April 2009 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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  • Discount coupons to our Cottage Life shows
  • 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 April 2009


  • Chair Wars

    We love our Muskoka chairs. But should we really be calling them Adirondacks? The secret history of cottage country’s favourite seat.

  • All Together Now

    Three generations and multiple cottages on two islands: more than 50 years of making it all work, while staying happy (and sane).

  • The Race to Rent

    Renting out your cottage so you can afford to keep it? You’re not alone. But is the hassle and possible heartache worth it? Here’s what you need to know.

  • Five Plus

    5 staples + 5 (or fewer) extras = yummy meals. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with so little in your cottage cupboard.

  • Just Add Water

    Build your own outdoor shower with these exclusive plans by our project-design expert.

  • Cottage Life Boating 2009

  • Go with the Slow

    Electric boats are greener and quieter, but are they good for the cottage?

  • Flotation Advice

    15 experts share their best tips for keeping your boat shipshape.


  • On the Waterfront

    My favourite runabout; A hit CD of cottage stories; Assessments update; A lettuce lady; Don’t Ask Zim!; Reporter; Mysterious forest rings; Celebrating 20 years of the Cottage Life Photo Contest

  • Puttering

    Make a shadowbox; Removing rings on furniture; Pruning basics; Deluxe vehicle liner; Alternative decking; Pruning tools

  • Cottage Q&A

    How to plant walnut trees; getting better cellphone reception; secure concrete footings; car tires as dock bumpers; what does “life interest” mean?

  • Real Estate

    Can we afford a cottage? Our money experts reveal strategies for saving up and making it happen.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Rodent Romeos: When spring comes, woodchucks get ready for action.

  • Weekender

    Tripletake: Our readers have an eye for three of a kind.

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