A reported attendance of just under 42,000 people and pleasant, spring-like weather left exhibitors smiling at the 2018 Edmonton Boat & Sportsmen’s Show, which was held from March 15-18 at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Alberta, Canada.

While pleasant temperatures brought out steady crowds for the four-day event, growing uncertainty over ongoing free trade negotiations with the US encouraged would-be buyers to take advantage of existing deals on American-made products.

Sales of aluminium boats were reported to be particularly brisk on the heels of recent threats by US President Donald Trump to impose hefty tariffs on raw aluminium and steel, encouraging buyers to snap up existing inventory of aluminium fishing boats and luxury pontoons.

“We had a great 2018 show with five halls of boats and accessories, along with an extensive range of powersports and outdoor equipment,” said show manager, Marla Kimball. “Our boat and accessory dealers reported that they were very happy with their sales over the weekend. And the weather behaved itself! All in all, it was a great show and we are excited for 2019.”

With more than 350 exhibitors filling 525,000sq ft of exhibit space at the massive Edmonton Expo Centre, the Edmonton Boat Show is among the largest consumer boating events in Canada. Show producer Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows note that more than 75 different manufacturers were represented at this year’s event, displaying marine products and accessories valued at more than C$20m.

The Edmonton Boat & Sportsmen’s Show returns to the Edmonton Expo Centre from March 14-17, 2019.