News: TIBS, Canada’s first virtual boat show, launches online on Monday

TIBS 2021 Virtual Show

Jan 14, 2021

The 2021 Virtual Toronto International Boat Show officially goes live on Monday, January 18 – Sunday, January 24, to offer a whole new way to get ready for the boating season.  

The virtual show packs the depth of products, seminars, and workshops that boaters have come to expect from the Toronto Boat Show; while introducing new digital features to enhance the show experience including virtual boat tours, interactive showrooms, community chat forums, and all-new TIBS LIVE channel featuring content created for boaters.

2021 Virtual Toronto Boat Show Highlights

ENHANCED SHOPPING EXPERIENCE: Thousands of new products, boats, accessories and services will be available online for consumers to shop at exclusive Boat Show deals and plan for the summer boating season ahead.  

Industry manufacturers, dealers, and retailers will be presenting innovative ways to showcase their products including virtual boat tours, 360º showrooms, and video content to enhance the shopping experience.  Consumers can also connect directly with participating dealers who will be available during virtual show hours for live chats, video and phone appointments, or by email.

NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES:  Explore all the 2021 boat models, accessories, technology, and lifestyle products that will be trending on the waters this summer. Exhibitors will also be hosting live-streamed events and product launches exclusively at the Virtual Toronto Boat Show.

TIBS VirtualTIBS LIVE:  A dedicated live platform featuring video content created for TIBS viewers.  Watch real-time demos, guided boat tours, interviews with industry experts, speaker panels, Q&A sessions, and creative videos. New content will be streamed daily during the entire show run.

VIRTUAL SEMINARS: An engaging and comprehensive line up of virtual seminars for boaters of all interests – enhanced by interactive participation to ask questions and share comments just as you would in-person.  Get inspired for the next adventure with Behan & Jamie Gifford, Liza Copeland, and Pam Wall; improve boating skills and know-how on a variety of topics including diesel engines, lithium batteries, and green alternatives; as well as DIY projects and much more. 

Seminars will also cover helpful introductory topics for new boaters such as Boat Buying 101, Inboard Engine Basics, What Kind of Dock Do I Need, and much more.  Click here for daily virtual seminar schedules.

TIBS Virtual Boat ShowCOMMUNITY CHATROOM: While many regions remain in lockdown for the foreseeable weeks and months ahead, TIBS organizers have created a new Community Chatroom for virtual attendees to socially gather online.  Users will be able to post questions, create discussions, and to connect with boaters on a variety of subjects in a friendly and welcoming space.

This past year, boating emerged among the top recreational activities in 2020 as seasoned and first-time boaters went out on local waterways in record droves.  The 63rd annual Toronto International Boat Show (TIBS), Canada’s premier boating event, is set to launch its first-ever virtual show in response to the unprecedented demand for boats and growing interest in the boating lifestyle.  

Pre-registration is open now for the 2021 Virtual Toronto Boat Show, January 18 – 24.  Sign-up is FREE at

Virtual Toronto International Boat Show Hours:

(For TIBS LIVE, Virtual Seminars, and Online Customer Service) 

Monday to Friday: 11am – 7pm ET

Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm ET

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