Family at VIBS

Embracing BC’s new statutory Family Day Holiday on the second Monday of February, the 2013 Vancouver International Boat Show will run from February 7 February 11. Boat aficionados and novices alike will be able to explore the latest and greatest boats and marine products showcased by over 250 exhibitors at Western Canada’s premiere boat show.

Show Director Linda Waddell says the decision to incorporate the inaugural BC Family Day Holiday – by shifting from the traditional Wednesday through Sunday boat show pattern to Thursday through Monday – was easy.

kids at VIBS

“The Vancouver International Boat Show has always focused on providing an experience the entire family can enjoy. Parents and children can get up close to a wide range of boats and see which boats best suit their family; they can even enjoy a free boat ride at Granville Island. To be able to hold the 2013 Show on BC’s first Family Day is incredibly exciting for our industry.”

water skiing dog

The 2013 Show will be held at two easily reached locations: indoors at BC Place and in-water at the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina.

Show Highlights

– FREE Discover Boating boat rides at Granville Island
– Kids’ Zone
– SailFest, offering the latest sailboats, gear, and destinations
– Discover Boating Centre, an educational one-stop-shop where attendees can find unbiased answers on how to get started in boating

2013 Vancouver International Boat Show

Dates: February 7 to 11; Thursday and Friday, 11 to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm; Monday, 10 am to 5 pm
Granville Island in-water venue closes at 5:00 pm daily
Venues: BC Place, 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver; Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina, 1676 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Adults: $15; two-day pass, $20.00; Seniors 65+ $17 (two-day pass); free for kids 16 & under

VIBS show floor

Western Canada’s largest consumer boating event, the Vancouver International Boat Show is owned by the British Columbia Marine Trades Association (BCMTA), and produced by Canadian Boat Shows. Visit the website for more information, discounted tickets until February 6, schedules and show updates.

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