June/July 2021 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 June/July 2021


  • The Great Canadian Creature Feature

    Sure, the beaver is on our nickel, but is it really Canada’s national animal? Our writers make the case for five underrated critters.

  • Canada Room with a View

    This couple fell in love with the East Coast and updated a seaside cottage with inspiration from Maud Lewis, traditional log cabins, and their own history.

  • Back to Beautiful

    You maintain your cottage, but what about the area around it? Here’s how to tackle common landscaping problems and get your property looking its best.

  • Stoked for Dinner

    Get ready to host an outdoor dinner party this summer with these five flavourful recipes that you can cook over a campfire.


  • Waterfront

    New currency suggestions; Reporter; how Canadian are you?; Canadian snack decider; a boat eight years in the making; yay or nay: TV at the cottage; CL staff beer picks; how a late ice-off affects loons; friends offset costs by co-owning a cottage

  • Workshop

    Show your canoe some love; a clever upcycled coffee table; genius Muskoka chair modification; off-grid security camera; stabilize your floating dock; use a Robertson screwdriver; fashion a quick jig

  • Cottage Q&A

    The mystery of the patio light bulb thief; mice fabric preferences; sunscreen’s effect on your lake; how to patch a floatie; the only things you need to wash your dock

  • Zim Weighs In

    Ever tried to explain what a cottage is while abroad? It may not be as Canadian as you think.

  • Column

    The line between appreciating Indigenous cultures and appropriating them is thin—here’s how cottagers can understand the difference.

  • Style Ideas

    These three tiny cabins on the scorched B.C. landscape were built by a global community.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    American goldfinches sport a bright yellow coat to attract a mate in the summer before ditching their flashy clothes come winter.

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