Family Day brings a crowd to Canadian International Autoshow 2017

Kids and adults alike had a blast capping off the Family Day long weekend checking out hundreds of the latest cars and exploring automotive-themed activities at the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow.

Young boy and a police officer together at the Canadian International Autoshow on family day

Whether it was hanging out with with life-sized Stormtroopers, testing out dozens of Virtual Reality displays or looking some of the rarest and most-exclusive cars in the country, record crowds continued to flock to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Monday, Feb. 20th.

The AutoShow welcomed more than 133,000 visitors during the first three days of its 10-day run, including more than 52,000 on Sunday alone.

The show’s Allstate Family Day featured a great mix of special programming and activities for all age groups to celebrate the holiday long-weekend.

Some of the highlights of the day included:

  • Parents getting GIF photos of their kids soaring over the Toronto skyline like superheroes at the Allstate booth in the in the North Building.

  • Canadian Racecar drivers Daniel Morad and Scott Hargrove signing autographs for race fans at the Porsche exhibit on the 800 Level in the South Building.

  • Families grabbing photos with Star Wars Stormtroopers at the Nissan booth on the 300 Level in the North Building.

  • Photos with cars from the AutoShow’s Art & the Automobile Exhibit at the TADA booth on the 700 Level in the South Building.

  • A steady flow of people testing out the distracted driving simulator at the Ministry of Transportation’s exhibit.

The AutoShow Live Stage — a new feature at this year’s show — is hosting a variety of speakers and guests who will discuss a wide-range of important automotive topics daily throughout the week. During one of the Family Day presentations, the OPP’s aviation unit was joined for a discussion on enforcement by K-9 Officer Cash, who was a big hit with show visitors.

Other presentations Monday on the Live Stage included a group of Canadian journalists debating which vehicle is best for families, plus a discussion on what female car shoppers need to know when they head to the dealership.

There will be five presentations on the AutoShow Live Stage Tuesday, including:

  • 11 a.m. TADA panel: Racing to Success – Young Canadian Race Car Drivers talk about their journeys. Panelists: Matt Garwood, Ben Hurst, TBA. Moderator: Dave Fraser, TADA Education Coordinator

  • Noon: University of Waterloo is one of a number of Ontario universities conducting automobile research. They have a partnership with General Motors. In conversation with Norris McDonald, they discuss their work.

  • 1:30 p.m. TADA Panel: Eco, Solar, Electric, Racing & More: How Canadian University Students Are Reshaping The Road.

  • 2 p.m. OPP presentation: Recruiting in 2017

  • 4 p.m. The Oshawa-based University of Ontario Institute of Technology has the only full-size wind tunnel in the province. As well as an education tool, the wind tunnel is used for research and by auto racers. Department spokespeople talk about what they do and who they do it for.

  • A full schedule for the AutoShow Live Stage is available in the daily calendar on our website at

Tuesday, Feb. 21st is a Super day to visit the AutoShow, thanks to the Royal Bank of Canada. Purchase your $12 Adult General Admission Super Tuesday tickets at the AutoShow website, or at the Show box office so you don’t miss this special deal! Tickets are valid for admission on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 only. Check for more information. Not valid in combination with any other offer.

The Canadian International AutoShow is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between February 17th and 26th. Please visit for more information. Follow us on Instagram @cdnintlautoshow, chat with us on Snapchat at autoshowcanada, Like us on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter @autoshowcanada with the hashtags #AutoShowOhCanada and #CIAS2017.

About the Canadian International AutoShow

With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. Boasting more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles, the 2017 AutoShow is helping celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by showcasing Canadian collectors in each feature of the show. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit