May 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 May 2014


  • The Gathering Place

    Sand, surf, and ancient cedars make this very cool Tofino cabin a great place to share with the grandkids.

  • Bugs Suck!

    How to deal with blackflies, mosquitoes, horseflies, and other biting insects that we love to hate.

  • Photo Finish

    We asked for your best shots, and you sure delivered. Here are our favourites from the latest photo contest

  • Into the Wild Blue Yonder

    What happens when a bunch of old guys with a couple of canoes paddle off into the Vancouver Island wilderness?

  • Keep it Simple, Skipper

    Amid a sea of options, what we want is a boat that lets us play more and work less.

  • Plug In and Make Waves

    Hold on to your hats. New technology is giving electric-powered boats the muscle to turn heads and tow skiers

  • Sport Fishing: Get Geared Up Right!

    Your guide to buying an effective, all purpose fishing set-up.


  • Inroads

    Be a better barkeep with pro tips on tools, garnishes, and more; a cabin bought on Kijiji; B.C. land conservancy woes; happy birthday, Victoria; Reporter; weird weather; service cuts to ferries; bluebird trails.

  • Cottage Feast

    Do up radicchio, arugula, kale, and others on the grill; many ways to make greens; no-cook meals; new near-beers; better burgers; easy curry; shake up your condiments; just what does “adjust” mean?

  • Cottage Workshop

    Flexible plumbing piping; coat your deck so it will last longer; simple antler-mount key rack; stacking lumber; deer gate; even up a wobbly chair; unblock a slow faucet.

  • Editor's Note

    Friends & neighbours.

  • Rural Route

    Reader letters.

  • Reflections

    Would we ever recover from Dad's embarrassing behaviour?

  • Cottage Q&A

    Smoke detectors; water testing; dock shade; mortgages; prickly plants.

  • Cabin Plans

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The annual return of our two species of bluebird signals a welcome start to cottage season.

  • Weekender

    Sometimes you just have to go out on a limb.

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