If you haven’t been to this year’s Toronto International Boat Show yet (there must be at least one or two of you), this weekend is your last chance. The array of huge yachts you could never hope to afford and 300-horsepower outboards that guzzle gas faster than you can say “peak oil” doesn’t really change all that much from year to year, but there has been one big improvement over previous shows. The indoor lake—billed as the largest in the world—has been freed from static displays of boats tied up at floating docks and now features activities more befitting a real lake.
Some of the on-water activities scheduled each day include flatwater canoeing and kayaking, powerboating demonstrations, and even sailing lessons with a battery of high-powered fans lining one side of the lake to provide a safe breeze for beginners. Show visitors aren’t limited to just watching the boats on the lake; they can sign up for free boat rides during any of the “open waters” hours. Ever wanted to take that kayak for a spin before buying? Now’s your chance.
Torontoist caught one of the wakeboarding demonstrations earlier this week. Comparing the crazy stunts to the bland food court that occupied this spot last year, it’s difficult to understand why show organizers didn’t free the lake years ago. Pictures of the wakeboarding below the fold.
All photos by Val Dodge.