BC Home Show: The home-show capital of Canada
There may be a bit of snow in the hills and a lingering chill in the air, but a sure sign of spring can be found outside of dates on the calendar.
This weekend marks the return of the annual spring edition of the BC Home Show, which rolls into McArthur Island Sports Centre for three days.
“We are the Tournament Capital of Canada, but we are also the Home Show Capital of Canada,” said Jim Rice, who created BC HomeShows in 1998.
This weekend’s spring show takes place on Friday (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and, as usual, offers free admission.
This weekend’s event features a record number of exhibitors, with more than 215 set to show their wares to the thousands who will visit McArthur Island.
“It’s the largest show in the Interior,” Rice said.
“And it’s a sign of the economy —
businesses are out advertising again.
“Consumers have a great opportunity of selection.
Rice said the process is back in the hand of the consumers.
“This show is a great opportunity to see new products, new green products, all kinds of products,” he said.
Exhibitors are arriving from Kamloops, from throughout B.C. and from across Western Canada.
If there is something around the home that needs attention, Rice said, the spring BC Home Show is the place to be.
From renovating inside and out to landscaping, to adding that little knick-knack to the patio, the home show will have an exhibitor to interest you.
A word of advice for those wishing to attend.
Since the home show is extremely popular and can be very busy, Rice said the best time to attend is right when the doors open.
“You miss the rush and you get good parking,” he said.
BC HomeShows Ltd. has grown to 12 shows annually since its inception 13 years ago.
Rice produced more than 150 shows and now operates the largest independent home show the British Columbia Interior.
BC HomeShows Ltd. serves the communities of Kamloops, Kelowna, Merritt, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon.