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CanWest is on the move

April 6, 2014  By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Apr. 7, 2014, Abbotsford, BC — The CanWest Hort Show is moving to the Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford. The move will take place for the 2015 show, which runs Oct. 7 and 8.

The move from the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) to Tradex is expected to attract more attendees from throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Upper Fraser Valley and the province's interior. The new venue is centrally located in the heart of the province's horticulture area, is easy to access and has ample parking.

The proximity of the Abbotsford International Airport to Tradex is also expected to draw more attendees from Alberta and Northern B.C.


"We've had our challenges over the past few years as the cost of hosting a show at the VCC continues to rise," said Tim Loewen, chair of the BC Landscape & Nursery Association (BCLNA). "This move provides us with an opportunity to grow and change, to revamp and reenergize, while providing the financial stability we need to confidently produce a show that will benefit our members and BC's horticulture industry."

"This move provides us with the opportunity to grow the show to include an outdoor equipment demonstration component," said Craig Stewart, CanWest Show chair. "The large outdoor field space adjacent to the indoor facility provides the perfect venue. And bringing this outdoor component to coincide with the trade show will bring added energy to the event."

Exhibitors will enjoy a number of savings from expenses that were deemed extremely high in Vancouver, including parking and hospitality costs. Local exhibitors will also benefit from an easier commute to the show and will not have to battle Vancouver's rush hour.

"The move in and out will be a breeze with four major entry points into the building," said Bill Hardy, logistics manager for the show.

CanWest is western Canada's largest horticulture trade show, bringing together buyers and sellers in BC's green industry.

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