Fall 2018 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 2018


  • The #1 Decision

    Nature calls! How you answer is up to you. We dig deep into your options for cottage waste water.

  • Welcome to the Funhouse!

    Zipline? Monkey bars? Climbing wall? Yes, please! Build the kids a place to call their own with this jam-packed DIY bunkie.

  • Fantastic Beasts

    They’re always there, but rarely seen. How one couple gets a peek at Alberta’s wildest creatures.

  • Good to the Last Bite

    Time to pack up the kitchen. But wait! Rather than haul home the summer’s leftovers, whip them into a proper end-of-season feast.


  • TrueWest

    Spectacular B.C. salmon run; Reporter; GMO + mosquitoes = good news?; ice (cream) capades; tariff fallout for the boat industry; kitchen test: let’s get saucy; desperate times call for desperate mousers

  • Workshop

    One tough wood-splitter; how to sharpen your chainsaw; pros and cons of carbide blades; a clever wood-splitting invention; tips for drying your found-wood treasures; how to split, dry, and stock your stack; what to do with ashes; build this woodbox; upcycle your old deck

  • Cabin Plans

    A shed roof helps make these four build­ings stylish and contemporary.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Water snakes; deck stain; boat insurance; access for neighbours; fall mosquitoes.

  • Humour

    Don’t worry, Zimmer has your back, Bacon.

  • Style Ideas

    Colin and Justin show us around a gorgeous timber frame.

  • The List

    Is it time for you to animal-proof the cabin? To stop Nature, one must think like Nature.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The Arctic willow is a small but mighty provider.

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