It may only be March and the temperature is just starting to warm up, but Manitobans are already thinking about summer, lake life, boating and fishing.
“People are excited to get out and move,” says Duncan Jessiman of WSL Sport & Leisure. “It’s been a long winter for all of us, and we wanted to present something that people could come and feel a part of.”
Marine enthusiasts usually look forward to the Mid-Canada Boat Show, but the annual springtime signaling event has been canceled for the past two years. In 2021, WSL improvised by hosting a “No Show Boat Show”, and it was such a hit that they decided to do it again, but with a twist.
This time around, from March 3-6 at their location at 1272 Dugald Road, WSL invites the public to “show up at the no show boat show”, either by making an appointment or simply showing up without an appointment. .
“We have the ability to display a number of boats ourselves,” says Jessiman, referring to the 10,000 square foot showroom in Winnipeg. “Visitors can hop inside each boat comfortably from model to model and get a really good idea of what’s available.”
While WSL Sport & Leisure is a marine powersports dealership, they are proud to stock some of the best boat brands in the industry, such as Lund, Malibu, Cobalt and outboards from Yamaha, Honda and Mercury. And the demand is high – and pent up.
“We’ve had a lot of interest via the internet and phone calls,” says Jessiman, adding that claimants have clearly felt the sun on their backs over the past few days. “Anyone is welcome, and if they’re more comfortable making an appointment, we can certainly accommodate them.”
The Show Up 2022 for the No Show Boat Show starts on Thursday March 3 at 8:30 am. Hours have been extended to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with the showroom open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be booked by calling WSL at (204) 987-5640 or emailing [email protected] Additional information is available online at wslsport.com/no-show-boat-show.
“We put down the red carpet, we have the lighting on the boats,” says Jessiman. “It’s a warm, fun atmosphere for people to think of the boats, think of the cottage, and have a great time talking to like-minded people.”