Early Summer 2015 Issue


Cottage Life West will help you enjoy life at the cabin even more with fun and informative articles on everything from how-to projects to inspirational design ideas.

PLUS you’ll get...

  • Discount coupons to our Cottage Life & Cabin show
  • Free digital access with your paid subscription
  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
  • Our annual Real Estate and Grilling issues
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What's Inside Early Summer 2015


  • The Original Love Boat

    Canadians have a history of doing it on the water (canoeing, that is).

  • All for One, One for All

    Four generations of the Moriarty clan share a single Gull Lake cottage with good humour and a few simple rules.

  • Where There's Fire

    Firepits and firebowls look good and can go almost anywhere. Here’s what you need to know before you buy.

  • Beauty is a Beast

    The dragonfly is a badass predator. Take a look at its amazing feats of flight, stealth, and survival.

  • Who, Who Goes there?

    Our Western owls are creatures of the night, best viewed away from city lights.


  • TrueWest

    Get to know Pender Island, B.C.; giant rodent fossil; invasive species smackdown; reporter; make ice cream while you boat; sunglass safety; a prickly situation; outhouse homage to beer.

  • Cottage Feast Grill Guide

    Pizza on the BBQ: blue cheese potato, chicken, prosciutto breakfast, and more; Hawaij spice rub; rosés for summer; smoky Miami ribs; how to grill shrimp; new ways with rhubarb.

  • Cottage Workshop

    Deck cleaning options; unstable dock tips; prefab aluminum deck kit; birch log umbrella stand; installing cedar shingles; tool lending libraries; how to repair a broken fishing rod.

  • Editor's Note

    The allure of flannel: lumbersexuals in cottage country.

  • Letters

    Mail from our readers.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Radio reception; aircraft cable vs. chain for docks; painting a metal fireplace; growing herbs; snakes in the basement.

  • In Like Zim

    Fad diets? The next “it” product? Zim takes a look into the future.

  • Cabin Pressure

    The hottest trends of the summer in decor, woodstoves, appliances, and more, plus an art deco lamp project.

  • The Ultimate Lake Toy

    Amphibious vehicles have an undeniable wow factor on the water. Are they practical for ocean- and lake-access cabins?

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Meet the meat-eating sundew plant.

  • Weekender

    Photo entries from our readers.

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