Mar/Apr 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 Mar/Apr 2021


  • Log Cabin with Style

    We finally bought a cottage, and the renovation was a real challenge. But this tiny cabin, with its spectacular views and special history, was worthy of preservation.

  • Trending: #Birding

    Grab your binoculars! Becoming a birder is the best way to get outside and leave pandemic stress behind.

  • Game of Thrones

    Alternative toilets are an economical, water-efficient, and convenient option for cottages, but which one to choose?

  • Get Your Greens

    Balance out your snacking with these four delicious salad recipes. Plus, grow your own ingredients and keep them safe from deer.


  • Waterfront

    COVID-19 cottage swap; water activity personality quiz; five Indigenous authors to read; more extreme Weather Files; Reporter; ruffed grouse drum solo; spring outboard checklist; the ice cream origins of boat engines; creative cottage ownership strategy

  • Workshop

    A wheelbarrow for every job; why you need a high-tension hacksaw; two-stroke vs. four-stroke; how to inflate a tubeless tire; beware of electrical after a flood; how to unstick a stuck screw; buy the best lumber; build these customizable crates

  • Cottage Q&A

    Sitting boat concerns; how to choose shed flooring; where to put a bat house; slippery deck fix; what the heck is this blue tree fungus?

  • Legacy

    Is there such a thing as unspoiled wilderness anymore? And, if there is, should we even seek it out?

  • Style Ideas

    Your cottage doesn’t need to be lit up like a gas station parking lot—a few key spots will do. Here’s how to brighten your property without blasting the rest of the lake.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Smelly skunk cabbage can regulate its own temperature—even in the freezing cold—and is an important source of pollen for insects that rouse in early spring.

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