Montreal showing hottest gadgets, newest models, latest trends

From Alfa Romeos to Volkswagens, the 47th edition of the Montreal Auto Show features more than 500 car models on display Jan. 16 through 25 at Palais des Congres.

MONTREAL — Public exhibitions and trade shows offer great ways to learn more about the latest products through demonstrations, workshops and meet-and-greets with experts in the field.

Here’s a list of some upcoming trade shows in Montreal.

AUTO SHOW

The 47th edition of the Montreal Auto Show rolls into town Jan. 16 through 25 at Palais des Congres with more than 500 models on display representing all the major car manufacturers. Special events include the Performance Zone, which offers a special car collection of more than 40 modified cars as well as new model unveilings. Admission costs $16 for adults. Visit www.montrealautoshow.com.

Love is definitely in the air at Le Salon de L’Amour et de la Seduction, or the Everything to Do with Sex Show, an adults-only trade show offering erotic gifts and novelties, sexy fashion shows, spicy seminars, a burlesque show and a cuddle zone. It celebrates its 21st edition at Place Bonaventure Jan. 16 through 18. Admission costs $20. Call (866) 929-7399 or visit www.everythingtodowithsex.com.

The National Outfitter’s Hunting and Fishing Expo showcases gear and goods dedicated to outdoor enthusiasts, avid hunters and fanatical 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. 29 through Feb. 1. Admission costs $12 for adults. Call (514) 334-7277 or visit www.pourvoirie.net.

If there’s one show that really lets you dream of summer, it’s Salon du Bateau or the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show from Feb. 5 through 8 at Place Bonaventure. More than 250 exhibitors and 450 watercraft including kayaks, sea cruisers, sailboats and fishing boats, and dozens of accessory dealers will be on-site. Admission costs $15 for adults. Call (450) 466-1777 or visit www.salondubateau.com.

Salon du Velo, or the Bicycle Show, held at Place Bonaventure Feb. 13 through 15, offers everything geared toward road cycling and mountain bike enthusiasts. More than 200 vendors feature the latest bicycle models, accessories and bike-themed clothing. Velo Quebec and regional tourist agencies are also on hand to help you plan your next cycling adventure. Admission costs $13 for adults. Call (514) 397-2222 or visit www.salonduvelo.com.

HUNTING, FISHING, CAMPING

More outdoor adventures can be found at the Hunting, Fishing and Camping Show Feb. 19 through 22 at Place Bonaventure where more than 250 boat, ATV and RV dealers, outfitters and camping gear manufacturers will be on hand. Activities 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 with all proceeds — $5 for one or $12 for three — going to Foundation Interactive Hochelaga Maisonneuve, which takes kids in need on a day of fishing. Admission costs $15 for adults. Call (514) 866-5409 or visit www.salonchassepeche.ca.

The Motorcycle Show revs things up Feb. 27 through March 1 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 features specialized clothing and accessories, custom and vintage motorcycle exhibitors, and the Yamaha Riding Academy for Kids. Admission costs $15 for adults. Visit www.salonmotomontreal.com.

Does everyone have the dream of hitting the road — in their house? The popular Montreal RV Show rolls into Olympic Stadium March 5 through 8 and features the latest motor homes, camping trailers and tent trailers. Admission costs $12 for adults. Call (514) 338-1471 or visit www.salonvr.com.

Finally, the big renovation takes place at the 36th Montreal National Home Show March 6 through 15 at Place Bonaventure, where more than 500 exhibitors will 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.


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