Early Summer 2016 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 2016


  • We, the Beachers

    The Koesters go back six generations at Lumsden Beach, Sask., and they’ve come a long way from their Methodist beginnings.

  • The Lotion Commotion

    Confused about sunscreen? Here’s what you really need to know to keep your family safe this summer.

  • Learning Curves

    Sometimes it’s easier to build multiple cottages at the same time. Four unique Manitoba cabins—and the man who made them.

  • The Kitty Contingent

    Cottaging isn’t just for dogs. Let’s all celebrate our boat-riding, canoe-tripping, nature-loving, mouse-banishing feline companions.


  • TrueWest

    Learn to wakesurf; reporter; first aid tips for parents; get to know Greig Lake, Sask.; The Great Canadian Egg Toss; are bugs’ ears really cute? Are loons crazy? We’ll be the judge of that.

  • Workshop

    Whittle a walking stick; tie a rope handle; a patriotic dock invention; a tip for hooking up a trailer; sliding barn doors; sonotube trick; how to install a zipline; upgrades for your fluorescent lights.

  • Cottage Feast

    Easy, ready-to-travel salads; boil an egg the right way; delicious pepper stout beef; how to use up your leftover chipotle; sexy Italian cocktails; Chinese green onion pocket appetizer.

  • Editor's Note

    How to spoil a cat: take kitty to the cabin with you!

  • Your Letters

    Mail from our readers.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Noisy neighbours, smelly water, building permits, principal residence, dead tadpoles.

  • Cottage Watch

    Lyme disease is spreading. How to protect yourself and your family.

  • In Like Zim

    Something is bugging Zim. Oh, yeah: it’s the bugs.

  • Style Ideas

    Brush up on your painting skills before your next DIY project: you really can paint almost anything.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The female black widow spider is venomous—and a tender mother.

  • Weekender

    Photos from our readers.

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