Canada's 'Big One' lives up to its name
The Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV & Powersports Show returned to the International Centre in Toronto, Ont. and ATV.com was in attendance.
Organizers were calling it the largest snowmobile and ATV show in the world and with all the vendors, vehicles, accessories and activities it was easy to see why. Being in Canada, however, there was more of a snowmobile presence than ATV.
The Ultimax Extreme Freestyle event stole the show. Some of the top snowmobile freestylers in the world were on hand pulling off some of the craziest tricks this side of the Winter X Games. A mulch track with one big ramp was set up for the freestylers. ATV races around the track were also on display as spectators could watch sport quads and utility quads kick up roost. Be sure to check out our photo gallery to see action shots from the show.
As much as there was to see and do at the track, it was among the 500,000 square feet of displays inside the International Centre where you could get dizzy from ATV and snowmobile overload. It was like a powersports shopping mall and it seemed like there really wasn’t anything you couldn’t find for your ride.
Getting yourself outfitted for both cold and warm weather riding was also easy with countless jackets, boots, gloves, goggles and helmets for sale at dozens of vendors.
What stood out most to us at this show was the huge variety of track systems for ATVs. Everywhere you looked ATVs and side-by-sides were set up with all-weather tracks for a variety of companies.
Though we didn’t see any crazy ATV customizations and paint jobs, the same can not be said about snowmobiles. The Custom Sled Village had a number of tricked out models with wild paint jobs and beefed up powerplants. Even if you’re not a big snowmobile fan, these sleds were real attention grabbers.
In addition to everything else, the Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV & Powersports Show also had the latest ATVs on display.
This show truly was everything powersports, whether you wanted to buy a new quad, update your old one, get geared up or just watch the pros put on a show. We look forward to next year so we can see it all again.