The Spring Cottage Life Show kicks off the season and celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday with a focus on preserving the natural beauty of cottage country.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Ontario cottagers – when the mercury starts to rise, the grass begins to break through the soil and the Spring Cottage Life Show opens its doors to kick off cottage season, from March 31 to April 2, 2017. Occupying 400,000 square feet of the International Centre, the Spring Cottage Life Show is the largest, premier, one-stop destination for cottagers to get summer-ready with ideas and advice on renovation and design, eco-smart landscaping, outdoor recreation and cottage entertaining from 600 exhibitors.
New programming and show features will bring everything that Canadians love about the great outdoors indoors, from star gazing under an inflatable planetarium, learning about biodiversity and wildlife, playing cottage games, learning to fish, and enjoying refreshing cocktails at the Dock Party. Find plenty of inspiration for cottage living by touring a stunning model cottage complete with a rooftop patio designed by Bonneville Homes, surrounded by a lush walkthrough Cottage Garden featuring native and pollinator-friendly plants. Meet Cottage Life experts with advice on opening the cottage, estate planning and DIY project ideas, or take a break from shopping to enjoy mouth-watering cooking demos on the Cottage Kitchen Stage and much more!
The Cottage Life booth will kick off an initiative to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Coined Grow a Forest, the initiative encourages cottage owners to plant a native tree on their property to preserve and nurture the natural beauty of Canada’s cottage country. Grow a Forest, which will be celebrated all summer long in Cottage Life magazine, on the Cottage Life TV channel, on CottageLife.com and through the brand’s social media platforms, will be brought to life in the booth with a mini forest and a tree planting station. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet Cottage Life’s editor-in-chief, Michelle Kelly and the rest of the editorial team. (Hall 3)
2017 SPRING COTTAGE LIFE SHOW HIGHLIGHTS:
Brojects: In the House – Andrew and Kevin Buckles, the creative duo behind the popular Cottage Life television series, Brojects, will take to the Main Stage to share their whacky and ingenious ideas of turning traditional home and cottage projects upside down. Audiences will get a sneak peek of the new season of Brojects: In the House, as the makers of the “floating swim-up bar” take their ideas inside to create the ultimate clubhouse. The Cottage Life Main Stage will also include speakers and engaging presentations on sustainable building, fire safety, cottage ownership and rentals, and décor trends. (Hall 2)
Dream Cottage – Bonneville Homes will unveil its exclusive new micro cottage design series, NATUR-ECO, with a dream home on display. Modern living meets sustainable design through eco-friendly materials, solar panels, energy efficient amenities, immersive floor-to-ceiling windows spanning 10 feet, and a spectacular panoramic rooftop patio. (Hall 4)
Cottage Garden – The Cottage Life Show’s new garden feature will encourage visitors to learn about Ontario’s biodiversity and how we can all play a positive role in conservation and fostering eco-smart environments at the cottage and in our backyards. Visitors will be surrounded by 1,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped native and pollinator-friendly plants, shrubs and trees that provide vital habitats to Ontario’s eco-systems, protect shorelines and enhance the quality of life from the air we breathe to the food we eat. (HALL 4) PLUS – make sure to visit the Cottage Life booth to learn how to plant a white pine seedling (and help grow a forest) with David Masters of Luna Adventures. (Hall 3)
Cottage Wildlife Centre – Get up close to some of the animals that inhabit cottage country including owls, falcons, snakes and turtles. Discover birds of prey and the rehabilitation efforts of Wild Ontario, learn about Scales Nature Park’s turtle hospital on Georgian Bay, and meet the animal custodians at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary who will be on hand to educate cottagers about coexisting with local wildlife. (Hall 5)
Cottage Kitchen Stage – The Cottage Kitchen brings tasty outdoor entertaining ideas with daily cooking demonstrations and free samples. Attendees will be able to watch barbecue world champion Brian Misko prepare a succulent rack of ribs; Tony Armstrong will be whipping up delicious appetizers and summer-fresh desserts; and Chef Jo Lusted from Compete to Eat demystifies mussels – one of the most sustainable, easy to prepare, delicious (and budget-friendly) dishes that many people are too intimidated to cook. (Hall 5)
Cottage Stargazing – Visitors will get the chance to experience what it’s like to see one of nature’s most spectacular sights: millions of stars in the night sky! Gaze at the stars inside an inflatable planetarium to learn about constellations, planets, moons, comets, galaxies and meteor showers. Fun for kids and adults alike. (Hall 5)
The Dock Party – The Dock Party is the social hub of the show featuring Muskoka Brewery and Georgian Bay Spirit Co., as well as the Caesar experts at Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar who have created a cottage-inspired new twist on the classic Caesar. All drink tickets sold will benefit the Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative, a charity based in the heart of cottage country that places cancer survivors and their families in donated cottages for a week of rest and recovery. (Hall 2)
Learn to Fish Zone – The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is presenting a super-sized activity zone where families can learn to fish and get a fisheye’s lens into Ontario’s underwater ecosystem with 115-gallon tanks filled with bowfin, splake and other species. (Hall 5)
Cottage Real Estate Centre – More than 100 of Ontario’s top realtors who specialize in cottage real estate will be on hand to help visitors get one step closer to their dreams of cottage ownership, whether it’s buying a plot of land to build a dream home, finding a turn-key home or investment property; or exploring available lease properties and vacation rentals to plan the next family getaway. (Hall 2)
Cottage Workshop – Wayne Lennox is back with another live workshop project: a deer-proof herb planter! He’ll demonstrate step-by-step instructions throughout each day of the show, and visitors will be able to pick up the latest issue of Cottage Life magazine at the Cottage Life booth for the DIY building plans and material list to grow their own fresh herbs at the cottage this summer. (Hall 3)
Shopping – Visitors will have the chance to shop from 600 exhibitor booths set up on the show floor offering the latest in boats, docks, water toys, and information on builders, contractors, innovative building products, green solutions, decor and style, arts and crafts, food and entertaining, and more.
2017 Spring Show Dates and Times
Friday, March 31 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 1 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 2 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The International Centre
Enter at Halls 1, 3, or 5
6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON
Parking is FREE at The International Centre
Online tickets are available at http://shows.cottagelife.com/show/spring-cottage-life-show/