Pool, Spa & Pa­tio Show: on now at RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - By Todd Lewys RBC CON­VEN­TION CEN­TRE

IT’S been a long time in the mak­ing, and has fi­nally come to Win­nipeg: the Pool, Spa & Pa­tio Show, which is on now at the RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

“It’s the first-ever show of its kind in Canada,” said Oa­sis Leisure Cen­tre’s Ja­son Lawrence. “The prairie chap­ter of the Pool and Hot Tub Coun­cil of Canada felt it was time to show­case the great group of pool and spa pro­fes­sion­als we have in Win­nipeg. If you’re look­ing at get­ting a hot tub, pool, sun­room or pa­tio, ev­ery­one will be to­gether un­der one roof to an­swer your ques­tions.”

The pur­pose of the show is not only to show­case the city’s fine col­lec­tion of pool and spa pro­fes­sion­als, but to also con­nect con­sumers with a rep­utable group of con­trac­tors, he added.

“All the busi­nesses at the show are mem­bers of the Pool and Hot Tub Coun­cil of Canada. Ev­ery­one has been vet­ted, and has to abide by a strict code of ethics. Not only that, but they have li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance and work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion cov­er­age. When you en­list the ser­vices of one of our con­trac­tors, you’ll be as­sured they’re rep­utable and de­pend­able, and aren’t a fly-by-night con­trac­tor.”

The skills of those con­trac­tors will be fully on dis­play in strate­gic spots on the show floor, said show co-or­di­na­tor Jay Lemieux. “For ex­am­ple, J & D Pen­ner will be putting up not only a bas­ket­ball court, but a putting green as well,” he said. “We just want to show that when it comes to your home and back yard, you can do any­thing. If you have an idea, one of our pool and spa pro­fes­sion­als can bring it to life for you.”

Make no mis­take, the con­cept of mak­ing back­yards into a re­treat is on the rise.

“With the low Cana­dian dol­lar and cost of own­ing and main­tain­ing a cot­tage, more peo­ple are turn­ing their home and yard into a pri­vate va­ca­tion re­treat with the ad­di­tion of a sun­room, deck or pa­tio, hot tub or pool, or a com­bi­na­tion of those op­tions,” said Lawrence. “The idea is to be able to take two steps out to your back­yard re­treat, rather than spend­ing two hours driv­ing to your cot­tage.”

In­spired by TV shows on net­works like HGTV, many peo­ple are elect­ing to go with the full dis­tance with the home re­treat con­cept.

“Peo­ple are now go­ing with a hot tub, pool, pa­tio and are putting speak­ers out­doors to stream their favourite mu­sic — Ad­vance Elec­tron­ics will have an out­door speaker sys­tem on dis­play to show what’s pos­si­ble on that front,” said Lawrence. “Other trends in­clude mod, rec­tan­gu­lar or curvy la­goon-style or geo­met­ric-shaped pools, au­to­ma­tion and UV (ul­tra-vi­o­let) wa­ter ster­il­iz­ers.”

Not only does mak­ing your yard into a pri­vate re­treat make sense as a longterm in­vest­ment, but it also makes sense from two other stand­points — health and safety, said Lawrence.

SUZANNE WINTROB / POST­MEDIA NET­WORK INC.

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