ccmOnce again we participated at Toronto International Boat Show. This years boat show theme starts here bbcBirch Bark to Fiberglass Canadas 150th year.

Many people took the time to comment on how much they enjoyed the booth this year - some saying it was the best we'd had in years!
Many thanks go out to our boat show partners The Canadian Canoe Museum and The Muskoka Discovery Centre for sharing their resources and helping to make our display a success. We look forward to working with both organizations as plans come together for our summer show. Of course, the display wouldn't be possible without the help of our members who are willing to bring their boats to the show!
Thanks also go out to the many volunteers who spent time getting the booth set up in the morning, interacting with visitors, promoting club membership, and closing the booth in the evening. And finally, thanks to the organizing committee of Rita Adams, Tim Aikenhead, Patrice Anderson, Tom Crawford, Scott ev2Dunsmoor, and Greg Martin for their countless hours of planning, set-up, and take-down of the show - and to Gerry Lodge for providing canoe livery services. Because of our booth location at the very front of the venue, display boats must be delivered to the event site almost a week before the show actually begins, and they are the last to be removed – usually on the Monday or Tuesday following the show.

Inclement weather is always a possibility at this time of year, and even on a clear day, there are concerns about slush, salt, and sand splashing on boats in transit.

Many of our exhibitors also volunteer their time during the week to meet with booth visitors. This year’s exhibitors were: Jim Grand, John Gullick, Ken Kirk, Ken Lavalette, Rob Rueter, Ron Stevenson (Maple Leaf Outboard Club), Dan Truax, and Daniel Woodhead. Most of them also had friends and family who came along closeto help set up the exhibits.

Our thanks go out to all of them.

In the photo below, Bill Davis shows off our membership tent as he waits to greet new members.tibsvolunteering