This year’s theme is " LIFE Is In Motion " at CIAS

Which is meant to represent the fact that vehicles play an integral role in our lives and continue to do so even more as they become so technologically advanced and connected.

The Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) has grown and evolved over the years to become the largest Canadian consumer show of any kind and a truly world class exhibition. This year’s theme is ‘LIFE Is In Motion,’ which is meant to represent the fact that vehicles play an integral role in our lives and continue to do so even more as they become so technologically advanced and connected.

Featuring over 125 exhibitors, both the north and south Metro Toronto Convention Centres will feature more than one thousand cars and trucks between February 13th and the 22nd. Attended by over 300,000 people and spanning more than 500,000 sq. ft. across two convention centres means that if you want to see and do everything you’d better have a plan in place. And be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Start your strategy before you even leave the house by visiting autoshow.ca and prioritize your game plan based on what you want to see most. Green P parking lots are also located on the north side of Front Street and Lower Simcoe Street just south of Bremner Boulevard. The GO Train and TTC may not seem convenient, but neither is Toronto traffic. Save yourself the aggravation and steep parking costs by utilizing public transit. Leaving bulky clothing at home in February isn’t really an option but carrying it around is a pain so making use of coat check is a good idea.

Both weekends and the Family Day Monday are generally the busiest times, so you would be smart to attend the show during the week if you want some extra breathing room and seat time. My old man always used to schedule a doctor’s appointment during the week of auto show and pull me out of school for the whole day. As it turns out, it was probably far more applicable to my current career than anything I would have learned in school that day anyhow.

Every year vehicles are senselessly scratched and vandalized which ruins it for everybody by cars being removed or stanchioned off. The cars are the stars of the show, so be sure to respect them and the person who will be their lucky owner.

In addition to the large number of new vehicles on display that are for sale, this year’s show features an impressive selection of concept vehicles, including the Maserati Alfieri, Lexus RCF GT3, Kia Stinger, Jaguar Project 7, Infiniti Q60 and Q80, Cadillac Elmiraj, Chevrolet Bolt EV and the MINI Superleggera Vision.

We wouldn’t have the concepts of the future without the relics of the past. The Art and the Automobile exhibit features a reconstructed 1867 steam buggy on loan from the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa which is believed to be the oldest car in the country, possibly even the world! Other classic collector car highlights include a 1926 Bugatti, a 1941 Cadillac and a 1948 Tucker.

Always a highlight of the show, the AutoExotica exhibit features the pinnacle of modern design, luxury and performance, including the Aston Martin Vantage GT, Rolls-Royce Wraith, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and California T, Lamborghini Huracan, the world-renowned Pagani Huayra and more.

Doing the show justice really does require a full day but if you are visiting from out of town and plan on making it a weekend in the city there are plenty of other ways to pass the time in a very close proximity to the MTCC, including the CN Tower. Recently surpassed by quite a large margin as the highest freestanding structure in the world by the Burj Dubai, Toronto’s concrete communications tower and tourist attraction still offers a pretty damn good view standing 147 stories and 553.33 metres tall. Boasting a movie theatre, a rotating restaurant and various observation decks, the highlights for most people are the glass floor and EdgeWalk. Ripley’s Aquarium is also located nextdoor to the CN Tower and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The interactive underwater attraction boasts over 5.7 million litres of water and showcases more than 16,000 marine animals. Just down the street is The Hockey Hall of Fame, a museum and Hall of Fame dedicated to immortalizing the history and achievements of the Canada’s game.

Toronto also features the most diverse and plentiful selection of food, culture and entertainment in the country, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you just aren’t looking hard enough. Enjoy the show and be sure to come visit us at the Wheels.ca display, featuring Robert Herjevak’s La Ferrari and a photo booth to capture the experience with your friends. One Samsung tablet will be given away every day and you’ll have a chance to enter into a contest to win $40,000 towards a new car.

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