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The 55th annual Toronto International Boat Show will be held Jan. 12-20 at the Direct Energy Centre's Exhibition Place.

Organizers say the show will have boats for every lifestyle and budget and the latest marine products and services. There also will be on-water boating activities, boat rides, wakeboarding and boat-handling demonstrations on what the show calls the world’s largest indoor lake for boaters, plus more than 140 special guest seminars and other aquatic attractions.

Tickets will be $18 for general admission (ages 17 to 64); $15 for seniors (65 and older); $20 for an unlimited weekday evening pass (4 p.m. to close); $25 for a two-day adult pass (ages 17 to 64); and $19 for a two-day senior pass (65 and older).

Children ages 16 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.


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Like most people born in 1990, Justin Bennett was on a four-year college track. He and his parents took it for granted that he would attend college before moving on to a steady desk job — until a stint at sailing camp, and later as a counselor, helped Bennett discover his passion for boats.

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