Date was, January 23rd 2015. It was a rainy day, so rainy in fact that the mats on the boats at Grandville Island were soaked through. My first attendance to Vancouver International Boat show, with my mother in tow, but the dampness wasn’t to deter us from enjoying the show. We started out by parking down at Grandville Island, toured a few boats such as the Princess V48, The 65′ Marquis, the Lagoon 400 and a Hanse 540. Lunch was at The Bridge Restaurant, where I ordered a nice chicken burger and my favourite beer from the local brewery. My mother ordered the scallop seafood balls and a house white wine. After Lunch we took the False Creek ferry-boat over to the terminal at Plaza of Nations. We walked up to BC Place Stadium from there. Entering BC Place, we walked around the second level promenade.  My Mother and I collected a few brochures and business cards, while still entering a few contests along the way around. Then it was time for a wine sampling at the Whitehaven booth. Whitehaven is a New Zealand winery, which you can find at ( After our washroom break my mother and I travelled down the steps leading to the main stadium floor, where all the boats and other booths were located. On the Main floor at BC Place, we walked around a bit and i toured a few boats alone. The Formula 40, The Meridian’s and the Larger Sea Ray were the ones I had the pleasure of viewing. It was a bit claustrophobic for those who don’t enjoy confined spaces, so we quickly made our way back up to the second level. Then we headed back to the Plaza of Nations to catch the last Ferry-Boat before the free shuttle ended service that night. My first Vancouver International Boat show was very soggy, but very much worth spending the time with my mother. We both share the same love of boats, as its in our blood. My Mother’s Father was in the Canadian Navy, and owned a boat while living in Delta and then in Powell River. Our night drew to a close and the drive home was all that remained.    

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