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Toronto show opens Saturday

The 57th annual Toronto International Boat Show begins Saturday and runs through Jan. 18 at the Direct Energy Centre.

New-product debuts will roll out at the eight-day show. Highlights include a VIP preview night this evening that will support children’s charities at a silent auction.

The show also features one of the world’s largest indoor lakes, with more than a million gallons of Lake Ontario water pumped in for wakeboarding demos and free rides in inflates, canoes, kayaks or paddleboats. The show also will provide educational opportunities and seminars.

Actress Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on TV’s “Gilligan’s Island” in the 1960s, will be at the show during the preview night tonight and at other scheduled times during the opening weekend.

The 57th annual Toronto International Boat Show is owned and produced by Canadian Boat Shows Inc. Organizers said it has an economic impact on the region of $354 million.

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