You need to redo your bathroom, kitchen, or your backyard. Or, you are ready to shop for a home. Whatever you need for your current or future home needs, a home show can help you find inspiration, information and products for that life change. Yes, improving a dysfunctional kitchen is definitely a life-changing event! So, think about going to a home show in your area to find out about new home products, renovation ideas and construction advice. Below are 10 of the best shows in Canada.
The International Home & Garden Show
This is one of the largest shows in Canada. Every November, it is THE place to go when you are thinking about renovating or buying a new home. With more than 450 exhibitors, 2,000 home experts, 10,000 products and free seminars that range in topics from renovation tips, decorating trends and the newest in backyard living, everyone can get what they came for at the show. Some of Canada's most popular celebrity home experts are also part of the action every year, such as Bryan Baeumler, Scott McGillivray and Jane Lockhart.
Location: International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, Ontario
The Real Home Show
Sponsored by the Nova Scotia Builders' Association, This show attracts a lot of attention because of the vast amount of expertise that is gathered under one roof. This show is not full of celebrity experts, in fact there aren't any, but as it showcases Nova Scotia's best contractors and designers, it is a one-stop shop for inspiration, answers, and free seminars! Show organisers truly care about their visitors, and, as the province is home to a large number of military personnel, the show gives free permission to them on one event day every year. It is also cost-friendly for everybody else. Since 2010, the show has regularly attracted about 120 exhibitors and about 13,500 visitors each year. The Real Home Show is small but definitely mighty. The show is held yearly in March.
Location: Halifax Forum Complex, 2901 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS
Quebec Cottage Home And Condo Show
The show, started in 2006, is focused on the secondary home market, such as cottages, condos and luxury vacation homes. Visitors can get advice on everything such as real estate; cottage, boat and travel insurance; construction; interior design; and landscaping. The event attracts at least 35,000 visitors each year. Past exhibitors included architectural designers such as Sandra Patry Design, home builders such as Bonneville Homes and Le Ricaneux, who specialise in wines and liqueurs made from local wild berries. This show, held every September, is all about lifestyle, and it delivers to everyone who attends.
Location: Quebec Centre de Foires - ExpoCité. 250, Boul Wilfrid-Hamel, Quebec, PQ
Vancouver Home And Design Show
This 30 year old show, held yearly in October, is a huge attraction in the Vancouver area. There is a big concentration on outdoor living, as the weather in this part of British Columbia allows for a lot of outdoor time. The show also makes sure that it educates its visitors in green living and energy alternatives. Also, there are hundreds of exhibitors who will help you design that perfect bathroom or pick the right paint colour for a new nursery. Celebrity guests abound, with such big names as Jonathan and Drew Scott from The Property Brothers.
Location: BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver BC
BC Log Home, Timber Frame & Country Living Show
Even die-hard city dwellers dream about living in a log home, and whether this is a passing day dream or a long-term goal, the BC LOG HOME, TIMBER FRAME & COUNTRY LIVING SHOW is for everyone. And the show is expanding in 2014, and has a new name - "West Coast Living...Buy, Visit, Shop, Learn", and will have an added focus on lifestyle and trends. With the addition of displays that feature works from local artisans, foods and alcohols and regional tourism, there are more reasons to visit this popular show.
Location: Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street Abbotsford, BC
Regina Spring Home Show
The Regina Spring Home Show, presented by the Regina Region Homebuilders' Association, is a low-key affair. Held every year in March, it doesn't focus on celebrity renovation experts or celebrity chefs. This is about the home, and how to make it your own. With more than 300 vendors with expertise in construction, renovations, insurance, real estate and lifestyle trends, Regina homeowners can get answers to everything.
Location: Canada Centre Building, EVRAZ Place. 1700 Elphinstone Street, Regina Saskatchewan
KW Home And Garden Show
Small regional home shows are some of the best shows around. Not only is there a community vibe, but most of the vendors at the show are known in the area. That sense of knowing who you're dealing with when you are making important decisions like buying or building a home or renovating makes life a lot less stressful. That's why the KW Home and Garden Show, held in Kitchener Ontario, makes the list. With local vendors and mortgage and insurance specialists on site, visitors can get all of the advice they need when making those important decisions. Held yearly in March
Location: The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. 400 East Avenue, Kitchener Ontario
The Cottage Show And The Big Backyard Show
This show, held in Ottawa Ontario every April, is actually two shows held over two weekends. The Cottage Show focuses on everything cottage - furnishings, appliances, storage, decks and more. The Big Backyard Show is all about that space that many of us do not know how to decorate. With over 200 vendors, all your questions will be answered, in one place.
Location: Ernst and Young Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa
City & Suburb Home Show
Held every year in Montreal, in January (when everyone in Montreal could use some warmth and comfort), the show has everything related to houses and condominiums, from construction and purchase, to renovating and decorating. There are fully furnished model homes to tour, and more than 400 exhibitors. Visitors can also get information on how to sell their existing home.
Location: Olympic Stadium. 4141 Rue Pierre De Coubertin, Montreal, QC
By: Kim Morrisseau