The three-day show returns to an in-person event, April 22-24 at the EY Centre in Ottawa and will feature 150+ exhibitors, exciting programming, live talks + demonstrations, exclusive deals and more
Show-goers will join Cottage Life in celebrating its 35th anniversary as an iconic brand
(Ottawa, ON – March 22, 2022) – The cottage lifestyle has become a popular trend, with a real estate boom directly linked to the newly-established remote work model and urbanites’ newfound desire to escape city life for the great outdoors. The impact is observed through record-breaking property sales, limited availability of real estate and an increased demand for cottage rentals this summer. Boat sales have also skyrocketed, with Ontario seeing a wave of first-time buyers entering the market, a sign the growth has staying power. The Cottage Life brand celebrates its 35th anniversary this year with a return of the Ottawa Cottage Life & Backyard Show to the EY Centre from Friday, Apr. 22 to Sunday, Apr. 24. Tickets are on sale now at shows.cottagelife.com
The largest, one-stop destination for homeowners and cottagers in eastern Ontario and western Quebec will reconnect attendees with the cottage and outdoor living industries’ leading brands and more than 150 exhibitors. Through engaging talks and demonstrations, visitors will learn how to supplement their income through cottage rental, become equipped to build drought resistant gardens, and discover sustainable solutions for their home or cottage. With spring here, backyard leisure and cottage season is fast approaching and visitors can take advantage of several exclusive show deals, including locking in a boat purchase early to avoid supply delays. Explore the latest in watercraft, docks, water toys, outdoor furniture, décor, food and entertaining, as well as find information on builders and contractors, realtors, innovative building products, small structures such as bunkies and gazebos and eco-friendly solutions.
Main Stage Presentations
The show brings the pages of the Cottage Life magazine to life with its best-in-class expertise, advice and ideas. The lineup of can’t-miss presentations is located in Hall 3.
Renting 101: How to Protect You and Your Cottage
Friday, Apr. 22 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 23 at 4:30 p.m. & Sunday, Apr. 24 at 11 a.m.
Alysha Vandertogt, Senior Associate Editor Cottage Life magazine
From insurance to what to include in a renter’s manual, Alysha Vandertogt will cover the steps property owners can take to create a smoother rental experience from before the tenants arrive to after they’ve left.
DIY Drink Caddy
Friday, Apr. 22 at 3 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 23 at 12:30 p.m. & Sunday, Apr. 24 at 1 p.m.
Adam Holman, Cottage Coach and DIY enthusiast
Learn how to build an attractive drink caddy capable of safely transporting six beverage bottles around the cottage property.
Wind Power for the Cottage
Friday, Apr. 22 at 2 p.m. & Saturday, Apr. 23 at 3:30 p.m.
Borum Energy Solutions
Cottage Bidding Wars: How to Chase a Win!
Friday, Apr. 22 at 4 p.m. & Sunday, Apr. 24 at 3:30 p.m.
Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty Brokerage
Outdoor Entertaining & Decorating Inspiration – At Your Cottage or Home
Saturday, Apr. 23 at 1:30 p.m. & Sunday, Apr. 24 at 2 p.m.
Award-winning designer, Sue Pitchforth from Decor Therapy Plus
Managing the Drought Resistant Garden
Saturday, Apr. 23 at 2:30 p.m. & Sunday, Apr. 24 at 3 p.m.
The Fine Gardener
Understanding Essential Pumps for Cottages and Rural Properties
Saturday, Apr. 23 at 11:30 a.m.
World of Pumps
Cottage Life Dock Party presented by Waterside Dock Systems and furnished by Porch & Patio Ottawa:
Enjoy the powerful vocals of chart-topping Pictou County, NS musician, Dylan Holton (Friday and Saturday) while sipping on refreshing samples of new and popular beverages from local breweries and distilleries including Dairy Distillery and Ogham Craft Spirits. Plus, take home a free tree sapling from Ecology Ottawa (Saturday and Sunday) to plant in the backyard or at the cottage.
Model Cottage: Summerhill Resorts’ beautiful and spacious two bedroom Balmoral model cottage features premium installations for visitors to tour. It is available at the resort for seasonal leases and short-term rentals.
Complementing the cottage are Vegepods practical contained raised self-watering garden beds, demonstrating how easy and effective it can be to maintain a garden while you are away.
Real Estate Centre: Visitors will meet realtors with a variety of cottage listings from turnkey properties to fixer uppers across the lake and river regions in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
The General Store: Discover artists, artisans and unique exhibitors showcasing handmade furnishings, crafts, art, decor accessories, and savoury foods, ideal for cottages and backyards.
Celebrate Cottage Life magazine’s 35th anniversary with limited edition Cottage Life apparel at the Cottage Life Booth and a special Cottage Life magazine subscription offer. Cottage Life magazine editor, Michelle Kelly, will be on-site to answer visitors’ cottage questions. Plus, check out behind-the-scenes footage from the new season of Cottage Life’s highest-rated original series, Life Below Zero: Canada, and give your best frozen face in the photo booth!