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Get your game on for spring with home shows across B.C.

Image of False Creek and BC Place at night
BC Place Stadium in Vancouver is the venue for the BC Home and Garden Show. If you plan to go, use the promo code BCHYDRO to save big on the purchase of adult tickets online.

Many are free, and we have a promo code to save on the Vancouver show

Spring doesn't officially arrive until March 20, the date of the Vernal Equinox, the day when days and nights are approximately equal all over the world. Here in B.C., it's a time for gardening, spring cleaning and more than the odd upgrade project at home.

And that's why spring home shows are so popular. They offer us inspiration, advice, and more than the occasional shot at saving a few bucks.

Below is a list of B.C. home shows where BC Hydro's community team will be available to help you figure out how to save energy at home and lower your BC Hydro bills. And if you're in the Vancouver area, don't miss out on our adult admission discount – just apply the promo code BCHYDRO on the BC Home & Garden Show site.

So bring on spring. Here's our chronological list of B.C.'s home shows, with a little info about each:

Fraser Valley Home Expo
When: Feb. 9-11
Where: Tradex, Abbotsford
Admission: $7 ($5 for seniors)
Why go: 300 exhibits and walk-through gardens, with free seminars all weekend.

BC Home & Garden Show
When: Feb. 21-25
Where: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
Admission: $16 at the show. Online tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 forseniors (entry before 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday). Tix are $8 when you use the BCHYDRO promo code online.
Why go: It's a big show in a big venue, with an emphasis on surprises like the Tiny Home Village, test drives of Toyota vehicles, gardening ideas for apartment dwellers and urbanites, and advice from local design, construction and landscape insiders. Shop for art, jewelry and fashion, and don't miss the Jamie Banfield-designed BC Hydro Home.

Kamloops Home Expo
When: April 13-15
Where: McArthur Island Sports & Event Centre, 1665 Island Parkway Drive
Admission: Free
Why go: Renovate. Landscape. Decorate. The B.C. Interior's largest home show features more than 150 exhibits.

Fort St. John Trade Show
When: April 13-15
Where: Pomeroy Sports Centre, 9324 96th Street
Admission: Free
Why go: Can more than 13,000 people be wrong? Maybe it's the food court or Science World's kids activity area that features a bouncy castle, but that's the number of people who attended last year. More than 300 booth and vendors, from Goodness of Garlic to FSJ Motocross.

Comox Valley Home Show
When: April 13-15
Where: Comox Valley Sports Centre, 3001 Vanier Dr
Admission: Free
Why go: Vendors who didn't jump on the chance to join the show ended up on a wait list. Over 100 exhibits over three days, and there's free admission.

Victoria HomExpo
When: April 27-28
Where: West Shore Parks & Rec, 1767 Island Highway.
Admission: Free
Why go: Local experts and over 280 exhibits over three days in three arenas. Features products and services for the home, garden and outdoor living spaces.

Powell River Home & Garden Show
When: April 27-28
Where: Hap Parker Arena (Powell River Recreation Complex)
Admission: Free
Why go: More than 75 booths with products and services ranging from home renovation and hot tubs to epicure and jewelry. And there's food, plus a LEGO construction contest and draw prizes of $500 and $250.

Parksville Home Show
When: May 12-14
Where: Oceanside Place, 830 West Island Highway.
Admission: Free
Why go: A chance to learn (and to save) on everything from flooring and decking to skylights and roofing. Plus a draw prize to win $200 to Cuckoo in Coombs.