May 2016 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 2016


  • Park Place

    Think trailers are trashy? Think again. This owner turned her tin cabin into a stylish retreat with $2,000 and some DIY magic.

  • Oil on the Water

    With new pipelines proposed across the West, here’s what cottagers can do now to prepare for the worst.

  • Let's Do Launch

    It’s almost boating season. Time to spruce up your ride. You want to turn heads, don’t you?

  • The Good-Time Drifters

    This fun-loving float-cabin community is little known even in B.C. Take a peek at a hidden West Coast beauty spot.

  • Grill Skills

    An editor goes to barbecue boot camp with the Grill Genius and learns tons of tips and techniques. You can too. Plus: great grilling gear!


  • TrueWest

    The joy of bakeries; reporter; read the instructions; what not to put in the water; rent out your boat; drowning stats; boots make her fearless; an off-grid washer; a wild caterpillar; get to know Lac La Ronge, Sask.

  • Workshop

    Choose your exterior siding; vertical drainage gap; post anchor kit; muskrat deterrent invention; copper pipe DIY project; tips for drilling a perpendicular hole; a self-centering hinge bit.

  • Cottage Feast

    Add flavour with a crust: sesame tuna, pepper steak, ribs, and more; speedy barbecue sauces; celebrity chefs’ pantry secrets ; the jaffle: an Aussie campfire staple; brining trout; three charcoals.

  • Editor's Note

    Are we there yet? Surviving your drive to the cabin.

  • Your Letters

    Mail from our readers.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Retiring a boat, fence disputes, 911 resources, crib docks, mystery spider.

  • Style Ideas

    Kitchens worth celebrating: from rustic to modern.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Pacific white-sided dolphins perform leaps, spins, and somersaults for boaters like a cetaceous Cirque du Soleil troupe.

  • Weekender

    Photos from our readers.

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