Saanich’s Joel Levinson and his 10-year-old son Kai were among the 8,000 visitors from around Vancouver Island who visited the 24th annual Victoria Boat and Fishing Boat Show at Pearkes Recreation Centre last year. The show returns to Saanich Feb. 16 to 18. Saanich News File Photo

Victoria reels in boat and fishing show

Victoria Boat and Fishing Show at the Pearkes Recreation Centre Feb. 16 to 18

Fishing and boat enthusiasts will get a chance to catch the latest in marine and outdoor recreation when Saanich hosts the Victoria Boat and Fishing Show at the Pearkes Recreation Centre Feb. 16 to 18.

“It’s basically the boat and fishing show for Vancouver Island,” said Kevin Blackburn, who organizes the show for Canwest Productions.

Demographically, it attracts a wide range of individuals, said Blackburn, adding last year’s show drew 8,000 people over three days.

As in past years, the show features the newest boats on the market including centre consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and ski boats, sailboats, personal watercraft, paddle boats and boards. Visitors can also learn more about the latest fishing gear, marinas and boatyards, marine services and boating accessories.

Whether visitors are looking to buy fishing tackle or boats, they will be able to find it at the show, he said.

Visitors will also get a chance to check out the Sealegs Amphibious Craft, a sort of aquatic all-terrain vehicle. The 26-foot-long craft can accommodate between six and eight individuals.

“It’s not street legal, but it can be used for off-roading anywhere,” said Blackburn.

Users can drive the vehicle from its storage location down a boat ramp or beach into the water with occupants staying dry in the boat. Users can then retract the wheels into a position where they will remain completely out of the water, according to information from the company building the craft.

The unique craft will be among 60 boats and water-crafts on display during the show, which will feature 75 exhibitors, as well as educational seminars, appearances by boating personalities and demonstration areas.

Visitors will also be able to ‘catch’ their dinner at an indoor fishing pond stocked with some 200 to 300 trout, with the fishing fee included in the show admission. Visitors can also sharpen their aiming skills at an indoor air gun range with four shooting lanes.

This year’s show marks its 25th anniversary in continuing a long relationship with Saanich and Pearkes Recreation Centre. Blackburn said the centre offers several advantages. They include its location, size and parking.

Admission is free for women and children (under the age of 18). Seniors pay $7, while adults pay $9. In short, an entire family can attend the show for $9, said Blackburn.

“You really want to bring the whole family, when you might be buying a boat,” he said.

If visitors bring a non-perishable food item, they will get $2 off their tickets, with the money going towards Mustard Seed Street Church, which runs Vancouver Island’s largest food bank.

Doors open Friday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. with the show running until 8 p.m. that day. On Saturday, Feb. 17, doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 18, doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.

Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

UPDATED: Emergency crews rescue pregnant woman from Mount Finlayson

Langford and Metchosin respond to roughly four-hour-long rescue

Victoria police pay special attention to domestic violence

Workshop for officers and others shows how domestic abuse trauma impacts for a long time

Storm snuffs out lights on Saanich’s Ten Mile Point

Environment Canada wind warning calls for a brief “respite” before winds of up 90 kilometres resume

Thrilling finish to Royals weekend in Victoria

WHL club hosts Portland for a pair this Friday and Saturday at Save-On Centre

WATCH: Oak Bay hosts inaugural Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC

Local cops drag multi-media journalists out for a swim ahead of March 11 event

Victoria City rower medals at indoor world championships

Carl Schoch takes 2,000-metre sprint bronze in veteran category

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

B.C. man goes to jail for beating puppy to death

Robert Carolan has also been banned from owning animals for the next ten years

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Porch lights turn on for Canadian teen behind #BeccaToldMeTo movement

New Brunswick’s Rebecca Schofield had asked her Facebook followers to perform random acts of kindness

Saanich Braves earn top awards heading into playoffs

MVP, Coach of Year lead Braves against Kerry Park Islanders starting Tuesday

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

Most Read