April 2011 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.

PLUS you’ll get...

  • 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 2011


  • Grand Dame

    This 120-year-old Lake Rosseau beauty tells the tale of Victorian life by the lake—curlicues and all.

  • Project Privacy

    Celebrated historian and writer Charlotte Gray and her husband add a new twist to an empty nest.

  • Light Classics

    Fresh, bright, flavour-packed soups that bring the promise of spring to the cottage table.

  • Hide and Sleep

    The bottom bunk folds up to give a crowded bedroom more usable space. The best bunk bed project ever, with full plans.

  • Cottage Real Estate 2011

  • Good Cottage Hunting

    Will we ever find a place the whole family likes?

  • Risk Is Not a Game

    What you don't know about cottage insurance.

  • The Walkabout

    A day of trespassing on my neighbours' shorelines.

  • Find a Cottage

    6 real estate trends that are shaping the market


  • Waterfront

    Pike shore lunch; White-nose syndrome update; Dock spider appreciation; What the cat said; Multiple-personality cottage; The lake as remedy; Super, natural books; Environment grant recipients; Reporter; All in a (sweltering) day's work

  • Puttering

    Refinishing tips; wood treatments; how to avoid painting hell; FrogTape; painting pros spill; 5-in-1 painter's tool; trash into treasure

  • Cottage Q&A

    Trapping beaver on public land; red-sky weather prediction; oak branch bumps; jumpy jet pump; camping on an empty lot

  • Nature Scrapbook

    In early spring, hairy woodpeckers hush up and settle down.

  • Weekender

    A spectacular sunset after a stormy day at the lake

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