Summer 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 Summer 2017


  • Fun on the Water

    Up your splash game with trendy new gear, family activities, and expert tips for young and old.

  • Port Authority

    Your dock is where you park your boat, sip your coffee, and cannonball your heart out. How to choose the best type for your cabin.

  • The Cabin Hunters

    Where are the coziest cabins in the West? Two intrepid seekers venture out in search.


  • TrueWest

    Pies and more at Horsting’s Market in Cache Creek, B.C.; Reporter; a fishy project; history of the lifejacket; summer allergy primer; get to know Pigeon Lake, Alta.; are you ready for the next flood?

  • Workshop

    Easy, genius cabin hacks; DIY ladder dock ramp; how to magnetize a screwdriver; marine wiring tip; where to find stuff to repurpose; a super lube; boat transom bar invention; outdoor secret storage project

  • Feast

    No-cook recipes; summer noodles; Japanese-style pickles; beet, parsley, and smoked trout salad; a cool way to chill beer; layered Mediterranean dip; cherry pops; tastes-like-summer slushies

  • Cottage Q&A

    Slimy rocks, first aid, fire insurance, wildlife and forest fires, human waste as compost?

  • Cabin Plans

    Three great cabins with big porches.

  • The List

    How to be the best guest. Hint: skip the watermelon.

  • Legacy

    Surviving a forest fire: a true tale from Chilliwack Lake, B.C.

  • Cottage Haul

    Nostalgia lurks in your shed.

  • Style Ideas

    Salvaged decor tips from a reclaimed children’s camp.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Summer is here, and bunchberry is blooming all over.

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