Review - Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show
February 9th to 12th 2012
The Montreal Boat Show was fantastic! Covering two floors of Place Bonaventure there really was something there for everyone. From small dinghy’s, fishing boats, jet ski’s to trawlers, large cruisers and sailboats.
Boat prices did not appear to be any lower this year with a lot of the marketing directed towards the relatively low monthly payments (fine print over 20 years).
Although there were moderate crowds at the show there were lineups to view the interiors. Some wait times were a half an hour to forty five minutes.
However the wait was worth it with some beautiful spacious interiors. So if you plan to attend next year plan to attend for the whole day.
Almost every manufacturer of marine engines was represented at the show, Volvo, Honda, Yamaha, Mercrusier, just to name a few.
Also at the show were some very interesting accessory suppliers and of course the usual representation from the Marine Supply industry. There was even representation from Puerto Rico tourism. Two particular suppliers stood out from the crowd.
Aqua Services at www.aquaservices.net , featuring every imaginable accessory, engines and engine parts, trailers, boats and even small dinghies. Certainly worth a visit to their web site (French Only).
Another interesting booth was a custom wood design manufacturer, Eastwood Designs www.eastwood-designs.com Eastwood Designs manufactures custom marine furniture and inlayed floors.
While the boat show was fantastic, the atmosphere and services in Montreal are good reasons to visit Montreal anytime of the year. The view from our Hotel, the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain was breathtaking, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. If you want to be spoiled and treated like royalty, then this is the place for you! Service was five star all the way.
Vargas Steakhouse, Bar, Sushi Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Montreal on the corner of Rene Levesque and University. This was a fantastic restaurant, with superb five star services and food. Vargas has a unique service in that they have a shuttle that will pick you up and return you to your hotel at no charge. This was defiantly worth the trip to Montreal on its own.