Winter 2014 Issue

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What's Inside Winter 2014

Features

  • 2 Architects, $100,000, and 11.5 Metres of Powder

    How one couple won the lottery with an off-grid ski cabin in the Vancouver Island Ranges.

  • Paradise Spoiled?

    The Mount Polley Mine dumped an ecological disaster on B.C.'s Quesnel Lake cottaging community this summer. Can the lake, and property values, recover?

  • Who's Prowling Around Your Cottage?

    Tracks of wild predators are stories in the snow.

  • His Favourite Space

    There's nowhere astronaut Chris Hadfield would rather be than down-to-earth on Stag Island.

  • The Big Pictures

    Here are the winners of our 25th annual nationwide photo contest—and the "grinners," our favourite funny shots.

Departments

  • Inroads

    Scale a frozen waterfall; the art of ice climbing; Reporter; B.C.-Sask. liquor swap; wildlife zombies; make your own musical instruments; "Cabin Truckers" of the west; gift books; boat engine update

  • Cottage Feast

    The secret to great nachos; two dips for your chips; refried beans with bacon and smoky queso; champagne cocktails; gifts for the cottage cook; Cornell chicken is Ivy League delicious

  • Cottage Workshop

    Don't be afraid of hand planes; master these three baseboard joints; toilet-sink combo invention; easy-to-install sliding drawer inserts; how to sharpen a spade bit; metal studs vs. wooden 2x4s

  • Editor's Note

    What is water worth? A reflection on the mining disaster at Quesnel Lake.

  • Letters

  • Cottage Q&A

    Injured wildlife; solar lights; too many toilets?

  • Solutions

    How to build a cottage from recycled shipping containers: an introduction to "cargotecture."

  • Cottage Watch

    How a land trust risked what it was meant to protect.

  • Cabin Plans

    Winter chalets.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Colourful evening grosbeaks shine in the winter.

  • Weekender

    A rare Stone Age cottage creature.

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