Summer 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 Summer 2016


  • Passport to the Shuswap

    Separated for a decade, these Swiss lovebirds reunited and built their dream retreat. A tale of two continents and a cabin.

  • Forces at Play

    You love the beach. But how much do you know about what’s really going on there? Here’s the surprising science shaping our sandy shores.

  • Guess Who’s Coming to the Cottage?

    Your sullen teen. Gran and Gramps. Bored kids and insomniacs. How to entertain anyone this weekend.

  • Mission: Tossible

    The competition starts now! Three easy-to-build wooden throwing games everybody will enjoy.


  • TrueWest

    It’s blueberry season: how to pick and store them; Reporter; recovery tips after a party weekend; a cabin made of corncobs; solutions for pesky chip dust; get to know Sylvan Lake, Alta.

  • Workshop

    Choose the right rope for the job; hot water tank primer; two inventions that really swing; build a dock-day catch-all organizer; how to fix broken concrete; a new portable compound mitre saw

  • Cottage Feast

    Delicious mocktails; refreshing shandies; watermelon ripe tests; tasty mixed grill; chilled green and red soups; grilled pineapple; two kinds of flavourful wings; induction cooking; avocado toast

  • Cottage Q&A

    Woodpeckers, insurance, boat values, currants, slow drainage.

  • In Like Zim

    Grill some meat on the barbecue. Or is it barbecue some meat on the grill? Hmm.

  • Boating

    Docking your pontoon boat can be nerve-racking. Here’s how to do it like a pro.

  • Style Ideas

    Enjoy a bug-free screened room: options for floors, screens, and more.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Sweet, nutritious saskatoon berries are ripening now.

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