Celebrate 40 Years of Outdoor Fun with the Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen’s Show

Ottawa Show

The largest boat and outdoors show sails into Ottawa from February 19-22, 2015


The Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show has been an Ottawa tradition for the past four decades and this year, the show will be celebrating this milestone in true outdoor fashion! Opening February 19 and running to the 22nd, the Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show will turn the EY Centre (formerly the Ernst Young Centre) into a boating and outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Exciting features include Husqvarna’s axe throwing with the West Coast Lumberjacks, Birds of Prey and fishing tips with some of Canada’s best pro fishermen. Showgoers can also reminisce about good ‘ole times’ with a walk down memory lane, featuring vintage boats and photos captured over the Show’s 40 year history. And of course, choose your dream boat, off-road recreational vehicles, and water sports gear from the largest selection of exhibitors in the Ottawa region. This year’s show is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. 


“We’re very excited to celebrate the Show’s 40th anniversary. Year over year the Show has been the Ottawa region’s one stop show for boats, both new and non-current, new products, fishing equipment and outdoor gear available. Not only can you score incredible deals on show specials, there are also many activities the entire family can enjoy” says Tara Diaczyk, Show Manager.


Show Highlights:


Husqvarna’s West Coast Lumberjacks:Aimed to be a crowd pleaser, this family-friendly action-packed axe wielding group will amaze crowds with their fearless skills and even offer up a chance for attendees to try their hand at hitting the target.


Spring Boat Super Show & Sale: There simply is no better place to browse, compare and get great deals on new boats, engines and accessories for early spring delivery. Preview brand new 2015 models, new non-current boats and motors on display. If you’re on the search for a new boat, motor or trailer, this is a must-not-miss sale event; your one stop to shop!


Get WILD with Birds of Prey: Get up close and personal with live Falcons, American Kestrel, Owls & Hawks and have your picture taken with a magnificent Peregrine Falcon.This year the Canadian Peregrine Foundation (CPF) is giving visitors a rare and unique opportunity to have their photo taken with a falcon for a donation which will benefit the restoration and recovery of endangered and threatened birds. 


Learn to fish with the Ministry of Natural Resources: This year Canadian Sportsfishing will feature a fishing simulator giving children and adults the chance to get in on the thrill and feeling of catching a fish.


Fishing Tips with Pro “Big” Jim McLaughlin:  Never miss a bite again. Get top fishing tips from the legendary fishing pro Big Jim and friends, who will offer sessions on how to improve your angling skills. Afterwards, put his tips to practice as you try your luck at The Minto Jackpot Casting Challenge, where everyone is a winner.


Exclusive Ice Fishing Seminar: Learn how to master the art of ice fishing through an engaging session with our fishing experts. Gain insightful knowledge on bait, gear, climate and timing and learn how to catch your next meal in the dead of winter!


Tips from Blind Fisherman Pro: Can you feel the bite? Learn from Lawrence Gunther, North America’s only completely Blind Fishing Pro honed his skills fishing commercially for Cod off Canada’s East Coast and now competes in tournaments throughout Canada.


When:            Thursday, February 19, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, February 20, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 22, 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

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 any admission valid for all four show days 

                      (Cash & Debit only Box Office) Save $3 online when you buy advanced tickets before Feb 12, 2015



Parking:        $8.00 at EY Centre Parking lot (over 1800 spaces) – payable by Visa, 

MasterCard and Amex and cash.




The Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show (OBSS) is the Ottawa Valley’s leading boat and outdoor show. It features exhibitors offering a wide selection of products, services, and gear for boating, fishing, and paddlesports. The show is tailor-made for boating and outdoor enthusiasts and features renowned celebrity experts, seminars, demonstrations, family entertainment, and more.


More info:  www.ottawaboatandsportshow.ca 


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