May 2015 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 2015


  • A Whale of a Story

    Telegraph Cove, B.C., is a paradise for nature-loving cottagers. All thanks to a guy named Marmaduke.

  • Picnics Are for Kids

    This DIY project includes step-by-step instructions for building a child-friendly folding table for fun outdoor meals and entertainment.

  • Get the Show Off the Road

    An ATV may be the ideal vehicle for your cottage. Advice on how to choose the right quad.

  • Give Me Props

    Boaters, if you want to have more power and save on fuel, pick the proper propeller. Here's the scoop on getting the best spin.


  • TrueWest

    Get to know Island Lake, Alta.; potty poetry contest; Reporter; a fairy-tale bunkie; user-friendly guide to the wood-burning cookstove; confessions of a cabin hoarder; a railway caboose cottage

  • Cottage Feast

    Four new fishwiches; two remoulds; simple homemade butter; spruce tip recipes; top-rated rye whiskey; how to smoke like a grill pro; some very cheesy advice; a recipe for fricos

  • Cottage Workshop

    Easy-to-make boot cleaner; impact driver vs. drill-driver; removable tinnie deck project; lock up your quad; ATV dog seat invention; two ways to splice a cut wire; troubleshoot an eavestrough leak

  • Editor's Note

    A word to the wise: cottaging advice from the editorial team.

  • Letters

  • Cottage Q&A

    A supersized section with our best advice.

  • In Like Zim

    Cottagers new and old need Zim's advice on the subtler points of lakeside etiquette.

  • Solutions

    Is Airbnb a good way to earn some part-time rental income from your cottage?

  • Cabin Pressure

    From lacklustre to luxe: designer tricks to amp up your loft space.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    American white pelicans signal spring with their return to western wetlands.

  • Weekender

    It's a good day for catching rainbows.

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