Spring 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 Spring 2015


  • What's the Deal?

    This year's market has some surprising trends. Here's how to get a bargain by making them work for you.

  • Some Like It Hot

    These nine western cottage areas are the envy of Canada with more sun, less rain, and higher summer temperatures.

  • The Lake that Wouldn't Be

    Here's the story of a disappearing prairie watering hole and the cottagers who love it, even when it's gone.

  • Attack of the Garden Ninjas

    Protect your plants from marauding deer with these clever tips, tricks, and products.


  • TrueWest

    Get to know Bamfield, B.C.; artisan canoe cabinets; creepy-crawly trivia; cottage repair unearths a family treasure; lake jelly invasion; 2015 stargazing guide; caption contest winner; Victoria beer benefits charities; safe boating awards

  • Cottage Feast

    Coleslaw reinvented; recipes for Buffalo wing, Thai, and Carolina red slaw; jazz up your burgers; best steaks: single- or multi-flip grilling; pickle juice cocktails

  • Cottage Workshop

    Sump-pump maintenance; real wood wall strips; simple drain de-clogger; how to mark the centre of any board; wine cork dartboard; small engine fuel system fixes; use wire strippers to cut bolts or screws

  • Editor's Note

    Buck vs. The Editor: a contest of wills in the garden.

  • Letters

  • Cottage Q&A

    Tornado safety; mothball odours; do chipmunks really eat mice?

  • Cottage Watch

    Neonicotinoids: farmer's friend or eco-enemy?

  • Cabin Pressure

    Designing duo Colin and Justin make room for guests at their new fixer-upper.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Majestic wild bison are making a comeback in Western Canada.

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