Celebrating its 56th anniversary in 2018, the Vancouver International Boat Show (VIBS) promises to be the largest yet with new features designed to appeal to new buyers and accommodate even more exhibitors.

Women’s Day at VIBS, scheduled for Sunday, January 21, will feature a full day of boating seminars specifically targeting female boaters. Presentations are aimed to help beginners get started in boating, and cover a range of topics. The $99 pre-registration fee includes a light breakfast, bag lunch and a wine reception. “We’re excited to launch our inaugural Women’s Day programming this year,” said show manager, Eric Nicholl. “Whether its docking, anchoring, electronics or general safety, having basic knowledge makes one’s time on the water far more enjoyable. We’ve taken common topics that our female guests have previously indicated that they want to learn more about, and wrapped them together into a fun day-long program.”

Also new to the show this year is a new outdoor exhibition space to accommodate the largest number of exhibitors in the show’s history. Named The Pavilion, the new 12,000 sq ft display space will be housed in two semi-rigid tents erected on the Terry Fox Plaza, located immediately outside the show’s BC Place host venue on the Vancouver waterfront. The new exhibit space will accommodate a mix of boats, retail displays and demonstrations. “The Pavilion is a testament to the growth of the recreational boating market in British Columbia,” said Nicholl. “The Vancouver International Boat Show has been sold out with a waiting list for years, and we needed to meet the needs of our guests and boating-related companies looking to participate in the show. It’s taken more than three years to plan and execute this expansion, and it required a great deal of collaboration and support between the venue, engineers, and the show team. 2018 will be the biggest Vancouver Boat Show yet and the guests are going to have a great experience.”

Western Canada’s largest consumer boat show, VIBS features more than 250 exhibitors at BC Place, plus a companion in-water component for larger yachts held at nearby Granville Island with nearly 100 boats on display.

Apart from a range of new and brokerage boats and marine accessories, the show offers more than 125 free seminars covering a variety of nautical subjects.

Produced by Canadian Boat Shows Inc. and owned by the Boating BC marine trade association, the Vancouver International Boat Show runs from January 17 to January 21, 2018.