Single tank trips: boat show sails to Toronto for 61st year


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Here’s how to put a little summer in your winter without leaving the country.

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Meet at the Toronto International Boat Show, the largest indoor show in North America with its own lake.

Now in its 61st year, the show will take place January 18-27 at the Enercare Center at Exhibition Place (100 Princes Blvd.) in Toronto.

It is a boater’s wonderland with a fleet of 1,200 boats, ranging from six to 60 feet, and all of the latest marine accessories from 550 suppliers.

“It celebrates Canada’s nautical heritage and showcases the future of boating with 250 free 10-day seminars and workshops,” said publicist Tran Nguyen.

The new highlights are the Toronto Indoor Windsurfing Championships, fly fishing lessons, remote-controlled sailboats and the Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon search and rescue helicopter.

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There is also Women’s Day on January 20 which includes opportunities to learn how to own a boat and gain skills through hands-on workshops.

The numbers show there is a lot of interest with 43 percent of Canadians boating and 20 percent owning a boat.

Professional wakeboarders present Winter Wakefest Grease on the lake every day except closing weekends. Also on the lake, a Lighting It Up water ski show takes place every day.

Other entertainment includes a remote controlled sailing regatta, Formula 1 racing boats and the presentation of the Antique & Classic Boat Society Aged to Perfection: 100-Year-Old Boats.

Pride Marine will be exhibiting and giving tours on Europe’s 60ft Princess yacht.

Learn all about stand-up paddleboarding, including yoga and polo on the boards, and freestyle kayaking. Watch indoor sea flea races. Or take part in free activities such as pedal boat, canoe, kayak and wakeboard lessons.

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For details on schedules, ticket prices (including $ 5 on weekdays and free parking after 5 p.m.), and the VIP preview, visit torontoboatshow.com

Boat rental

Want to impress your friends and relatives? Then, for the next big summer party, rent a thrill boat or organize a fishing charter.

The latest buzz is GetMyBoat, called the world’s largest boat rental and boating experience market.

“It is considered the Airbnb of boats, with hundreds of listings near Toronto, across Canada and around the world,” said Val Streif, social media coordinator.

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The company will be represented at the boat show for those looking for the perfect boat for a short period.

“Owning a boat is expensive and the average boat is only used eight percent of the year,” she said.

GetMyBoat aims to “help both buyers who want a way to make money on these investments and boating enthusiasts who don’t want to commit to owning their own watercraft”.

There is something for everyone listed on the website and mobile app for enthusiasts who want to rent by the day or more to enjoy boating.

Some examples are $ 15 per hour for canoe and kayak rentals and $ 150 per day per person for a Sea Ray fishing charter.

getmyboat.com/boat-rental/Canada

Frigid performance

Disney on Ice celebrates 100 years of magic with a “monumental ice skating show” in Toronto, London and Hamilton.

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He slides into the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto from January 25 to 28 for nine performances, then in London, from February 28 to March 3, at Budweiser Gardens and the FirstOntario Center in Hamilton, from March 13 to 17.

“The audience will be a part of the magic of Disney as Mickey Mouse leads a parade of over 50 beloved characters,” said publicist Beth Merrick.

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It stars Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy with an ensemble of Disney princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana.

Presented by Feld Entertainment, the winter wonderland of Disney’s Frozen comes to life with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf as they experience the magic of true love.

There are “thrilling moments” from Disney-Pixar’s Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Finding Nemo.

Disney’s legacy is presented through 14 classic and modern stories and some 30 “melodious masterpieces”.

Tickets start at $ 20. disneyonice.com; ticketmaster.ca

Jim Fox can be contacted at [email protected] For more trips to a tank: http://1tanktrips.blogspot.ca

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