Vancouver Boat Show Event Guide

November 30, 2019
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With skyscrapers pressed against the surreal backdrop of snow-capped mountains, lush rainforests, and ocean waters, Vancouver shines brightly along Canada’s West Coast. It’s genuinely one of the world’s great scenic cities and seamlessly blends its striking natural beauty with the cultural sophistication found in its heavenly restaurant scene, boutique shopping, diverse neighborhoods, and engaging entertainment options. What’s more, is that the bustling seaport is the largest city in Western Canada and embodies the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you find yourself indoors or outdoors, Vancouver is a thrill-seeking destination immersed in natural beauty.

Vancouver Boat Show

The 2020 edition of the Vancouver Boat Show is set to take place from February 5 – 9. This year marks the 58th edition of the famed annual event, which will showcase the latest in all-things boating, including yachts, luxury cruisers, fishing boats, personal watercrafts, marine technology, accessories, and more. This exciting 5-day event is truly a celebration of all-things boating in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, where you can browse, view, and shop as much as your heart desires.

In addition to viewing and browsing, you can also participate in one of more than 125 free seminars and workshops set to take place at the 2020 Vancouver Boat Show. These events showcase the deep ties of the local community, where passionate attendees come together to share, inspire, and educate one another. Scheduled programs at the exhibition include environmental challenges, trendy trip destinations, anchoring seminars, salmon fishing, and winterizing your boat.

Most of the exhibition will be held indoors at BC Place, complemented by a marvelous floating display on the nearby Granville Island. Home to several maritime businesses and traditions, the vibrant community Granville Island makes for a fun added dimension to the boats on display. In between browsing, you can engage with the small artisan shops, independent galleries, and thriving public markets of one of Vancouver’s most charming districts.

When planning your visit to the Vancouver Boat Show, consider a trip to Granville Island first as this part of the show closes at 5:30 pm each day (5:00 pm on Sunday), which is earlier than the rest of the show. There will be free shuttles and water ferries running continuously between the two locations. At the entrance to the Floating Show at Granville Island, you can sign up for a free 30-minute power or sailboat rides by Boating BC to get a taste of the boating life!

BC Place
  • Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Granville Island
  • Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • 5-day pass: $25
  • 2-day pass for $20 ($17 if you’re over the age of 65)
  • $15 GA at the door ($13 if you’re over the age of 65)
  • FREE for kids 16 & under
Prestige 630

What to See

Between the passion for boating, deep connection with the community, and exciting atmosphere, the Vancouver Boat Show is something we look forward to each year. Feel free to stop by both our indoor and outdoor locations to browse our selection of yachts, take guided tours, or say hello! Armed with comprehensive and practical advice, our friendly and well-informed staff will be eager to answer any questions you may have, exchange knowledge, and share stories.

At this year’s Vancouver Boat Show, we’ll be showing off our fantastic collective of Prestige yachts, including the 420, 520, 590 and 630 models. Among our most popular cruisers, Prestige boats are comparable to a second home on the water with its contemporary styling, luxurious amenities, and spacious interiors. Defined by a well-balanced exterior look, the Prestige 630 epitomizes this to the fullest. The luxury cruiser is highlighted by a beautiful flybridge and bright interior layout with generous living spaces, making it perfect for entertaining and socializing with friends and family. The 62.5ft (19m) vessel boasts a beautiful selection of materials, color harmonies and a level of equipment usually reserved for large superyachts, while the three cabins can comfortably accommodate six overnights guests

Boats to See
  • Prestige 420, 520, 590, 630
The Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel

Where to Stay

The Vancouver Boat Show has partnered with a small selection of hotels to ensure your stay has the perfect blend of comfort, entertainment, and convenience. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel checks all the boxes for a great stay. The all-suite hotel just a short 5-minute walk from BC Place and close to all entertainment district hotspots and landmarks. This hotel will make you feel at home right away with its cozy furnishings, clean linens, floor-to-ceiling windows, and custom amenities.

Just around the corner lies the luxurious Georgian Court Hotel. The rooms are airy and calming with nine-foot ceilings, opening windows, and timeless touches. It is the perfect urban oasis to recharge your batteries after a busy day of boating, shopping, and sightseeing in Vancouver. Another nearby option is the Hampton Inn & Suites, which is direct across the street from BC Place. This comfortable hotel is a restful escape that’s well-suited for the entire family, offering free Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, LCD TVs, and a fully-equipped fitness center.

Cin Cin Ristorante

Where to Dine

A stalwart of the bustling Robson Street, the marvelous Cin Cin Ristorante + Bar is known for its contemporary, Italian-inspired gourmet offerings and award-winning wine cellar for more than 25 years. Led by executive chef Andrew Richardson, Cin Cin puts forth a sophisticated palette of clean, smart, and utterly delicious dishes that each reflect the ideals of simplicity and balance. The rich flavors and captivating aromas of an Italian cookbook are brought to life using the bountiful regional ingredients.

Just a few paces away from the downtown waterfront, Royal Dinette pairs the laid-back, informal atmosphere of an old-time diner with contemporary elegance. The stunning space is smart and sophisticated with tasteful retro touches such as swivel seats at the marble kitchen counter and updated wooden shelves. Led by Head Chef Amanda Healey, the delicious menu offers several creative bites that are made from locally-sourced ingredients and change as the seasons do.

Housed in a brick-and-beam warehouse in the heart of the trendy Yaletown district, Blue Water Cafe is considered Vancouver’s definitive seafood destination. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Frank Pabst, the “east meets west” kitchen has created several captivating seafood dishes that use an abundant selection of fresh wild fish caught with sustainability and responsibility in mind. Follow the full main bar out to the heated patio and private dining rooms where you can enjoy some of the best seafood in the Pacific Northwest.