David Crowder

Review - Ottawa Boat and Sportsman Show 2012



                Well the Ottawa Boat and Sportsman Show is over for another year. The new venue for the show this year, the Capital Exhibition Centre, I think was a big success over its previous location Lansdowne Park. While the CEC is located to the south of Ottawa beside the airport the fact that it has reasonable parking rates at $7.00 is a big plus in addition to not having to fight the Glebe traffic.


The CEC is a large centre which has a better layout to accommodate the big boats as well as a large selection of smaller craft all on one level. One major flaw in an otherwise beautiful site was the lack of a proper facility for food and drinks. There was one small canteen style area with only three tables for visitors to sit. Prices for food and drinks were also high with a hot dog at $5.00 and a beer at $6.00. It would have been a better experience if there was a place to sit and have a reasonably priced drink and or food half way through the show, review some of the material handed out and then continue on with the rest of the show or return to a booth for more information.

As for the show itself there were lots of great boats to be seen, boats of almost every type and manufacturer.  When I was speaking to one of the sales representatives at the show he made a very astute observation that I had not noted before. He pointed out that Ottawa’s show was more of a sales event rather than a show.  People in Ottawa tend to come to buy boats and fishing accessories whereas people in Toronto and Montreal come more for the entertainment value.

A visitor to the show and to the city also made the observation that there was little available in the way of boating equipment, supplies and accessories. This may have to do with the lack of competition in Ottawa for marine supplies with only one real supplier for the whole area.



Overall I think the show was a big success and I look forward to next year to see how it grows both in popularity and in attendance.

Be sure to visit the Gallery for more photos of the show.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:15

Review - Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show

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.




Monday, 06 February 2012 19:24

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Friday, 20 January 2012 21:28

Canadian Beaver Tails

 A favorite treat along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa during Winterlude !


Total Time: 2 hrs. 30 min.  Yield: 20-30 pastries Prep Time: 30 min.


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 4 1/4-5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • oil ( for frying)
  • granulated sugar ( for dusting)
  • cinnamon


  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yeast, warm water and pinch of sugar.
  2. Allow to stand a couple of minutes to allow yeast to swell or dissolve.
  3. Stir in remaining sugar, milk, vanilla, eggs, oil, salt, and most of flour to make soft dough.
  4. Knead 5-8 minutes (by hand or with a dough hook), adding flour as needed to form a firm, smooth, elastic dough.
  5. Place in a greased bowl. Place bowl in a plastic bag and seal. (If not using right away, you can refrigerate the dough at this point).
  6. Let rise in a covered, lightly greased bowl; about 30-40 minutes.
  7. Gently deflate dough. (If dough is coming out of the fridge, allow to warm up for about 40 minutes before proceeding).
  8. Pinch off a golf ball-sized piece of dough. Roll out into an oval and let rest, covered with a tea towel, while you are preparing the remaining dough.
  9. Heat about 4 inches of oil in fryer (a wok works best, but you can use a Dutch oven or whatever you usually use for frying). Temperature of the oil should be about 385°F.
  10. Stretch the ovals into a tail shape, like a beaver's tail - thinning them out and enlarging them as you do.
  11. Add the dough pieces to the hot oil, about 1-2 at a time.
  12. Turn once to fry until the undersides are deep brown.
  13. Lift the tails out with tongs and drain on paper towels.
  14. Fill a large bowl with a few cups of white sugar.
  15. Toss the tails in sugar (with a little cinnamon if you wish) and shake off excess.

Can also be coverd with jam or apple pie filling, Nutella, Maple Syrup!

Friday, 13 January 2012 18:43

2012 Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen's Show

2012 Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen's Show - New Dates New Venue

The Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen’s Show Announces 2012 Dates
CE Centre Set to Host Feb. 23-26
OTTAWA – October 28, 2011 –
With a brand new location set to reel in outdoor lovers from Ottawa and beyond, the much anticipated 2012 Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen’s Show returns for another exciting year, taking place February 23-26 at its new home, the CE Centre. This new, premium venue, will lure more visitors than ever – its modern architecture, first class dining experiences and 150,000 square feet of exhibition space are the perfect backdrop for all things outdoors. Conveniently located near the Ottawa Macdonald- Cartier International Airport, the venue has more than 600 hotel rooms nearby for out of town guests and exhibitors, and offers plenty of parking for those making the trip by car. This state of the art venue combined with the best exhibitors and features, are sure to make the 2012 Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen’s Show a catch you won’t dream of releasing!
What: The 2012 Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen’s Show
When: Thursday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: CE Centre 4899 Uplands Drive Ottawa ON K1V 2N6
Cost: Adults $14.00 Seniors $9.00 Juniors $9.00 (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 Only Box Office)
Parking: $7.00 at CE Centre Parking lot (over 1800 spaces) – payable by Visa, MasterCard and Amex and cash.

About: The Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show (OBSS) is the Ottawa Valley’s leading outdoor show. It features over 200 exhibitors offering a wide selection of products, services, gear and tackle for fishing, boating, camping and paddlesports. The show is tailor-made for outdoor enthusiasts and features renowned celebrity experts, seminars, demonstrations, family entertainment, and more.
More info:        www.ottawaboatandsportshow.ca
Media  contact/accreditation for The Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show:
Jessica Patriquin
M : 416-995-8496
T : 416-360-6522 ext. 245
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