April 2008 Issue


Cottage Life will help you enjoy life at the lake even more with fun and informative articles on everything from how-to projects to inspirational design ideas.

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  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
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What's Inside April 2008


  • Thinking Inside The Box

    A rundown 1950s cottage gets an upgrade but keeps its character.

  • Who Do You Call?

    You need to hire the right people for your cottage reno or construction job. Here’s what you should know before you start.

  • Welcome To Coney Island

    It's been quite a ride for this fun-filled family retreat, a Lake of the Woods landmark for more than a century.

  • In The Bag

    Make-ahead frozen dinners will save you time and impress your guests.

  • Gazebo Royale

    Who wouldn't want to build an outdoor room, where you can do whatever you like?

  • Cottage Life Boating

  • 24-hour Pontoon People

    Kenogami Lake cottagers may be the most fanatic pontoon boaters around.

  • Windward Ways

    10 sweet cottage sailboats.

  • Boathouse

    Unidentified floating objects; GPS for boating; Operator card update; Mastering tilt and trim, and more.

  • Gently Down the Stream

    Who says boating can't be green?


  • On The Waterfront

    My Favourite: Flea Market; Bigwin Bond girl; Clever Pet Tricks; Ask Zim; Countdown to May 24; That’s Wild!; Cottaging in the future; A shipwreck party; One-eyed bird; Reporter; Lake music; Fearless mice

  • Puttering

    Weathervane; Diaphragm pump; Eco-friendly paint; How to firm up floors; Span tables; X-Bench; Clamps roundup; A swingin’ table; Door-screen saver

  • Cottage Q&A

    Thirsty blooms, hungry deer, pump DIY.

  • Real Estate

    This Cottage Is Not For You: The secrets to checking out a property before you make the long trip to see it in person.

  • Cottage Style

    A Little Less Dark: Exterior fixtures that keep a lid on light.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Early Risers: Spotted turtles emerge.

  • Weekender

    Better than Directions: When you can’t tell guests to get lost.

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