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Things to do, Vancouver Boat Show

Here at the St Clair Hotel Hostel we are very proud of our nordical past being founded by Captain Henry Pybus of the empress of Japan.

So what better way to celebrate life at sea than a boat show?

The Vancouver International Boat Show February 5-9, 2020 BC Place & Granville Island

What to expect

Floating Show at Granville Island

Granville Island has the distinction of being one of the most central moorages for Vancouverites and visitors alike.

Located under the Granville Bridge in Vancouver, it is an eclectic mix of artist and artisan shops, a wonderful public market, and a host of maritime businesses serving the boating community.

The rich maritime history of Granville Island lends itself perfectly to an event such as the Vancouver International Boat Show.

UBC Sailbot Team

UBC Sailbot is creating an autonomous sailing vessel to complete the Vic-Maui Race all on its own (as in no human body aboard!). The team has seen success in the robotic sailing world as they won the International Robotic Sailing Regatta for three consecutive years. Currently, their "sailbots" are considered among one of the best robotic sailboats in the world.

Composed of UBC students, the team previously set records launching a 5.5 meter autonomous sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean in 2016. With new challenges to overcome, the team has developed a new design to launch closer to home. Follow their story of what they learned both technically and as a team, and key features of their new vessel from naval architecture, software, electronics and control system perspectives.

Meet the team onsite, in the Kids Zone, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! And find out more at

Womans Day

Join us on Saturday, February 8, 2020 for Women’s Day at the Vancouver Boat Show. Women’s Day is a one-day educational opportunity for women of all levels and types of boaters! A full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire. All events during the day are intended to build confidence by presenting information in a fun and supportive environment. Built into the day will be time to meet other like-minded women, ask questions, share stories and create communities that will live on outside this one day!

There are lots of topics to choose from ranging from basic electrical, emergency procedures, docking, anchoring, Howe Sound weather, electronics and apps, boat insurance, and tips and tricks for the galley and crew. The presentations, for both power and sail, will help beginners get started and offer seasoned boaters a fun refresher. Registration is required and includes a ticket to enjoy the boat show on any show day; since this is a full day event and you won’t have much time to visit the boat show

Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel Makes Debut at the Vancouver Boat Show!!

Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel has been entertaining audiences of all ages for the past 35 years and is a big advocate of water safety.

Twiggy will be appearing daily throughout all five days of the Vancouver Boat Show!

Twiggy’s pool is located in West Field Endzone area (behind Kids Zone)!

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