Spring 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 Spring 2016


  • The French Connection

    This artistic family commutes from France to refuel their creativity each winter at their Bowen Island cottage.

  • The Dream, Realized

    You want a cabin, but how will you ever afford it? Here’s what’s happening in real estate now.

  • Upgrades for Opening Up

    29-plus tips, projects, ideas, and products to make cabin living better this spring.

  • Treasured Chest

    Create an heirloom for generations to come with this DIY blanket box in the traditional French-Canadian style.


  • TrueWest

    GPS-enabled dog collars; smart fridges; musical light bulbs; reporter; miscreant beavers; caption contest winner; pancake science; Cabin Porn book review; unlikely lichen garden; Adirondack chair alternative; get to know Cowichan River, B.C.

  • Cottage Workshop

    All about load-bearing walls; a log-bench invention; how to fell a lodged tree safely; a nifty water-sensing device; repair your vinyl flooring; banish frozen waterlines; a simple way to inflate a tubeless tire.

  • Feast

    Easy make-ahead breakfast recipes: delicious muffins and stratas; advice we regret giving: what not to do while grilling; Mexican bean tortilla soup; chorizo-feta stuffed peppers; cutting-board care.

  • Editor’s Note

    What do you call your special retreat: the cabin or the cottage?

  • Your Letters

    Mail from our readers.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Septic systems, swans, barkless trees, sky lanterns, and green roofs.

  • In Like Zim

    Zim gives advice on giving and receiving advice, but are you sure you really want it?

  • Cottage Watch

    Useful tools or spying menaces, drones are here—and flying around your cabin.

  • Style Ideas

    Carve out a cozy nook or an extra bed, and make your space really work.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Prairie crocuses are a welcome sign of spring.

  • Weekender

    Photos from our readers.

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