Cottage & Big Backyard Show



Cottage & Big Backyard Show

April 8, 9, and 10

offers one-stop shopping for the latest

cottage and outdoor living products and services

Buying, selling or upgrading your cottage?  Looking to turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis that will be the envy of your friends and neighbors? In the market for the latest boat, barbecue or hot tub?

If so, The Cottage & Big Backyard Show at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa is the place to be on April 8, 9 and 10.

New and exciting products and services to be showcased include the world’s first pre-finished deck and dock boards, cut river rock exterior facing for cottages, natural additives that virtually eliminate the need for chemicals in hot tubs and the latest in aluminum docks, boat lifts and watercraft.

“Dex-N-Dox boards were introduced in 2010 and use a polymer coating instead of just paint to protect them from the elements,” says Brian Brett of Madison Chemical Industries. “Only minimal touch-up maintenance is required year to year to have a pristine deck or dock for years.”

Another exhibitor at the show, Cut River Rock, has invented a machine that slices smooth river rock into veneer that provides a unique cottage look.

“There is no other company producing real genuine cut river rock veneer because there is no machine on the market that can hold the irregular shape river rock while it is being sawed in order to get a workable thin veneer stone. We have invented a mill to do just that,” says company spokesperson Tom Mosher.

Two stages at the show will feature experts who will demonstrate and discuss a wide range of topics including barbecued foods, cottage rentals and landscaping.

On the Cottage Porch Stage a handful of celebrity chefs will prepare meals you never thought could be cooked on the barbecue. On the Big Backyard Stage, presentations will include buying and renting cottages, fractional cottage ownership, water gardening, cottage succession and planting the right flowers and shrubs in your yard.

At the Cottage Wildlife Centre, families can get close and personal with endangered species and learn how to deal with bears that wander onto their property.

Other unique products and services at the shows include:

● an elevator system that transforms rugged “mountain goat” lots into spectacular cottage settings.

● backyard and cottage accessories made from recycled bicycle parts.

● dock and deck mounting hardware designed specifically to mount on rocks.

● glass and brass bird feeders that resist squirrels.

● energy efficient ethanol-fuelled fireplaces.

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The Cottage & Big Backyard Show offers consumers one-stop shopping for the latest cottage and outdoor living innovations. It features more than 200 exhibitorsspread across three buildings with expertise in cottage construction and renovations, real estate, cottage rentals, docks, boats, water skis, barbecues, patios, decks, fencing, cooking, and a wide variety cottage and backyard accessories.

“Owning a recreational property or having a backyard with all of the bells and whistles is the dream of many people,’’ says Ian Forsyth, Managing Partner for Caneast Shows, organizer of the show.  “A visit to our shows will provide everything your need to achieve that dream.’’

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The Cottage & Big Backyard Show takes place at Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St. on April 8, noon to 9 p.m.; April 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One ticket is good for both shows: $10 general admission ($2 discount available online); free for 17 and under.

For more information or to set up interviews with show organizers and exhibitors, please contact Randy Ray at (613) 731-3873 or


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