A holiday home tour on a national grand scale has taken over a fall weekend in the capital for the past 12 years, with each year outdoing the one before. This year's Homes For the Holidays tour sets the bar higher, once again. With eight stunningly decorated homes on display to showcase the work of florists and decorators around the city the tour kicks off holiday season in Ottawa.
As an added bonus the Ruddy Shenkman Hospice at 110 McCurdy Dr in Kanata showcases impressive gingerbread houses for guests to vote on and a craft emporium for guests to get some holiday shopping done. An enhanced shopping experience happens at the Irish Ambassadors residence, 291 Park Road, Rockcliffe where the annual pop-up shop takes place.
Green boughs and Christmas trees come alive in eight impressive homes around the city and 3000 guests graciously support the cause- Hospice Care Ottawa. Offering beds and support to palliative patients and their families Hospice Care Ottawa relies heavily on its volunteers and fundraising endeavors like the Homes for the Holidays tour.
Dennis and Andrea Laurin generously opened the doors to their home last year for the tour; this year they have upped their support as honorary chairs. "Dennis and I agreed to act as Honorary Chairs for a few reasons; hospice care, for those individuals at the end of their life is very special. They are in a home environment with familiar sounds, smells and a sense of peace that we all feel in our homes each and every day," says Andrea, who feels that the idea then of a "Home Tour" makes perfect sense.
The tour runs from November 13-15. Tickets can be purchased at hospicecareottawa.ca.