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ccmOnce again we participated at Toronto International Boat Show. This years boat show theme starts here bbcBirch Bark to Fiberglass Canadas 150th year.

Many people took the time to comment on how much they enjoyed the booth this year - some saying it was the best we'd had in years!
Many thanks go out to our boat show partners The Canadian Canoe Museum and The Muskoka Discovery Centre for sharing their resources and helping to make our display a success. We look forward to working with both organizations as plans come together for our summer show. Of course, the display wouldn't be possible without the help of our members who are willing to bring their boats to the show!
Thanks also go out to the many volunteers who spent time getting the booth set up in the morning, interacting with visitors, promoting club membership, and closing the booth in the evening. And finally, thanks to the organizing committee of Rita Adams, Tim Aikenhead, Patrice Anderson, Tom Crawford, Scott ev2Dunsmoor, and Greg Martin for their countless hours of planning, set-up, and take-down of the show - and to Gerry Lodge for providing canoe livery services. Because of our booth location at the very front of the venue, display boats must be delivered to the event site almost a week before the show actually begins, and they are the last to be removed – usually on the Monday or Tuesday following the show.

Inclement weather is always a possibility at this time of year, and even on a clear day, there are concerns about slush, salt, and sand splashing on boats in transit.

Many of our exhibitors also volunteer their time during the week to meet with booth visitors. This year’s exhibitors were: Jim Grand, John Gullick, Ken Kirk, Ken Lavalette, Rob Rueter, Ron Stevenson (Maple Leaf Outboard Club), Dan Truax, and Daniel Woodhead. Most of them also had friends and family who came along closeto help set up the exhibits.

Our thanks go out to all of them.

In the photo below, Bill Davis shows off our membership tent as he waits to greet new members.tibsvolunteering







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First off,  I all of a sudden feel like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory , Fun With Flags show, now that scares me a bit. I have had so many people ask why boats fly the Ontario flag. If you are one of those who think this, it’s a fair thought, but it’s not the Ontario flag. Vintage boats like to fly the flag of the boats year. Hence boats built after 1965 would fly the Canadian flag as we know it today. Boats from 1923 to 1964 fly the second generation Red Ensign, From 1868 to 1922 boats fly the first generation red ensign. And if you have a boat pre 1868 you may be flying the Union Jack.

The provincial flag of Ontario, Canada. It is a defaced Red Ensign, with the Royal Union Flag in the canton and the Ontario shield of arms in the fly. The flag was introduced in 1965 in the wake of lengthy debates on changing the Canadian Red Ensign with a unique Canadian flag.
The Canadian Blue Ensign is similar to the Red Ensign. The flag was used as the jack of the Royal Canadian Navy from its inception until the adoption of the Maple Leaf flag in 1965.

The Red Ensign was used by Canadians both on land and at sea beginning as early as 1868 soon after Confederation. As Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald promoted it throughout Canada. In 1892, it was authorized by Admiralty Warrant for use on ships registered in Canada and this was enshrined in the Canada Shipping Act of 1934, yet the flag had no legal status on land (Canada's "official" flag was the Royal Union Flag until 1946).

The Red Ensign is hard to find, many fly the Ontario flag as you can buy it anywhere. you can get a very nice red ensign online here(Dominion Regalia)  I have ordered many as I have lost a stern pole or two.  

So pick your flag for the year of your boat that is not the Ontario Flag and fly it with a smile.


Chris Bullen



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