The Earlybird RV Show and Sale is a large recreational vehicle trade show featuring motor homes, RV camping equipment, exhibitors and seminars in Abbotsford.
SNOWBIRD RV SHOW IN AUTUMN
The 2023 Earlybird RV Show is over, but there is another similar event happening again later this year. The Snowbird RV Show happens at the same venue, at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford, in the fall. For details about it visit rvshowsbc.com.
Earlybird RV Show at TRADEX in Abbotsford
In 2023 the Earlybird RV Show ran from February 16th to 19th (which included all of the Family Day Long Weekend except for the holiday Monday). It’ll happen again at around the same time in 2024.
The event is for everyone who wants to buy, admire or dream about recreational vehicles and RV equipment. There is so much to see at the show, and lots of great deals too!
The Earlybird RV Show & Sale is one of the biggest recreational vehicle events in Western Canada. In British Columbia, it’s second in size only to the Snowbird RV Show (which is hosted by the same organization in the fall).
The Earlybird RV Show features over 120,000 square feet of indoor space full of recreational vehicles, related products and activities to check out. The event is the best place to be for anyone wanting to live or learn about the RV lifestyle.
2024 marks the 28th year of the Earlybird RV Show & Sale. The event features more than 200 recreational vehicles to explore, buy and dream about. In 2023 there were also 45 exhibitor booths and more than two dozen different seminars over the four days.
One of the most exciting talks to look forward to in 2023 was one by the Naing family from Belcarra. Best known for creating Yolo Family Vans, the Naing family shared their experiences and lessons learned from life on the road. They also encouraged others to take on adventures of their own. Remarkably, this local family has toured across 28 countries over four continents in a Sprinter van!
For the event’s official website visit rvshowsbc.com.
Hours and Location
The 2023 Earlybird RV Show & Sale ran from Thursday, February 16th, until Sunday, February 19th. Hours on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday were from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm. On the Sunday the event ran from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. 2024 will likely be similar.
As always, the Earlybird RV Show & Sale happens at the TRADEX Centre which is located at 1190 Cornell Street in Abbotsford (right beside the Abbotsford Airport).
General admission prices for the 2023 Earlybird RV Show & Sale are listed below.
- Adults (ages 19+) – $15
- Seniors (ages 60+) – $13
- Youth (ages 13 to 18) – $12
- Children (ages 12 and under) – Free
Evening admission cost $9 for adults and seniors. The discounted rates included full access to the event from 5:00 until 9:00 pm on the Thursday or Friday.
If you wanted to attend the event more than once this past year, Multi-Day Passes cost $20 for adults, seniors and youth. If you planned on attending with your loved ones, Family Packs were available as well. Two adults and up to four children could get in for $33 for the day.
There is plenty of parking available on site for $8 per vehicle. Overnight parking for recreational vehicles costs $25 per night. Yes, that’s right, there are die-hard RV-ers camping out overnight. People come from all over the province, and even farther away, for this event!
For tickets and full details visit the official RV Shows BC website.
What to Expect
Expect to see lots of recreational vehicles at the show. Lots of them! There are trailers, motorhomes and fifth wheelers including tiny ones, giant ones, ultra fancy ones and more basic ones. You can go inside them, have a look around, and dream. All the vehicles are for sale too, many of them at great discounts. If you want to buy a new vehicle, this is a super place to do that and get a good deal.
There are other things to see and buy at the show as well. There are vendors selling all kinds of RV-related equipment. We spent about three hours going inside and looking around vehicles and still didn’t manage to inspect them all! There was so much to see! And if you attend all the seminars, you could have fun there all day!
The Earlybird RV Show is similar to the Snowbird RV Show which takes place in the fall, but there are definite differences. Both events are about the same size, although the one in autumn might be a tiny bit bigger. The average vehicle at the Snowbird RV Show though is definitely bigger. The focus of that event is for people who move south for the winter and live in their vehicles for months at a time (so they typically want larger RVs and nicer amenities).
TIP: It’s fun to go inside the vehicles to see what you like and don’t like. The layouts are all different, with things like cupboards, beds, the washroom and kitchen table in different places. Looking at the various options is a great way to figure out what you really want in an RV. Every vehicle is slightly different, but so too are people’s tastes and preferences.
RV Show Seminar Schedule
The 2023 Earlybird RV Show & Sale offered 28 seminars to enjoy. There were plenty of interesting things to learn this past year, including tips and lessons from the Naing family on the Friday and Saturday.
The seminar schedules for the first three days of the 2023 event are listed below.
Note: Exact details were subject to change. See the official 2023 Seminar Schedule page for the most up-to-date information.
Thursday, February 16th, 2023
- 12:00 pm – Dewinterizing & Spring Service
- 1:00 pm – Budget RVing 101
- 2:00 pm – RV Driving Tips
- 3:00 pm – One Pan Enchiladas (Cooking Demonstration)
- 4:00 pm – Great Northern Circle Route
- 5:00 pm – RV Service
- 6:00 pm – RV Driving Tips
Friday, February 17th, 2023
- 11:00 am – Dewinterizing & Spring Service
- 12:00 pm – RV Driving Tips
- 1:00 pm – Great Northern Circle Route
- 2:00 pm – Propane Safety
- 3:00 pm – Budget RVing 101
- 4:00 pm – Van Life: The Real-Life Impact (with the Naing Family)
- 5:00 pm – Pitmaster Tips for Japanese-style Steaks
- 6:00 pm – Appliance Maintenance
Saturday, February 18th, 2023
- 11:00 am – Great Northern Circle Route
- 12:00 pm – RV Driving Tips
- 1:00 pm – Smash Burgers 101 (Cooking Demonstration)
- 2:00 pm – Van Life: The Real-Life Impact (with the Naing Family)
- 4:00 pm – Propane Safety
- 5:00 pm – Budget RVing 101
- 6:00 pm – Dewinterizing & Spring Service Maintenance Tips
For tickets to the show visit the rvshowsbc.com website.
Earlybird RV Show Video
The video below shows what the Earlybird RV Show looked like in 2023. As you’ll see, at the event there are recreational vehicles of all shapes and sizes. They come in a wide range of prices too.
In the video you’ll see what the insides of some of the RVs look like. If you’ve never been to an RV Show before, or even been inside a luxury motor home, this video will give you an idea of what to expect. You can go right inside the vehicles, snoop around, and then even buy one or just dream!
Many of the vehicles you’ll see at the Earlybird RV Show are pretty salubrious! You’ll also see more basic ones, plus every kind of accessory you could possibly imagine (or almost every kind).
For more information about the event, and the Snowbird RV Show in the fall, visit the official RV Shows BC Website.
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