MONTREAL — Public exhibition and trade shows offer great ways to learn more about a particular product or business through demonstrations, workshops and on-site representatives.
Here’s a list of some upcoming trade shows in Montreal.
It’s time to take a test spin as the Montreal International Auto Show rolls into town at Palais des Congres from Jan. 17 through 26. The show features the latest models from all the major car manufacturers and new model unveilings including the debut of the 2015 Ford Mustang. The Performance Zone offers a special car collection of more than 40 modified cars. Admission costs $16 for adults. Visit www.montrealautoshow.com.
Next, love is definitely in the air at Le Salon de L’Amour et de la Seduction, or the Everything to Do with Sex Show. This adults-only trade show offers erotic gifts and novelties, erotic fashion shows and spicy seminars. It celebrates its 20th edition at Place Bonaventure Jan. 17 through 19. Call (866) 929-7399 or visit www.everythingtodowithsex.com.
The National Outfitter’s Hunting and Fishing Show highlights everything for outdoor enthusiasts, avid hunters and dedicated fishermen. Some 150 exhibitors and professional outfitters will be on hand to help you plan your next hunting or fishing trip. At Palais des Congres Jan. 30 through Feb. 2. Admission costs $12 for adults. Call (514) 334-7277 or visit www.pourvoirie.net.
Place Bonaventure makes a big splash with Salon du Bateau, or the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show, from Feb. 6 through 9. More than 150 exhibitors, 400 watercraft including kayaks, sea cruisers, sailboats and fishing boats, and dozens of accessory dealers will be on-site. Special events include an exhibit on nautical safety and a Parks Canada photo booth where visitors can photobomb themselves into the likes of the Canadian Rockies. Admission costs $15 for adults. Call (450) 466-1777 or visit www.salondubateau.com.
The Bicycle Show, held at Place Bonaventure Feb. 14 through 16, is geared toward road cycling and mountain bike enthusiasts. The show features 200 vendors who offer the latest bicycle models, accessories and bike-themed clothing. Velo Quebec and dozens of regional tourist agencies are on hand to help you plan your next cycling adventure. Admission costs $12 for adults. Family Day on Feb. 15 offers free admission for children 12 years and younger. Call (514) 397-2222 or visit www.salonduvelo.com.
Adventures in the great outdoors continue at the Hunting, Fishing and Camping Show Feb. 20 through 23 at Place Bonaventure where more than 250 boat, ATV and RV dealers, outfitters, and camping gear manufacturers will be on-site. The fun includes fishing seminars, a duck decoy contest, archery and crossbow demonstrations, and a hands-on casting pond where you can actually catch some trout for dinner — all for a good cause. All proceeds at the Trout Pond — $5 for one or $12 for three — get donated to Foundation Interactive Hochelaga Maisonneuve, which takes kids in need on a day of fishing. Admission costs $14 for adults. Call (514) 866-5409 or visit www.salonchassepeche.ca.
The National Motorcycle Show revs things up Feb. 28 through March 2 at Palais des Congres with 150 exhibitors offering the latest motorcycle, ATV and scooter models made by Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki, among others. The event also features specialized clothing and accessories, custom and vintage motorcycle exhibitors, and a riding academy for children. Admission costs $14.50 for adults. Visit www.salonmotomontreal.com.
Hittin’ the road? Bring your house. The popular Montreal RV Show rolls into Olympic Stadium March 6 through 9. This show features the latest motor homes, camping trailers and tent-trailers. Admission costs $12 for adults. Call (514) 338-1471 or visit www.salonvr.com.
Renovating and decorating tips abound at the Montreal National Home Show, one of the more popular public shows the city has to offer. This year’s 35th edition runs March 7 through 16 at Place Bonaventure where some 500 exhibitors offer the latest trends and ideas on home construction, design, renovation, decorating, and landscaping. Admission costs $16 for adults. Call (514) 527-9222 or visit www.montrealnationalhomeshow.com.
Steven Howell is the author of Montreal Essential Guide, a Sutro Media iPhone travel app available at iTunes.com.IF YOU GO Montreal's major trade and public exhibition shows are usually held at three locations: ▶ Palais des Congres (also known as the Montreal Convention Centre) is at 1001 Place Jean-Paul Riopelle (Metro station Place d'Armes). Call (800) 268-8122 or visit www.congresmtl.com. ▶ Place Bonaventure is at 800 de la Gauchetiere St. W. (Metro station Bonaventure). Call (514) 397-2222 or visit www.placebonaventure.com. ▶ Olympic Stadium at Sherbrooke Street and Avenue Pie-IX (Metro stations Pie-IX and Viau).