Boat show heralds spring

The April 23 and 24 show takes place at the Kelowna Yacht Club’s Water Street marina, starting at 10 a.m. both days.

Water enthusiasts get set for the annual Kelowna Yacht Club boat show, April 23 and 24 in downtown Kelowna.

The popular public event has been heralding spring for thousands of people from all over the Okanagan for two decades.

The weekend show takes place Saturday and Sunday at the yacht club’s Water Street marina, starting at 10 a.m. both days.

“Our exhibitors will be showcasing the latest boats and watercraft, as well as offering special boat show pricing, so this April weekend is really the best place and time to browse, compare and buy,” said Lisa McHaffie, chair of the Kelowna Yacht Club’s organizing committee.

Twenty exhibitors will be displaying more than 180 boats, as well as 24 other exhibits on the docks and in the club atrium.

“We’re opening our doors and inviting the public to not only come down and look at some terrific boats, but come see our award-winning clubhouse or simply enjoy having lunch from the largest deck on Okanagan Lake,” said McHaffie.

Entry to the boat show is by donation with proceeds benefiting the club’s youth sailing and watersports programs as well as the Okanagan chapter of the Disabled Sailing Association of B.C.

Bridge to Caesar's LandingThe exhibitors’ fees help to maintain 32 mooring buoys that are anchored in strategic locations between Okanagan Lake bridge north to Caesar’s Landing, which provide safe anchorage to boaters sheltering from a storm.

Families are most welcome, but the club requests the public to leave their dogs at home.

A not-for-profit organization, Kelowna Yacht Club has been supporting boater education and safe, responsible enjoyment of Okanagan Lake since 1945.