By STEVEN HOWELL
---- — MONTREAL — Take a test spin, pitch a perfect tent, or build a better deck — the Montreal public-exhibition and trade-show season has begun.
The events offer the latest product trends, the hottest gadgets and the newest models on the market. Here’s a list of some upcoming shows.
The Montreal International Auto Show rolls into town at Palais des Congres from Friday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 28. The show features the latest models from all the major car manufacturers as well as electric-car test drives, new model unveilings and special car collections. Admission costs $16 for adults. Details can be found at www.montrealautoshow.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 visitors plan their next hunting or fishing trip. The show is at Palais des Congres from Thursday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 3. Admission costs $12 for adults. Call (514) 334-7277 or visit www.pourvoirie.net for more information.
The Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show makes a splash at Place Bonaventure from Thursday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 10, with 150 exhibitors. Some 400 water craft including kayaks, sea cruisers, sailboats and fishing boats will be on display. Dozens of accessory dealers will be on hand, too, as well as Navigation Quebec, which offers info on provincial marinas and waterways, and lodging and campsites located near rivers and lakes. Admission costs $13 for adults. Call (450) 466-1777 or visit www.salondubateau.com to learn more.
Next, the Bicycle Show gets into gear at Place Bonaventure from Friday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 17. The show features the latest bicycle models, accessories and bike-themed clothing. Velo Quebec and dozens of regional tourist agencies will be on hand to help attendees plan their next cycling adventure. Admission costs $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 6 to 12. Family Day is Feb. 17, which offers free admission for children 12 years and younger. For details, call (514) 397-2222 or visit www.salonduvelo.com.
Adventures in the great outdoors continues at the Hunting, Fishing and Camping Show from Thursday, Feb. 21, through Sunday, Feb. 24, at Place Bonaventure. More than 250 boat, ATV and RV dealers, outfitters and camping-gear manufacturers will be on-site. The fun includes a duck-decoy contest and a hands-on casting pond where visitors can actually catch some trout. Admission costs $13 for adults. Call (514) 866-5409 or visit www.salonchassepeche.ca for questions.
The National Motorcycle Show revs things up from Friday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 24, at Palais des Congres with 150 exhibitors offering the latest models in motorcycles, ATVs, scooters and custom and vintage motorcycles. Specialized clothing and accessories will also be featured. Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki are among the exhibitors. Admission costs $14 for adults. For details, visit www.salonmotomontreal.com.
It’s time to hit the road in a really big way at the popular Montreal RV Show, which rolls into Olympic Stadium Thursday, March 7, through Sunday, March 10. The 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 to learn more.
If you build it, they really will come. Renovating and decorating tips abound at the Montreal National Home Show Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 17, at Place Bonaventure. 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 for more information.
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).