Boat Show

 Jan 23, 2017

Largest boat show returns February 23-26, 2017 with new name and new look

With a new name and new look, the Ottawa Boat Show is bringing summer early to Ottawa residents. Returning to the EY Centre from February 23 to 26, the region’s largest consumer show dedicated to boating will give locals a head start planning their summer on the water.

With hundreds of exhibitors under one roof, showgoers will find everything from competition boats, to personal watercrafts, pontoons, canoes, kayaks and a variety of fishing and cottage accessories. The Ottawa Boat Show is a one-stop-shop for boating, from finding and purchasing your dream boat to getting your license.

Plus, the whole family is in for a treat with exciting features, including interactive wildlife educational group ‘Speaking of Wildlife’ and an incredible selection of historical antique and classic boats provided by the Manotick Antique Boat Club. To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada will be at the show offering attendees free admission to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada.

“With a new name and new look, we really want to focus on the boating industry,” says Meagan Sheehan, Show Manager. “Our tradeshow is one of the best places to get a deal on your next boat, book a family vacation with a local outfitter, cottage accessories and much more. Entertainment for the entire family will be featured over the course of the weekend making it one of the best boat shows to attend this year.”


2017 Show Highlights:

Boats, Boats and more Boats – If attendees are in the market for a new boat, motor, fishing gear or cottage accessories, this is a must attend event. Hundreds of brand new 2017 models, new non-current boats and motors are on display to preview. There simply is no better place to browse, buy from local dealers, compare and get great deals on new boats, and accessories for early spring delivery.

Parks Canada – To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada is offering FREE admission to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada. This includes free lockage for Parks Canada’s historic canals and waterways. Discovery passes and info to be at the Parks Canada booth. 

Speaking of Wildlife – Get up close and personal with some of Ontario’s magnificent wildlife. Delivering hands-on wildlife education since 1989, the organization’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will deliver programs that are both enlightening and entertaining.

Walk down memory lane – Take a walk down memory lane and discover antique wooden canoes, sailboats, runabouts and cruisers at the Manotick Antique Boat Club display.

Stay Clear, Stay Safe – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will teach you how to stay safe around hydroelectric stations and dams in Ontario on Saturday, Feb. 20. Visitors will each be given a water safety bag to help make their next trip out on the water a safe one.

BOATERexam – Don’t wait until summer to get your boating license. Stop by the BOATERexam booth and challenge the test! Simply bring a piece of identification. It’s free to write the test, and will only take 30 minutes. Participants only pay once they pass the test and your card is good for life.

Please visit for more information or to purchase a study guide to prepare ahead of time.


When:             Thursday, February 23, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, February 24, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Where:                        EY Centre (formerly the Ernst Young Centre.)

4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 2N6


Tickets:          Purchase tickets online and save!

Adults: $15.00

                        Seniors: $10.00

                        Juniors: $10.00 (Ages 10 to 15) 

Children: FREE when accompanied by an adult (under 10 years) 

Family Pass: $35.00 (two adults and two juniors) 

Four-Day Super Pass: Valid for all four show days 

                        (Cash & Debit only Box Office) 


Parking:         $8.00 at EY Centre Parking lot (over 1800 spaces) – payable by Visa, MasterCard and Amex and cash.



The Ottawa Boat Show is the largest boat show in the Ottawa/Rideau Region, with an unrivalled selection of boats from powerboats, fishing, cruisers, pontoons to canoes and kayaks. The Ottawa Boat show highlights the best in the Region for boating accessories, cottage living, docks and so much more.

For complete show information visit: Follow us on Twitter: @OttawaBoatShow and like us on Facebook.


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