Fall 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 Fall 2016


  • Inspiration on the Prairie

    It may be the most sustainable cottage on the planet. You’ll be amazed by this eco cabin in rural Alberta—and what it’s made of.

  • Power for the Taking

    Solar power systems are cheaper than ever. With a little help, you can even put one in on your own. So why not catch a few rays?

  • We Love Woodstoves

    Modern, efficient woodstoves are more than just heaters. They warm up your cabin and add style. Plus: how to prep and burn firewood.

  • “Don’t Move! There’s a Wasp!”

    It’s that season again. But stay calm. We’ll tell you what you need to know about those bothersome buzzers.


  • TrueWest

    Learn to read the clouds; Reporter; get to know Green Lake, B.C.; marine mechanics wanted; avoid injury doing chores; cover colouring contest winners; how healthy is your shoreline?

  • Workshop

    Special focus on wood; charred wood and how to do it; barnboard bonanza; new timber framing connector; sawhorse project; acetylated wood; butcher block counters; secrets of the woodworking pros

  • Cottage Feast

    Pulled pork three ways; artisanal apple ciders; classic sandwich fillings: devilled egg; Mediterranean tuna; ham salad; apple and parsnip soup; Irish soda bread; easy mayo recipes; veggie burger

  • Cottage Q&A

    Cabin addition rules; whiskers; path safety; boat sharing; mice.

  • Cottage Coup

    Who looks after the cottage when the family handyman is sidelined?

  • In Like Zim

    It seems everyone is thinking about safety these days. That’s no fun.

  • DIY Design

    Before you redo your kitchen or bathroom, read these tips from experts—and cottagers like you.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    They aren’t pretty, but turkey vultures are a great carrion cleanup crew.

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