contestant on Survivor: Nicaragua, which was an “unbelievable experience”. During the season she maintained tight alliances, smart social gameplay and physical competence but was eventually targeted for being perceived as having too much power.

Three years later, Brenda returned to the famed reality TV Show for Survivor: Caramoan - Fan Vs. Favorites, where she placed higher than her first time playing (and being runner-up for the ‘Sprint Player of the Season’ award.)

Through her acting career, she has appeared in many national commercials and even landed a small role in Baywatch: The Movie.

In her downtime when not working as a model or being a great mother, Brenda is an avid paddle sports enthusiast who shares her love of the water through her social media outlets.

Meet Brenda Lowe at the Baywatch feature adjacent to the seminar rooms on the main floor of BC Place. Brenda will be onsite meeting fans and sharing stories of her time as a Cast Away on Survivor, hanging out with The Rock and Zac Efron while shooting Baywatch, and what its like living a life filled with paddle sports adventures during the following times:

  • Wednesday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
  • Friday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
  • Saturday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 2pm

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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 Discover Boating. and learn from the experts at Discover Boating’s Hands-On Skills Training.

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 5 pm.





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Women’s Day

Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for Women’s Day at the Vancouver Boat Show. A full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire. 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 light breakfast, bag lunch and a wine reception. And a ticket to enjoy the boat show on another 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!

Cost to register is $99 - Space is limited!

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Flyboarding – Superhero’s On The Water

Harnessing the power of a Seadoo, stealing 100% of the jet flow, and redirecting and focusing that energy directly below the Flyboard, thrust is produced, propelling the rider through the water and into the air. The end result…nothing short of extraordinary. This revolutionary new watersport is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have on the water. See the Canadian Jetpack Adventures professionals in action with live shows performed at the Floating Show at Granville Island.




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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 – presented by Gemstone Masonry

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 – presented by Gemstone Masonry

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, the Shearwater Marine Group, Saucys Got Game and more!

Located in the main floor food court at BC Place!

CLICK HERE for the 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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Saucy’s Got Game

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.

Her first published cookbook, “Around the Woods in Thirty Plates”, features Venison recipes and she is currently working on her own hunting and cooking show titled, “Saucy’s Got Game”, which has been approved by three networks so far for 2017, including Wild TV. 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” sure to be an inspiration to us all!

Tammy Wood has become a bit of a hometown celebrity with her Master Chef Canada Season Two debut! Since her success on the show, she has become a published cookbook author, a food editor for BC Outdoor Fishing and Hunting magazines, and a Pro Staff for Cabelas's Canada. She has her own cooking show, "Saucy's Got Game", which will air in 2017! Chef Tammy is well known at all the BC Hunting and Fishing Shows for her Wild Game and Seafood demos.





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Formula 1 Tunnel Boats

Kelowna’s Mike McLellan and Formula 1 Tunnel Boats return to the Vancouver International Boat Show for 2016 with the Autoplace F1 Team based in Kelowna, B.C. Competing on the USF1 Tour, Autoplace F1 competes at the very top of outboard racing in North America, in fact the next step up is the world tour! Reaching speeds of over 220KMH, these boats routinely pull over 6G’s in the corners. Powered by 2.5L Mercury V6 racing engines, an F1 boat will out accelerate Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s!

“We had such a great time last year and are excited to be back! This is a great way for us to kick off the racing season”.

Visitors to the show can see the Autoplace Formula 1 boat adjacent to the food court on the field level, where you can see the boat, get autograph’s, and meet the team. As well as see their merchandise line up.



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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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Experience History

The Vancouver Maritime Museum returns to the Vancouver International Boat Show with it’s award winning St. Roch Ship simulator. Learn about the history of the vessel and experience what it is like to navigate a 104 foot sailing ship through the Canadian Arctic. The booth will display replica artifacts and new information on the discovery of Sir John Franklin's lost ships HMS Erebus and Terror. Visitors will also be able to enter a raffle for a chance to win a cruise through the Northwest Passage with One Ocean Expeditions.

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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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Discover Boating Centre

A wealth of FREE resources and unbiased experts are on hand at the Discover Boating Centre to answer every boating question and help boat show visitors navigate their way to getting out on the water.

Whether you are new to boating or already an experienced boater, our boating experts can help you figure out the perfect boat to fit your lifestyle and budget. They can provide advice on everything from destinations and new activities to try, to boating courses, safety information, accessories, maintenance, docking tips, and much more.

You can even get pick up a boat-shopping guide to use at the show, plus lots of free information, including magazines and DVDs to take home with you.

Drop by the Discover Boating Centre and find out why life is better with a boat!



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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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