Spring 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 Spring 2017


  • We’re New Here. Help!

    Our bargain cabin was a mess, but we were determined to get it ready for prime time.

  • Take My Advice

    It’s my 70th year cottaging. Here’s what I’ve learned.

  • Ten Fixes You Can Do

    Every cabin owner can master these repairs—even you.

  • Protect Your Herbs

    Build this box to keep the deer out of your garden.

  • A Stable Relationship

    Cabin on top, barn down below: a comfy Alberta retreat for a single mom, two girls, and their horses.


  • TrueWest

    The J&L Drive-in serves up retro fare in Port Alberni, B.C.; Reporter; get to know Emma Lake, Sask.; fire safety; Cake Baby (you have to see this!); music videos love the lake; unplug at the cabin

  • Workshop

    Generator primer: what to buy and what they’ll do; paddle bench invention; easy tinnie hacks; DIY drywall basics and tools; an ATV trailer built for the cottage; waterski bench invention

  • Cottage Feast

    Tips you need to pack your cooler, stock your pantry, and organize your fridge, plus simple opening-up meals.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Treating cedar; fridge mould; new tax rule; fallen tree; millipedes

  • Real Estate

    The market is hot, with prices rising. Are there any affordable cabins out there?

  • In Like Zim

    These days, it’s non-stop noise at the cottage. Zim’s got a few ways to say Shhhh!

  • Style Ideas

    An Airstream trailer turns into stylish spillover sleep space.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The tricoloured bumblebee is a sign of spring.

  • Weekender

    Let the cabin commute begin!

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