Each year, boating industry companies and water sports enthusiasts gather at Place Bonaventure to admire new boats, jetskis and many other types of watercraft. The organizers allocated 35,000 square feet for the 2008 edition. Various activities and exhibits for the whole family were scheduled. This is the largest event of its kind in Quebec, with over 140 exhibitors and thousands of ocean-craving fanatics.
In 2007, the attendance was up 5 percent over the previous year and, while exact figures have yet to be announced for this year's show, organizers were confident to set a new record.
For all tastes
Patrick Campeau, a professional angler and three-time fishing champion in Quebec, made a presentation about the equipment required to gear up your fishing or sailing boat. He explained the ins and outs of marine engines, drifting equipment, batteries and chargers, sonar and navigation systems, winches and many other useful accessories.
Three Quebecers gave a detailed account of their latest trip on Canal du Midi in Southern France. They fed the imagination of many visitors on hand who dream of exploring Europe's famous canals. Meanwhile, Georges Leblanc invited people to join him on board the Open 60 monohull. Through spectacular images, you could let your imagination carry you away and sail at full speed.
The Boat and Water Sports Show also included a seminar on must-have reference tools to plan a safe trip, depending on your interests and skills in a kayak or small watercraft. Elsewhere, visitors had the opportunity to learn more about the International Race of Young Sailors, one of the official events of the 400th
anniversary of Quebec City.
Together with L'Escale Nautique
magazine, the show proudly presented a special photo exhibit called ''The St. Lawrence River", with more than 200 contributors this year. What an amazing display of natural wonders on both shores of the legendary seaway. Virtual sailing simulator
The Quebec Sailing Federation invited visitors to try out its virtual sailing simulator. Participants got to perfect their techniques and compete in a virtual regatta.
The stand of the Quebec Maritime Association was the perfect place to find information on water sports. Regardless of your level of experience, there was something for everyone to see, learn and enjoy. Experts also provided tips to amateur boaters looking to buy their first boat. Striking new products
The team at moto123.com was on hand at the opening of the Boat and Water Sports Show to analyze and take pictures of various new jetskis and small turbine-propelled watercraft. We were among the lucky ones to get an exclusive look at some of the industry's latest models.