July 2014 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 July 2014


  • John Gray Goes to the Cottage

    Kicking back at a stunning B.C. retreat, with friends and family—and dolphins, eagles, and whales.

  • Switcherooms

    Three clever transforming outbuildings that will make you think twice about your shack out back.

  • A Bouyant Affair

    The floating cottage community of Sullivan Bay is steeped in B.C.'s colourful history of logging, flying, and fishing.

  • Compose Yourself

    Not thrilled with your iPhone photos? Take better shots using these easy and practical tips.


  • Inroads

    Hike Saskatchewan's Boreal Trail; more amazing Western treks; plant words; tsunami cleanup; outfoxed; ice cream facts; logger sports; float your valuables; Reporter: Wi-Fi in parks, aerial rat attack, free B.C. topo maps; amazing outhouse.

  • Cottage Feast Grill Guide

    Steak with three sauces; grill gender wars; how to use a thermometer; beer cocktail; bacon-wrapped deliciousness; fish in foil packets; asparagus on the grill; does marinating tenderize?

  • Cottage Workshop

    A caddy for herbs or bottles; checking and changing range fuses; accessible dock cleat invention; do-it-yourself lumber milling; turn a 2x4 into a clamp; fix a wobbly toilet.

  • Editor's Note

    It's that season!

  • Rural Route

    Reader letters.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Sand appearing after a new well pump is installed; removing tiles with asbestos; beech tree disease; swift raft liability; should we be afraid of bats?

  • Cabin Talk

    One good deed leads to a chance meeting with the war vet whose mentorship will change this young man's life forever.

  • Cabin Plans

    Need inspiration for your new place? Check out these three options, from compact to grand.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The widespread wood frog can freeze, thaw, and live to tell the tale.

  • Weekender

    School's out, the water is fine, and the kids are all right. Last one in is a rotten egg!

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