Winter 2015 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 Winter 2015


  • Kings of the Castle

    A madcap Saskatchewan inventor and his family build an ice castle to host their zany winter games.

  • Riding the Waves

    The big boat shows are coming up, and Canadian manufacturers will be there. Here’s the lowdown on this resilient industry.

  • Snap Happy

    Another fantastic year for our photo contest, with sweet kids and skiers, sunsets and storm clouds, and more.

  • In Good Fun

    See posing pooches, an odd snack, and a canoe like no other in our photo funnies.


  • TrueWest

    Go out and get a tree: tips to choose the right one; reporter; dark-sky preserve threatened; boating stats; craft beer name generator; winter moccasins; indie igloo; ice fishing and more at Tobin Lake, Sask.

  • Workshop

    Small power tools are mighty; electric infloor heating; how to choose the right charger; fix a flickering light; easy wood TV frame; throttle valve for water pump; ice-hole cover invention.

  • Cottage Feast

    DIY food gift kits: sundaes, truffles, and cranberry syrup; a hot wintery drink; insulated drink flasks; air fryers tested; Persian tray-baked chicken; bacon, bacon, and more bacon; slow-cooker lasagna.

  • Editor's Note

    Go on, get outside: it's only winter.

  • Your Letters

    Mail from our readers.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Cold weather and cleaners, heating, insulation, and crooked trunks.

  • In Like Zim

    Owning a cottage is for schmucks. Really, who needs the headaches?

  • Cabin Pressure

    Can’t beat a cozy basement for extra space and comfort.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The snowshoe hare’s tracks are a story written on the winter land­scape.

  • Weekender

    Photos from our readers.

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