The four-day show returns to an in-person event, taking place April 7-10 at the International Centre in Mississauga
The Cottage Life brand celebrates its 35th anniversary at the annual show—the place to get the latest information on trends through exciting programming, live talks and demonstrations, hundreds of exhibitors, exclusive offers and more
(Toronto, ON – March 16, 2022) – Over the past two years, the cottage lifestyle has boomed as a direct result of pandemic-era remote and hybrid work models and urbanites’ desires to escape city life for a more affordable home or spacious retreat. The impact is seen through record property sales, limited availability of real estate and an increased demand for cottage rentals. Cottage country is also seeing a huge uptick of new boaters and longer wait times for new boats due to increased demand and supply chain delays. The Spring Cottage Life Show will help prospective, new and longtime cottagers navigate these changes with the latest news, information, trends, tips and products. The four-day comeback event celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Cottage Life brand with a return to the International Centre in Mississauga from Thursday, Apr. 7 to Sunday, Apr. 10. Tickets are on sale now at shows.cottagelife.com.
Attendees can reconnect with the cottage industry’s leading brands, shop exclusive offers for their next cottage project from more than 350 exhibitors and avoid boat supply delays by purchasing early. While at the Spring Cottage Life Show, visitors can also discover how to supplement their income through cottage rental, learn how to break into the increasingly popular cottage market and protect their investment with a carefully mapped out succession plan. A big draw at the show is the inspiring, educational seminars and demonstrations from experts across a variety of topics. Experts at this year’s Spring Cottage Life Show include gardening aficionado and TV personality Frank “Frankie Flowers” Ferragine, chef and TV personality Jo Lusted, health and wellness expert Rose Reisman, Cottage Coach and DIY enthusiast Adam Holman and master cottage builders Wayne Lennox and Brian Halbot. Cottage Life magazine’s senior associate editor, Alysha Vandertogt, will also share helpful tips for creating a smoother cottage rental experience.
With cottage season fast approaching, visitors will explore the latest in boats, docks and water toys as well as find information on builders and contractors, realtors, innovative building products and eco-friendly solutions. Attendees can also browse cottage-ready furniture, decor, food, entertaining ideas and more.
Spring Cottage Life Show 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 2.
Frankie Flowers – Easy Care Plants
Saturday, Apr. 9 at 11 a.m.
Frank “Frankie Flowers” Ferragine, Gardening Expert and TV Personality
Frankie Flowers shares his top disease- and insect-resistant plants that require minimal care and can be left alone while you are away at the cottage or away from the cottage.
DIY Drink Caddy
Daily at 3 p.m.
Adam Holman, Cottage Coach and DIY enthusiast
Adam Holman demonstrates how to build an attractive drink caddy capable of safely transporting six beverage bottles around the cottage property.
Renting 101: How to Protect You and Your Cottage
Friday, Apr. 8 – Sunday, Apr. 10 at 12 p.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.
Be a Better Boater
Thursday, Apr. 8 – Saturday, Apr. 9 at 4 p.m.
Sgt. Dave Moffatt, Provincial Marine Coordinator, Ontario Provincial Police
Since the start of the pandemic, Canada has experienced an increase in traffic on the water and a large spike in new boaters obtaining pleasure craft operator’s cards. Sgt. Moffatt will share boating and water tips alongside safety regulations to ensure both new and experienced boaters can navigate our waterways.
Keeping the “Family” in the Family Cottage
Thursday, Apr. 8 – Saturday, Apr. 9 at 5 p.m.
Peter Lillico, Cottage Succession Planning Lawyer
Whether you have a big family or are purchasing a cottage as part of a group, a succession plan is key to ensure a smooth transition if an owner would like to sell their share of the property or in the event of a death.
The Cottage Kitchen
Popular chefs and wellness experts share tasty outdoor entertaining ideas with cooking demonstrations:
TV personality, chef and author Jo Lusted will cook up a flavourful huevos rancheros breakfast bake and bavette steak tacos.
Health and wellness expert Rose Reisman will cook up somehealthy choices that are perfect for the cottage, including charred corn and black bean salad and Indonesian fried rice with sweet peas.
Award-winning BBQ pitmaster and sauce-crafter Brian Misko of B.C.’s House of Q Foods Ltd. will teach cottagers how to “Smash Your Burger Game!”
Cottage Life recipe developer Tony Armstrong will show visitors how to whip up a variety of cottage-friendly dishes, including a Mediterranean barley salad, Bánh mì dock sliders, napa cabbage salad and salsa from the cupboard.
Cottage Life Workshop: Master cottage builders Wayne Lennox and Brian Halbot will answer build and maintenance questions as they create a selection of outdoor pieces, including planters, benches, an A-frame swing and chairs, which visitors can enter to win!
Amazing Small Spaces: Need a spot for guests, a studio or a place to escape the crowd? Tour the latest in small-space solutions, perfect for the lake.
Cottage Life Dock Party: The always popular social hub of the show is proudly serving Muskoka Brewery craft beer, Walter All-Natural Caesar Mix and Dixon’s Distilled Spirits. All drink ticket sales benefit the Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative, which places cancer survivors and their families in donated cottages for a week of rest and recovery.
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. The magazine’s editorial team 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! For the latest show additions, list of exhibitors, event times and to purchase tickets, visit: cottagelife.com/shows.