May 2017 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 2017


  • The Crisis Next Door

    Cottage renting is here to stay. Here’s how to deal with the new neighbours.

  • Take Me to Waskesiu

    Surprisingly, this Saskatchewan park retreat has survived, with the help of a few famous friends.

  • The Ultimate BBQ Guide

    Mmm, how we love grilling! Delicious recipes from Canada’s top grill masters— you won’t believe the Cowlorie! Plus, we answer your burning barbecue questions.

  • Hey, Boaters!

    Dead batteries. Gunked up gas. Missing gear. The common mistakes you should never make.


  • TrueWest

    Step back in time at Marv’s Classic Soda Shop in Black Diamond, Alta.; Reporter; shoreline stewardship program; get to know central Alberta lakes; Walter the pike; new Bluetooth grill thermometer

  • Workshop

    Oscillating tools cut, trim, sand, and more; make a table that also hides a propane tank; how to toenail like a pro; ledger board drainage tip; sharpen your router bits; keep a cottage logbook

  • Cottage Q&A

    Squirrels, deer, septics, wetlands, grills on boats.

  • Cottage Coup

    Our new cottage has a huge garden, and I don’t have a green thumb. Help!

  • Cottage Watch

    Do you own your subsurface rights?

  • Style Ideas

    A 150-year-old barn gets new life as a bunkie.

  • Cabin Plans

    A log cabin to make your own.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Prairie rattlers, a species at risk.

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